Venezia vs Cremonese Prediction: Team to Win, Form, News and more

Here is our prediction for the upcoming Serie B playoff final second leg between Venezia and Cremonese on Sunday, June 2nd 2024.

 
7:15am on Sunday 2nd June 2024
By
Jake Skudder

As the Serie B playoff final approaches, Venezia and Cremonese are set to battle for a coveted spot in Italy's top flight.

The second leg, hosted at Stadio Pier Luigi Penzo on Sunday, promises to be a thrilling conclusion to their season-long efforts.

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Teams' Journey to the Final

Venezia and Cremonese finished third and fourth in Serie B respectively, securing their spots in the playoffs.

Venezia, aiming for a return to Serie A after being relegated in 2022, have shown strong form by winning six of their last nine matches.

Cremonese, on the other hand, are also eager for an immediate return to the top tier after being relegated last season.

First Leg Recap

The first leg ended in a tense 0-0 draw at Stadio Zini. Despite Cremonese's dominance in possession and attempts on goal, they were unable to break through Venezia's resilient defence, led by Finnish goalkeeper Jesse Joronen.

This result means Venezia only need a draw in the second leg to secure promotion, given their higher finish in the league standings.

Team News and Lineups

Venezia

Coach Paolo Vanoli, who has experience as Antonio Conte’s assistant, will likely reinstate Francesco Zampano, who was rested in the first leg to avoid suspension.

Key players include:

Goalkeeper: Jesse Joronen

Defenders: Sven Botman, Daniel Munoz

Midfielders: Gianluca Busio, Tanner Tessmann

Forwards: Joel Pohjanpalo (Serie B’s top scorer), Nicholas Pierini

Cremonese

Giovanni Stroppa, with a record of promoting teams from Serie B, will have to make strategic choices.

Despite missing Felix Afena-Gyan and Mouhamadou Sarr due to injuries, they have a strong squad featuring:

Goalkeeper: Marco Carnesecchi

Defenders: Luka Lochoshvili, Matteo Bianchetti

Midfielders: Franco Vazquez, Michele Castagnetti

Forwards: Massimo Coda, Frank Tsadjout

Prediction

Venezia's Advantage

Venezia’s home advantage at the unique lagoon-side stadium and their recent form suggest they have the upper hand.

They have lost only three times at home this season and can exploit Cremonese’s need to attack.

Cremonese’s Strengths

Cremonese have been strong on the road, boasting Serie B’s second-best away record.

Their unbeaten streak in the last six games, including crucial wins, indicates they are capable of mounting a challenge.

Prediction

Given the circumstances and current form, we're predicting Venezia to win 2-1, securing their promotion to Serie A with a 2-1 aggregate score.

For all of the analysis of Venezia vs Cremonese as it happens live, check out our Preview and Live Update page for the game.

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