Benevento hosts Ascoli in round 23 of Italian Serie B. The match will be played on Wednesday, February 16th at Stadio Ciro Vigorito (Benevento)
Benevento spent last season in Serie A. And it seemed that the Sorcerers would be able to stay there. But probably Filippo Inzaghi and his charges just relaxed too early and couldn’t brace up at the end of the championship. As a result, they lagged behind Cagliari and Torino and finished in 18th place. Filippo left the club, but his successor, Caserta, who was lured from Perugia, was obviously given an understandable, albeit difficult task: to return to the top division. It’s too early to draw final conclusions, but Benevento is pretty unstable. The Sorcerers rarely won in winter and significantly lagged behind the leaders. The draw against Lecce extended their winless streak to four matches.
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Ascoli has not been promoted to Serie A for a decade and a half. The team last played at this level in the 2006/2007 season. And in the mid-2010s, the Woodpeckers even had to spend several years in the third league of the country. After returning, the team did not rise above the middle of the Serie B standings, and the previous season brought only 16th place. Yes, Ascoli managed to step up in the current season, but one cannot talk about some incredible breakthrough. But with the current regulations in Serie B, it is enough to take 8th place to take part in the additional playoffs for the last ticket to the top division. And Ascoli has good chances of doing this. Moreover, the Black-and-Whites started 2022 with a couple of victories. However, then they lost 0-1 to Perugia and tied against Como.
Benevento lost only one of the last ten head-to-head matches. And the previous three games (including last September) ended in victories. Now the teams are not in the best shape, so you should not expect spectacular football from them. We think that the upcoming game will not be rich in goals.