NEWS
Saturday February 20 2021
Line-ups: Genoa v Verona

Genoa are one of the form sides in Serie A at the moment and host a Hellas Verona side hit hard by injuries and suspensions.

It kicks off at 17.00 GMT, you can follow the build-up and action as it happens from all three of today’s Serie A games on the LIVEBLOG.

Davide Ballardini has transformed the fortunes of the Grifone, taking them from the relegation zone to relative mid-table.

They’ve kept five clean sheets in 2021, more than any other Serie A club, and won their last three home fixtures.

Davide Biraschi is the only injury absentee, as Domenico Criscito grits his teeth to start, but Marko Pjaca gets the nod ahead of Goran Pandev and Eldor Shomurodov to partner on-form Mattia Destro.

Kevin Strootman and Milan Badelj pull the midfield strings with reliable Mattia Perin in goal.

Verona coach Ivan Juric was a hero to Genoa fans as first player and then coach, though his management career has gone from strength to strength with Hellas.

Mattia Zaccagni returns from suspension, but is replaced on the naughty step by Federico Dimarco.

Among the injuries are Ebrima Colley, Nikola Kalinic, Pawel Dawidowicz, Federico Ceccherini and Kevin Ruegg, while Marco Benassi and ex-Genoa youth product Eddie Salcedo are only fit for the bench.

January signing Kevin Lasagna leads the attack with support from Zaccagni and Antonin Barak, plus ex-Genoa winger Darko Lazovic.

Genoa: Perin; Masiello, Radovanovic, Criscito; Zappacosta, Zajc, Badelj, Strootman, Czyborra; Destro, Pjaca

Verona: Silvestri; Magnani, Gunter, Lovato; Faraoni, Tameze, Ilic, Lazovic; Barak, Zaccagni; Lasagna

Ref: Marchetti