Serie A Week 19 - 30 Dec 2017 (14.00 UK)
1 - 0
Coda 64 (B)
Stadio Ciro Vigorito

Benevento finally made history at the midway stage of the season with their first ever Serie A victory, putting Chievo in trouble.

This represents the midway stage of the season and going into this weekend, Benevento had only one Serie A point under their belts. Performances had been improving, but their knack of conceding last-gasp goals made getting results very difficult. Luca Antei, Pietro Iemmello and Achraf Lazaar were carrying injuries, while the Flying Donkeys missed Lucas Castro and Riccardo Meggiorini, but above all had managed only one point and two goals from their last four Serie A games, conceding nine.

It was the first ever competitive meeting between these clubs, but Amato Ciciretti pulled out in the warm-up, to make way for Brignola.

Perparim Hetemaj should’ve opened the scoring on five minutes, but blasted straight at the on-rushing Vid Belec after good work from Sergio Pellissier and Roberto Inglese.

Nicolas Viola’s free kick was palmed out from under the bar and Brignola pounced on a Bostjan Cesar error only to prod it straight at Stefano Sorrentino from point-blank range.

Vittorio Parigini’s scorcher from distance was fingertipped round the upright by Sorrentino. However, moments later, Parigini crumpled to the ground and went off injured.

Pellissier had the ball in the net after the restart, but play was halted for an Inglese foul on the goalkeeper. Benevento kept pushing and Sorrentino smothered a Marco D’Alessandro dipping strike.

Chievo lost Inglese to injury and Benevento kept pouring forward, Sorrentino fingertipping a Fabio Lucioni header out from under the bar on a corner.

From the resulting set play, D’Alessandro chipped up a pass and Massimo Coda with his back to goal stuck out a foot to flick it past unsighted Sorrentino at the near post.

Coda had the chance to add another soon after, but blasted over following a defensive error.

See the latest Serie A predictions and betting tips with

: Belec; Djimsiti, Lucioni, Costa (Gravillon 71), Venuti; Lombardi, Viola, Memushaj; Brignola, Coda (Di Chiara 77), Parigini (D’Alessandro 40)
: Sorrentino; Cacciatore, Cesar, Tomovic, Gobbi; Depaoli (Pucciarelli 76), Radovanovic, Hetemaj (Garritano 68); Birsa; Pellissier, Inglese (Stepinski 55)
Ref: Fourneau