Wednesday’s first Serie B play-off clash sees Frosinone heading to Cittadella. The hosts edged through their quarter-final clash at the weekend, as they drew 2-2 with nine man Bari. Despite not seeing off their opponents in extra time, they progressed due to their superior league position in the Italian second tier. That puts Cittadella on course to meet Frosinone this week, with the first leg of their semi looking quite tight according to the bookies. However, can the visitors edge in front in this visit?
Frosinone booked their place in the last four after finishing third in the table, and they were level on points with second placed Parma. Both Empoli and Parma played some good football on their way back to the top flight, and they’re set to be strong additions to Italy’s top tier next season. However, can Frosinone round off the season by joining the top two in Serie A? We expect them to make a strong start in this tie, and they have a chance of getting a result at the Stadio Pier Cesare Tombolato.
The hosts’ may be through, but they have to be disappointed with their inability to beat Bari. They were only handed the home advantage in the last round after an 11th hour points deduction saw Bari drop in to seventh, so the hosts have had a bit of luck taking them this far. Meanwhile, they’ve won just one of their last four matches, including conceding two goals here to Brescia and Bari. Could Frosinone be the latest side to rack up a few goals at Cittadella?
That can’t be ruled out, especially as the visitors have the edge on the head to head record. They completed a league double over Cittadella this season, winning 2-1 home and away. They’ve now won three of their last four encounters with Wednesday’s opponents, while they’ve won in their last two trips to this ground. Can the away side follow up that form with another positive result and push themselves closer to Serie A?
The host will have to be worried about their home record, which has seen them beat just one of the top eight at home this season. They couldn’t even add to that in their second home meeting with Bari, while Frosinone did come away from here with three points this term. Given that Cittadella won just seven of 21 home matches in Serie B, we expect them to struggle on Wednesday night, so Frosinone Draw No Bet is our selection.
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Both teams have scored in the previous eight meetings between these two, including Frosinone’s 2-1 win here in January.
Defenders Matteo Liviero and Filippo Scaglia are both ruled out for this clash.
The visitors have Michele Volpe suspended, while Daniel Ciofani will miss out up front.