The Old Lady makes her way back for the Winged Lions following the hard-fought victory over Sassuolo last weekend, looking to leapfrog the Blues in their newly-found quest for a top-three finish. The Serie A fixture, Juventus FC vs. Venezia FC, kicks off at 11:30 (GMT+1) on Sunday, May 1, at the Allianz Stadium.
Meanwhile, relegation-threatened Venezia have suffered five consecutive defeats, LLLLL, following last weekend's 3-1 loss to Atalanta at the Stadio Pier Luigi Penzo. After the loss, the Winged Lions dropped two places down, from 18th to 20th place, the bottom of the table. Venezia has 22 points from 5W, 7D, & 21L, and are six points shy of safety. Having lost the last eight league games, the club could suffer nine defeats in a row for the very first time in a single Serie A season. Caretaker manager, Andrea Soncin, could line up the 4—3—3 formation, leaving Henry, Okereke, and Aramu in attack for this clash against the Old Lady. On availability, Sergio Romero remains ruled out alongside Luca Lezzerini.
The Serie A fixture, Venezia F.C. vs. S.S.C. Napoli, kicks off at 15:00 (GMT+1) on Sunday, February 6, at the Stadio Pier Luigi Penzo.
The Winged Lions picked up a 2-1 defeat to Inter Milan right before the winter break on their trip to San Siro. A fabulous header from Thomas Henry (19’) saw Venezia take the lead inside the first twenty minutes. But Barella (40') tucked in the rebound from Ivan Perišić’s effort to see Inter back on level terms before the break. It appeared both sides would settle for a point, but a fine cross from the summer signing, Denzel Dumfries, picked out Edin Džeko (90') for a late and dramatic win over Venezia. The defeat leaves the Orange-Black-Greens without a win in five Serie A games, DLLDL, and in 17th place, having picked up 18 points after 4W, 6D, & 12L. In addition, Venezia has failed to win any of their last nine league games (0W, 3D, & 6L) and currently have a goal ratio of 0.91 g.p.g. this season, having scored 20 goals in 22 Serie A games. In addition to their inability to hit the back of the net consistently, the Winged Lions have also conceded 40 goals [an average of 1.82 goals per game] and have a G.D. of -20. A 3—5—2 formation with Okereke and Thomas Henry in attack is expected from Paolo Zanetti for this fixture against Napoli on Sunday.
After completing a comeback over Empoli in Wednesday's topsy-turvy Coppa Italia match, the Well-Cherished One returns, hoping to clip the feathers of the Winged-Lions. Inter Milan vs. Venezia F.C. kicks off at 18:00 (GMT+1) on Saturday, January 22, at the San Siro.
A Nani-inspired 1-1 draw against Empoli saw Venezia pick up a point at the Stadio Pier Luigi Penzo last weekend. Szymon Zurkowski (26') had the Blues in the lead, but an exchange of intelligent passes at the edge of the box by Nani set up David Okereke (73') for the leveler. The Winged Lions remain in 17th place on the Serie A table, with 18 points from 4W, 6D, and 11L. Venezia are without a win in five Serie A games: DDLLD, ahead of this fixture against Inter Milan, and Paolo Zanetti is aware that the dry patch could continue at the end of this trip to San Siro. A Christmas tree formation, 4—3—2—1, with Thomas Henry as the star of the design, is expected from Paolo Zanetti on Saturday. Michael Svoboda is suspended for this fixture, while Tyronne Ebuehi remains away at the Africa Cup of Nations, Cameroon 2021.
The Serie A fixture, Venezia F.C. vs. AC Milan, kicks off at 12:30 (GMT+1) on Sunday, January 9, at the Stadio Pier Luigi Penzo.
Venezia had their game suspended after Salernitana failed to make an appearance having been barred from playing by the local health authorities (ASL). According to Sky Sport Italia, the ASL issued the lockdown order on everyone in the matchday squad and those suspected to have been in contact with the squad. Technically speaking, the fixture was not called off by the Lega Serie A, and the Winged Lions could be awarded a 3-0 win after Salernitana failed to show up for Thursday’s game. However, an appeal from Salernitana could see the fixture officially postponed and rescheduled for a later date. Venezia remains without a victory in five Serie A games: LLDDL, and are in 16th place with 17 points from 4W, 5D, and 10L. A 4—2—3—1 formation with Francesco Forte in attack is expected from Paolo Zanetti for this fixture against AC Milan. On availability, Tanner Tessmann and Mattia Caldara are both suspended for this weekend’s fixture against the Rossoneri.
Venezia F.C. vs. F.C. Juventus, kicks off at 18:00 (GMT+1) on Saturday, December 11, at the Stadio Pier Luigi Penzo Stadium. The clash between the Winged Lions and the Old Lady marks the entry of Matchday 17, which presents itself after 160 matches and 495 goals. Ciro Immobile and Dušan Vlahović share the spotlight at the top of the league’s goal scorers list, both having 13 goals, while Nicolò Barella (5 assists) has been joined by five others on the top assists list. Inter’s Hakan Çalhanoğlu bagged the Player of the Month [November] award while Atalanta’s Gian Piero Gasperini is the Manager of the Month. AC Milan moved to the top of the table at the end of Matchday 16, while Salernitana remained at the bottom.
Ten-man Venezia gave up a three-goal lead and ended up without a point in the 4-3 defeat to Hellas Verona. The seven-goal thriller happened to be the first meeting between both sides in 19 years. A goal from Pietro Ceccaroni (12’) had put Venezia in front before the Winged Lions stretched the lead to three inside the first thirty minutes. However, things took a dramatic turn in the second half after an own goal from Thomas Henry (52’ O.G.) inspired a four-goal comeback for Verona. Ten minutes after the own goal, goal-scorer Pietro Ceccaroni (R. 62’) was shown the red for a cheeky handball in an attempt to stop a goal-bound effort. The loss leaves Venezia with three defeats in a row, WWLLL, and in 16th place, having picked up 15 points from 4W, 3D, and 9L. A 4—2—3—1 formation is expected from Paolo Zanetti, with Thomas Henry at the top of the shape, following the absence of David Okereke (muscle injury). Pietro Ceccaroni is suspended, having picked up the red against Verona, while Luca Fiordilino remains doubtful.
The Serie A TIM fixture, Venezia F.C. vs. Inter Milan, kicks off at 20:45 (GMT+1) on Saturday, November 27, at the Pier Luigi Penzo Stadium.
With 15,000 spectators at the venue, Venezia picked up a 1-0 win over Bologna at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara. The Nigerian, David Okereke (61'), bagged the only goal of the game, one minute after the hour mark, leaving the Winged Lions with back-to-back victories after five games: LLDWW. The win also saw the club move one spot ahead, from 15th to 14th place, having picked up 15 points after 4W, 3D, & 6L. On the numbers, Venezia has a goal ratio of 0.92 g.p.g. this season, having scored 12 goals in 13 Serie A games. They have also conceded 19 goals and have a G.D. of -7. An average of 1.46 goals conceded per game. A 4—3—3 formation with the 24-year-old Nigerian, Okereke, at the focal point of the attack is expected from Paolo Zanetti against Inter on Saturday. Okereke is joint top-scorer with Mattia Aramu, both having a haul of four goals each. Before David Okereke, the last Venezia player of non-Italian nationality to score at least four goals in his first 12 Serie A appearances for the club was Alvaro Recoba in 1999.
The Italian Serie A fixture, Venezia F.C. vs. AS Roma kicks off at 12:30 (GMT+1) on Sunday, November 7, at the Pier Luigi Penzo Stadium.
Venezia picked up a goalless draw against Genoa on Matchday 11 at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris. Venezia had 6 shots, 2 of which were on target, stemming from a 37% ball possession which saw the club put 284 passes together. As expected, the opposition had 63% of the ball, which saw them put 467 passes together with 4 shots on target after 19 attempts. It was the second draw for Venezia in five games, which leaves them with 5 points after only one victory: DWLLD. The draw saw the club remain in the same spot, 16th place, having picked up 9 points after 2W, 3D, & 6L. On the numbers, the Winged Lions have a goal ratio of 0.73 goals per game, so far this season, having scored 8 goals in 11 Serie A games. In addition, the club has conceded 17 goals and thus has a goal difference of -9. A huge portion of those goals were conceded after the break (76%), having let in 13 of them in the second forty-five. Only Fiorentina (77%) and Verona (80%) have had a higher percentage in that category this season. On Sunday, Paolo Zanetti could utilize the 4—2—3—1 formation with Thomas Henry in attack once again as Venezia takes on AS Roma in another Serie A appearance.
The Italian Serie A TIM fixture, AC Milan vs. Venezia FC, kicks off at 19:45 (GMT+1) on Wednesday, September 22 at the 75,923-capacity stadium, San Siro.
Venezia picked up a 2-1 defeat to Spezia on Sunday at the Pier Luigi Penzo Stadium. Pietro Ceccaroni (59') scored Venezia's only goal a minute to the hour mark. The club sits in 17th place with only three points after four games: 1W, 0D & 3L (LLWL). Manager Paolo Zanetti would like to see his side frustrate Milan with the aim of leaving the San Siro with at least a point. He could line up the 4—3—3 formation with Thomas Henry playing through the middle of attack, alongside David Okereke and Johnsen.
Serie A fixture, S.S.C. Napoli vs. Venezia F.C. kicks off at 19:45 (GMT+1) on Sunday, August 22 at the Stadio San Paolo.
Newcomers, Venezia F.C. finished in 5th place in Serie B last season but qualified for promotion via play-offs. On Sunday, they would be in the run for their first few points under the guidance of coach Paolo Zanetti. The 38-year-old coach will envisage a difficult task for his side, knowing Napoli could be a tough nut to crack on their day. - Most notably when they find the rhythm of possession-based football with threat from the flanks through the likes of Lorenzo Insigne. Ahead of their return to top-flight football after a 20-year absence, Venezia acquired Mattia Caldara from AC Milan on loan. They also convinced Gianluca Busio from Sporting KC to make the summer switch for €6M. Central midfielder, Tanner Tessmann also joined the ranks for €3.64M. The Nigerian, 23-year-old centre-forward David Okereke could be making his debut for the club after joining Venezia on loan. An attacking 4--3--3 formation is expected from Paolo Zanetti when Venezia make the return for their first appearance in Serie A after two decades.