With a home record matched only by Serie A champions Juventus, newly-promoted Hellas Verona have established Stadio Marc' Antonio Bentegodi as one of the most intimidating stadiums in Italian football.
Hellas have won all six of their home games this season, which has comfortably guided them towards an astronomically high standing of sixth place in Serie A. Whereas their promotion counterparts Livorno and Sassuolo are firmly engaged within the battle for survival after winning just five games between them this season.
Nevertheless, Hellas' away record provides an entirely different story. The Gialloblu have accumulated just four points from a possible eighteen, which renders them with an inferior away record to Sassuolo, who have snatched six points.
Consequently, when their intercity arch rivals and bottom of the league side Chievo Verona arrive at their shared Stadio Marc' Antonio Bentegodi, the Hellas faithful will be at a fever pitch knowing that their rivals have failed to utilize their fortress.
The revival of "Derby della Scala" will create a surge of optimism amongst the Hellas supporters, who will be seeking revenge after losing their last Serie A meeting with Chievo 2-1 in March 2002, in front of 35,708 passionate Venetians.
Whilst Hellas have achieved the maximum eighteen points from their six home games, Chievo have taken just four points from home. However, attendance statistics from the 2012/13 season reveal that Hellas had an average attendance of 15,402 in Serie B, in comparison to Chievo's disappointing draw of 10,579 in Serie A, which reveals that the majority of Verona actually support Hellas.
Moreover, Hellas have also reinvigorated the career of 36-year-old veteran striker Luca Toni, who recently stated that he would love to be recalled to the Italian national team after netting five goals in Serie A. Toni told Sky Sports: ""The national side? If Prandelli calls me, I'd surely play. But it's not up to me and there are many good young players out there."
Whilst Toni provides Hellas with the astounding pedigree of someone who's played for Juventus, Roma, Fiorentina and Bayern Munich, Hellas' 21-year-old Brazilian striker Jorginho looks set to embark on a similar journey. According to talkSPORT, Jorginho has been scouted by Arsenal and Chelsea this season, although Fiorentina manager Vincenzo Montella has highlighted him as their primary January transfer target as he searches for a new playmaker.
On the other hand, Chievo have scored just seven goals this season, which is three less than Jorginho and Toni combined. Consequently, the board sacked Giuseppe Santino following Chievo's 0-0 draw with AC Milan. A statement from Chievo said: "Chievo announces it has parted company with first-team coach Giuseppe Sannino and his technical staff.
"The club wishes to thank the coach and his staff for the work, professionalism and dedication they have always shown and wishes them the best of luck in the future."
In conclusion, with the greater support, the astounding home record, and the attacking threat of Toni and Jorginho, Hellas go into "Derby della Scala" in the best possible shape. Whereas, bottom of the league and managerless Chievo look set to crumble in their own stadium as the Hellas faithful takeover and resume their winning streak at home.
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