SCOTT PETERSON - Saturday, February 4, 2012
Chievo Verona and Michael Bradley are set to host Parma on Sunday as the Veronans look to pick up back-to-back victories for the first time since November.
Bradley is poised to make his 21st appearance in head coach Mimmo di Carlo's midfield, as the skipper will have his entire roster to select from save Finn Perparim Hetemaj, who is out after picking up his 5th yellow a week ago.
After earning a much-needed victory on Thursday against last-place Novara, the Veronans enter the match sitting on 24 points, eight clear of the relegation zone.
Parma also has 24 points, and should be well rested as their mid-week encounter at home against league-leaders Juventus was postponed in the wake of massive snowfall that blanketed much of the Mediterranean.
The visitors will look to return to winning ways as they only have a single victory in their last ten outings. Anything but road warriors, Parma has not grabbed three points away from home since mid-October, and only 6 of their 25 goals have been scored away from home.
If there was a man to find the back of the net for Parma, the odd-on favorite would be Squadra Azzura midfield Sebastian Giovinco. The diminutive playmaker has already eclipsed his career-high mark of seven goals set last season by one with just under half the season remaining.