Bari - Modena predictions and free betting tips [21/10/2023]
The "San Nicola" arena will witness a clash between two teams that are evenly placed in the mid-table. Modena is slightly ahead by two points over Bari, but that doesn't really alter the reality. Considering the congestion in the table, one round can revolve everything upside down, hence making the encounter between the "white-reds" and "canaries" important for both sides striving to break into the top-eight which provides various paths into the play-offs or a direct promotion to Serie A.
Bari: Brenno; Dorval, Di Cesare, Vicari, Frabotta; Kutsupias, Maiello, Akampora; Nasti, Aramu, Sibilli
Modena: Gagno; Ponsi, Zaro, Cauz, Cotali; Palumbo, Gerli, Manino; Tremolada, Strizzolo, Bonfanti
Miguel Minyani was dismissed from the post of head coach of Bari, possibly due to the rampant draws, which peaked at 7, within 9 games. The new chief of the "white-reds", Pasquale Marino, has quite likely been hired to introduce balance in play, leaning more towards offense, since the previous specialist was more focused on setting up a firm defence and a productive midfield which boosts it.
Though results have been problematic, credit should be given to Minyani, as he established a decent defensive football, even if it slightly wavered. In my opinion, the erstwhile coach laid the groundwork for the team's system of play, and Marino will now seek to propel the "white-reds" forward, by introducing smarter football in the attacking phase.
The primary issue with Bari has been their attack. The front three were consistently altered or rearranged by Minyani. Almost all the goals were scored through collective assaults, individual efforts from, say, Marco Nasti, for example, were barely noticeable.
The match against Modena will be Pasquale Marino's first official game as Bari's head coach. I reckon he won't transform the team too rapidly, hence the hosts are expected to showcase more cautious, occasionally pragmatic football, naturally aspiring to secure their first home win of the season.
Paolo Bianco's team has started to lose ground, despite kicking off the season with three consecutive wins. Some drawn games followed and then the "canaries" suffered two losses. They were leading 1-0 against Venezia but then conceded three goals in the previous round. Prior to the national team break, Modena lost to Palermo, having to play the majority of the match down to ten men due to a red card for the "canaries" right-back, Sheidy Oukhadda.
Eventually, the structured football that we witnessed prior to the influx of draws and two losses is gradually disintegrating. In my opinion, Bianco needs to make up his mind about defensive personnel, as he keeps restructuring it excessively frequently. In addition, the striking trio appears mediocre. We anticipate more from Luca Tremolada. It remains unclear who the leading striker to constantly rely on is: we have Manconi from AlbinoLeffe and young Bonfanti, who was highly praised by many Italian sports journalists ahead of the season.
It seems Paolo Bianco is seated on a rocking chair and urgently requires a win to convince the management not to sack him. The match against Bari is significant, consequently, it must not be lost. A fight for the three points is required, but it's necessary to demonstrate composed, and most importantly, reliable football.
Match prediction: Bari - Modena
In this skirmish between inter-table sides, there shouldn't be a definitive victory, rather, a logical draw is expected. While the hosts are readjusting under a new head coach, the visitors attribute prime significance to avoid losing on the road in order to stay within reach of the group leaders.