Both the sides have 23 points and are just four points above the relegation zone...
Chievo have one of the worst forms in Serie A at the moment as the Flying Donkeys are struggling to keep themselves on their feet, let alone fly. Having not won a single league fixture since late November and winless in their last eight competitive matches, the Veronese club are fast plummeting towards the relegation zone.
As a matter of fact, with just 23 points from 20 matches, Chievo are a mere four points above the bottom-three. Sides below them are struggling for points as well and this is keeping Stefano Pioli's team afloat in mid-table for now, but depending on others for salvation is a foolish thing to do and dangerous as well.
However, Chievo will head into this, what could be an important match as far as the relegation issue is concerned in the long run, with confidence as they defeated Genoa 3-1 in the reverse fixture at the Luigi Ferraris in September.
Moreover, Ceo are unbeaten in their last nine competitive matches at the Marc'Antonio Bentegodi, their last defeat in Verona coming way back in late September.
Looking Over Their Shoulders
Genoa seem desperate at the moment to rescue their rapidly sinking 2010-11 campaign as from a potential candidate for a place in the top-six in Serie A, the Grifoni have fallen in the sundry regions of relegation worries.
With 23 points from 19 matches, Davide Ballardini's side are in mid-table in the league standings, level on points with Chievo and just four points above the bottom-three.
Genoa's start to the new year has been lukewarm; goalless draws with Lazio and Cesena were followed by a 3-2 defeat to Inter in the Coppa Italia Round of 16 and then came last weekend's 4-2 hammering by Udinese at home.
Genoa made a number of changes to the squad in the summer and former coach Gian Piero Gasperini failed to build a solid first team line-up; and now with Luca Antonelli, Alberto Paloschi, Juraj Kucka, Linus Hallenius and Mauro Boselli added to the unit and Raffaele Palladino, Francesco Modesto, Andrea Rannochia, Luca Toni, Nenad Tomovic and Gergely Rudolf subtracted, Ballardini faces problems of team selection and team coherence.
Luciano is out injured for Chievo.
Paloschi and Antonelli are unavailable for the trip to Verona with injuries.