Paul Higham says the mid-table clash between Verona and Bologna has all the hallmarks of a goalless first half in Serie A.
"Verona have had five 0-0 at HT in their last eight games - any goals that do come are via their opposition, and Bologna haven't bagged in the first 45 of their last even away games."
Verona v Bologna
Monday 17 May, 19:45 kick-off
Live on Premier Sports 1
OK so it's not exactly a blockbuster billing for Monday night's Serie A game between Verona and Bologna - two mid-table sides with little to play for as the season comes to a close.
Just three points separate the two in their battle for 10th in the table, and the fact not much is riding on this game may well play into our hands.
Verona have won six times at home this season, but they're on a seven-game winless run at present, and all season long they've only been ahead at half-time three times on their own patch.
And it's the half-time route that we're taking here with lethargy and the impending summer holidays in mind for both these teams hopefully, for us, leading to a non-event of a first 45 minutes.
Ivan Juric's side have failed to score a first-half goal during their seven-game winless streak at home, and at any venue they've bagged just once in the opening 45 minutes in their last nine outings.
For their troubles, Bologna have just one win in eight and have netted in the first-half in four of their last 12 games, and away from home they're without a first-half strike in their last six and have just two in their last 14 road trips.
You have to wonder what the motivation levels will be like, and even if a game does break out eventually, it would be a tough ask for these two to be right at it from the first whistle.
Going unders on goals full stop looks like the way forward here, but especially in the first half where neither team has proven themselves to be effective.
The half-time draw certainly appeals at 2.26/5 but given their recent stats it's hard to see both teams scoring in the opening 45 minutes - something that last happened 10 games ago for Verona and in just three of the last 20 Bologna games.
There have been five 0-0s in Verona's last eight games, and with the only goals usually coming from the opposition - and Bologna only managing it seven away games ago - we've got plenty of ammunition for pulling the trigger on this one.
It may not be the best game to try and watch on TV though!
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