2018–19 Serie B
|Dates||24 August 2018 – 11 May 2019|
|Goals scored||287 (2.66 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Alfredo Donnarumma|
|Biggest home win||Benevento 4–0 Salernitana |
(21 September 2018)
|Biggest away win||Cosenza 0–3 Hellas Verona|
Livorno 0–3 Lecce
(25 September 2018)
Carpi 0–3 Palermo
(30 October 2018)
|Highest scoring||Foggia 4–2 Carpi |
(26 August 2018)
Benevento 3–3 Lecce
(27 August 2018)
Pescara 4–2 Lecce
(5 November 2018)
Brescia 4–2 Hellas Verona
(11 November 2018)
|Longest winning run||4 games|
|Longest unbeaten run||9 games|
|Longest winless run||9 games|
|Longest losing run||3 games|
Benevento 4–0 Salernitana
(21 September 2018)
Carpi 0–1 Cittadella
(1 September 2018)
2019–20 →All statistics correct as of 18 November 2018.
A total of 19 teams are contesting in the 2018–19 season, instead of the usual 22 teams, due to the exclusion of Bari, Cesena and Avellino. There are 12 teams returning from the 2017–18 Serie B season, 4 promoted from 2017–18 Serie C (Livorno, Padova, Lecce, Cosenza) and 3 relegated from 2017–18 Serie A (Crotone, Hellas Verona, Benevento).
- 1 Teams
- 2 League table
- 3 Results
- 4 Promotion play-offs
- 5 Relegation play-out
- 6 Season statistics
- 7 References
- 8 External links
The list of teams for the season was originally expected to feature 15 teams from the 2017–18 Serie B, as well as three teams who were relegated from the 2017–18 Serie A (Crotone, Verona and Benevento) and four promoted from the 2017–18 Serie C: league winners Livorno, Padova and Lecce, plus national playoff winners Cosenza.
Later in July, Bari and Cesena renounced on their participation to the league due to serious financial issues, whereas Avellino was excluded due to financial irregularities. Foggia was admitted, but it had eight points deducted.
Following these event, the Serie B league assembly voted in favour of reducing the number of teams from 22 to 20; this move was promptly revoked by the Italian Football Federation due to bureaucratic issues who would not allow to change the league format for the current season.
On 7 August, Avellino was finally excluded from the Serie B after losing on their appeal verdict to be readmitted in the league.
Although it was expected that the three vacancies were to be filled by Catania, Novara and Siena, however Pro Vercelli and Ternana disagreed, and on 10 August, the Lega B announced the 2018–19 season would go ahead with 19 teams instead of the regular 22. The Italian Football Federation formalized the change of format for the Serie B from 22 to 19 teams later on 13 August.
Stadia and locations
Number of teams by regions
|Number of teams||Region||Team(s)|
|4||Veneto||Cittadella, Hellas Verona, Padova and Venezia|
|2||Apulia||Foggia and Lecce|
|Calabria||Cosenza and Crotone|
|Campania||Benevento and Salernitana|
|Lombardy||Brescia and Cremonese|
Personnel and kits
|Ascoli||Giuliano Tosti||Vincenzo Vivarini||Nike|
|Benevento||Oreste Vigorito||Cristian Bucchi||FG Sport|
|Brescia||Massimo Cellino|| David Suazo (till 18 September 2018)
Eugenio Corini (from 18 September 2018)
|Carpi||Claudio Caliumi|| Marcello Chezzi (till 18 September 2018)
Fabrizio Castori (from 18 September 2018)
|Cittadella||Andrea Gabrielli||Roberto Venturato||Boxeur Des Rues|
|Cosenza||Eugenio Guarascio||Piero Braglia||Legea|
|Cremonese||Paolo Rossi|| Andrea Mandorlini (till 4 November 2018)
Massimo Rastelli (from 5 November 2018)
|Crotone||Gianni Vrenna|| Giovanni Stroppa (till 29 October 2018)
Ivan Moschella (caretaker, 29 October–1 November 2018)
|Foggia||Lucio Fares||Gianluca Grassadonia||Nike|
|Hellas Verona||Maurizio Setti||Fabio Grosso||Macron|
|Lecce||Saverio Sticchi Damiani||Fabio Liverani||M908||MOBY, Maffei|
|Livorno||Aldo Spinelli|| Cristiano Lucarelli (till 6 November 2018)
Roberto Breda (from 7 November 2018)
|Padova||Roberto Bonetto||Pierpaolo Bisoli||Kappa|
|Palermo|| Bruno Tedino (till 26 September 2018)
Roberto Stellone (from 26 September 2018)
|Perugia||Massimiliano Santopadre||Alessandro Nesta||FG Sport|
|Pescara||Daniele Sebastiani||Giuseppe Pillon||Erreà|
|Salernitana|| Marco Mezzaroma
|Spezia||Andrea Corradino||Pasquale Marino||Acerbis|
|Venezia||Joe Tacopina|| Stefano Vecchi (till 11 October 2018)
Walter Zenga (from 11 October 2018)
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Replaced by||Date of appointment|
|Ascoli||Serse Cosmi||Sacked||Pre-season||Vincenzo Vivarini||Pre-season|
|Benevento||Roberto De Zerbi||End of contract||Christian Bucchi|
|Brescia||Ivo Pulga||End of contract||David Suazo|
|Carpi||Antonio Calabro||End of contract||Marcello Chezzi|
|Crotone||Walter Zenga||Mutual consent||Giovanni Stroppa|
|Foggia||Giovanni Stroppa||Signed by Crotone||Gianluca Grassadonia|
|Livorno||Andrea Sottil||Mutual consent||Cristiano Lucarelli|
|Palermo||Roberto Stellone||Mutual consent||Bruno Tedino|
|Spezia||Fabio Gallo||End of contract||Pasquale Marino|
|Hellas Verona||Fabio Pecchia||End of contract||Fabio Grosso|
|Venezia||Filippo Inzaghi||End of contract||Stefano Vecchi|
|Brescia||David Suazo||Sacked||18 September 2018||Eugenio Corini||18 September 2018|
|Carpi||Marcello Chezzi||Mutual consent||18 September 2018||Fabrizio Castori||18 September 2018|
|Palermo||Bruno Tedino||Sacked||26 September 2018||Roberto Stellone||26 September 2018|
|Venezia||Stefano Vecchi||Sacked||11 October 2018||Walter Zenga||11 October 2018|
|Crotone||Giovanni Stroppa||Sacked||29 October 2018||Ivan Moschella (caretaker)||29 October 2018|
|Ivan Moschella||End of caretaker spell||1 November 2018||Massimo Oddo||1 November 2018|
|Cremonese||Andrea Mandorlini||Sacked||4 November 2018||Massimo Rastelli||5 November 2018|
|Livorno||Cristiano Lucarelli||Sacked||6 November 2018||Roberto Breda||7 November 2018|
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Promotion, qualification or relegation|
|1||Palermo||11||7||3||1||21||9||+12||24||Promotion to Serie A|
|3||Salernitana||12||5||5||2||14||11||+3||20||Qualification to promotion play-offs[a]|
|15||Padova||12||2||5||5||13||20||−7||11||Qualification to relegation play-out[b]|
|17||Foggia[c]||11||4||3||4||19||20||−1||7||Relegation to Serie C|
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Goal difference; 5) Goals scored; 6) Draw.
- If the third-placed team finishes more than 14 points ahead of the fourth-placed team, then the promotion play-offs are not played and the third-placed team is promoted to Serie A.
- If the 15th-placed team finishes more than 4 points ahead of the 16th-placed team, then the relegation play-out is not played and the 16th-placed team is relegated to Serie C.
- Foggia was deducted eight points for administral irregularities.
Positions by round
The table lists the positions of teams after each week of matches. In order to preserve chronological evolvements, any postponed matches are not included to the round at which they were originally scheduled, but added to the full round they were played immediately afterwards.
|Promotion to Serie A|
|Relegation to Serie C|
|Home \ Away||ASC||BEN||BRE||CAR||CIT||COS||CRE||CRO||FOG||VER||LEC||LIV||PAD||PAL||PER||PES||SAL||SPE||VEN|
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For upcoming matches, an "a" indicates there is an article about the match.
Six teams may contest the promotion playoffs depending on the point differential between the third and fourth-placed teams. It begins with a preliminary one-legged round played at the home venue of the higher placed team, involving the teams placed fifth to eight. The two winning teams advance to play the third and fourth-placed teams in the two-legged semifinals. Those winning teams advance to the two-legged final where the winner is promoted to play in Serie A the following year. In the two-legged rounds, the higher seeded team plays the second game at home.
|Preliminary round||Semifinals||Two-legged final|
Two teams may contest the relegation playout, depending on the point differential between the 15th and 16th-placed teams, in a two-legged round. The higher placed team plays the second leg at home.
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
Last updated: 11 November 2018
Last updated: 18 November 2018
|Giampaolo Pazzini||Hellas Verona||Carpi||4–1 (H)||16 September 2018|
|Alfredo Donnarumma||Brescia||Padova||4–1 (H)||7 October 2018|
|Mattia Finotto||Cittadella||Venezia||3-2 (H)||11 November 2018|
Last updated: 11 November 2018
Last updated: 11 November 2018
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- From round 3 to round 5, including a forfeit win over Cosenza scheduled between round 2 and round 3.
- From round 3 to round 12, except for a bye at round 10.
- From round 3 to round 11.
- From round 1 to round 3.
- From round 2 to round 4.
- From round 10 to round 12.
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