2018–19 Serie B

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Serie B
Season2018–19
Dates24 August 2018 – 11 May 2019[1]
Matches played108
Goals scored287 (2.66 per match)
Top goalscorerAlfredo Donnarumma
(9 goals)[2]
Biggest home winBenevento 4–0 Salernitana
(21 September 2018)
Biggest away winCosenza 0–3 Hellas Verona[3]
Livorno 0–3 Lecce
(25 September 2018)
Carpi 0–3 Palermo
(30 October 2018)
Highest scoringFoggia 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 run4 games
Hellas Verona[4]
Longest unbeaten run9 games
Brescia[5]
Longest winless run9 games
Padova[6]
Longest losing run3 games
Carpi[7]
Foggia[8]
Livorno[9]
Venezia[8]
Highest attendance13,622
Benevento 4–0 Salernitana
(21 September 2018)[10]
Lowest attendance1,500
Carpi 0–1 Cittadella
(1 September 2018)[10]
Total attendance761,067[10]
Average attendance7,180[10]
All statistics correct as of 18 November 2018.

The 2018–19 Serie B (known as Serie BKT for sponsorship reasons[11]) is the 87th season of Serie B in Italy since its establishment in 1929.

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).

Teams[edit]

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;[12] 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.[13][14]

On 7 August, Avellino was finally excluded from the Serie B after losing on their appeal verdict to be readmitted in the league.[15]

Although it was expected that the three vacancies were to be filled by Catania, Novara and Siena, however Pro Vercelli and Ternana disagreed,[16] and on 10 August, the Lega B announced the 2018–19 season would go ahead with 19 teams instead of the regular 22.[17] The Italian Football Federation formalized the change of format for the Serie B from 22 to 19 teams later on 13 August.[18]

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team Home city Stadium Capacity 2017–18 season
Ascoli Ascoli Piceno Stadio Cino e Lillo Del Duca 10,887 18th in Serie B
Benevento Benevento Stadio Ciro Vigorito 17,554 20th in Serie A
Brescia Brescia Stadio Mario Rigamonti 16,743 16th in Serie B
Carpi Carpi Stadio Sandro Cabassi 5,510 11th in Serie B
Cittadella Cittadella Stadio Pier Cesare Tombolato 7,623 6th in Serie B
Cosenza Cosenza Stadio San Vito-Gigi Marulla 24,209 5th Serie C/C, play-off winner
Cremonese Cremona Stadio Giovanni Zini 20,641 14th in Serie B
Crotone Crotone Stadio Ezio Scida 16,547 18th in Serie A
Foggia Foggia Stadio Pino Zaccheria 16,798 9th in Serie B
Hellas Verona Verona Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi 38,402 19th in Serie A
Lecce Lecce Stadio Via del Mare 40,670 Serie C/C Champions
Livorno Livorno Stadio Armando Picchi 19,238 Serie C/A Champions
Padova Padua Stadio Euganeo 19,740 Serie C/B Champions
Palermo Palermo Stadio Renzo Barbera 36,349 4th in Serie B
Perugia Perugia Stadio Renato Curi 23,125 8th in Serie B
Pescara Pescara Stadio Adriatico-Giovanni Cornacchia 20,515 17th in Serie B
Salernitana Salerno Stadio Arechi 31,300 12th in Serie B
Spezia La Spezia Stadio Alberto Picco 10,290 10th in Serie B
Venezia Venice Stadio Pierluigi Penzo 7,450 5th in Serie B

Number of teams by regions[edit]

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
1  Abruzzo Pescara
 Emilia-Romagna Carpi
 Liguria Spezia
 Marche Ascoli
 Sicily Palermo
 Tuscany Livorno
 Umbria Perugia

Personnel and kits[edit]

Team President Manager Kit manufacturer Sponsors
Ascoli Italy Giuliano Tosti Italy Vincenzo Vivarini Nike
Benevento Italy Oreste Vigorito Italy Cristian Bucchi FG Sport
Brescia Italy Massimo Cellino Honduras David Suazo (till 18 September 2018)
Italy Eugenio Corini (from 18 September 2018)
Acerbis
Carpi Italy Claudio Caliumi Italy Marcello Chezzi (till 18 September 2018)
Italy Fabrizio Castori (from 18 September 2018)
Givova
Cittadella Italy Andrea Gabrielli Italy Roberto Venturato Boxeur Des Rues
Cosenza Italy Eugenio Guarascio Italy Piero Braglia Legea
Cremonese Italy Paolo Rossi Italy Andrea Mandorlini (till 4 November 2018)

Italy Massimo Rastelli (from 5 November 2018)

Garman
Crotone Italy Gianni Vrenna Italy Giovanni Stroppa (till 29 October 2018)

Italy Ivan Moschella (caretaker, 29 October–1 November 2018)
Italy Massimo Oddo (from 1 November 2018)

Zeus
Foggia Italy Lucio Fares Italy Gianluca Grassadonia Nike
Hellas Verona Italy Maurizio Setti Italy Fabio Grosso Macron
Lecce Italy Saverio Sticchi Damiani Italy Fabio Liverani M908 MOBY, Maffei
Livorno Italy Aldo Spinelli Italy Cristiano Lucarelli (till 6 November 2018)

Italy Roberto Breda (from 7 November 2018)

Legea
Padova Italy Roberto Bonetto Italy Pierpaolo Bisoli Kappa
Palermo Italy Bruno Tedino (till 26 September 2018)
Italy Roberto Stellone (from 26 September 2018)
Legea Vivaticket, ANDROS[19]
Perugia Italy Massimiliano Santopadre Italy Alessandro Nesta FG Sport
Pescara Italy Daniele Sebastiani Italy Giuseppe Pillon Erreà
Salernitana Italy Marco Mezzaroma
Italy Claudio Lotito
Italy Stefano Colantuono Givova
Spezia Italy Andrea Corradino Italy Pasquale Marino Acerbis
Venezia United States Joe Tacopina Italy Stefano Vecchi (till 11 October 2018)
Italy Walter Zenga (from 11 October 2018)
Nike

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment
Ascoli Italy Serse Cosmi Sacked Pre-season Italy Vincenzo Vivarini Pre-season
Benevento Italy Roberto De Zerbi End of contract Italy Christian Bucchi
Brescia Italy Ivo Pulga End of contract Honduras David Suazo
Carpi Italy Antonio Calabro End of contract Italy Marcello Chezzi
Crotone Italy Walter Zenga Mutual consent Italy Giovanni Stroppa
Foggia Italy Giovanni Stroppa Signed by Crotone Italy Gianluca Grassadonia
Livorno Italy Andrea Sottil Mutual consent Italy Cristiano Lucarelli
Palermo Italy Roberto Stellone Mutual consent Italy Bruno Tedino
Spezia Italy Fabio Gallo End of contract Italy Pasquale Marino
Hellas Verona Italy Fabio Pecchia End of contract Italy Fabio Grosso
Venezia Italy Filippo Inzaghi End of contract Italy Stefano Vecchi
Brescia Honduras David Suazo Sacked 18 September 2018[20] Italy Eugenio Corini 18 September 2018[21]
Carpi Italy Marcello Chezzi Mutual consent 18 September 2018[22] Italy Fabrizio Castori 18 September 2018[23]
Palermo Italy Bruno Tedino Sacked 26 September 2018[24] Italy Roberto Stellone 26 September 2018[24]
Venezia Italy Stefano Vecchi Sacked 11 October 2018[25] Italy Walter Zenga 11 October 2018[25]
Crotone Italy Giovanni Stroppa Sacked 29 October 2018[26] Italy Ivan Moschella (caretaker) 29 October 2018
Italy Ivan Moschella End of caretaker spell 1 November 2018 Italy Massimo Oddo 1 November 2018[26]
Cremonese Italy Andrea Mandorlini Sacked 4 November 2018[27] Italy Massimo Rastelli 5 November 2018[28]
Livorno Italy Cristiano Lucarelli Sacked 6 November 2018[29] Italy Roberto Breda 7 November 2018[30]

League table[edit]

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
2 Pescara 12 6 4 2 19 15 +4 22
3 Salernitana 12 5 5 2 14 11 +3 20 Qualification to promotion play-offs[a]
4 Cittadella 11 5 4 2 14 8 +6 19
5 Lecce 12 5 4 3 22 18 +4 19
6 Brescia 11 4 6 1 22 16 +6 18
7 Hellas Verona 12 5 3 4 18 15 +3 18
8 Benevento 11 5 2 4 20 18 +2 17
9 Perugia 11 5 2 4 16 16 0 17
10 Spezia 11 5 1 5 14 14 0 16
11 Cremonese 11 3 6 2 11 8 +3 15
12 Ascoli 11 4 3 4 11 12 −1 15
13 Venezia 11 3 3 5 11 13 −2 12
14 Crotone 12 3 3 6 14 17 −3 12
15 Padova 12 2 5 5 13 20 −7 11 Qualification to relegation play-out[b]
16 Cosenza 12 1 5 6 10 18 −8 8
17 Foggia[c] 11 4 3 4 19 20 −1 7 Relegation to Serie C
18 Carpi 11 1 4 6 10 20 −10 7
19 Livorno 11 1 2 8 8 19 −11 5
Updated to match(es) played on 18 November 2018. Source: Lega Serie B
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Goal difference; 5) Goals scored; 6) Draw.[31]
Notes:
  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Foggia was deducted eight points for administral irregularities.

Positions by round[edit]

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.

Team ╲ Round1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132333435363738
Ascoli5161013121213121210911
Benevento3129533843668
Brescia61515148109106886
Carpi171818181516151718191818
Cittadella111255785754
Cosenza71316161717181414151516
Cremonese8956446910111210
Crotone18537911121111121414
Foggia191919191919171817171717
Hellas Verona9142111222337
Lecce4814966368575
Livorno151717171818191919181919
Padova10411111314141515161615
Palermo13106379534221
Perugia112812141311131313109
Pescara1237422111112
Salernitana14114101071057443
Spezia16613811847991112
Venezia2712151615161616141313
Promotion to Serie A
Play-offs
Play-out
Relegation to Serie C
Source: Serie BKT

Results[edit]

Home \ Away ASC BEN BRE CAR CIT COS CRE CRO FOG VER LEC LIV PAD PAL PER PES SAL SPE VEN
Ascoli 1–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 2–3
Benevento 1–2 2–1 1–3 3–3 1–0 4–0
Brescia 1–0 4–2 4–1 2–1 1–1 1–1
Carpi 2–2 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–3
Cittadella 0–1 2–2 2–0 3–0 1–1 3–2
Cosenza 2–0 0–3[32] 2–3 1–1 1–1 1–1
Cremonese 2–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 2–0 0–1
Crotone 2–2 1–1 4–1 1–2 2–1 1–1
Foggia 3–2 2–2 4–2 2–2 2–1 1–2
Hellas Verona 4–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–1 2–1
Lecce 1–1 1–0 1–2 2–2 2–1
Livorno 1–0 0–1 0–3 2–3 1–3
Padova 0–0 1–1 2–2 0–0 1–0
Palermo 2–1 2–2 1–0 4–1 3–0 1–1
Perugia 2–0 0–1 2–1 3–2 1–0
Pescara 2–1 0–1 2–1 1–0 4–2 2–1
Salernitana 1–1 1–0 3–1 3–0 0–0 2–1 1–0
Spezia 3–1 3–2 2–1 1–0 1–3
Venezia 2–3 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–0
Updated to match(es) played on 18 November 2018. Source: Serie BKT
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For upcoming matches, an "a" indicates there is an article about the match.

Promotion play-offs[edit]

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
                                   
        5-8  
  5     4    
  8        
     
        6-7    
  6     3  
  7  

Relegation play-out[edit]

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
(16) (15)

Season statistics[edit]

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player Club Against Result Date
Italy Giampaolo Pazzini Hellas Verona Carpi 4–1 (H) 16 September 2018
Italy Alfredo Donnarumma Brescia Padova 4–1 (H) 7 October 2018
Italy Mattia Finotto Cittadella Venezia 3-2 (H) 11 November 2018

Last updated: 11 November 2018

Clean sheets[edit]

Rank Player Club Clean
sheets
1 Italy Alessandro Micai Salernitana 5
Italy Alberto Paleari Cittadella
3 Italy Filippo Perucchini Ascoli 4
Serbia Boris Radunović Cremonese
5 Italy Alberto Brignoli Palermo 3
Italy Christian Puggioni Benevento
Italy Mauro Vigorito Lecce
8 Brazil Gabriel Perugia 2
Italy Davide Merelli Padova
Italy Guglielmo Vicario Venezia

Last updated: 11 November 2018

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Forfeit.
  4. ^ From round 3 to round 5, including a forfeit win over Cosenza scheduled between round 2 and round 3.
  5. ^ From round 3 to round 12, except for a bye at round 10.
  6. ^ From round 3 to round 11.
  7. ^ From round 1 to round 3.
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  9. ^ From round 10 to round 12.
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  32. ^ Forfeit.

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