SPAL and Roma go head-to-head in Serie A action as both sides target maximum points for different reasons. The struggling Spallini are plummeting down the table and could be in the bottom three at the end of Matchday 28 if either Empoli or Bologna pick up positive results.
Where and when: Stadio Paolo Mazza, Ferrara – 16 March, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see SPAL vs. Roma: FreeSports
Last time: Goals from Andrea Petagna and Kevin Bonifazi sealed a memorable victory for SPAL who finished the contest with ten-men after Vanja Milinković-Savić late dismissal when the teams fared off in October.
|SPAL to score in both halves||4/1||Offer|
|Over 4.5 goals||5/1||Offer|
|Roma to win 2-1||7/1||Offer|
SPAL vs. Roma Predictions and Preview
After winning three of their opening four matches, SPAL were flying high with Juventus. The Spallini had toppled Bologna, Parma and Atalanta but have since failed to put together a positive run of note. The hosts have won just one of their last 18 league clashes, losing 9 times in the process and only headed for one direction unless they can halt the slide before its too late.
Positively for SPAL, they do carry a goal threat and Petagna has an impressive 10 goals to his name. The burly centre-forward knows he can trouble the Roma backline and is 13/2 to open the scoring, while Leonardo Semplici’s men are 15/4 to secure a priceless victory and 13/5 to earn a draw.
Visitors Roma beat Empoli 2-1 in Claudio Ranieri’s first match in charge. The Italian boss was dismissed from Premier League outfit Fulham a fortnight ago and is at the helm for his second spell with the capital club.
Ranieri succeeded Eusebio Di Francesco who announced his decision to step aside after the Lupi’s embarrassing Champions League elimination against Porto after Alex Telles’ dramatic extra-time winner.
Di Francesco had by and large, been under pressure for the majority of the campaign and Ranieri’s objective is clear: to secure a top four place ahead of the likes of Torino, Atalanta, Lazio, Sampdoria and the Milan squads.
One to watch for SPAL: Jasmin Kurtic has seven goal involvements from midfield and will have licence to support Petagna in attack. The ex-Atalanta man is 17/2 to break the deadlock
One to watch for Roma: Nicolò Zaniolo is the obvious choice and the youngster is 15/8 to net anytime. Zaniolo may be given a breather by Ranieri but will almost certainly feature after the break.
Long shot: It has been an emotional fortnight for Roma, comprehensively beaten 3-0 by Lazio in the Derby della Capitale before exiting the Champions League four days later. Nevertheless, the Lupi undoubtedly have a talented squad and a big win could be the perfect tonic for a fascinating battle for the Champions League places. A 4-0 success is 28/1.