Promoted Spezia face their toughest test yet with Serie A holders Juventus in attendance. The Aquile have acquitted themselves well so far and have taken points from three of their first five clashes. Elsewhere, Andrea Pirlo will hope to have Cristiano Ronaldo back at his disposal with the Portuguese legend agitating for a return to the team.
Where and when: Stadio Alberto Picco, La Spezia – 1 November, kick-off 14:00
Where you can see Spezia vs. Juventus: FreeSports
Last time: Spezia toppled Juventus on the final day of the 2006-7 Serie B campaign. The Bianconeri were famously demoted to Italy’s second tier after the Calciopoli scandal and were led by Alessandro Del Piero and David Trezeguet in attack.
Spezia v Juventus Predictions and Preview
Vincenzo Italiano has put together a capable group Spezia’s first ever term in Serie A. Kevin Agudelo, Diego Farias, Federico Mattiello, Jacopo Sala and Rafael have been added to the ranks and all have experience in the division.
The hosts were seconds away from glory in the previous gameweek until Juraj Kucka got an equaliser for Parma. Spezia struck through Julian Chabot and Agudelo but it will be Bulgarian ace Andrey Galabinov who will be tasked with troubling the champions.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Federico Chiesa to score first||9/2||Offer|
|Juventus to win 2-0||6/1||Offer|
|Spezia to win and both teams to score||15/1||Offer|
The Aquile number 9 has spent the entirety of his career in Italy, turning out for Novara, Genoa, Livorno, Gubbio and Lumezzane and has already matched his tally for the Grifone after just 210 minutes this term. Galabinov has struck on three occasions and is available at 4/1 in the anytime scorer market. Spezia are 15/2 to claim a memorable win and a draw is 15/4.
The visiting Bianconeri take to the field after a disappointing 2-0 loss at the hands of Barcelona. Ronald Koeman outclassed and outmaneuvered his opposite number and Pirlo will know he has to get it right quickly.
The young tactician handed Paulo Dybala a start in the absence of Ronaldo but the Argentine was ineffectual. Nevertheless, the South American should be afforded another opportunity alongside Alvaro Morata and is 7/2 to open proceedings.
Morata was desperately unlucky on Wednesday night. The ex-Real Madrid striker saw three efforts ruled out for offside and has been Juventus’ main attacking threat since rejoining the club earlier in the summer.
The 28-year-old is 10/3 to register first, while Dejan Kulusevski is 6/1. The talented winger rescued a share of the spoils during the encounter with Verona and looks at ease in the company of established stars. Juventus are 1/3 to bounce back in the best way possible and begin their ascent up the table.
One to watch for Spezia: Lucien Agoumé was on the radar of Manchester City and Barcelona before Inter stole a march and snapped up the highly rated youngster. The season-long loanee is 14/1 to score first.
One to watch for Juventus: Pirlo is still trying to find the right balance in midfield and Aaron Ramsey has looked bright. The former Arsenal fan favourite is 6/1 to notch last.
Long shot: Juventus still possess immense quality throughout the squad but there is no longer a fear factor when the opposition line-up, particularly if Ronaldo, much to his frustration, is on the sidelines. Spezia would have been interested spectators as the Gialloblu nearly executed their game plan to perfection and a repeat 1-1 outcome is 9/1.