Spezia face one of their toughest challenges yet on their first foray into Italy’s top flight, with Serie A leaders Milan on their way to the Stadio Alberto Picco this weekend. The visitors will be confident of picking up another crucial win, but the Rossoneri can take nothing for granted under the Saturday night lights.
Where and when: Stadio Alberto Picco – 13 February, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Spezia vs. Milan: Premier Sports, Bet365 live streaming
Last time: Rafael Leao hit a brace as Milan beat Spezia 3-0 at the San siro in early October, with Theo Hernandez also on target for the Rossoneri.
Spezia v Milan Predictions and Preview
Spezia have made a very good start to their first campaign in Serie A, but the Little Eagles still need to spread their wings and prove they have what it takes to fly during the second half of the season. Milan are out to show them it’s tough at the top this weekend.
Indeed, the Rossoneri are right at the very top of the pile at present, with Stefano Pioli’s side holding a two-point advantage over local rivals Inter. Juventus are another five points back, but the Old Lady still have a game in hand over the Milan duo.
Nothing but relentless win after win is going to be enough for Il Diavolo if they want to lift the title for the first time in a decade. Stopping Juventus winning the Scudetto 10 times in a row is a huge motivation for the visitors as they head into this Spezia v Milan preview.
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The Rossoneri have recovered from the disappointment of back-to-back defeats to Atalanta and Inter in league and cup to win their last two matches, away to Bologna and at home to Crotone. The latter are rooted to the bottom of the table, some nine points behind 16th-placed Spezia.
The Aquilotti hold a six-point lead over Cagliari in 18th, heading into this weekend’s Serie A action. Vincenzo Italiano’s side are in better form than the four teams below them, although things can quickly change in this strange and unprecedented season.
Spezia have managed three wins and a draw in their last six Serie A fixtures, but Milan are out to show that it’s business as usual this weekend in terms of the disparity between top and bottom. The visitors are the 1/2 favourites with William Hill, with Spezia 6/1 and the draw priced at 18/5.
One to watch for Spezia: M’Bala Nzola’s goals have been key to Spezia’s success so far this season. The French forward has netted nine times in 13 Serie A appearances in his debut top flight campaign, including seven in his last eight. He is 8/1 to reach double figures by breaking the deadlock against the league leaders.
One to watch for Milan: Zlatan Ibrahimovic missed this season’s first meeting between this pair. The mercurial Swede is set to start this game and is only second to Cristiano Ronaldo in the goalscoring stakes with 14 goals in just 11 appearances. Ibra is the 12/5 favourite to open the scoring in these Spezia v Milan predictions.
Long shot: If you’re looking for big odds in Serie A games this weekend, a scorecast could be the key to success. Milan are 12/1 to repeat their 3-0 victory over Spezia from earlier this term, rising to 40/1 if you include Ibrahimovic as the opening goalscorer.