SPAL will look to pick a victory when they host Hellas Verona at the Stadio Paolo Mazza in the Serie A on Sunday.
SPAL Match Form
Gli Spallini are stuck in a relegation dogfight midway through this season, after finishing 13th in the last one. They are currently in 19th place, with 12 points from 17 games. Leonardo Semplici’s men are 2 points behind Brescia in 18th and 3 points behind Sampdoria and Lecce in 17th and 16th respectively.
Thus, SPAL still have a decent chance to save themselves but they need to start getting results. They did win 2-1 vs Torino in the last match before the winter break and will look to take inspiration from that game.
Verona Match Form
Hellas Verona are currently 12th in the league table. The Veneto club will be happy with their present position, considering they finished 5th in the Serie B last season and had to get promoted through the play-off route.Embed from Getty Images
I Gialloblu have picked up 19 points from 16 games, having played a game less than the teams around them. They are 5 points clear of safety and just 2 points behind Torino in 10th place.
Thus, a string of good or bad results could Ivan Juric’s side go down or climb up and the manager will hope they can continue the good run and win themselves another season in the top flight.
Verona will be playing their first game in 3 weeks and Juric will hope for a better result than the 3-3 draw against Torino in their last match.
In terms of team news, the home side will be without Marco D’Alessandro and Mohamed Fares while the visitors have quite a few injury concerns. Alan Empereur, Lubomir Tupta, Alessandro Crescenzi and Emmanuel Badu are all doubts for this game, however, Daniel Bessa is back in training.
H2H & Betting News
Looking at head-to-head, SPAL have won just once in the 11 meetings between the sides while Verona have won 4 with the remaining 6 ending as draws. I Gialloblu are unbeaten in their last 5 visits to the stadium, scoring 7 and conceding 4.
Meanwhile, recent form is identical with both teams winning and drawing once in their last 5 league games. Thus, there is not much to separate the sides except for Verona’s better head-to-head and league position.
Considering this is an away match for Verona, SPAL can be expected to hold on for a draw as they try to stave off relegation.
SPAL Predicted XI: Berisha; Tomovic, Vicari, Igor; Cionek, Missiroli, Valoti, Kurtic, Strefezza; Petagna, Paloschi
Hellas Verona Predicted XI: Silvestri; Rrahmani, Kumbulla, Gunter; Faraoni, Amrabat, Veloso, Lazovic; Zaccagni, Stepinski