Fiorentina vs SPAL
Italian Serie A.
Date: Sunday 22 September 2018
Kick-Off: 17:00 UK,
Venue: Stadio Artemio Franchi (Florence).
Fiorentina featured in their make-up game with Sampdoria recently and had to settle for a draw, and will be hoping to rebound with a win against SPAL this Saturday.
However, SPAL have been surprisingly good this term and actually sit in the top three this season. Of course, it’s still early and they are not expected to stay there for long, but for a team who were battling relegation last season it is still a very impressive feat nonetheless.
SPAL have picked up three wins out of their first four games, and come into this game having beaten Atalanta recently. Their only defeat was against Torino and they have been quite solid defensively since the start of 2018.
Since they really can’t compete offensively, they seem to really be building their team off keeping things tight at the back and hitting on the counter, and it has been paying off as they notably held Juventus to a scoreless draw during their run to safety last term.
That seems to be the game-plan for this team yet again, and so far, their cautious approach continues to pay off as Atalanta threw everything they could at them, but failed to find a break through as SPAL were able to give their fans something to cheer about at their newly re-furbished stadium by picking up a well-deserved 2-0 win on Monday evening.
As for Fiorentina, they have started off well enough, but goals seem to have been in short supply as of late. Although they brushed aside Chievo in a 6-1 result, that seems to be a one-off result as they narrowly beat Udinese 1-0 and only managed to score once against Sampdoria, whilst they lost 1-0 to Napoli.
Nonetheless, Stefano Pioli won’t be too unhappy with the results, as a win is a win, regardless of whether his team are scoring buckets of goals or a single one, and last season, Fiorentina were not the highest scoring side in the league by a long-shot anyway.
With SPAL enjoying a strong defensive record and Fiorentina failing to fire lately, this will likely be a tightly contested clash at the Stadio Artemio Franchi with little chances at either end. Will the visitors be able to maintain their strong run, or will the hosts earn a breakthrough?
Fiorentina vs SPAL: Head-to-head statistics
- SPAL have won only one of their last 11 Serie A games against Fiorentina (D4 L6)
- They have also failed to score seven times on those occasions
- Fiorentina have kept a clean sheet in each of their last six meetings against SPAL at the Artemio Franchi
Fiorentina vs SPAL: Prediction
SPAL have not seen more than two goals scored in any of their five games across all comps this season.
On the road, all three of their away games have ended with just one goal being scored and they will certainly hunker down defensively yet again here.
Both sides have seen under 2.5 goals in their last few games (in the last four for SPAL and the last three for Fiorentina) so this could be a similar lower-scoring affair.
However, the hosts should be able to edge this one out.
Fiorentina vs SPAL: Betting tips
Fiorentina – WIN at 7/11 (1.65)
Under 2.5 goals at 5/6 (1.83).