SPAL vs Roma
Italian Serie A.
Date: Saturday, 21 April 2018
Kick-Off: 14:00 UK,
Venue: Stadio Paolo Mazza (Ferrara).
SPAL will hope to continue their slow climb towards safety as they take on Roma on Saturday afternoon.
The hosts come into this game just one point from the drop zone, with Crotone hot on their tails. Leonardo Semplici’s side have been playing some ultra-defensive football as of late, and it has paid dividends. Their park-the-bus approach may not win them points on aesthetics, but it’s working, as SPAL now have drawn their last six games, including an impressive scoreless draw with Juventus.
Those six points have been really vital to their survival chances, as against teams like Juventus and Fiorentina they were the obvious underdogs, and managed to get two points from a possible six as opposed to zero. Still, they will be ruing their chances against Chievo, as perhaps a bit more adventurous approach would have seen them earn a deserved win against the Flying Donkeys as opposed to a draw.
Nonetheless, having held Juventus to a draw and halted Fiorentina’s winning streak recently, they surely will be fancying their chances against Roma. After all, they are unbeaten in their last eight games, and the Giallorossi have a huge distraction coming up next week.
Eusebio Di Francesco will be hoping to take care of business here as they face Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals. Roma are literally just 180 minutes away from making it to the final – something no one would have predicted, and confidence now is sky-high among the Giallorossi. However, the ex-Sassuolo boss will have to decide how to manage his squad, as they are involved in a three-way fight with Inter and Lazio for only two remaining Champions League places.
SPAL vs Roma: Head-to-head statistics
- SPAL are unbeaten in their last eight games
- There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 10 of Roma’s last 11 away games
- Roma are undefeated in their last 8 away games
- There have been under 2.5 goals scored in SPAL’s last 7 games
SPAL vs Roma: Predictions
SPAL have just one objective: to avoid the drop. They will again try to grind out a point here, whilst Roma will be already looking ahead to their Champions League tie with Liverpool. Still, the Giallorossi won’t want to fumble this game either, as Lazio and Inter are both lurking. However, this game could represent a banana peel of sorts for Roma, who have drawn their last two away games, despite being undefeated in their last eight one the road.