SPAL vs Sassuolo
Italian Serie A
Sunday, 22nd October 2017
Kick-off at 14:00 UK/ 15:00 CET
Venue: Stadio Paolo Mazza (Ferrara).
It is a relegation battle in the early days of Serie A season when Sassuolo welcome the newly promoted SPAL on Sunday afternoon.
Both teams have 5 points from their opening 8 games with a win and 2 draws and five losses. However, a win on Sunday could see either of the teams moving away to safety temporarily.
SPAL impressed at the start of the season with a goal-less stalemate at Lazio which was followed by a 3-2 thrilling win at home against Udinese. The team managed just 1 point in the six matches since then. Needless to say that their defense is all over the place as the team conceded 14 goals in the process.
Despite their struggles, SPAL looked better in recent weeks as they managed to score 2 against Napoli before scoring 1 each against Crotone and Bologna.
Scoring goals remains a major worry with the team managing to find the back of the net just 4 times since now. The team has the quality to safeguard their status as a Serie A team, but they are yet to come good under the new manager Cristian Bucchi.
To add to the woes, the defense is extremely vulnerable with 15 goals conceded from the 8 matches so far, and 11 of those came in road games.
SPAL vs Sassuolo: Head-to-head
The last meetings between the sides happened in the 2005/06 Serie C campaign. Sassuolo was unbeaten in the two games with a 2-1 win at home and 1-1 draw in the reverse leg.
SPAL vs Sassuolo: Prediction
This is a relegation 6-pointer, but I seriously doubt if either of the sides has got what it takes to go for a winner.
Both teams have plenty of holes in their defensive unit and therefore the winner here will be the team that defends well on the night.
SPAL vs Sassuolo: Bet Tips
Over 2.5 goals @ 2.10
Both teams to Score @ 1.78.
All Odds courtesy of 888Sport
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