Torino vs SPAL
Italian Serie A
Date: Sunday, 13 May 2018
Kick-Off: 14:00 UK/ 15:00 CET
Venue: Stadio Olimpico (Turin).
Although SPAL have won their last two games, they aren’t out of the relegation battle just yet. Despite sitting in 14th spot, they are actually just two points clear of the bottom three as things near the bottom are quite congested at the moment. If they can’t beat Torino this weekend, things could get pretty interesting in the last game of the season.
Torino, for their part are quite safe and have nothing really to play for. They’re not going to get into a European spot for next season, but Walter Mazzarri’s side at least will want to improve nonetheless and finish this campaign off on a decent note. They impressively held Napoli to a 2-2 draw, thus handing the Scudetto to their cross-town rivals Juventus and having done so that could give them some confidence heading into this game.
Torino will be quite disappointed with their 10th placed finish as they had high hopes of getting into the Europa League. They tried to revamp their defense in a bid to improve and hung onto Andrea Belotti, but it didn’t pay off. Mazzarri was supposed to improve things, but he was brought in mid-season, so wasn’t given enough time to turn things around. Overall, it’s the draws that ended up costing them vital points and it will be interesting to see what work the ex-Watford man can do with a full season once the new campaign commences this upcoming August.
The Granata have had their problems up front as well and SPAL have been parking the bus quite a bit recently – and it’s been paying off. Torino have drawn more games than they have won and it’s likely they could stumble yet again here.
Torino vs SPAL: Head-to-head statistics
The teams met for the first time earlier this season and it was a thriller ended 2-2. Iago Falque scored both goals for Torino and inside the first 10 minutes of the game before Federico Viviani and Mirco Antenucci found the back of the net on either halves to give SPAL a point on the night.
Torino vs SPAL: Prediction
SPAL’s park the bus strategy has paid dividends as of late as they have lost just one of their last ten games. They even held Juventus to a scoreless draw and they certainly will try the same thing here as every single point counts. Torino may have gotten two goals against Napoli, but the Partenopei play way more open football. SPAL have managed to avoid defeat in ten of their last 11 games and have earned draws against Fiorentina, Genoa, and Sassuolo, so they will certainly be fancying their chances against Torino this weekend.