Napoli – Spal SOCCER PICKS
Napoli and SPAL meet at Stadio San Paolo, in a match for the 17 th round of Serie A. There is only record of 2 recent direct matches between these two teams: on 18-02-2018, which ended with Napoli’s victory (1-0), and on 23-09-2017, which ended with the victory of Napoli by (2-3). In this game the home factor may be decisive, since both teams present considerable differences in the results achieved at home and as a visitor.
After 12 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses, the home team is currently in the 2 nd position, with 38 points won. In the last match, they have won in an away match against Cagliari by (0-1), after in the previous match they have won (4-0) at home, against Frosinone. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 8 wins, 2 draws and 5 losses in away matches, with 22 goals scored and 22 conceded; against 12 wins and 3 draws in their stadium, with 37 goals scored and 8 suffered.
For this competition, he does not lose in his stadium 8 games ago. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 16 matches in the competition, they have conceded the first goal 5 times, but have regained the win at 3. There is 1 period that stands out in the last 12 home matches for all competitions: they have suffered 3 of their 6 goals between minutes (46 ‘) -60 ‘).
The Napoli comes to this day motivated, after a triumph, by 0-1, in the displacement to the terrain of the Cagliari, totaling in this way the third victory followed in the Italian championship: the only goal of the team was marked by Milik. Contrary to the opponent of this match, the home club usually acts in a tactical drawing in 4-3-3, using three high quality players in the front face: Milik, Insigne and Mertens. The Polish Milik is the team’s great scorer in the championship, with 8 goals scored. We believe that Allan, Hamsik and Zielinski will play in the midfield. Coach Carlo Ancelotti will not be able to count on the injured Chiriches and Mário Rui.
Probable alignment: D. Ospina, K. Koulibaly, K. Malcuit, N. Maksimović, F. Ghoulam, Allan, P. Zieliński, M. Hamšík, L. Insigne, D. Mertens, A. Milik.
Coach: C. Ancelotti.
The away team is currently in the 15 th position of the league, with 16 points won, after 4 wins, 4 draws and 8 losses. In the penultimate match, they tied in an away match against Genoa, by (1-1). In the last match, they tied in a home match against Chievo, by (0-0). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 4 wins, 3 draws and 8 losses in away matches; against 8 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses at their stadium. In their last 8 away matches for the championship the SPAL has 2 wins, 1 draw and 5 losses, so they have won 7 points out of 24 possible. The team has conceded goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, so they have not displayed great defensive solidity, but their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 16 matches in this tournament, he suffered the first goal 7 times and never got the comeback.
The SPAL enters this day after a draw, by 0-0, in the Chievo reception, thus registering the seventh consecutive game without winning the Italian championship. In the last 10 games played, the visitors won only one victory. The outside club is a team that likes to play in their own midfield, with the aim of trying to surprise their opponent through the counterattack. When he invests in the offensive process, he usually does so through the left flank, in order to take advantage of the depth offered by Mohamed Fares. On the other hand, Andrea Petagna is the best score of the SPAL with 5 goals scored. For this game, coach Leonardo Semplici will be able to count on all his players.
Probable alignment: A. Gomis, Felipe, M. Fares, F. Vicari, K. Bonifazi, M. Lazzari, S. Missiroli, P. Schiattarella, J. Kurtič, A. Petagna, M. Antenucci.
Coach: L. Semplici.