Spal – Empoli SOCCER PICKS
SPAL and Empoli meet at Stadio Paolo Mazza, in a match for the 14th round of Serie A. This will be the first direct confrontation between these two teams, as they have never faced each other before. Attention to the house factor, since the SPAL usually conquer different results at home and abroad.
After 4 wins, 1 draw and 8 losses, the home team is currently in the 15th position, with 13 points won. In the last match, they have lost in an away match against Juventus by (2-0), after in the previous match they have tied (2-2) at home, against Cagliari. 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, 4 draws and 7 losses in away matches, with 12 goals scored and 20 conceded; against 8 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses at their stadium, with 29 goals scored and 18 conceded. For the championship, the SPAL won 7 points out of 18 possible, after 2 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses in the last 6 matches played at their stadium.
For this competition, they have not won any of the last 4 home matches. The team allowed goals to the opponent in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition, so it has not been very strong defensively. In 13 games in this competition, he never got the comeback in the 7 games in which he suffered the first goal. In the last 7 home matches for all competitions there are 2 periods that stand out: they have scored 3 of their 6 goals between minutes (46′-60 ‘); He suffered 4 of his 9 goals between the minutes (76’-90 ‘).
The SPAL enters this unmotivated day, after a foreign snub, by 2-0, in the visit to the Juventus field. The home club usually acts in a tactical system in 5-3-2, privileging a more offensive style of play, attacking through the side runners. The SPAL is a team that likes to play in their own midfield, with the aim of trying to surprise their opponent through the counterattack. When it invests in the offensive process, it usually does so through the right flank, in order to take advantage of the depth offered by the Lazzari side. For this game the local coach must have all the players at his disposal.
The away team is currently in the 17 th position of the league, with 12 points won, after 3 wins, 3 draws and 7 losses. In the penultimate match, they won in a home match against Udinese, by (2-1). In the last match, they won in a home match against Atalanta, by (3-2). This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 5 wins, 6 draws and 4 losses in away matches, with 30 goals scored and 21 conceded; against 6 wins, 5 draws and 4 losses at their stadium, with 20 goals scored and 19 conceded. In the last away game in this competition lost by (5-1) against Napoli. In the last 6 away league matches Empoli has a record of 2 draws and 4 losses, so they have won 2 points out of 18 possible.
For this competition, they have not won any of the last 6 away matches. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 13 matches in this competition, they have only 1 comeback in the 8 matches they have conceded the first goal.
The Empoli enters this motivated performance, after a home win, 3-2, at the reception to Atalanta: La Gumina, Masiello (own goal) and Silvestre scored the goals of the victory. The outside club usually acts in a tactical system in 5-3-2, favoring a more defensive style of play, attacking through the central corridor. The Empoli is a team that likes to play in its own midfield, with the aim of trying not to grant many spaces to its rival. When it invests in the counterattack, it usually does it through the left flank, with the purpose of taking advantage of the depth offered by the lateral Pasqual. The visiting coach can not count on Alejandro Rodríguez and Lorenzo Polvani, for being injured.