SPAL and Sassuolo measure their strength at Stadio Paolo Mazza in a match for the 9th round of Serie A. There is no record of direct matches between these two teams in the last 3 years. The last confrontation was disputed in 15-02-2006 and finished with the marker: Sassuolo (2-1) SPAL. In spite of being a match between º and 18º of the table, in fact it is a confrontation between the 15º classified in matches in house and the 13º like visitor.
The home team is currently in the 2nd position, with no points won, after 1 win, 2 draws and 5 losses. In the penultimate game, tied at home against Crotone by (1-1). In the last game, lost out against Bologna by (2-1). This is a team unaffected by the house factor, as it conquered similar results at home and abroad. In his last 4 home games for the championship the SPAL won 1, tied 1 and lost 2, reason why he conquered 4 points in 12 possible.
For this competition, he has not won for the last 6 games. The team allowed goals to the opponent in 7 of the last 8 matches for this competition, reason why it has not been very strong defensively. In their home games there is a tendency to have goals, as 21 of their last 24 games have ended with over 1.5 goals. In 8 games in this tournament, he suffered the first goal 4 times and never got the comeback. There is 1 period in the last 6 home matches for all competitions: he suffered 3 of his 8 goals in the minutes (61′-75 ‘).
The SPAL arrives at this unmotivated party, after an outlandish snub, by 2-1, in the visit to Bologna. The home team usually plays in a tactical system in 3-5-2, favoring a more offensive gameplay, attacking through the flanks. SPAL is a team that likes to play in their midfield, with the aim of trying to surprise their opponent through the counterattack. When it invests in the offensive process, it usually does it through the right flank, in order to take advantage of the depth offered by the Lazzari side. For this match the home technician will not be able to count on Fabio Della Giovanna and Meret, injured.
The visiting team is currently in 18th place, with 5 points conquered, after 1 victory, 2 draws and 5 losses. In the penultimate game, lost out against Lazio by (6-1). In the last game, tied at home against Chievo by (0-0). Curiously, this is a team that has achieved more positive results than in their stadium, as they conquered 3 points as a visitor and only 2 in their stadium. In his last 4 games as a visitor to the championship the Sassuolo record 1 victory and 3 losses, reason why it conquered 3 points in 12 possible. In the last 5 home matches for all competitions there is 1 period highlighted: he suffered 4 of his 11 goals in the minutes (76’-90 ‘).
The Sassuolo arrive to this party after a home tie, to zero, in the reception to the Chievo. The away team is generally oriented towards a 4-3-3 formation, emphasizing fast transitions and attacks through the flanks. In this tactical scheme, the three most advanced players will be Politano, Matri and Berardi. In the midfield it is possible that they act Missiroli, Magnanelli and Duncan. Coach Cristian Bucchi will not be able to count on injured Dell’Orco and Adjapong.
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