Preview - SPAL 2013 vs Atalanta 8 April 2018

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Match Day 31
SPAL 2013 vs Atalanta
Sunday, April 1st, 2018
01:00 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Paolo Mazza

SPAL 2013: 
Last five matches form: W W D D D
Average goals per match: 0.97
Average goals against per match: 1.70
Top Scorer: Mirco Antenucci ( 8 )

Last five matches form: W L W W L
Average goals per match: 1.53
Average goals against per match: 1.10
Top Scorer: Josip Ilicic (10)

Relegation threatened SPAL 2013 welcome Europe chasing Atalanta to the Stadio Paolo Mazza in one of the more intriguing of the Match Day 31 fixtures in Serie A.

Centre back Francesco Vicari is the main absentee for SPAL here with the defensive lynchpin missing out through suspension.

Atlanta's problems come further forward with attacking influences Leonardo Spinazzola and top scorer Josip Ilicic missing out through injury.

SPAL's form has picked up of late with the nine points they have picked up in their past five Serie A outings - including an excellent draw against league leaders Juventus - seriously increasing their chances of survival this term. Still only two points of the relegation zone though they need to keep up their good recent work.

Atalanta have also been in decent form of late, but their aspirations lie at the other end of the table as they bid to close the gap to sixth placed AC Milan. Only four points adrift of Gennaro Gattuso's men at present, they have realistic hopes of making the Europa League next season.

Atalanta are the better of these two sides on paper, as evidenced by the sides respective league positions. SPAL have proven a tough not to crack to date though and seem to have adopted the siege mentality so often needed for survival. We see these two sharing the spoils.

Prediction: SPAL 2013 1 - 1 Atalanta


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots: 8 - 18
Shots on target: 4 - 6
Corner Kicks: 3 - 3
Possession: 44% - 56%

Antonio Damato booked Thiago Conek, Manuel Lazzari and Jasmin Kurtic for SPAL and Andrea Petagna and Remo Freuler for Atalanta.

Atalanta really needed to win this if they were to keep up their push for the European places. Coming out well on top in the possession and total shots figures, they certainly gave it a good go but ultimately had to settle for a point.

The visitors did come close to breaking the deadlock in the 24th minute when Alejandro Gomez's strike from outside the box beat the keeper but unfortunately not the woodwork

It was the home side who took the lead in the 39th minute. Federico Viviani putting an excellent dipping free kick right into the danger zone around the six yard box. Thiago Cionek was the man arriving to do the rest, heading home into the bottom corner with a diving effort. 1-0 at the break.

Atalanta were much the better side overall in the second half as they poured on the pressure in search of an equaliser.

SPAL came close to putting this match out of reach in the 62nd minute though when Federico Viviani's long range strike rattled the woodwork. 

Atalanta's equaliser did finally arrive in the 78th minute. Flippo Costa's shirt pull on Alejandro Gomez in the area being spotted by the officials and a penalty kick awarded. Marten De Roon was the man with the responsibility from the spot and he didn't disappoint, firing home into the top corner. 1-1. And that's the way it finished.

A largely disappointing result for Atalanta as they fail to make any real inroads in the race for sixth. They now sit in ninth spot and three points behind AC Milan who also have a game in hand.

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