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May 19, 2018, 06:42 AM Last Edit: May 19, 2018, 06:51 AM by Harry85
Match Day 38
SPAL 2013 vs Sampdoria
Monday, May 21st, 2018
01:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Paolo Mazza

SPAL 2013: 
Last five matches form: D L W W L
Average goals per match: 0.97
Average goals against per match: 1.57
Top Scorer: Mirco Antenucci (9)

Last five matches form: W L W L L
Average goals per match: 1.49
Average goals against per match: 1.54
Top Scorer: Fabio Quagliarella (19)

Headed into the final weekend in Serie A, we already know that both Benevento and Hellas Verona will be playing in Serie B next season. The third and final relegation spot is however very much still up for grabs, with Crotone, SPAL 2013, Cagliari, Udinese and Chievo Verona all still in danger.

It is Crotone who are currently in the drop zone, but the team most vulnerable should they pick up an unlikely point or more at Napoli are fourth bottom SPAL 2013.

As such the home side will be desperate to get at least something from this game.

Sampdoria in contrast have very little to play for having seen their season fizzle out in recent weeks as their European aspirations have faded away. How much resistance will they put up against this motivated home team?

Whilst incentive may be in the home sides favour, injuries and suspensions definitely aren't. Thiago Cionek, Everton Luiz and Bartosz Salamon are all suspended, whilst it will be interesting to see what shape the midfield takes if none of Manuel Lazzari, Federico Mattiello and Federico Viviani are passed fit on the day.

Sampdoria do have injury concerns of their own, chiefly to top scorer Fabio Quagliarella.

I would fancy a full strength SPAL 2013 side to win this one but, being so ravaged by missing players, they may just have to settle for a point.

Prediction: SPAL 2013 1 - 1 Sampdoria


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 3 - 1
Shots:  16 - 9
Shots on target: 6 - 3
Corner Kicks: 5 - 3
Possession: 44% - 56%

Federico Viviani was booked for SPAL 2013. Referee Marco Di Bello also took the names of Sampdoria's Karol Linetty and Fabio Quagliarella, in addition to sending Gianluca Caprari off for two bookable offences.

The home side were quite literally handed the initiative here. Gianluca Caprari's handball in the area being spotted by the referee and a spot-kick awarded in just the fourth minute. Mirko Antenucci stepping up to dispatch the ball into the bottom left corner.

Far from treading carefully having been booked for that earlier handball, Caprari instead went steaming into a challenge with Felipe in the 33rd minute. A second yellow swiftly followed and off he went. 1-0 at half-time.

Needing a win to ensure their survival, SPAL were able to breathe a little easier in the 50th minute. Federico Viviano spinning in a cross to the far post where Alberto Grassi was ready and waiting to head home.

Two minutes later it really was all over. Viviani the provider again, this time finding Antenucci in the left-hand side of the area. Antenucci cutting inside his defender before firing into the bottom right corner.

Sampdoria did get one back in the 65th minute. Leonardo Capezzi heading the ball towards the edge of the area. Dawid Kownacki spinning and volleying into the bottom left corner in the 65th minute.

Too little too late for the visitors though.

It's mission complete for SPAL in their battle to survive in Serie A for another year. They finish in 17th and three points clear of the drop zone in the end.

Sampdoria's disappointing end to the season continues into the final day. Marco Giampaolo's men finish in a slightly disappointing tenth.

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