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Sep 20, 2018, 04:26 AM Last Edit: Sep 20, 2018, 04:30 AM by Harry85
Match Day 5
Fiorentina vs SPAL 2013
Sunday, September 23rd, 2018
01:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Artemio Franchi

Fiorentina:   
Last five matches form: L W W L D
Average goals per match: 2.00
Average goals against per match: 0.75
Top Scorer: Marco Benassi (3)

SPAL 2013:
Last five matches form: W W W L W
Average goals per match: 1.00
Average goals against per match: 0.25
Top Scorer: Andrea Petagna (2)

SPAL 2013 look to continue their excellent start to the season this weekend as they travel to take on a Fiorentina outfit who have also started largely on a positive note.

Three wins from four games is good enough for second spot in Serie A for SPAL. Leonardo Semplici's men have proven incredibly tough for sides to break through this season, with their four games to date resulting in three 1-0 victories, and one 1-0 defeat. We suspect we may well have another tight game on our hands here.

Fiorentina started in excellent style when battering Chievo on the opening day, and backed that up with another home victory over Udinese. They then lost narrowly at Napoli before picking up another solid result with a draw away at Sampdoria in midweek.

There was nothing to split these two sides last season, with this game finishing in a goalless draw and the reverse fixture finishing up 1-1.

SPAL have certainly performed with credit so far, and will have the additional benefit of not having had had a game in midweek. This looks their toughest assignment yet though and whilst - given their results so far - it wouldn't be the greatest surprise to see this one finish up 1-0 either way, we just fancy the hosts to  take the win, possibly by a couple of goals.


Prediction: Fiorentina 2 - 0 SPAL 2013

Harry85

Half time: 2 - 0
Full time: 3 - 0
Shots:  17 - 5
Shots on target: 6 - 2
Corner Kicks: 11 - 1
Possession: 53% - 47%

Three bookings in this one. Cristiano Biraghi having his name taken for Fiorentina and referee Davide Ghersini also showing yellow to Pasquale Schiattarella and Jasmin Kurtic of SPAL.

A comfortable victory for Fiorentina. SPAL had sought to make all of their games this season tightly contested defensive battles. Those plans went out of the window when conceding in the first twenty minutes though and they never really looked like being able to mount a successful plan B.

So reliable at the back so far this season, it was nevertheless a defensive calamity which proved to be SPAL's undoing in the 18th minute. Looking to make a routine clearance from a low cross from the left, Mohamed Fares completely muffed it, presenting the ball to Marka Pjaca around seven yards from goal. Pjaca needed no second invitation and found the bottom right corner.

Ten minutes later the home side were two up. Straightforward goal from a set piece. Jordan Veretout's corner from the left being met at the near post by Nikola Milenković who headed down and in. 2-0 at the break.

Federico Chiesa had proven a thorn in the side of SPAL throughout and had already found the side netting before he grabbed the third goal of the game in the 56th minute. Nice move through midfield from Fiorentina with the ball being played into the box to Marko Pjaca from the right. When the ball then broke to Chiesa around ten yards out he promptly found the bottom left corner.

This win lifts Fiorentina up to third and now above SPAL who slip down to sixth.


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