Preview - SPAL vs Udinese 27 December 18

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Match Day 18
SPAL vs. Udinese
Thursday, December 27th 2018
01:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Paolo Mazza

Last five matches form: L D D D L
Average goals per match: 0.82
Average goals against per match: 1.47
Top Scorer: Andrea Petagna (5)

Last five matches form: W D L L D
Average goals per match: 0.82
Average goals against per match: 1.35
Top Scorer: Rodrigo de Paul (6)

SPAL and Udinese are not quite in the relegation zone at present, but they couldn't really be much closer with SPAL lying fifth bottom and Udinese fourth bottom at present. With just two points between the teams theirs plenty riding on this one.

SPAL beat Udinese 3-2 in this game last season, with the reverse fixture finishing up in a 1-1 draw.

The suspended Jasmin Kurtic is the only absentee for the home side. Udinese must do without the injured trio of Emmanuel Badu, Lukasz Teodorczyck and Samir, in addition to the suspended Valon Behrami.

SPAL have won just one of their past 13 in Serie A. They are at least unbeaten in their past three here at home though having drawn with Cagliari, Empoli and Chievo. Their only two home wins came in their opening two fixtures. There have been worrying signs at the back of late with SPAL having conceded two or more goals in five of their past six home games.

Udinese have also been pretty dire for a while now in Serie A, with just the one win in their past 12. It's been as consistently poor on the road with the black and whites winning just two of their past 16 away from home. They have at least scored in nine of their past 12 away trips though.

There may be a few goals around in this one, but other than that it's tough to pick a winner between two poor sides. Draw.

Prediction: SPAL 2 - 2 Udinese


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 0
Shots:  8 - 4
Shots on target: 3 - 2
Corner Kicks: 7 - 2
Possession: 53% - 47%

A relatively uneventful game between two sides who aren't in the best of form at present. No goals to report on the night, but we did have three bookings. Referee Daniele Doveri taking the names of Pasquale Schiattarella of SPAL in addition to Rodrigo De Paul and Rolando Mandragora of Udinese.

It can't really be argued that either side did enough to win this game. Perhaps SPAL just about edged in general play but they were only able to muster three shots on target at home and can't have too many complaints.

Andrea Petagna went close for SPAL in the first half when clipping the top of the crossbar with a free kick from the right-hand side, and again when getting on the end of a cross from the right only to head over. Rodrigo de Paul had the only real chance for Udinese when breaking through the middle and firing on goal from outside the area. Alfred Gomis was equal to his effort though. 0-0 at the break.

It remained pretty even after the break with Udinese doing better in terms of retaining the ball. They were struggling to make any inroads though as SPAL continued to look the more dangerous side. Again though they couldn't really find a way to carve open the Udinese defence who to their credit were pretty well organised today. The best of the home sides chances after the break fell to Felipe who struck the ball well on the volley from just inside the area but saw his effort whistle over.

SPAL move up a spot to 15th spot with this point. No change for Udinese though who remain just one place and two points above the relegation zone.

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