Preview - SPAL vs Bologna 20 January 19

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Match Day 20
SPAL vs. Bologna
Sunday, January 20th 2019
22:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Paolo Mazza

Last five matches form: D D L D L
Average goals per match: 0.79
Average goals against per match: 1.42
Top Scorer: Andrea Petagna (6)

Last five matches form: L D D L L
Average goals per match: 0.79
Average goals against per match: 1.53
Top Scorer: Federico Santander (5)

We head to the Paolo Mazza for one of the major relegation clashes on Match Day 20 in Seri A as two of the most out of form sides in the league try to find a way to somehow get three points on the board. SPAL are currently outside of the relegation zone in 16th and a win here against third bottom Bologna will go some way towards ensuring the remain their come the end of the season.

SPAL will be looking for their third straight win over Bologna having beaten them 1-0 away earlier in the season and coming out on top by the same score-line in this game last season.

Johan Djourou misses out for the hosts whilst Bologna at least have the luxury of heading into the game at full strength.

Having won three of their first four in Serie A this season, SPAL have now managed only one win in their past 15. A run of form which has unsurprisingly resulted in the minnows plummeting rapidly towards the wrong end of the table. They are however unbeaten in their last four home games, having held Cagliari, Empoli, Chievo and Udinese to draws. With only one goal in their past four games though, a lack of an attacking threat is proving to be a major issue.

It takes some doing to match SPAL's recent win rate, but Bologna just about manage it, with only one win in their past 14. Away from home their record is even worse, with no wins in their past twenty.

It's tough to tip either of these to win, and whilst a low scoring draw would be no surprise, we fancy that home advantage may just be enough to see SPAL come out on top.

Prediction: SPAL 1 - 0 Bologna


Half time:  0 - 1
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots:  13 - 12
Shots on target: 8 - 7
Corner Kicks: 7 - 7
Possession: 52% - 48%

Mirko Valdifiori and Thiago Cionek were booked for the home side in this one with referee Michael Fabbir also taking the names of Roberto Soriano, Filip Helander and Erick Pulgar of Bologna.

Games don't come much more even than this on the stats as these two lowly ranked sides were almost impossible to split on the day. The home side did come out in front in terms of possession and total shots, but only very narrowly and it was no real surprise to see this one end in a draw.

It was Bologna who started the brighter of the two sides here as they went on the front foot in search of a much needed three points. Having already forced SPAL keeper Emiliano Viviano into a couple of decent early saves, the visitors deservedly took the lead in the 24th minute. SPAL coughing the ball up close to the edge of their own area Rodrigo Palacio cutting back onto his right foot and curling a fine effort into the top right corner.

Falling behind did seem to belatedly wake SPAL up as the home side at last began to show some attacking intent. 0-1 at the break though.

SPAL looked to have drawn level in the 54th minute, only for Mirco Antenucci's effort to be ruled out upon consultation with VAR.

The equaliser then finally did arrive in the 63rd minute. Lovely cross from Manuel Lazzari from deep on the right to find the head of Jasmin Kurtic to finish into the top right corner from around six yards.

Another game without a win for each of these stuttering sides then. No change to eithers position in the table, with SPAL remaining 16th and four points clear of Bologna who remain third bottom of the standings and in line for a relegation playoff as things stand.

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