Preview - SPAL vs Roma 17 March 19

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Match Day 28
SPAL vs. Roma
Sunday, March 17th 2019
00:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Paolo Mazza

Last five matches form: L L D L L
Average goals per match: 0.85
Average goals against per match: 1.52
Top Scorer: Andrea Petagna (10)

Last five matches form: W W W L W
Average goals per match: 1.81
Average goals against per match: 1.37
Top Scorer: Stephan El Sharaawy (9)

Two sides with very differing objectives for the remainder of the season clash at the Stadio Paolo Mazza on Match Dy 28 in Serie A, as SPAL play host to Roma.

Fifth bottom and only two points clear of the relegation zone, it is survival which is the name of the game for the hosts.

Roma meanwhile are up in fifth and currently chasing a Champion's League position. Three points behind fourth placed Inter heading into the weekend, they won't want to be giving up any more ground.

Roma may well have revenge on their minds here having lost 2-0 to SPAL at the Stadio Olimpico earlier in the season. Roma were comfortable 3-0 winners in this game last season.

SPAL appear to have a fully fit squad but will be without the suspended Mattia Valoti. Cengiz √únder, Aleksandar Kolarov, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Kostas Manolas and Daniele De Rossi are all out injured for Roma for whom Alessandro Florenzi misses out through suspension.

SPAL have been on a desperate run with just one win in their past 18 in Serie A. They have failed to win in their past eleven here at home, but have drawn six of their last eight. They have scored one or fewer goals in 10 of their 13 home games.

Roma have lost only one of their past ten in the league. They have won only five of 15 overall away from home, but have improved recently winning three of their last five and scoring two or more in four of those games.

Roma do have a fair few injuries which may make this closer than expected but we still fancy the away side to come out on top.

Prediction: SPAL 1 - 2 Roma


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots:  10 - 16
Shots on target: 4 - 4
Corner Kicks: 3 - 5
Possession: 49% - 51%

Four bookings for each side in this one. Francesco Vicari, Thiago Cionek, Mohamed Fares and Simone Missiroli all saw yellow for the home side, with Steven Nzonzi, Juan Jesus, Diego Perotti and Bryan Cristante of Roma also having their names taken by referee Gianluca Rocchi.

Roma just edged this on the stats as expected, but were never really able to carve open a stubborn SPAL outfit with the regularity they would have liked, and overall we would say the home side just about deserved this on the day.

SPAL struck first in the 22nd minute. Thiago Cionek playing a cross in from the right-hand side which was met with a fantastic towering header into the top right from Mohamed Fares from around 11-yards out slightly to the left. 1-0 at the break.

The equaliser arrived in the 53rd minute. Edin Dzeko played in in the left of the area only to be hauled down by Cionek. Penalty kick. Diego Perotti sending the keeper the wrong way to find the bottom right.

Just seven minutes later the home side regained the lead. Andrea Petagna played in this time and being bundled over in the area by Ivan Marcano. Penalty kick. Petagna dusting himself down to step up and convert into the left hand side of the goal.

Dzeko fashioned himself a decent chance to equalise, but was denied by an excellent one handed stop from Emiliano Viviano. 2-1 final score.

A big blow for Roma in their pursuit of Champion's League football. They remain fifth and four points adrift of fourth placed AC Milan. Huge result for SPAL, particularly with Bologna and Empoli also winning. They move up to fifteenth but still only two points clear of the relegation positions.

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