Spal takes on S.S. Lazio at the Stadio Paolo Mazza on September 14, 2019.
SPAL stands for Societa Polisportiva Ars et Labor, a football club founded in 1907. Overall, SPAL have played in 24 top-tier and 25 second-tier seasons. Their best finish was during the 1959/60 Serie A season where they finished 5th in the final table. SPAL also reached the final of the 1961/62 Coppa Italia tournament. Last season, they played their third straight term in the top flight and they finished in 13th place. SPAL are the soccer betting underdogs in this upcoming match against Lazio.
SPAL ranks 16th in the Serie A with a -2 Goal Difference in their first two matches played. They also rank 12th with two goals scored so far and they are 13th overall with a total of four goals conceded this season. Both of their goals scored were assisted.
Forwards Federico Di Francesco and Andrea Petagna have scored SPAL’s two goals this season. Petagna assisted on Di Francesco’s goal while defender Igor assisted Petagna’s score. Goalkeeper Etrit Berisha has a total of 17 saves on the season and has conceded four goals in two matches.
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S.S. Lazio was founded in 1900 and they have spent majority of their existence in the top tier of Italian football. The Biancocelesti have been crowned as Italian champions twice and they have won the Coppa Italia seven times. They also have four Supercoppa Italiana titles, one UEFA Cup Winners Cup and one UEFA Super Cup win. After their best success in the 1990s, they went into economic crisis in 2002. Despite their troubles, they won the Coppa Italia in 2004, 2009, 2013 and 2019. Lazio finished 8th in the final Serie A table last season.
S.S. Lazio ranks third in the Serie A with a Goal Difference of +3 goals. They have scored a total of four goals on the season (4th overall) and they lead the league with only one goal conceded so far. Lazio is also 5th in assists with three out of their four goals assisted.
As expected, forward Ciro Immobile has led th Lazio attack with two goals on the season. Midfielder Joaquin Correa and Luis Alberto each have one goal for the club. Alberto leads the team with already two assists while Immobile also has one assists for Lazio. Goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha has allowed one goal and has nine saves in two appearances.
SPAL ranks 17th in the Italian Serie A with two losses in their first two matches of the season. SPAL dropped a 2-3 match against Atalanta on opening week and then they lost to Bologna in their round two assignment. On the other hand, Lazio is ranked 4th in the Serie A with one win and one draw in their first two matches of the season. Lazio defeated Sampdoria 3-0 in their opener and then they banked on Luis Alberto’s second half equalizer to force a 1-1 draw against AS Roma in the Rome Derby.
Head to head, these teams have played in a total of four matches. Lazio has two wins and the teams figured in a draw one time. SPAL won the most recent meeting between these two squads, taking a 1-0 victory last April.
I think Lazio has the edge here. The club is playing very good football right now and they have allowed just one goal in two matches. SPAL has yet to win a match this season and I don’t see them doing it against an in-form Lazio squad. Prediction: Lazio