Our prediction for this Serie B match:
Benevento will look to secure a top-four finish when they host Spal to their Stadio Ciro Vigorito on the last day of the season. Benevento suffered a heavy 3-0 loss to Monza at the weekend, but they are surely capable of matching the Gli Spalini in front of home fans. Forward Francesco Forte, who suffered an injury in a 2-1 loss to Ternana, remains in the recovery room for the hosts.
Spal, on the other hand, secured the Serie B promotion thanks to a 3-0 win over Frosinone. Since the visitors have nothing to play for in Friday’s clash, we are tempted to put our money on the promotion-chasing hosts. To make things even worse for the away side, midfielder Nicolo Zanellato is banned for the match, while Giuseppe Rossi remains in the treatment room.
Highlighted Player (Gianluca Lapadula):
Gianluca Lapadula, also known as Lapagol, due to his goalscoring abilities, was born in Turin and started his career at Juventus youth team, but was released because he wasn’t doing well in his studies. After the departure with Juventus, Lapadula perfected his goalscoring skills in lower Italian leagues and even spent one year in NK Gorica, Slovenia.
During his spell in Ravenna, he managed to finish the season 2012/13 as the top scorer in the group, netting 24 goals in the process. For a long period of time, the 28-year-old was Parma’s player, but he went on loans often, and, after Parma went bankrupt, Lapagol moved to Pescara. With 30 goals in 43 appearances, the striker caught the eye of Serie A giant Milan. He netted his first goal for the Rossoneri only three minutes after he came on as a substitute.
The following season Lapagol became the striker of Genoa. Even though he was called to play for Peru, the Genoa hitman decided to represent Italy, getting his first call to the senior squad in November 2016. However, he never made an official appearance for Italy, since he only played an unofficial friendly against San Marino, when he scored a hat-trick.
Highlighted Team (SPAL):
SPAL impressed in the 2016/2017 Serie B campaign, with the team finishing the season in top position in the standings, four points clear of second-placed Hellas Verona.
The Biancazzurri returned to the Italian elite division following a 49-year absence and it has to be noted that they finished the 2016/2017 Serie A campaign in 14th place in the table. As a result, they were relegated to the Italian second tier at the end of the season.
The club was founded in 1907 as Circolo Ars et Labor and six years later was renamed as Societa Polisportiva Ars et Labor. After a bankruptcy the club was re-founded in 2005 and they have been competing as SPAl 1907 ever since.
SPAL welcome their rivals at Stadio Paolo Mazza, the venue which was opened in 1928. You should know that the capacity of the stadium is 12.438 Rovigo are regarded as Spal’s fiercest rivals and the two teams face each other in the Derby of Polesine.