Our prediction for this Serie B match:
Stadio Cino e Lillo Del Duca will host Saturday’s football game between Ascoli and Empoli, the two teams with different aspirations in the season finale. Empoli are on the right track to secure automatic promotion, and a win over Ascoli will see them move one step closer to turning their dream into reality. The Gli Azzurri played out a 2-2 draw with Chievo in a postponed midweek fixture, with defender Simone Romagnoli being sent off after 82 minutes. The 31-year-old is banned for the Ascoli game, while Cambiaso and Sabelli remain on the sidelines with injuries.
The hosts, on the other hand, are fighting hard to secure the Serie B survival. Andrea Sottil’s troops are on a three-game winning run, but beating the league leaders behind closed doors is easier said than done. A close match is on the cards at Stadio Cino e Lillo Del Duca, and we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. The likes of Charpentier, Stoian, and Vellios are all sidelined with injuries for the hosts.
Highlighted Player (Daniele Dessena):
Daniele Dessena is an Italian footballer who was born in Parma on 10 May, 1987. He is a product of Parma’s youth school and he continued played for the Gli Emiliani at senior level. After making 81 league appearances for Parma the 183-cm-tall midfielder joined Sampdoria in 2008, but he spent no more than one season at Stadio Luigi Ferraris.
Dessena signed a deal with fellow Serie A team Cagliari on 31 August, 2009 and he scored his first goal for the club against his former club Parma. In 2010 he returned to Sampdoria and this time out he spent two seasons at the club. It has to be noted that Dessena has a total of 55 league appearances for Sampdoria.
After impressing during his loan spell with Cagliari, the club chiefs signed a permanent deal with the midfielder in July, 2012 and he has been playing for the Rossoblu ever since. Dessena has 20 caps for Italy U21 and he was a part of the team that won a bronze medal at the 2009 European Championship.
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.