Our prediction for this Serie B match:
After suffering a 3-1 loss to Pordenone in midweek, Spal will be looking to put an end to their four-game winless run in the Serie B. The Biancazurri aim to keep their automatic promotion hopes alive, but the game against Empoli will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Boss Pasquale Marino has no fresh injury worries ahead of Saturday’s clash, but Valoti is sidelined through suspension.
The Gli Azzurri, on the other hand, aim to retain top position in the Serie B standings, and we are positive that they will go for a win in the Stadio Paolo Mazza showdown. Even though the likes of Cambiaso, Sabelli, and Furlan are all out of contention for the visitors, away win should be considered as Spal have been anything but impressive in the Serie B in 2021. In the first half of the season Empoli defeated Spal 2-1.
Highlighted Player (Etrit Berisha):
Etrit Berisha is an Albanian goalkeeper born on 10 March 1989 in Prishtina, and he has become an important player for the Albania national team over the years. After starting his youth career in his native country, Berisha joined Swedish side as a youngster and he quickly managed to prove his worth on senior level, making 90 league appearances and even scoring 3 goals from the penalty spot.
The impressive displays in Swedish Allsvenskan earned him a lucrative move to Lazio in the summer of 2013, and he has since been vying with Federico Marchetti for a starting berth at Stadio Olimpico, making almost 40 league appearances during the first three years at the club. Berisha has also performed well for the Biancocelesti in Coppa Italia and Europa League, while helping Albania qualify for their first ever European Championship finals.
The talented goalkeeper spent every minute on the pitch during team’s successful qualifying campaign, making sure his name will be written in the Albania national team history books.
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.