Our prediction for this Serie B match:
Tuesday’s football game at Stadio Paolo Mazza pits together Spal and Pordenone, the two teams who are eyeing a place in the playoffs. Spal are undefeated in the previous four league fixtures, but it has to be noted that they shared the spoils with the likes of Cremonese, Monza, and Cosenza in the previous three league fixtures. Since Spal boss Pasquale Marino has a full squad to choose from, we predict that the hosts are going to grab something from the match.
Pordenone, on the other hand, aim to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Vicenza. The visitors are eager to climb to the playoffs berth, but beating Spal on the road is easier said than done. A close encounter is on the cards, and we are tempted to put our money on draw. All Finotto, Gavazzi, and Mallamo are sidelined with injuries for the away team.
Highlighted Player (Lucas Castro):
Lucas Castro was born in La Plata, Argentina on 9 April, 1989. He played for his home-town club Gimnasia La Plata at the start of his senior career and the pacey winger made 68 league appearances for los Triperos from 2008 to 2011. Racing Club signed him for the 2011/2012 season and he scored five goals in 26 appearances for the club in the national championship.
In 2012 he decided to move to Europe as he signed a five-year deal with Serie A side Catania for a fee of €2.5 million. The Argentine footballer scored 13 goals for the Sicilian outfit from 2012 to 2015 and on 29 June, 2016 he joined fellow Serie A side Chievo.
Lucas Castro received Argentina call-up in 2011 for a friendly against Brazil, but he did not come from the bench. Castro is a winger, but he is capable of playing as a central midfielder. His market value on 15 July, 2016 was €6 million.
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.