Our prediction for this Serie B match:
Buoyed by a 2-1 win over Benevento, Venezia will look to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they take on Spal on Saturday afternoon. The Lagunari are desperate to escape the relegation zone, and they are likely to go all guns blazing at the Gli Spalini. A man to watch in the home team will be Finland striker Joel Pohjanpalo, who has found his goal-scoring touch of late, while both Beghetto and Cheryshev are out of contention with injuries.
The visitors, on the other hand, suffered yet another dip in form, with the team losing to both Cagliari and Bari in the previous two league matches. Spal experienced all sorts of problems at the back in the last league game, which is probably the main reason why home win should be considered. There are no fresh injury worries in the away team ahead of the trip to Venice.
Highlighted Player (Alberto Pomini):
Alberto Pomini is a 185-cm-tall goalkeeper who played for Verona during his youth career. In 2001 he moved to San Marino and he made 17 league appearances for the club in the Serie C2. At the end of the season he signed a deal with Bellaria and after playing 20 games for the club, he moved to Sassuolo in 2004.
Pomini played for the Neroverdi in the Serie C2 back then, but the club have been making progress year by year. Sassuolo are currently playing in the Italian top flight, but it has to be noted that Pomini did not see any game action in the 2015/2016 Serie A campaign. The Italian goalkeeper wore No. 17 on his shirt between 2008 and 2012, but following Davide Bassi’s departure he received number 1 shirt.
Alberto Pomini was born in Isola della Scala, Italy on 17 March, 1981. He has a contract with Sassuolo which expires at the end of the 2016/2017 Serie A campaign. His agent is Danilo Caravello.
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.