Our prediction for this Serie B match:
Venezia and Spezia go head to head at Stadio Pierluigi Penzo in the opening match of the Serie B round 5. I Lagunari aim to remain unbeaten in the 2023/2024 season and the bookies see them as slim favourites to win Friday’s encounter. Mato Jajalo remains on the sidelines with an ACL injury, but there are no fresh selection worries in the home team. Paolo Vanoli is likely to stick to the 4-4-2 formation.
The Bianconeri, on the other hand, aim to recover from back-to-back defeats to Catanzaro and Como, but given their difficulties in front of goal, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the promotion-chasing hosts. Michal Wisnieski remains on the sidelines with injury, speaking of the visiting team. In their last meeting in the Italian top flight Spezia defeated Venezia, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Team (Spezia):
Spezia is a professional Italian club based in Spezia, Liguria. The Bianconeri secured promotion to the Serie A in the 2019/20 season, with the team beating Frosinone in the Serie B playoffs final. Spezia are well known for their black and white home jerseys, and black is the dominant colour of their away kit.
The club’s home ground Stadio Alberto Picco has the capacity of 10,336 people. The venue was opened back in 1919, with architect Gregotti being in charge of the project. In 2002 the club chiefs decided to reach an agreement with Inter which saw Spezia become Inter’s feeder club.
As a result, the likes of Goran Pandev, Aco Stojkov, and Alex Cordaz joined the Bianconeri in the first season. Spezia then suffered a bankruptcy, but in 2008 they were re-founded. In the 2020/21 season the Bianconeri will compete in the Italian elite division for the first time ever.