Our prediction for this Serie A match:
Roma and Spezia take on each other at Stadio Olimpico in the closing match of the Serie A day 17. The Giallorossi failed to impress in a 3-0 loss to Inter, but they are still seen as hot favourites to beat the Bianconeri in front of home fans. Since key attacker Tammy Abraham is back from suspension, we believe that punters from all four corners of the world can find value in betting on Jose Mourinho’s troops.
Both Mancini and Zaniolo are banned for the match, while Spinazzola, Pellegrini, and El Shaarawy remain in the treatment room. Spezia, on the other hand, are on a five-game losing run on the road, which is probably the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on the Romans this time out. In their last meeting in the “Eternal City” the Romans defeated the Bianconeri 4-3. Leo’ Sena should be the only absentee in the away side.
Highlighted Player (Nikola Kalinic):
Nikola Kalinic is a product of Hajduk Split’s youth school. The 187-cm-tall striker scored 32 goals in 59 appearances for Hajduk at senior level and he played for the likes of Pula and Sibenik in Croatia as well. In 2009 he moved to Blackburn Rovers for fee of £6 million.
Nikola Kalinic made his Blackburn Rovers debut against Sunderland on 22 August, 2009 and he scored his first goal for the Riversiders against Peterborough United in the League Cup. After making 44 league appearances for Blackburn Rovers, the Croatian attacker joined Dnipro in 2011 and he played for the Ukrainian outfit until 2015.
Kalinic signed a four-year deal with Fiorentina on 15 August, 2015 and he impressed in the 2015/2016 Serie A campaign, scoring 12 goals in 36 games. The Fiorentina striker made two appearances for Croatia at the 2016 European Championship in France and it has to be noted that he found the net in a 2-1 win over Spain in the group stages of the competition.
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.