Our prediction for this Serie A match:
Cagliari will be aiming to make amends for a 2-0 loss to Juventus when they welcome Spezia at their Sardegna Arena on Matchday 9. The Rossoblu continue with their old habit of producing much better showings at home than on the travels, and it has to be noted that the Sardinians are after their fourth consecutive win on home soil in all competitions. The likes of Ceppitelli, Pinna, Farago, Luvumbo, and Lykogiannis are sidelined with injury, while Godin has been tested positive for coronavirus.
Spezia, on the other hand, did well to hold Atalanta to a goalless draw. The visitors are eyeing their third consecutive clean sheet in the Italian top flight, but preventing Cagliari from scoring in Sardinia is easier said than done. Since Spezia head into the match with a severely-weakened squad, we believe that home win should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Gaston Pereiro):
Uruguay midfielder Gaston Pereiro has been with PSV since 2015 when he was transferred from his boyhood club Nacional. An attacking midfielder is a member of the Uruguayan U-20 national team and is yet to receive a senior call-up he hopes will come with fine performances at the club he is contracted to until 2020.
Pereiro is a flamboyant midfielder who adds creativity and flair to PSV’s play. The Uruguay international has already achieved the cult status with the supporters, despite being at the club a little over a year. Pereiro scored a brace against PSV’s most feared and detested rivals Ajax, writing his name into the club’s history books as his presence proved to be pivotal in earning three points that proved to be the difference between the two rivals at the end of the season.
Gaston Pereiro made 30 Eredivisie appearances in his maiden season with PSV scoring 12 goals in the process and fans hope that the Uruguay midfielder will add up to the tally in the new season as well.
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.