Our prediction for this Serie A match:
Crotone will be looking to make amends for a heavy 4-0 loss to Napoli when they host Spezia at their Stadio Ezio Scida on Matchday 11. The Rossoblu have been struggling in front of goal of late, with the team failing to find the net in the previous four league fixtures, and, no doubt, they are low on confidence ahead of Saturday’s clash. To make things even worse for the home team, midfielder Jacopo Petriccione is sidelined through suspension.
Spezia, on the other hand, aim to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Lazio. The visitors are eager to escape the relegation zone, and it seems as if they will not have a better chance than this to return to winning ways. When the two teams met at Stadio Ezio Scida in the Serie B earlier in 2020 Spezia defeated Crotone 2-1, and we predict that the history is going to repeat itself.
Highlighted Player (Alex Cordaz):
Alex Cordaz is an Italian goalkeeper who plays for Crotone, who returned to the Serie A at the end of the 2015/2016 season. Cordaz was born in Vittorio Veneto on 1 January 1983 and he started his youth career at Inter. He played one game for the Nerazzurri in the Serie A and in 2006 he joined Treviso.
After making 18 league appearances for the club from 2006 to 2009, he joined with Swiss side Lugano on a free transfer. The 188-cm-tall goalkeeper played 56 league games for Lugano and in 2011 he returned to Italy as he signed a contract with Cittadella. As expected, he established himself as a first-choice goalkeeper and he made no less than 80 league appearances for the club between 2011 and 2013.
Alex Cordaz currently plays for Crotone and it has to be noted that he made 42 appearances for the club in the 2015/2016 Serie B campaign.
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.