Our football match prediction:
David faces Goliath at Allianz Stadium on Wednesday evening. Title-holders Juventus take on relegation strugglers SPAL on Matchday 10 and the Bianconeri aim to build on a thrilling 6-2 victory over Udinese. Max Allegri’s troops aim to melt Napoli’s advantage in the Serie A standings and we predict that they will go all guns blazing at SPAL in the midweek fixture. Juve suffered a 2-1 loss to Lazio in their last home game in the national championship and, no doubt, they are determined to start a new winning run at their Allianz Stadium. The Biancazzurri are on a seven-game winless run in the Serie A and they face an uphill task in Wednesday’s football match against the reigning champions. Sami Khedira scored a hat-trick in the 6-2 win over Udinese, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay. It has to be noted that the two teams meet for the first time ever in the Italian elite division.
Highligted Player (Buffon):
Gianluigi Buffon is a legendary Italian goalkeeper. The 191-cm-tall shoot-stopper was born in Carrara, Italy on 28 January, 1978 and he began his senior career at Parma. After making 169 league appearances for the Gli Emiliani, he joined Juventus in 2001 and he has been playing for the “Old Lady” ever since. Buffon is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the history of football and he won seven Serie A trophies with Juve. In 2006 he helped Italy clinch the FIFA World Cup trophy as they defeated France on penalties in the title game. He managed to keep no less than five clean sheets at the showpiece tournament in Germany. Buffon set a number of records and it has to be noted that he is a goalkeeper with most number of clean sheets and penalty kicks saved in the Serie A. His mother Mara Stella was a discus thrower, while his father Adriano was a weightlifter. Gigi’s contract with Juve expires on 30 June, 2018.
Highlighted Team (SPAL):
SPAL impressed in the 206/2017 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.