Our prediction for this Serie A match:
Buoyed by a 3-2 win over Empoli, Juventus will be aiming to stay in the Champions League berth when they host Spezia to their Allianz Stadium on Sunday evening. The Bianconeri have been producing fine displays in the Serie A ever since prolific Serbia striker Dusan Vlahovic joined the club, and the former Fiorentina man is likely to prove a handful for the opposition back-line.
Even though all Mckennie, Chiesa, Alex Sandro, Zakaria, Chiellini, and Kaio Jorge remain in the recovery room, home win should be considered as Juve are eager to secure yet another top-four finish. Spezia, on the other hand, suffered a dip in form, and given their three-game losing run, anything but a routine home win would be a major surprise. Both Amian and Kiwior are banned for the visitors, while the likes of Colley, Sala, Sher, and Leo’Sena are out of contention with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Matthijs de Ligt):
Matthijs de Ligt is yet another product of famous Ajax football academy. After making 17 appearances for Jong Ajax, Matthijs de Ligt started playing for the senior team in 2016. The talented centre-back, who was born on August 12, 1999 in Leiderdorp (Netherlands) made his debut for the Amsterdammers on September 21, 2016 in a cup game against Willem II. Thanks to this goal Matthijs de Ligt became the second youngest goalscorer ever, behind legendary midfielder Clarence Seedorf.
In March, 2017, the Ajax defender made his debut for the Netherlands national team in a 2-0 loss to Bulgaria in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. In 2018 he received AFC Ajax Talent of the Year award (Marco Van Basten Award). Mathiijs de Ligt’s main position is centre-back and his preferred foot is right. His contract with the Amsterdammers should expire on June 30, 2021.
In the 2016/2017 season Matthijs de Ligt and his teammates made it to the Europa League final, but Ajax were beaten by Manchester United in the title game.
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.