Our football match prediction:
High-flying Lazio will be looking to build on a Super Cup win over Juventus when they host SPAL at their Stadio Olimpico in the opening match of the season. The Biancocelesti aim to put an end to Juve’s dominance in the Italian top flight and, no doubt, they are eager to make a flying start to the season. Ciro Immobile scored a brace in the 3-2 victory over Max Allegri’s men at the weekend and the opposition defenders are likely to have their work cut out for them when facing the former Torino striker. SPAL face an uphill task in Sunday’s football match against Lazio and, no doubt, the visitors, who return to the Serie A following a 49-year absence, will adopt a defence-minded approach in their opener. Anyhow, seeing that Lazio have turned their Stadio Olimpico into a real fortress, there is every chance the visitors will return home empty-handed.
Highligted Player (Davide di Gennaro):
Davide di Gennaro is an Italian footballer who was born in Milan on 16 June, 1988. The attacking midfielder played for his home-town club AC Milan during his youth career and he made one appearance for the Rossoneri in the Serie A. Davide di Gennaro spent several seasons on loan at Bologna, Genoa, Reggina, Livorno, Padova and Modena and in 2012 he signed a deal with Spezia. The Italian footballer scored nine goals in 34 league appearances for the club in the 2012/2013 season and at the end of the season he joined Palermo. Davide di Gennaro signed a three-year deal with the Sicilian outfit, but he made no more than 14 league appearances for the club between 2013 and 2015. On 8 September 2014 he was sent to Vicenza on loan. Finally, in the summer of 2015 he signed a contract with Cagliari. It has to be noted that Davide di Gennaro has 5 caps for Italy U21. The Cagliari midfielder is capable of playing as a left winger as well.
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.