Our prediction for this Serie A match:
After recording a come-from-behind win at Empoli, Lazio will be aiming to record their first home win of the season when they take on Spezia on Saturday evening. The Biancocelesti proved their worth in the season opener, and, as a result, the bookies see them as favourites to beat the Bianconeri. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who impressed in the triumph over Empoli, while both Danilo Cataldi and Bobby Adekanye remain in the recovery room.
Spezia, on the other hand, are not regarded as good travelers, which is probably the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on the capital club. In their last meeting in the “Eternal City” Lazio defeated Spezia 2-1, and we predict that the history is going to repeat itself. There should be no absentees in the away team.
Highlighted Player (Gonzalo Escalante):
Gonzalo Escalante is an Argentine footballer who plays for Eibar in Spanish La Liga. Escalante made his senior debut for Boca Juniors, coming as a substitute in a 6-1 loss to San Martin de San Juan. After playing 11 matches for the Argentine giants, he was sent on loan to Catania on 28 August, 2014 and he scored his first professional goal against Virtus Entella on 28 October.
On 29 January Escalante signed a permanent deal with the Sicilian outfit and he played 26 games for the club in the 2015/2016 campaign. At the end of the season he joined La Liga team Eibar on loan and he made his debut for los Armeros on 24 August against Granada. He managed to find his net on his debut and six months later he signed a permanent deal with the club.
His contract with Eibar expires on 30 June, 2020. His main position is central midfield, but he is capable of playing as a defensive midfielder 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.