Our prediction for this Serie A match:
After defeating Juventus in the Coppa Italia final, Napoli restarted the Serie A season with a 2-0 victory at Hellas Verona. The Neapolitans regained a much-needed confidence, but, as things stand now, they will find it hard to book their place in the Champions League. Napoli are eyeing their fifth consecutive win in the Italian top flight, and they are likely to go all guns blazing at SPAL on Matchday 28.
The Gli Spallini, on the other hand, suffered a 1-0 loss to Cagliari in their first match after the coronavirus break. SPAL have slim chances of securing the Serie A survival, and given Napoli’s current form, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. Key defender Kalidou Koulibaly has been producing splendid displays with Napoli ever since he overcame his injury, which is yet another reason why home win should be considered. Berisha, Zukanovic, and Di Francesco remain in the SPAL treatment room.
Highlighted Player (Dries Mertens):
Dries Mertens is a Belgian football player born on the 6th of May 1987 in Leuven. Mertens started his football career in the youth of RSC Anderlecht and AA Gent. In season 2005/2006 he made his debut for the first team of AA Gent.
After playing for AGOVV, FC Utrecht and PSV Mertens got transferred to Napoli for approximately 9.5 million euro. Mertens made his debut for the Belgian national team in October 2010 and played over 40 games for the national team already. Mertens played during World Cup 2014 and EURO 2016 for Belgium.
Mertens is a right attacking midfielder, which can play as a forward as well. Mertens is known for being a very small fast player, which has the ability to get past several defenders and deliver a cross to his team mates. In his career Mertens didn’t win any big prizes yet. The biggest achievements of Mertens are winning the Dutch national cup with PSV in 2011/2012, the Coppa Italia and the Supercoppa in 2014 with Napoli.
Highlighted Team (SPAL):
SPAL impressed in the 2016/2017 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.