Our prediction for this Serie A match:
Spezia will be looking to make amends for a 3-0 loss to Fiorentina when they host Parma at their Stadio Alberto Picco on Matchday 24. Despite the defeat, the Bianconeri are on the right track to secure the Serie A survival, but they can’t afford any complacency in the remainder of the season. The good news for the hosts is that boss Vincenzo Italiano will have a full squad to choose from against Parma.
The visitors, on the other hand, have been struggling to find their form in the second half of the season, and, as a result, they sit in the relegation zone ahead of Saturday’s clash. Since Parma are not regarded as good travellers, we are tempted to put our money on Spezia, who totally outplayed title-chasing Milan in their last home game. Both Bani and Brugman are banned for the visitors, while Pelle, Valenti, Inglese, and Nicolussi Caviglia are all sidelined with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Luca Mora):
Luca Mora began his senior career at Castellarano (2007-2009) and in 2009 he moved to fellow lower-league club Crociati Noceto. Two years later he signed for Pro Patria and after making 32 appearances in the league for the club, Mora joined Alessandria.
The Italian midfielder, who was born in Parma on May 10, 1988, quickly established himself as a first team regular at the club and you should know that he scored six goals in 86 appearances in the league for L’ Orso. In 2015 he moved to SPAL and he has been playing for the Biancazzurri ever since.
Luca Mora scored seven goals, while providing three assists for his team mates in 35 appearances for SPAL in the 2016/2017 season. Mora’s main position is central midfield, but he plays as a left midfielder as well. His contract with SPAL, who will compete in the Serie A in the 2017/2018 season, expires on June 30, 2020.
Highlighted Team (Parma):
Founded in 1913, Parma is considered one of the most famous Italian clubs. The Gialloblu play home games in white shirts with a dark blue cross and dark blue shorts. Speaking of their away colours, Parma footballers wear yellow-blue kits on the travels. Parma have yet to win the Serie A trophy, but they did well to lift the UEFA Cup trophy on two occasions (1994/1995, 1998/1999).
To make things even better for Parma fans, the Gialloblu won the European Cup Winners’ Cup in the 1992/1993 season, with the team beating Royal Antwerp in the title game 3-1. A number of top-class footballers played for Parma in the past: Hernan Crespo, Roberto Mancini, Juan Veron, Roberto Mancini, Dino Baggio, Fabio Cannavaro and Gianluigi Buffon.
The Gialloblu welcome their rivals at Stadio Ennio Tardini, which was opened in 1923. The venue can hold up to 27,906 spectators. Bologna are considered Parma’s biggest rivals and there have always been fireworks in matches between the two sides.