FC Bari vs. SPAL / Serie B – More famous team in this match is Bari, but SPAL is still better ranked on Serie A table, which is from this season in the second division and it was not really expected that they would be this high in the standings. They are in third place and they have only three points behind the leading duo, which means they are very serious competitors for automatic promotion to the elite rank. Bari is on the other side in ninth place and this position does not lead even to the playoffs for a place in Serie A, while they have seven points less than their rival. However, Bari is in a series of four matches without defeat, while SPAL celebrated in the last round, but after one away defeat. These rival have not met for over 50 years. Begins: 29.12.2016. – 20:30 CET
Bari is playing quite well at the beginning of the season and in the previous four rounds, while everything in between is just average and that is why this team is only in ninth place before this round. Because of this beginning, when they were only once defeated in the first five rounds, Bari was even fourth, but then they dropped to the bottom of the table because of poor results, while they now managed to catch up with the pace again and have a series of four matches without defeat. They celebrated twice and both times at home, while they also played two draws. Bari is playing in their stadium and a proof of this is just one victory away, which they made in the second round away against Perugia.
But they played a draw five times, and their away matches are very firm and with a small number of goals. Two rounds ago, they defeated Avellino at home with 2-1 after the overturn, but midfielder Fedele scored both goals, while they in the last round almost completely played without one player and they managed to take the lead against Ascoli, however, in the injury time they received 1-1 for the final score. Left back Daprela cannot play because of the aforementioned red card, so Doumbia will probably be his replacement.
Probable lineups FC Bari: Micai – Cassani, Tonucci, Capradossi, Doumbia – Basha, Fedele, Romizi – Brienza, Fedato, Maniero
Unlike their host, SPAL was having problems at the beginning of the season and then they played very poorly. They had only one victory in the first six rounds and it was not a big surprise, considering that they were in the third division last season and yet they secured a place in Serie B. However, as the season progresses, this team is playing better and better and they made a series of seven games without defeat, which was interrupted two rounds ago away against Pro Vercelli, where they were defeated with 3-1. However, this did not throw them off stride and in the last round they managed to defeat Ternana with 4-0.
They are one of the most successful teams in the league, but also the most effective when playing in front of their fans. Three rounds ago, they celebrated over Spezia after overturn, but they lost their center-back Gasparetto who received a red card and will not be able to perform for two matches, awhile in the aforementioned hosting against Pro Vercelli, midfielder Mora was also absent due to a red card, so that was also one of the reasons for their defeat. Mora has returned in the last round when they convincingly celebrated over Ternana. Midfielder Castagnetti will not perform in Bari due to suspension, Arini could be his replacement.
Probable lineups SPAL: Meret – Bonifazi, Vicari, Giani – Lazzari, Schiattarella, Arini, Mora, Beghetto – Zigoni, Antenucci
FC Bari vs. SPAL PICK
All in all, SPAL is significantly better than Barry, but both teams are playing better at home, and therefore we give a slight advanatge to the host in this match. And we also expect an even match with a small number of goals.
Pick: under 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.73 at bet365 (down to 1.63 can be played)