SPAL vs. Sampdoria / Serie A – This match of the last round of the Italian Serie A is far more important for the home team, SPAL, as if it win it will definitely secure its survival in the elite football league in Italy, while on the other hand the guests from Genoa will stay at the 9th place in the table regardless of outcome of this match. Let’s add that their match played last autumn was the first league match between the two teams in the 21st century, and it ended as a home victory for Sampdoria 2-0. Begins: 20.05.2018 – 18:00 CET
Now, the team from Ferrara will quite certainly give its maximum in order to win at home, especially as we have said earlier victory over Sampdoria definitely secures its survival in the Serie A. Right now SPAL occupies a place right above the drop zone but only thanks having better goal difference than the 18th-placed Crotone, as the two teams have the same number of points. Three more teams are engaged in the survival race and before the last round they have two and one point more than SPAL.
They are not interested for the team from Ferrara as for them it is the most important to win Sampdoria and stay above Crotone in the table, regardless what Crotone achieves in Naples. Napoli could in fact win, which would tremendously help SPAL as in that case SPAL doesn’t need to win Sampdoria, but we doubt that anyone in the team wants to take risk. Let’s add that on Sunday stoppers Cionek and Salamon, and midfielder Luiz cannot play due to accrued yellow cards, while goalkeeper Meret and forward Borriello are injured.
Probable lineups SPAL: Gomis – Simic, Vicari, Felipe – Lazzari, Grassi, Sciattarella, Kurtic, Costa – Paloschi, Antenucci
Regarding the guests from Genoa, they come to Ferrara without any worry and pressure, given they have already secured the ninth place in the table and all they can do now is to play for prestige in the last round. Fact that they lost in two previous rounds to Sassulo away and Napoli at home without scoring a single goal indicates that everyone already thinks about the coming season.
We need to say that team led by manager Giampaolo lost last three away matches, meaning they will not have an easy time now with SPAL, especially as the home team needs desperately all three points for the survival race. Regarding the team that will face SPAL, it should stay almost the same like in previous round given that due to injuries still out of action are goalkeeper Viviano, defenders Sala and Murru, and midfielder Barreto.
Probable lineups Sampdoria: Belec – Bereszynski, Ferrari, Andersen, Regini – Linnety, Torreira, Praet – Ramirez – Caprari, Kownacki
SPAL – Sampdoria TIP
It is crystal clear that SPAL needs points far more than Sampdoria, which if it wins would definitely secure its survival in the Serie A. That is why we expect that the home team does all it can in order to win those three points.
Pick: SPAL wins
Odds: 1.62 at williamhill (down to 1.57 can be played)