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SPAL vs. Juventus Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
20 February 2020
Saturday 22 February
Stadio Paolo Mazza - Serie A
This weekend’s Serie A schedule throws up a meeting between top and bottom, as title-chasing Juventus head to relegation favourites SPAL. There’s no question who the favourites for the win here are, but do the hosts have any chance of an upset?
Last season’s corresponding fixture suggests they may. SPAL came from behind to win 2-1 in April of last year, while the teams also shared the spoils at the Stadio Paolo Mazza the season before. Juve have won all three of their home games against the relative Serie A newcomers, including a 2-0 success as the Allianz Stadium in September.
SPAL head coach Luigi Di Biagio is set to be without three players for this game, most notably Francesco Vicari. The defender looks like missing another month with a hamstring injury, while Bryan Dabo and Alberto Cerri are both out too.
Juve’s opening goalscorer against SPAL earlier this season, Miralem Pjanic, misses out with a hip injury. Sami Khedira, Douglas Costa and Merih Demiral are all out, while Leonardo Bonucci is suspended after picking up his fifth booking of the season against Brescia last weekend. Maurizio Sarri is hopeful of having Federico Bernardeschi available for this game following a calf injury.
SPAL vs. Juventus Preview and Predictions
There’s a massive 42 points separating these two clubs ahead of their clash on Saturday evening. Juventus only lead second-placed Lazio by a single point at the top of the table though, and there’s plenty of pressure on Bianconeri boss Sarri. There’s pressure on opposite number Di Biagio too, after the former Italy international was tasked with saving SPAL from the drop.
Relegation back down to Serie B seems to be inevitable for the Ferrara outfit, unless they can arrest a run of form that’s seen them lose six of their last seven matches. SPAL have only won two of their last 17 Serie A fixtures, leaving them eight points from safety. A victory over the champions would be some way to boost confidence ahead of the run-in, especially with relegation rivals Brescia, Genoa and Sampdoria facing Napoli, Lazio and Inter Milan this weekend.
That’s easier said than done against the Old Lady, however. Juventus may not be at their imperious best this season, but they’ve still won seven of their last nine in Serie A. SPAL picked up the win against the Bianconeri last season, but the visitors are the huge favourites to take the points this time round. Juve are 1.38 for the win, while the Biancazzurri are 8.00 and the draw is 5.10.
Juventus to win and BTTS at 2.85
Juve are the clear favourites to win this game, but SPAL have scored in each of their last five fixtures, and beat the Old Lady in last season’s corresponding fixture.
Juventus to win 2-1 at 9.00 The Bianconeri have scored twice in two of their last three games against SPAL, so this result could be worth a look if you want to predict the correct score on Saturday.