SPAL will look to get out of the relegation zone when they host Sassuolo at the Stadio Paolo Mazza on Sunday.
SPAL Match Form
Despite being in relegation danger for a large part of last season, SPAL finished 13th when the campaign ended. However, this time such a finish looks unlikely. They are currently in the last spot in the table. SPAL have won only four games so far and have accumulated 15 points in 22 games. Lecce in 17th place are four points ahead as it stands. They can still reach safety, but given their recent form, it’s far from likely.
SPAL have won just once in their last five league games. The other four have ended in defeat, including a 5-1 loss to Lazio in their last game. Lazio scored four times in the first half then to register a humiliating defeat. SPAL have now conceded 38 league goals, and only three sides have conceded more. Despite such a bad defence, their attack is the more worrying aspect for manager Leonardo Semplici.
Semplici has been at the club since 2014, and he has earned the trust of the fans and owners. He has got SPAL promoted twice in his stint, but now he needs to avoid relegation this campaign. SPAL have scored just 16 league goals in 22 league games this campaign. Striker Andrea Petagna has scored half of that tally for SPAL. Aside from Petagna, no other player has scored more than two for SPAL. Improving their attack will be one of the first things Semplici needs to do to avoid relegation.
Sassuolo Match Form
SPAL will face Sassuolo, who are coming off an impressive win against Roma. They claimed a 4-2 win last Sunday in a game where they led 3-0 at one point. Francesco Caputo scored twice before Filip Duricic, and Jeremie Boga added the other goals. Sassuolo have now claimed seven points from the last three games, and they stand 13th in the table. As the Roma game showed, Sassuolo’s attack has had no problems this season. Despite leaking goals at one end, scoring more at the other has kept them going.
Only the top six sides in the Serie A have scored more goals than Sassuolo. The duo of Caputo and Domenico Berardi have combined for 19 league goals this campaign. However, they have conceded 37 goals at the other end, which is a worry.
H2H & SPAL vs Sassuolo Betting Tips
Sassuolo are unbeaten in their last five games against SPAL, winning three of them. They won 3-0 in the reverse fixture this season. However, the other four meetings have seen under 2.5 goals. SPAL are on a bad run, and Sassuolo are favorites to keep their streak going.
Their attack is impressing, and they should get a comfortable win on Sunday. The total goals should be over 2.5 in this game. SPAL are struggling to score, and Sassuolo have a high chance to keep a clean sheet. SPAL’s struggles will go on, but Sassuolo will get the three points.