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In the lower regions of the Serie A it is unusually exciting. From place fourteen seven clubs are in the survival mode. One of those teams is SPAL. The PhD student could leave the relegation zone this weekend if he wins from Bologna at home.
That SPAL is currently in eighth place will be considered surprising by few followers of Italian football. The formation of Leonardo Semplici already achieved the impossible last season by promoting to the Serie A and this year, retention is the only mission. The men Semplici reported early in the season already under the streak and there is still no change to date. The current form of the relegation candidate is actually not that bad. Only three of the last six games were lost and that shows that SPAL has the potential to gather some points here and there. The equal games against Internazionale and Udinese were two points won. Last week SPAL hit the main battle by defeating Crotone. The survival hope is more than alive and Semplici hopes to continue the line in the match against Bologna.
The fact that last week’s game against Crotone was a duel of vital importance can rightly be called an understatement. The hosts were given the opportunity to create a four-point gap with the bottom three places and to distribute a tick to a direct competitor. It did not come that far. In the hollow of the lion, SPAL came on a 0-1 and a 1-3 lead. By the end of the game, it was just as exciting when Ante Budimir put the 2-3 on the board with his second goal of the game, but afterwards the SPAL managed to pull the three points over. It was only the fourth win of the season, indicating that the points are currently expensive.
Semplici will have no reason to change his formation for the showdown with Bologna, but at least a fresh force will appear on the field. The 30-year old Pasquale Schiattarella picked up his tenth yellow card of the season again last week and that’s what he got on a match suspension. Furthermore, the experienced Marco Borriello suffers a slight injury and therefore he will have to shoot this game. The former striker of Juventus, AS Roma and AC Milan scored only once this season.
Bologna ended last season as fifteenth and that was a position that no one really would have looked up to. The squad of trainer Roberto Donadoni once again does not seem to have the equipment to aspire to a place with the best eight and therefore a place in the left row seems to be the highest possible. Bologna could surprise the fans as the gap of the current number twelve with the top eight is only five points, but then progress will have to be made. In any case, Donadoni’s team does not have to look down on the rankings for the time being. The gap with the line has risen to thirteen points and that should be enough to stay out of trouble. In recent weeks, Bologna has performed as a typical mid-engine. Of the last eight games Bologna won four, while four times the shortest end was drawn. The last two games resulted in two home victories and for Bologna it is now important to also get some points as the last three away games were lost.
Two weeks ago, Bologna won 2-1 against Sassuolo and last week it was Genoa that failed to prevent a loss. The visitors played a half well with the formation of Donadoni, but after rest the hosts struck. Mattia Destro quickly put the 1-0 on the board and in the 72nd minute it was Cesar Falletti who threw the game in the final. Bologna then successfully crossed the 2-0 score. With that victory the total number of victories came to ten.
Donadoni can use his best potential for the game with SPAL. Goalkeeper Angelo da Costa is on the side with an injury, but that will not be a problem and by the name of Rodrigo Palacio can also be put a line. The now 36-year-old striker will have to leave this race because of a injury. The attacker accounted for four goals this season, but the selection of Bologna houses enough qualities to form a good front line.
Spal vs Bologna head to head matches
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