Serie A. Round 1
Stadium: Alberto Picco (La Spezia)
Having unexpectedly preserved a place in the Italian top division for the third year in a row, Spezia will take on Empoli in the first match of the new championship. Who will be stronger? Let's choose several bets.Claim Your Welcome Bonus!
Spezia started the season with a defeat
The team, headed by Luca Gotti starting this season, has already held the first official match. In the round of 64 of Coppa Italia, Spezia crushed the club from Serie B Como at home, 5-1. M'Bala Nzola scored a double, Daniele Verde, David Strelec, and newcomer Daniel Maldini got on the scoresheet. An excellent start to the season, confirming the Eagles' ambitions to remain in Serie A for the fourth year in a row.
Besides Daniel Maldini, Spezia made some more interesting acquisitions on the eve of the new championship. In particular, another Milanese defender Mattia Caldara will now play for the Eagles. Also, Spezia got a new goalkeeper: Bartlomiej Dragowski will play instead of Ivan Provedel who left for Fiorentina.
Empoli is no longer Andreazzoli's team
While Spezia has a new main goalkeeper, Empoli begins the season under a new head coach. Paolo Zanetti, last season's manager of Serie A, relegated Venezia, was appointed to replace the retired Aurelio Andreazzoli. In addition to the coach's acquisition, it is also worth mentioning the signing of great striker Mattia Destro from Genoa and two Cagliari players – goalkeeper Vicario and midfielder Marin.
Empoli suffered a setback in their first match of the new season as they crashed out of Coppa Italia after losing to Ferrara club SPAL 1-2 (1-1) in extra time.
Expert Betting Tips
As the cup match showed, Empoli just has to get used to the demands and tactics of the new coach, Paolo Zanetti. Whereas Andreazzoli put attacking soccer for the Blues, Zanetti played a more balanced game in Venezia, which he will try to instill in Empoli. At the same time, Spezia has swapped Thiago Motta for a similar style of Luca Gotti, which means they can simply develop further. The Eagles' better readiness at this stage will surely show in the upcoming game.
Prediction: Spezia will be closer to winning a not-so-high-scoring game.
- 1X+TU (3.5) for 1.98;
- TU (2.5) for 1.93;
- Correct Score 1-0 for 9.00.
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