Round of 64.
Stadium: Unipol Domus (Cagliari).
Unexpectedly retained a place in Serie A for the third year, Spezia will open the new season with a home game of the Coppa Italia last 64 against Como. Will the Eagles start with a victory? Let's choose a few bets.Claim Your Welcome Bonus!
Spezia Made a Historic Achievement
The modest Spezia, having retained the place in Serie A in its debut season in the elite league, did not fall victim to the syndrome of the second season. Left without their head coach Vincenzo Italiano who moved to Fiorentina, the Eagles, under Thiago Motta, squeezed the maximum out of their opportunities and finished 16th in the championship, six points ahead of the relegation zone. A superb result for a team that nobody even expected to fight to keep their place in Serie A.
During offseason Spezia made some interesting deals, in particular, by signing big-name defender Mattia Caldara, as well as extending an agreement with the Ukrainian midfielder Viktor Kovalenko. The most important thing, however, it seems, is that La Spezia managed to keep their biggest star - the Russian-Italian goalkeeper Ivan Provedel.
Not the Best Time in Como's History
One of the oldest clubs in Italy has repeatedly made it to Serie A, although they did not stay there long. Now the team is not experiencing the best of times. Last season Como took only 13th place in Serie B. In the new one, we should not expect any significant improvements.
The head coach of Como at the moment is Gattuso. But not Gennaro, but Giacomo - the ex-defender of the club in 1980-90.
Expert Betting Tips
Spezia has disgusting statistics of encounters with Como. But should we pay attention to that? The last time the opponents met was in 2016, and at the moment Spezia and Como are teams from different weight classes. The Eagles in the previous two seasons have gained the status of "the menace of authority" so in the upcoming game they will surely cope with the Serie B outsider. Prediction: a win for Spezia.