SPAL v Parma – Stadio Renato Dall’Ara at 17:00 live at Eleven Sports
Parma – back in Serie A after an all-time Italian record three consecutive promotions, going from the amateur division to the top-flight since their 2015 bankruptcy – saw their joyous return short-lived as chucked away a 2-0 lead in the space of four minutes against Udinese.
It was a historic occasion at the Stadio Tardini but the iconic Ducali couldn’t crown their revival with maximum points, having to settle for a share of the spoils. Head coach Roberto D’Aversa said he felt “regrets over the result, but not the performance” post-match.
D’Aversa added, “In terms of the performance, I have no complaints and must praise the lads. We have regrets over the result and failing to maintain that lead. I liked the attitude of the team against a side that is well-drilled, while we had players who just arrived this week. Clearly, we need some time to fully gel.”
Goals on the agenda?
Nevertheless, the early signals are that the Ducali will be an enjoyable watch this term and that should ensure Sunday evening’s encounter with Spal produces goals and entertainment. The 2.06 available on Over 2.25 Goals certainly holds plenty of appeal.
Visiting boss Leonardo Semplici has done a fantastic job at Spal with successive promotions followed by survival last term, though they spent almost half the season in the relegation zone and only secured their safety on the final day.
The guests struggled for goals after key man Alberto Paloschi produced just seven, though Mirco Antenucci netted 11 times following an 18-goal haul as they achieved promotion from Serie B the year before.
Spal were an ‘unders’ team last term with 58% of their games seeing fewer than three goals, though all bar five of their home fixtures featured at least two goals with 10 (53%) paying out for Both Teams To Score backers as they silenced only five of their visitors.
With that in mind, I’m happy to take Over 2.25 Goals knowing we’ll incur only a half-stakes loss should exactly two goals be plundered.
The hosts will arrive confident with head coach Leonardo Semplici suggesting he was happy his team “resumed where we left off last season with the right mentality” as they overcame Bologna 1-0 in their opener. A stunning long-range rocket from Jasmin Kurtic proved enough in the Emilia-Romagna derby.
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 2.25 Goals at 2.110
Preview by: @MarkOHaire.
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