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Jul 12, 2020 at 4.15pm UK at Luigi Ferraris
GenoaGenoa
2-0
SPALSPAL
Pandev (24'), Schone (54')
Behrami (67')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Floccari (64'), Cerri (76')

Preview: Genoa vs. SPAL - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Serie A clash between Genoa and SPAL, including team news and predicted lineups.

Two teams in desperate need of a win in Italy's top flight will lock horns at Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris on Sunday afternoon as Genoa welcome SPAL.

The home side are currently 18th in the table, one point behind 17th-placed Lecce, while SPAL are rock bottom of the division, nine points from safety with seven games left.


Match preview

Lasse Schone in action for Genoa in February 2020.© Reuters

Genoa have not played outside of Italy's top flight since the 2006-07 campaign, but they are in serious danger of dropping into Serie B for the 2020-21 season.

The Griffins have only won six of their 31 league matches this term, while they have picked up just 27 points, which has left them in 18th position in the table.

Davide Nicola's side are only a point behind 17th-placed Lecce, though, and will therefore still be confident of escaping the bottom three before the season comes to an end.

Genoa are yet to win since returning to the field last month, though, losing three of their five matches, including a 2-1 home defeat to Napoli on Wednesday night.

Interestingly, each of the last four Serie A matches between Genoa and SPAL has finished 1-1, and the table suggests that there will not be too much between them once again.

SPAL's Andrea Petagna pictured in action in August 2019© Reuters

SPAL, as mentioned, are bottom of the table, having only picked up 19 points from their 31 matches, and they have a serious task on their hands to escape the relegation zone.

Indeed, the White and Blues are nine points behind 17th-placed Lecce, meaning that they will need to deliver an impressive points return in their final seven games to stay in the league.

Luigi Di Biagio's side picked up a point at home to AC Milan at the start of July but have lost their last two games, both 3-0, to Sampdoria and Udinese.

The fact that two of SPAL's next four matches are against Inter Milan and Roma makes this weekend's contest even more important for a side that are battling for their lives.

One player has particularly impressed for the strugglers this term, though, with 25-year-old forward Andrea Petagna delivering an impressive 12 goals in 29 league appearances.

Genoa Serie A form: WLDLDL

SPAL Serie A form: WLLDLL


Team News

Genoa celebrate a goal against AC Milan in Serie A in March 2020© Reuters

Genoa will again be without the services of Cristian Romero and Ivan Radovanovic through injury, but the home side have no fresh injury concerns.

Iago Falque and Goran Pandev are both in contention to start, having been named on the bench against Udinese, although there are not expected to be wholesale changes.

Indeed, Antonio Sanabria and Andrea Pinamonti should continue as the front two, while Lasse Schone is likely to keep his spot in the middle of the park.

As for SPAL, Mohamed Fares, Mattia Valoti, Ervin Zukanovic and Etrit Berisha are all on the treatment table.

Petagna started as the lone forward in a 4-5-1 formation against Udinese and that is again expected to be the case in this match, with Marco D'Alessandro keeping his spot out wide.

Di Biagio does have plenty of options for change, though, with Espeto and Bryan Dabo both knocking on the door when it comes to positions in the first XI.

Genoa possible starting lineup:
Perin; Masiello, Zapata, Goldaniga; Barreca, Behrami, Schone, Cassata, Biraschi; Sanabria, Pinamonti

SPAL possible starting lineup:
Letica; Sala, Vicari, Bonifazi, Felipe; D'Alessandro, Missiroli, Valdifori, Castro, Murgia; Petagna


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We say: Genoa 1-0 SPAL

There is simply no downplaying the importance of this match to both teams, and a defeat for SPAL could be terminal in terms of staying in the league. We are expecting a tight game but fancy Genoa to pick up a huge three points courtesy of a one-goal success.


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Who will win Sunday's Serie A clash between Genoa and SPAL?

Genoa
Draw
SPAL
Genoa
76.2%
Draw
7.1%
SPAL
16.7%
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CJuventus38265776433383
2Inter Milan382410481364582
3Atalanta BCAtalanta38239698485078
4Lazio38246879423778
5Roma382171077512670
6AC Milan381991063461766
7Napoli381881261501162
8SassuoloSassuolo38149156963651
9Hellas VeronaHellas Verona381213134751-449
10Fiorentina381213135148349
11Parma38147175657-149
12Bologna381211155265-1347
13Udinese38129173751-1445
14CagliariCagliari381112155256-445
15Sampdoria38126204865-1742
16Torino38117204668-2240
17Genoa38109194773-2639
RLecce3898215285-3335
RBrescia3867253579-4425
RSPALSPAL3855282777-5020

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