Spezia vs Benevento Date and Time: Saturday, March 6, 2021 2PM (UK Time) Venue: Stadio Alberto Picco Prediction: Spezia 2-2 Benevento Bookmaker: 1xbet
Benevento and Spezia will meet in Campania on Saturday, as a season of seeking Serie A salvation continues for both. Leaking goals at an alarming rate so far, both Benevento and their weekend visitors Spezia come into this clash on the back of defeats last week, the hosts losing 3-1 to Verona, while Vincenzo Italiano’s visitors went down 4-1 to Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired Juventus.
Benevento gave a brave account of themselves in the first half in Verona, as the ever productive Gianluca Lapadula netted an equalizer, but his forward line colleague Gianluca Caprari was sent off for verbally abusing the officials after a penalty kick appeal was not awarded. The Serie B champions have conceded two or more goals in 16 of their last 20 home games in the top flight, though in the gains column they have scored in six consecutive Serie A games for the first time ever. All of which leaves them in 14th place on six points.
Last week came their toughest test to date, as Andrea Pirlo’s under-development Juventus turned supremacy into a tangible lead once returning hero Cristiano Ronaldo came on to score a brace and inspire a 4-1 victory at Stadio Dino Manuzzi.
Spezia was missing numerous first-teamers for the champions’ visit, including the likes of Jacopo Sala, Andrey Galabinov, Jeroen Zoet, and Federico Mattiello, but went toe-to-toe with the Turin giants up until the hour mark. Of course, it is not such games with the Serie A big boys which will define Aquilotti’s season but instead upcoming clashes such as this encounter with Benevento.
There have been no draws in the six most recent second-tier matches between Benevento and Spezia, the Giallorossi have won four games with two wins for the Ligurians and neither side would be fully satisfied with such an outcome for this first-ever Serie A meeting.
There will be goals in this close match, as neither side has proved their defensive credentials at this level yet. The home side has offered a consistent forward threat by way of compensation but is in the midst of a terrible downturn in form since early October, so Spezia can add another away point to their tally on Saturday evening.