WE'VE sealed another stellar signing for the new campaign with Serie A don Paolo Bandini bringing his expertise to the site thanks to our partner Unibet.
Paolo is an Anglo-Italian sportswriter who pens a superb weekly Serie A column for the Guardian and his other credits include ESPN, the BBC and TalkSport as well as making regular appearances on the Football Weekly podcast.
He's a Trevi Fountain of knowledge and we're delighted to have him on board. Here he previews the two Sunday games at AC Milan and Roma.
SPAL v Genoa (3pm)
If the competition at the top of Serie A is shaping up to be intense this season, then the same could be said for the other end of the table. Only Benevento – with no points from 10 games – are at risk of being cut adrift. Above them sit four teams within a point of each other, a group which includes both Spal and Genoa.
Going purely on the evidence of Wednesday’s game against Napoli, you might wonder how the latter team wound up in such a mess.
Genoa were competitive against the league leaders, getting their noses in front early before eventually losing 3-2. They boast an excellent goalkeeper in Mattia Perin and a forward capable of turning a game in Adel Taarabt.
What they lack is a consistent goalscorer. Spal can boast a pair of players with a steady Serie A track record in that department, even if neither of Marco Borriello or Alberto Paloschi has hit their stride yet since joining in the summer.
Both will start on Sunday, as their team seeks a leg up from a home crowd in this early relegation head-to-head. Five out of Genoa’s six points so far, though, have been won on the road.
- Correct score: SPAL 1, Genoa 2 (9-1, Unibet)
- First scorer: Taarabt (19-2, Unibet)
- Both teams to score (21-25, Unibet)
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