The Italian second division is coming to an end on Friday as all matches go underway from 19:00 GMT. With the two automation promotion slots already decided, we will see which teams will qualify for the promotion playoffs, and which teams will relegate to Serie C. Our main focus, however, is at the Stadio Arechi as Salernitana host Spezia.
The home team is currently sitting in 9th position, with just one point separating them from Chievo, Pisa, and Frosinone - who occupy the last three playoff places. Given that Frosinone and Pisa take on each other, they only need a win against Spezia who are in third place.
They missed the chance to collect all three points last time out against Pordenone Calcio. The match ended in a 1-1 draw as both Salvatore Burrai and Francesco Di Tacchio converted their penalties in the first half. Gian Piero Ventura and his men will be bidding to do one better to secure a place in the promotion playoffs.
Spezia on the other hand are already looking forward to the promotion playoffs. This means that they don’t have much to play for and will most likely rest key players for this match.
They’re heading into this one off the back of a 0-0 draw against Vitrus. This means that they’re heading into the final game of the season after two draws and one loss in the last three games, scoring none in the process. Vincenzo Italiano and his men will be looking to finish the season on a high with a win on Friday and head into the playoff in high spirits.
Cristiano Lombardi and Valerio Mantovani are both sidelined via injury for the home side. With regards to the away side, players like Federico Ricci, Elio Capradossi, and Giuseppe Mastinu are all unavailable.
Salernitana vs Spezia Prediction: 1-0
Spezia won the reverse match earlier this season via a 2-1 scoreline. They would most likely rest their players for this match with the playoffs in mind. We thereby expect the home team to take advantage of this and nick all three points.