Match date: 28 Mar 2018
| Sport: Football
| Competition: Italy Football
| Stake: 8/10
| Pick: 2
| Match result:
1-0 - Lost
Ascoli will have difficult task to keep their Serie B status as after 32 rounds are down at 21st position at the table with five points less than first team above relegation zone. Since this season started they failed to achieve two consecutive victories and are struggling to find the right form, last campaign wasn't so great but they still ended at 16th position in safe zone, tonight they will host Bari which were quiet good and to outplay them must show something really great.
In first encounter with Bari in October were defeated away from home with convincing result without even scoring a goal, defense for sure isn't brightest side of this team and against more than decent offensive side they won't have much chances. In last round Ascoli divided points with 10th placed Spezia away from home, however they had one man more on the pitch for whole second half and failed to exploit that, even conceded a goal and in last moments of that duel equalized.
Their only victory on last five rounds was two weeks ago in duel with rock bottom placed Ternana, at home they were better side and deserved points but now are facing with much stronger opponents and must play much better than in previous weeks to earn points and keep their chances for surviving. Defender Cherubin (2/0), midfielders Bianchi (24/2), Carpani (23/3), forwards Rosseti (16/2) and Favilli (12/5) are all injured and will miss this game while defender Mignanelli (15/0) will also stay out due to a suspension.
Bari meanwhile showed improving in comparison to a previous season when ended at 12th position, now are 5th and must keep their form in order to retain spot which leads them into play offs for promotion. In last seven games guests are undefeated and must try to continue in same manner. In previous game Bari celebrated over 18th placed Brescia at home with convincing result, they outplayed opponents and deserved points in that duel.
All in all Bari did a good job so far, their defense maybe wasn't so impressive but most important is that attack is working just fine, anyway victory over Ascoli tonight is all they want and for sure have enough quality to celebrate on this trip. In 31 round guests scored 45 goals and collected 50 points, five points are behind second placed Frosinone and still have time to fight for position which leads directly into Serie A.
They have positive record in last five duels against Ascoli with three victories, one draw and one defeat which happened in previous match at this stadium, at this moment Bari are favorites and they must go for a victory here to climb up at the table. Guests are coming here without injured defenders Oikonomou (2/0), Diakite (8/0), midfielders Basha (23/2), Salzano (4/0), forwards Floro Flores (19/1) and Brienza (24/3) while forward and teams top scorer Galano (24/13) is still in doubt due top his injury issues.
Ascoli weren't great at all in this season and they must lift their form until the end if they want to get out of relegation zone and survive, however here are facing with unpleasant opponents, Bari are in pretty good form and will be seeking for another victory, victory of guests is what i'm pretty sure that will happen tonight.