The first leg at Stadio Druso last week ended 1-0 in favour of Sudtirol courtesy of Matteo Rover's 92nd-minute effort.
Bari will host Sudtirol in the second leg of their Serie B playoff semi-final tie at Stadio San Nicola on Friday evening. The first leg at Stadio Druso last week ended 1-0 in favour of Sudtirol courtesy of Matteo Rover’s 92nd-minute effort. The hosts secured a third place finish in the Italian second tier standings, having collected 65 points from 38 games, while the visitors finished at the sixth position, separated by seven points, but the Bolzano outfit now have the upper hand ahead of the decisive second leg.
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— FC Südtirol (@fclubsuedtirol) May 29, 2023
Bari had an impressive 2022-23 regular season, having recorded 17 wins, 14 draw and seven defeat from 38 outings to finish eight points adrift of the top two. Galletti’s last success came against Reggina mid-way through May thanks to Nichael Folorunsho’s lone goal on the stroke of half-time. After that, the Cockrels lost back-to-back games against Genoa and Sudtirol, conceding five goals and scoring three times in the process. Nevertheless, when you look at the bigger picture, Biancorossi have lost only three of their last 17 games, so they will be confident of turning things around in front of their own supporters, having last tasted defeat at the Stadio San Nicola back in January.
Sudtirol, on the other hand, have struggled on the road off late, winning just one of their last five away games. White-Reds head into Friday’s game on the back of successive 1-0 wins, while Pierpaolo Bisoli’s men have lost only one of their last seven outings, achieving five shutouts in the process. Although Sudtirol have scored only 38 league-goals this term, with only five Serie B sides scoring fewer goals than the Bolzano club in 2022-23, they have been solid at the back, boasting the third-best defensive record in the second-tier, with just 34 goals conceded this season.
Bari probable starting lineup: Caprile, Dorval, Di Cesare, Vicari, Mazzotta, Maita, Maiello, Benedetti, Esposito, Cheddira, Antenucci
Sudtirol probable starting lineup: Poluzzi, Curto, Zaro, Vinetot, De Col, Tait, Fiordilino, Belardinelli, Lunetta, Mazzocchi, Odogwu
|Last 4 match-results||Score|
|Sudtirol beat Bari||1-0|
|Bari beat Sudtirol||0-1|
|Bari draw Sudtirol||2-2|
|Sudtirol beat Bari||1-2|
The second leg of the Seri B semi-final playoff ie between Bari and Sudtirol will take place at Stadio San Nicola on Friday at 12:00 am IST.
|Bari vs Sudtirol||Key Details|
|Date||June 2 (Italy)|
|Venue||Stadio San Nicola|
|Kickoff time in Italy||8:30 pm (Friday)|
|Kickoff time in India||12:00 am (Saturday)|
Football fans in Italy can catch the live action via Sky Sport network, Sky Go Italia, NOW TV, Helbiz and DAZN.
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