Genk vs Sassuolo
UEFA Europa League – Group Stage
Date: Thursday, 29th September, 2016,
Kick-Off at 20:05 UK
Venue: KRC Arena, Genk.
Sassulo earned a comprehensive 3-0 win at home over Atletico Bilbao in their opening match of the Europa League. They are currently sitting top of the Group F on a superior goal aggregate against Rapid Wien, who defeated Genk in the 3-2 thriller on the same day. While Genk are third in the table and will be looking for their first point of this Europa League campaign when they host Sassuolo on Thursday.
The hosts Genk are coming on the back of a poor run of results. They have lost in 4 of the last 5 matches, with a lone win coming in the domestic cup match against minnows SC Eendracht Aalst. The Smurfs are also struggling in the league as they are 10th in the standings after 8 matches. In each of their two previous seasons at Europa League, they have made it out of the group stage. But this seems rather difficult based on their current form and the strength of other teams in the group.
Sassuolo are in their first ever season in a UEFA Competition. And came this far on the back of some strong home wins at their home ground. With the win against Bilbao, it was their third consecutive 3-0 home win in Europe League. At the same time, they have drawn each of their two away games in the qualifier, both 1-1.
Genk vs Sassuolo: Head-to-Head stats
These two teams are meeting for the first time in a UEFA competition.
Genk’s only match against an Italian opponent in a UEFA competition was in the 2002/03 Champions League group stage against AS Roma. They lost 1-0 at home before drawing 0-0 in the second leg at Rome.
While Sassuolo are meeting a Belgian side for the first time in a competitive football match.
Genk vs Sassuolo: Prediction
Sassuolo are unarguably one of the better attacking sides in the competition. They play best at their home, but also capable of troubling some big names on the road. However, they have won only once in their 5 competitive matches on the road season, losing the latest two. But they have scored in every game on the road so far.
Genk are not in the best of their forms and struggling to score goals. They have scored 3 goals in their last 5 games in all competition, with 2 of those coming in the defeat against Rapid Wien. While they conceded 11 goals during the process and it is unlikely that they can stop a Sassuolo on their day.
The game could see a higher number of goals, mainly due to Genk’s defensive problems. While Sassuolo have conceded in 4 of their 5 away games so far this season. So both teams to score is the recommended tip for this game, with over 2.5 goals as a secondary option.
Genk vs Sassuolo: Tips
- Both Teams to Score at 1.75 (3/4)
- Over 2.5 goals at 2.00 (1/1).