Sassuolo vs Athletic Bilbao
UEFA Europa League – Group Stage
Date: Thursday, 15th September, 2016,
Kick-Off: 18:00 UK,
Venue: Stadio Citta del Tricolore.
Sassuolo will hope to get back to winning ways as they welcome Athletic Bilbao at Stadio Citta del Tricolore Italy on Thursday night.
Sassuolo entered the competition in the 3rd qualifying round, they defeated Luzern with a 4-1 aggregate. In the playoff round, they defeated Crvena Zvezda 4-1 on aggregate to stay 4 games unbeaten in Europe. They had their share of unluck in the new Serie A season as their 2-1 win against Pescara has been overturned to a defeat for illegal transfer activity. And with a defeat to Juventus on the weekend, they are 17th in Serie A 3 points. This are a side capable of playing some exciting football and will be keen to impress in their debut season in the UEFA Europa League.
Bilbao ended last La Liga campaign on 5th position, they booked an automatic qualification into the Europa League group stage. They are in group F, which consists of Genk, Rapis Wien and Sassuolo. Athletic Bilbao are tipped as the favourites to top the group F table, but their recent form in the league is a thing of worry.
Sassuolo: Team News
Stefano Sensi and Domenico Berardi are both injured and won’t be available for selection.
Athletic Bilbao: Team News
Bilbao have 3 players on their injury list, Iker Hernandez, Aitor Seguin,p and Ager Aketxe are missing through injury. Mikel Rico is back in training, while Iker Undabarrena is yet to be confirmed fit for the game
Sassuolo vs Athletic Bilbao: Head to Head Statistics
Both teams have never played against each other before, thus this is the first meeting between the two clubs.
Sassuolo vs Athletic Bilbao: Prediction
Athletic Bilbao kicked of the season with a 2-1 loss to Sporting Gijon, and later lost 0-1 Title holders Barcelona. However, they they found their fit in the last game as they managed a 0-1 away win last week. At the same time, they have managed just 2 wins from their last 8 competitive matches.
Sassuolo have started the season well. They won both of their qualifying games at home by a 3-0 margin. They are coming on the back of a away defeat to Juventus, which is not a surprise. They are expected to stay unbeaten here.
Sassuolo vs Athletic Bilbao: Betting Tips
Sassuolo/Draw at 1.55 (11/30).