Sassuolo welcome Genoa to the Mapei Stadium in the week 32 of the Italian Serie a 2015-16.
Sassuolo are 7th in Serie A table with 48 points and could be relishing the prospect of finishing above traditional power house AC Milan who are just a point above them. They are coming on the back of some good results, especially at home and will be expecting all three points against a Genoa side who are in no sort of form in away games this season. Genoa are 10th in the league and will be targeting a finish high up the table as season comes to a conclusion.
Sassuolo’s form last 6 games read a formidable 4 wins, 1 draw and a loss. They have also scored a goal at least in their last 8 serie A matches. They are coming on the back of a 4 match unbeaten run at home, with 2 wins and 2 draws, but kept a clean sheet in 1 of their last 9 home games.
Genoa’s overall form in the league may read 4 wins and 2 defeats in their last 6, but lost all of their last 4 away matches. Moreover, Genoa have only won one match away from home all season and succumbed to 10 defeats from 15 matches on the road so far.
Sassuolo: Team News
There are five players sidelined for Sassuolo due to injuries in the form of Luca Antei, Marcello Gazzola, Simone Missiroli, Karim Laribi and Emanuele Terranova.
Veteran defender Paolo Cannavaro could start in place for Federico Peluso and this could be only change that head-coach Eusebio Di Francesco makes to the team that won 3-1 at Carpi last weekend.
Sassuolo: Expected Starting Line-up (4-3-3)
Consigli – Vrsaljko, Cannavaro, Acerbi, Longhi – Biondini, Magnanelli, Duncan – Sansone, Defrel, Berardi.
Genoa: Team News
Nicolas Burdisso, Goran Pandev and Alessio Cerci are the three big names missing for Genoa in the trip to Sassuolo.
Head-coach Gian Piero Gasperini will be reluctant to make any changes to the side that earned a 4-0 victory last weekend against Frosinone and hat-trick hero Suso will once again partner Tim Matavz in the attack.
Genoa: Expected Starting Line-up (3-5-2)
Perin – Izzo, Munoz, Maio – Ansaldi, Rincon, Rigoni, Dzemaili, Laxalt – Matavz, Suso.
Sassuolo vs Genoa: Head-to-Head
Sassuolo and Genoa have met 5 times in the Serie A so far and share 2 wins each.
Sassuolo were victorious in 2 games played at their home ground, 3-1 in 2014/15 season and 4-2 in 2013/14 season.
Sassuolo vs Genoa: Prediction
Sassuolo are the fourth best home side in the league, while their visitors Genoa are the worst travelling side. Both teams are playing for a respect finish to their season and neither have the prospect of European qualification next season.
On current Sassuola are favourites to take all the three points from Saturday’s encounter and I believe they have got what it take to achieve this. At the same time, goals are expected on either side as both teams often fail to keep a clean sheet in most of their matches.