Sassuolo enjoy home advantage as they welcome Genoa to the Mapei Stadium. Armchair fans expect this one to be an exciting encounter as it goes underway from 17:30 GMT. Which one of the sides will do the most and acquire all three points?
Sassuolo has fallen off the hurdle ever since that 3-3 draw against newly-crowned champions Juventus. A draw and two losses after that Juventus game mean that they would have to hold on tighter to the 8th spot, as just only two points currently separate them from Parma who is in eleventh place.
They will be looking to bounce back from a loss to Napoli last time out. Roberto de Zerbi only had VAR to blame as they had four goals chopped off on the night. Napoli opened the scoring only eight minutes into the game as Elseid Hysaj drilled the ball in from outside the box. Filip Djuricic, Francesco Caputo, and Domenico Berardi all put the ball in the back of the net, but to Roberto de Zerbi’s despair, all goals were rightfully ruled out for offside. Sassuolo lost all hope of getting back into the game and to add insult to injury, Allan doubled Napoli’s lead in the 90th minute, sealing all three points.
Genoa, on the other hand, has put themselves in a good position to avoid relegation to the Serie B. They’re currently four points clear of Lecce with two games to go. They only require one more victory out of these two games to fully secure top-flight status. However, top-flight status could also be secured if Lecce loses against Udinese on Wednesday.
They’re coming off the back of a loss to high-flying Internazionale on Saturday. Davide Nicola’s team was completely run over by the Nerazzurri courtesy of a 3-0 scoreline. Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring for Antonio Conte’s side in the 34th minute as he brilliantly headed the ball into the net. Alexis Sanchez doubled the lead in the 83rd minute before Romelu Lukaku finished The Rossoblu off in the 90th minute.
Lukas Lerager is back in the squad after serving his one-match ban against Inter. Christian Romero, Antonio Sanabria, and Stefano Sturaro are all doubtful for the visitors. With regard to the hosts, Mehdi Bourabia is still suspended after his red card against AC Milan. Vlad Chiriches, Pedro Obiang, Grégoire Defrel, and Jeremie Boga are all on the treatment table.
Genoa will be looking to do the double over their opponents as they ran out 2-1 winners in the reverse match early this year.
Sassuolo vs Genoa prediction: 3-1
Genoa has been really poor in defence as they’ve only kept one clean sheet in the last 10 games. Coupled with the fact that they’re not good travellers, we find it hard betting against the home team who are very lethal in front of goal.