Sassuolo: In Form
In-form Sassuolo travels to play bottom-placed Salernitana this weekend in the Italian top-flight league. The visitors are determined to close the gap on the European spots. You can live-bet on the top European soccer league by using our sportsbook.
We cashed our Serie A Parlay last weekend at +350 with Sassuolo beating Venezia 4-1 on the road and Lazio destroying Cagliari 3-0 on the road. Sassuolo is one of the most expansive sides in Serie A and this translates into plenty of goals being scored at both ends whenever they play. Their away form has, however, been patchy, but the trip to Venezia proved to be a walk in the park.
They now travel to play another relegation-threatened team and they should have enough to make it four wins in a row in their domestic league. They have an amazing squad and on their day they can beat anyone. Sassuolo are still fighting for a European spot, sitting 10th in the standings with 36 points, seven points behind the top 7. They enter this clash as heavy favorites at -125 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest scores and odds.
Maxime Lopez, who turned down an offer from Liverpool in the past, has become one of the key players at the Mapei Stadium this term. He is a product of Marseille’s academy and he could have left South France earlier than moving to Sassuolo. Gianluca Scamacca and Giacomo Raspadori might leave the club at the end of the season with many top European sides interested in signing them.
Despite being only 27, Domenico Berardi is the leader of the group and his experience and influence are crucial for Sassuolo. He scored a brace last weekend against Venezia and we expect him to deliver once again on Saturday. Sassuolo’s pace and creativity are top-notch and on their day they can beat anyone. Let’s not forget that they pulled off the upset on two occasions, beating both Serie A reigning champs Inter and Fiorentina, who are fighting for the Europa League spots.
Last week, they were priced at plus money against Venezia but this time the price is not that generous. Still, we will include them in our soccer picks and parlays because their confidence is high and they are scoring goals for fun.
Salernitana: Worst D in Serie A
The hosts are winless in their previous seven domestic league games, losing three in the process. Not only do they have the worst defensive record in the league with 61 goals allowed in 26 games, but they have the worst attack with just 20 goals scored. They only managed to win three games this term with only one being on home soil in 13 games.
Salernitana, who secured a return to the top flight by finishing second in Serie B last term, has found it difficult to compete in Serie A. They are 10 points behind 17th-placed Cagliari but do have two games in hand on the side directly above the relegation zone. So, their position is not terminal when it comes to avoiding relegation, but we don’t expect them to save themselves.
Davide Nicola was appointed head coach in the middle of last month, tasting his first defeat at the club last weekend against Inter Milan, but the recent draws with AC Milan and Bologna will have improved confidence in the camp. Franck Ribery is a doubt after being taken to hospital with a minor head injury following a car crash, so there could be a starting role for Diego Perotti.
Ivan Radovanovic, Matteo Ruggeri, Andrea Schiavone, and Mamadou Coulibaly will also be unavailable for selection on Saturday through injuries. If you’re betting online, avoid backing Salernitana. Not only is Sassuolo the better team on paper, but their squad is fully packed with super-talented players who can easily make the difference in this match.