These are difficult times for Sassuolo. They won only 3 points from the last 8 rounds and as a consequence coach Di Francesco had to go.
He was the one that promoted Sassuolo but football is different in Serie A and he failed to adapt.
There was no announcement regarding a new coach so most probably the assistant coach will take charge until a new appointment.
Leaving aside the low morale Sassuolo also have a few problems with injuries, especially in the defensive department: defenders Gazzola and Acerbi are still injured, same as defensive midfielder Magnanelli. Central defender Antei will miss the game with Verona due to suspension, while the other central defender Manfredini is doubtful and trained separately this week.
Upfront things are looking bit better for Sassuolo. Newly arrived striker Sansone made his debut last round and seems eager to prove himself. They may be even more offensive than usual in an attempt to pick up some confidence (and much needed points of course) after sacking of coach De Francesco.
Opponents Verona aren’t doing any better. They suffered defeats in the last 3 rounds and the performances in the field were far from impressive.
They play in the same system as Sassuolo 4-3-3 with emphasis on the offensive phase. Verona will once again miss defenders Agostini and Maietta.
This should be an entertaining encounter with both teams determined to end the bad run. Players will focus more on attacking and will leave many open spaces. At 4/5 from Paddy Power over 2.5 goals is simply a must bet.
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