Genoa v Sassuolo – Stadio Luigi Ferraris at 14:00
Sassuolo axed Cristian Bucchi following a home defeat to 10-man Verona at the end of November, a result that left the Neroverdi with only 11 points from 14 fixtures. A thumping 3-0 loss at Fiorentina followed but the Neroverdi have finally started to get their act together.
Beppe Iachini was brought in to carry the can and the experienced coach has guided the club to three victories from four unbeaten matches since, despite having to face the likes of Roma and Inter Milan in their final two fixtures before the winter break.
Sassuolo survived two VAR claims against Roma but Iachini was impressed by his side’s spirit as they arrived from behind to snatch a share of the spoils at the Stadio Olimpico. Simone Missiroli’s leveller handed the Neroverdi a precious point in what was the final game for Paolo Cannavaro.
The veteran defender is hanging up his boots to join the coaching staff of brother Fabio at Guangzhou Evergrande this month but Iachini believes he’s a squad capable of covering the loss and continue the recent upturn in Sassuolo’s form that’s seen the club move six points clear of the relegation zone.
Sassuolo’s record against the bottom-half
Iachini openly admits his charges must improve in possession against Serie A’s bigger clubs, however, Sassuolo’s recent results against the lesser lights should give the Neroverdi confidence coming into Saturday’s contest against Genoa.
The guests pitch up having claimed W4-D2-L1 against clubs below them in the league standings whilst their five away defeats have all arrived against top-half teams. In fact, Sassuolo has taken top honours in seven of their previous eight trips to bottom-half teams.
Genoa remain unconvincing
Hosts Genoa may have tasted a sole defeat in seven matches (W3-D3-L1) under Davide Ballardini‘s watch but all three of the Rossoblu’s triumphs were by the tightest of margins (1-0) against the current beleaguered bottom-three.
Last time out the Grifone managed to scrape a goalless draw against a Torino outfit missing a whole host of stars with in-demand goalkeeper Mattia Perin putting in a Man of the Match performance and the home side has struggled to impress at their Stadio Luigi Ferraris base this season.
In fact, Genoa’s only win in front of their home supporters came against rock-bottom Benevento (W1-D2-L6) and the hosts have suffered 12 losses in their past 20 when welcoming Serie A opposition to the Marassi.
Considering the Rossoblu have scored more than a single goal in only four outings this term, it’s hard to find the faith to support Genoa at such short quotes so support Sassuolo in the Asian Handicap market with a +0.50 start at generous 1.79 odds on Saturday.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Sassuolo 0.50 at 1.790
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