Roma v Sassuolo – Stadio Olimpico at 19:45 live on BT Sport 2
Roma threw everything they had at Lyon on Thursday night but could not prise the final goal to progress to the Europa League quarter-finals.
Trailing 4-2 from the first leg in France, the Giallorossi fired in 24 efforts at goal and hit the woodwork in the return encounter at the Stadio Olimpico but Luciano Spaletti’s fatigued team exited continental competition having claimed only a 2-1 success on home turf.
Having suffered a surprise 2-0 reverse to Lazio in the Coppa Italia semi-final first leg and a home loss to Napoli in a crunch Serie A clash just a fortnight ago, Roma are in danger of finishing third and without a major trophy to their name despite an impressive campaign.
Nevertheless, the Wolves have recorded back-to-back victories after comfortably dispatching Palermo 3-0 in Sicily last Sunday and confidence should remain high in camp with the capital club boasting 15 wins from their past 16 fixtures as hosts in league action.
In fact, since Spalletti arrived on the scene the Giallorossi have proved almost insurmountable at the Olimpico. Roma’s home record under the veteran head coach reads W19-D3-L1 with at least two home goals scored on 16 occasions and 11 triumphs by more than a one-goal margin.
Goals have also been fruitful for Over 2.5 Goals backers with 17/23 (74%) banking and a further 12 (52%) surpassing the Over 3.5 Goals market with 14 (61%) matches featuring goals for both sides.
Visitors Sassuolo have been infuriating inconsistent all season. The Neroverdi were hampered by a long injury list during the first half of the campaign and results have improved in 2017 (W4-D2-L4) but the visitors have produced their best work against the league’s lesser lights.
Eusebio Di Francesco has seen his side collect just two of their 31-point haul against top-half teams (W0-D2-L10) with a 1-1 draw at Napoli in November their sole point accrued on their travels at Serie A’s elite.
Goals on the agenda
All six of Sassuolo’s trips to the top-10 have paid out in the Both Teams To Score market with five breaking the Over 2.5 Goals barrier and three also featuring at least four goals. In fact, the Neroverdi’s away days average 3.21 goals per-game and that’s despite three visits to bottom-five sides seeing just one goal in total.
Sassuolo have fired blanks in each of their past three but the minnows still pose plenty of threat in attacking areas. Di Francesco’s men should be well capable of grabbing a goal on Sunday night in what should be an appetising and attacking showdown in Rome.
Over 3.5 Goals can be backed at 2.20 and it’s a price well worth supporting.
Asian Handicap Recommendation: Over 3.5 Goals at 2.20
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