The Serie A season is coming to a close with their being just two fixtures left to play and this Saturday Sassuolo will welcome Roma to their Mapei Stadium for matchday 37. For the hosts, there is little to play for with them sitting a huge 20 points adrift from the top six, but they are bound to make life difficult for their opponents who are aiming for a top-six finish. Roma have the potential to push for a Champions League spot, with them just three points behind Atalanta who sit in fourth. The last time these sides met, Roma made light work of their opponents, securing three points after a 3-1 victory.
The 2018-19 season has been very similar to the previous for Sassuolo with them sat in tenth place, which is one better than last year. Their sheer amount of drawn games (15) has been their downfall this season and led to the huge 20-point gap that separates them from Roma in sixth. With little to play for during this fixture, it may be hard for Carlo Rossi to motivate his side but if their recent form is anything to go by then they could be in line for securing at least a point. The hosts have suffered just a single defeat in their last seven fixtures which arrived most recently against Torino, who they lost 3-2 against in a close-fought contest. Despite this defeat, Sassuolo have secured four draws and two wins in their last seven, proving they can be a tough side to beat. The hosts have demonstrated the same strong form whilst playing at home, having gone unbeaten in their last three home games.
Claudio Ranieri will be expecting nothing less than three points from his side ahead of this fixture, with his heart set on a top-four finish and at the very least securing a spot in the top six. Ranieri will be hoping his men can ease to their second victory over their opponents after beating them 3-1 earlier this season. Roma sit in sixth with a narrow two-point lead over Torino and find themselves trailing Atalanta in fourth by three points, leaving everything to play for. Like their opponents, Roma have proven to be a tough side to beat after also going unbeaten in each of their last seven fixtures. Ranieri’s men will be brimming with confidence after they secured an impressive 2-0 win over Juventus in their latest game, which marked their third win in their last five in Serie A. However, Roma’s last two away games have ended in 1-1 draws against Genoa and Inter Milan.
We are expecting Carlo Rossi to set his side up in a 3-5-2 formation, with Khouma Babacar and Domenico Berardi starting up front. The two forwards sit on seven goals apiece this season and are the club’s joint-leading goal scorers. Mehdi Bourabia picked up a red card in his last outing against Torino, leaving him unavailable for this fixture. Giangiacomo Magnani remains out with injury and is expected to miss the rest of the season.
Roma’s talisman Edin Dzeko is likely to lead the line up front, with the forward bagging his 14th goal of the season in his last outing against Juventus. Diego Perotti, Davide Santon and Daniele De Rossi all missed out against Juventus with minor injuries but could return to the bench for use in this fixture.
Both teams to score at 4/7 with Bet365 – Three of Sassuolo’s last four games have seen both sides get on the score sheet and both of Roma’s previous two away fixtures have ended 1-1. Also, the first meeting between these sides this season ended 3-1.
Roma -1 handicap at 5/4 with Bet365 – Despite the hosts showing strong form in recent fixtures, Roma have demonstrated equally strong form and will be full of confidence after beating Juventus 2-0 in their last outing.