Sassuolo take on the visitors Spezia in the round 27 match of Italian Serie A. The match will be played on Friday, February 17th at Mapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore (Reggio Emilia).
Sassuolo has been pleasantly surprising lately with both their play and results. Alessio Dionisi's team has already won three consecutive Serie A matches, distancing themselves far from the danger zone in the table. First, the team beat Lecce 1-0 away, then took down Cremonese 3-2 at home. You might say those were weak opponents? Well, in the previous round Sassuolo unloaded four goals into the net of Roma in the capital (4-3). The team is simply fantastic in attack! And in the last 8 matches against Sassuolo in the championship, only Napoli's players have managed to keep a clean sheet.
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The hosts are favorites, and it is logical to expect goals from them. But I think the visitors are also capable of at least one precise strike. Firstly, in the last five league matches, Sassuolo has only kept one clean sheet, which means their defense is far from faultless. And secondly, Spezia has also noticeably improved lately. In their last five matches, they suffered only one defeat - to Juventus. They also had three draws, two of which were productive - Spezia played 2-2 with Empoli and Udinese. And last week, under Leonardo Semplici's guidance, they dealt Inter a sensational 2-1 defeat at home.
In this match, the hosts are the favorites, which is hard to disagree with, considering how Sassuolo has been playing lately. I have nothing against a bet on P1, it looks logical. But I probably won't go for the outcome, and will simply wait for at least a goal exchange in this match, which is likely to happen. Both teams have been interesting to watch in attack lately and have scored a lot of goals. In their last five matches, they both left the field only once without disappointing their opponents. And both Sassuolo and Spezia rarely play to a clean sheet. In the first round of the current season, the teams drew 2-2, and in their last meeting on Sassuolo's field, there was also an exchange of goals (4-1 in favor of the hosts). Moreover, the bet on Over (total goals scored in the match) played in the last five recent head-to-head matches of these opponents. I believe that in the upcoming confrontation, this trend will not be broken either.
Prediction for the match: Both teams to score.