Preview - Hellas Verona vs Sassuolo 19 April 2018

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Match Day 33
Hellas Verona vs Sassuolo
Thursday, April 19th, 2018
03:45 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi

Hellas Verona: 
Last five matches form: L L L W L
Average goals per match: 0.81
Average goals against per match: 2.00
Top Scorer: Giampaolo Pazzini and Moise Kean (4)

Last five matches form: W D D D D
Average goals per match: 0.72
Average goals against per match: 1.66
Top Scorer: Matteo Politano (7)

We have a couple of big relegation clashes in Serie A this week, the most influential of which may well be this encounter at the Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi as Verona take on Sassuolo.

When looking at their remaining fixtures, Hellas Verona will no doubt have this game marked out as one they simply must win if they are to escape the clutches of the relegation zone. Currently three points adrift of fourth bottom SPAL, and with that rival still to play at home, victory here could set them up very nicely to stay up. But can they do it?

On the plus side they are in their best form of the season at home, having won three of their last four in Serie A. on the negative side, they must do without joint top scorer Moise Kean and the suspended Antonio Caracciolo.

Sassuolo seem to have adopted the mentality of battening down the hatches on the run in and making themselves as tough to beat as possible. They arrive here having drawn five of their last six in Serie A, four of which have been by a 1-1 score line. Sassuolo's main problems appear to be down their right hand side. Right-back Pol Lirola is out, whilst right sided midfielder Simone Missiroli is also struggling.

If there is to be a stalemate in Serie A this week, it may well be this one. A draw is a perfectly acceptable result for Sassuolo, and without Moise Kean in the line-up Verona may just struggle to break them down. They have after all managed only one goal in their past five games in the league.

Prediction: Hellas Verona 0 - 0 Sassuolo


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 0 - 1
Shots: 9 - 15
Shots on target: 2 - 5
Corner Kicks: 6 - 5
Possession: 57% - 43%

Referee Marco Guida was kept busy in this relegation scrap, showing the yellow card to Alex Ferrari, Jagos Vukovic and Seung-Woo Lee for Hellas Verona and Rogerio, Luca Mazitelli, Alfred Duncan and Federico Peluso for the visitors.

A bitter blow for the home side here in a game they desperately needed to get something from. Mustering just the two shots on target in the match though, they really got exactly what they deserved.

Whilst Sassuolo were the better side, they had a catastrophic error from the home keeper to thank for their win here. Coming out to claim a ball into the box in the 38the minute, Nicolas looked to have done the hard work in beating the Sassuolo forwards to the ball, only then to inexplicably spill the ball straight to the feet of Mauricio Lemos. Lemos needed no second invitation to fire into an empty net.

Given the dearth of goals in this Verona side of late, it always seemed likely that one goal may prove enough for the visitors, and so it proved as Giuseppe Iachini's men held on for a relatively comfortable success in the end. Indeed, so lukewarm was the second half here, that not a single shot on target for either side was registered from the 51st minute onwards.

Hellas Verona already looked to face a tall order if they were to extricate themselves from the relegation zone. Their task looks all the more difficult now. Remaining second bottom and four points adrift of safety with just five games to go, a dramatic turnaround in fortunes is needed and soon.

A big win for Sassuolo, lifting them up to 13tha and now six points clear of the drop zone.

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