Preview - Parma vs Sassuolo 25 November 18

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Match Day 13
Parma vs. Sassuolo
Sunday, October 25th 2018
19:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Mapei Stadium

Parma: 
Last five matches form: W L L D W
Average goals per match: 1.00
Average goals against per match: 1.25
Top Scorer: Gervinho (4)

Sassuolo:
Last five matches form: L D D W D
Average goals per match: 1.67
Average goals against per match: 1.42
Top Scorer: Kevin-Prince Boateng (4)

Parma have been holding their own on their return to the top tier this season and would no doubt be reasonably happy to maintain their twelfth placed finish between now and the end of the season. Next up its this seventh placed Sassuolo who are looking to break into the European positions.

It's been dead even between these two sides historically with the teams recording two wins apiece and two draws in their six fixtures to date.

Federico Dimarco is out injured for the home side who must also do without the suspended Emanuele CalaiĆ². Claud Adjapong looks to be the only absentee for Sassuolo.

Parma's only two defeats at home so far this season have come against big guns Juventus and Lazio. They have only scored once in their past three on home turf though which would be a slight cause for concern.

Sassuolo have done pretty well on the road so far this season, winning at SPAL and Chievo and only losing to last seasons first and second placed finishers Juventus and Napoli. They have also impressively kept a clean sheet in three of their past four on the road in Serie A.

Sassuolo haven't been prolific in front of goal on their travels, averaging just over a goal a game so far. Often having a solid defensive base to build from though, that may well be all they need here.


Prediction: Parma 0 - 1 Sassuolo


Harry85

Half time: 2 - 1
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots:  8 - 12
Shots on target: 3 - 4
Corner Kicks: 2 - 3
Possession: 33% - 67%

Roberto Inglese, Bruno Alves and Alessandro Bastoni were all booked for the home side in this one, with referee Paolo Valeri also taking the names of Alfred Duncan, Marlon, Gian Marco Ferrari and Andrea Consigli of Sassuolo.

Sassuolo put in a solid performance away from home here, dominating the ball and shading the shot count. In the end though they came away with nothing as Parma made more of their chances on the night.

The home side struck after just six minutes here. Gervinho getting on the end of a knockdown and firing on goal. Andrea Consigli got a big hand on his effort and managed to race back and claw the still rolling ball off the goal line. Gervinho was following him in though and slotted home from close range.

After 25 minutes it was 2-0. A header from a corner on the right being well saved by Consigli, only for Giangiacomo Magnani to head the rebound against his own crossbar. When the ball came back down again, there was Bruno Alves ready and waiting to prod home from close range.

Sassuolo got one back in the 36th minute. Khouma Babacar sent tumbling in the area as a free kick came in from the right-hand side and the referee pointing to the spot. Babacar himself stepping up to slot into the bottom right. 2-1 at the break.

All Sassuolo in the second half as they sought the equaliser. It never came though as Parma hung on.

Parma will no doubt be delighted by the start they have made to life back in Serie A, with this win coupled with other results going in their favour lifting them all the way up to sixth in the standings. Heady heights indeed considering where they have had to come from in recent years. Sassuolo drop down to eighth.





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