Preview - Roma vs Sassuolo 27 December 18

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Match Day 18
Roma vs. Sassuolo
Thursday, December 27th 2018
01:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico

Last five matches form: L D D W L
Average goals per match: 1.71
Average goals against per match: 1.35
Top Scorer: Stephan El Shaarawy (5)

Last five matches form: L D D W D
Average goals per match: 1.59
Average goals against per match: 1.35
Top Scorer: Kevin Prince Boateng & Khouma Babacar (4)

We have a mid-table clash in store in Serie A this week as tenth placed Roma play host to ninth placed Sassuolo at the Stadio Olimpico. Whilst Sassuolo may be relatively satisfied with their current league position, Roma certainly won't be. For a side used to competing in the Champion's League the pressure will begin to build if they are not able to star working their way up the table soon.

This game finished up in a 1-1 draw last season with Roma coming out on top 1-0 in the reverse fixture.

Roma's chances may be hindered a little by the absence of top scorer Stephan El Shaaraway. Daniele De Rossi and Lorenzo Pellegrini also miss out for the Wolves. Sassuolo must do without the injured Claud Adjapong, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Alfred Duncan in addition to the suspended Rogerio.

Roma may have been struggling with consistency this season, but the majority of those problems have come away from home. They have lost just the once on their own patch this term, surprisingly losing to SPAL.

Sassuolo have become something of the draw specialists in the Premier League this season, taking a point from six of their past nine. Their three away wins have come at the lowly trio of SPAL, Chievo and Frosinone.

It's difficult to split these two overall. Roma's superior squad must start making inroads into the top half of the table sooner rather than later, but without the influential El Shaarawy they may have to settle for a point in this one.

Prediction: Roma 1 - 1 Sassuolo


Half time: 2 - 0
Full time: 3 - 1
Shots:  19 - 7
Shots on target: 12 - 3
Corner Kicks: 8 - 5
Possession: 55% - 45%

Two bookings in this one, one for each side, with referee Piero Giacomelli taking the names of Alessandro Florenzi of Roma and Gian Marco Ferrari of Sassuolo.

A comfortable and deserved victory for Roma who put in one of their most competent performances of the season in almost completely dominating a decent Sassuolo outfit. Edging possession and well clear on the shot count, there only looked like being one winner here from the moment the home side took an early lead.

The first goal of the game came in just the eighth minute. Patrik Schtik having his heels clipped in the area by Gian Marco Ferrari when running on to a ball over the top and the referee pointing to the spot. Diego Perotti doing the honours to finish into the bottom left corner.

 Sassuolo went within what looked to be a millimetre of an equaliser when a deflected cross into the box bounced down for the crossbar and just - only just - onto the line.

Having won the opening penalty, it was Schtik himself who added the second in the 23rd minute. Bryan Cristante sending the frontman clean through on goal with a ball out of defence on the right-hand side. Schtik keeping his composure to round the keeper and slot home 2-0 at half-time.

Two became three in the 59th minute. Nicolo Zaniolo bursting down the right-hand side and towards the by-line on the right-hand side. Excellent finish from there, cutting back inside and grounding both defender and keeper with a dummy shot before cheekily chipping over the top of the pair of them and in.

Sassoulo did get a goal back. Manuel Locatelli slipping in Khouma Babacar in the right channel and the forward finishing into the bottom right corner from just outside the box. Coming in the 90th minute as it did though it was all too little all too late.

A big result for Roma, and with some of the other games going their way they now move all the way up to seventh and only four points off those crucial Champion's League positions. Sassuolo slip down to eleventh.

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