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Sassuolo will face off against visiting club Lecce at Mapei Stadium-Città del Tricolore in the Serie A fixture on Saturday.
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Sassuolo, who won their previous game, will hope for a similar result following the 1-3 Serie A success versus Fiorentina.
In that game, Sassuolo had 49% possession and 10 shots at goal with 7 on target. For Sassuolo, the goals were scored by Grégoire Defrel (24', 35') and Mert Müldür (61'). At the other end, Fiorentina had 13 attempts on goal with 5 of them on target. Patrick Cutrone (90') scored for Fiorentina.
It has not been often in recent times where Sassuolo have shown defensive steel. It will be a concern for them that Sassuolo have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 5 of their previous 6 games, leaking 12 goals during that time.
Heading into this contest, Sassuolo have not been beaten in their last 2 home league matches.
After a loss in their previous game against Sampdoria in Serie A competition, Lecce will be hoping to turn things around here.
In that game, Lecce had 58% possession and 13 attempts on goal with 6 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Lecce was Marco Mancosu (50'). At the other end, Sampdoria got 13 shots on goal with 4 on target. Gastón Ramírez (40', 75') was the scorer for Sampdoria.
Indicating their involvement in fruitful matches, goals have been celebrated 28 times in the prior six matches in which Lecce have taken to the pitch, giving a mean average of 4.67 goals per meeting. Opposition teams have managed 22 of this grand total.
Coming into this contest, Lecce are without an away win for the past 2 league matches.
Head to head
The previous league meeting featuring these sides was Serie A match day 11 on 03/11/2019 and the score finished Lecce 2-2 Sassuolo.
That day, Lecce managed 38% possession and 9 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target. Goals were scored by Gianluca Lapadula (18') and Filippo Falco (42').
For their opponents, Sassuolo had 13 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target. Jeremy Toljan (35') and Domenico Berardi (85') scored.
The match was refereed by Riccardo Ros.
Team News: Sassuolo
Stefano Turati (Unknown Injury), Jeremy Toljan (Unknown Injury) and Filippo Romagna (Patella rupture) won’t be available for Sassuolo manager Roberto De Zerbi.
In all likelihood, Sassuolo will possibly go for a 4-2-3-1 system, utilising Gianluca Pegolo, Marlon Santos, Gianmarco Ferrari, Vlad Chiriches, Mert Müldür, Francesco Magnanelli, Manuel Locatelli, Jeremie Boga, Filip Djuricic, Hamed Junior Traorè and Gregoire Defrel.
Team News: Lecce
Lecce manager Fabio Liverani has a number of players out of action. Alessandro Deiola (Knee Problems), Gianluca Lapadula (Distortion of the ankle), Cristian Dell'Orco (Inguinal Hernia), Zan Majer (Adductor problems) and Diego Farias (Muscle Fatigue) will miss out on this game. Fabio Lucioni cannot play in this game through suspension.
We are inclined to think that Giallorossi seem likely to make use of a 5-3-2 lineup, giving starts to Gabriel, Andrea Rispoli, Giulio Donati, Biagio Meccariello, Andrea Arrigoni, Marco Calderoni, Antonin Barak, Marco Mancosu, Panagiotis Tachtsidis, Filippo Falco and Riccardo Saponara.
In our view, Sassuolo can and should be able to create a decent number of chances and shots on target.
However, Lecce will be up against it finding the net themselves although we do reckon that they could well end up hitting back at some stage here, too.
We’re therefore expecting to see a comfortable 3-1 win for Sassuolo at full-time.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Mapei Stadium-Città del Tricolore (21,525)
Captain: Francesco Magnanelli
Chairman: Carlo Rossi
Manager: Roberto De Zerbi
Competitions: Serie A position 12
⭐ Star Player: Francesco Caputo
Mostly played in the Striker position, Francesco Caputo was born in Italy. After having made a senior debut playing for AS Bari in the 2008 - 2009 season, the goalscoring Forward has contributed 14 league goals in this Serie A 2019 - 2020 season to date from a total of 26 appearances.