Sassuolo vs AS Roma
Among the advances of this 37th day there will also be that of the Mapei Stadium between the hosts of Sassuolo vs AS Roma. The former are already safe and have nothing to ask for at the end of the season, while the latter are at the same time fighting for the Champions and Europa League and playing everything “in the Cesarini area”.
The Emilians are currently tenths at 42 points, too far from their next opponents to dream of Europe but also from Empoli to risk relegation. The daring defeat against Torino last day interrupted a series of six consecutive useful matches (two wins and four draws) thanks to which De Zerbi’s team had made the decisive sprint to get out of the fight after having spent a complicated period in the middle of the season. Now there are Rome and Atalanta: making zero points would not be scandalous, so it’s all earned. After missing last day for a flu attack he can return from 1 Berardi, while there will be no Peluso, recently operated. De Zerbi could confirm the 4-3-1-2 with Sensi on the trocar by inserting Locatelli instead of the suspended Bourabia or returning to the three-way attack with Babacar as a striker (possibly ahead of Matri and Djuricic). Possible confirmation for Duncan.
The Giallorossi oscillate dangerously between the dream Champions and the less remote possibility than one thinks of staying out even from the Europa League, which could be realized with the overtaking by Torino (currently only two points late) and the victory of the Italian Cup by Lazio. After having beaten Juve, the Capitolini must absolutely make six points out of six in order not to risk having huge regrets and, hoping for some false step by two between Atalanta, Milan and Inter, maybe even a chance for that Champions which now seems unreachable. Game systems to be examined also by the guests, who can confirm 4-3-3 of last week or return to 4-2-3-1. In doubt Pellegrini, free of injuries but victim of an overload around an old scar, Kluivert plays a place with Under and Pastore. To understand also what will be the use of De Rossi from here to the end, with the Giallorossi captain leaving Rome at the end of the season.
Background: In the eleven previous matches against the Neroverdi, Roma never lost: seven wins and four draws for the Capitoline. But there is more. All four of these draws arrived at the Olympic stadium. Then we update the figure: Roma has always won against Sassuolo at the Mapei Stadium. Five out of five so far. The first leg ended at 3-1 thanks to goals by Perotti, Schick and Zaniolo (his first goal in Serie A, beautiful) and the goal of the flag at the end of Babacar.
Prediction Today: Over 2.5