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Chievo vs Sassuolo Prediction & Betting tips
The duel between Chievo Verona and Sassuolo will not make the hearts of the neutral followers beat faster, but for the clubs themselves this is an important test. One of these two teams can make a nice hole with the dreaded line.
Chievo Verona ended last season at the 14th place and that could just be the position where the team of trainer Rolando Maran will end up again this year. Nevertheless, the team from Verona will have to make progress as the pressure from the bottom starts to increase. Chievo quickly played a big gap with the bottom three places, but in the last few months the gap broke. The men of Maran are in fact working on a particularly moderate series and that offered other teams the chance to flip over Chievo. Chievo won only one of the last twelve matches and the club is now in fifteenth position. The gap with number eighteen SPAL has shrunk to five points and Chievo will now have to really adapt to avoid acute problems. A tight victory over Cagliari is the only highlight of the last months and that indicates that Chievo has to deal with a huge form dip.
It is also striking that Chievo is almost never completely eliminated. The last five matches of the Maran team show that nicely. Juventus was lost with 0-2 and the last three defeats ended in 0-1. In itself this is not very bad, but the fact is that Chievo did not manage to find the net in four of the last five matches. Last week it went wrong again in the away match against Fiorentina. Cristiano Biraghi opened the score after six minutes and that also turned out to be the last goal of the game.
The duel with Sassuolo is really a key match for Chievo as the visitors have the chance to pass the formation of Maran on the ranking. Chievo will come for the day quite fit. Emanuele Giaccherini and Valter Birsa will have to make progress to get the game. They were not completely fit during the week.
Sassuolo is in the same boat as the opponent of Sunday. The team of trainer Giuseppe Iagini, the coach who was appointed last November to get Sassuolo back on the football, can not manage to achieve results. The current number sixteen of the Serie A now rubs dangerously close to the danger zone and therefore victories are needed to create some breathing space. However, that is easier said than done. Out of the last eight games, Sassuolo got only three points and the poor performance has meanwhile resulted in a goal balance of -31. Number last Benevento is in that respect the only team that is even worse for the day. The last few weeks can be called dramatic. Sassuolo was scorelessly defeated by Juventus 7-0 and took one more point from the last five matches. A bloodless 0-0 against Cagliari will certainly not have ensured a satisfied feeling among the grassroots.
Last week it went wrong again for the home crowd in the match against Lazio Roma. Teams like Sassuolo often hope for good results in their own stadium in order to stay out of trouble, but in the duel with the Romans it soon became clear that a nice result was not there. After 46 minutes of football, the visitors had already scored a 0-3 score and that position was later successfully defended. Domenico Berardi was also sent off the field, in short, again a disappointing match from Sassuolo.
That red card from Berardi has this week that he can not take action in Verona. Timo Letschert will also have to let this game pass because of his injury. The Dutch defender has so far not yet managed to make a name for himself in the Serie A. Last season he came to nine appearances in the base and this year the counter will temporarily stop at five.
Chievo vs Sassuolo head to head matches
15.10.17 SA Sassuolo Chievo 0 : 0
12.02.17 SA Sassuolo Chievo 1 : 3
21.09.16 SA Chievo Sassuolo 2 : 1
13.02.16 SA Chievo Sassuolo 1 : 1
27.09.15 SA Sassuolo Chievo 1 : 1