US Sassuolo will look to thwart Torino CF when they meet at the Mapei Stadium-Città del Tricolore in the Serie A on Saturday.
Sassuolo Match Form
I Neroverdi are in mid-table at this point in the season, similar to last time, where they finished 11th. This time around, they are in 15th place with 19 points from as many games.
While they are relatively safe from a relegation fight, for now, Roberto De Zerbi’s men are only 5 points from Genoa and Brescia in 18th and 19th spots respectively. Thus the margin for error is reducing as the season progresses and the team needs to step up.
Considering their present situation, another mid-table finish will be the target with a top-half finish looking unlikely unless they embark on a dream run. However, after losing 3-0 to Udinese last weekend, the emphasis will be on putting on a good performance and get a result.
Torino Match Form
Coming to their opponents, Torino are also in a similar position to last season, in the top half, but not high enough. After a 7th-placed finish last season, Il Toro are currently 8th, with 27 points from 19 games.
Walter Mazzarri’s are 2 points ahead of Verona, who have played a game less, and 2 points ahead of Milan while Napoli and Udinese are another point further. While the table is pretty tight in the middle, the Turin club’s primary focus will be upward.
Parma are a point ahead in 7th while Cagliari are 2 points ahead in 6th and occupying the final European spot. Thus, Mazzarri will be looking to get a good number of positive results between now and the end of the season and try to get a UEFA Europe League spot for his side.
After winning against Bologna 1-0 in the previous game, Il Toro will look to pick up another one at the Mapei Stadium-Città del Tricolore.
In terms of team news, Sassuolo will miss Domenico Berardi who is suspended while there are question marks over the availability of Marlon Santos, Gregoire Defrel and Vlad Chiriches.
Meanwhile, Mazzarri will welcome the return of Lyanco Vojnovic and Iago Falque while Daniele Baselli is ruled out. Further, Simone Zaza and Cristian Daniel Ansaldi are doubts for the game.
Head-To-Head & Sassuolo vs Torino Betting Tips
Looking at head-to-head, Torino have won 10 to Sassuolo’s 4 in 21 meetings. Further, Il Toro are unbeaten in the last 7 clashes, winning 4. While these 7 games have witnessed 23 goals, each of the last 3 games at this stadium have ended in a draw, with just 4 goals scored.
Thus, the home side will be looking to their recent home form in this fixture to get a result. However, recent form is a definite problem with Sassuolo in a 3-match losing run in the league while Torino have won each of their last 2.
Therefore, Torino can be expected to get a win this time around and continue their high-flying run.
Sassuolo Predicted XI: Consigli; Toljan, Romagna, Ferrari, Rogerio; Obiang, Magnanelli; Boga, Traore, Duricic; Caputo
Torino Predicted XI: Sirigu, Izzo, N’Koulou, Djidji; De Silvestri, Meite, Lukic, Aina; Verdi, Berenguer; Belotti