Sassuolo hosts AS Roma without midfielder from Ghana Alfred Duncan. He’s been sold for €15m to Fiorentina.

 

Important match without Alfred Duncan

Sassuolo have never beaten Roma in a Serie A clash, losing three of the last four H2Hs. The home H2H formbook doesn’t read any better for the ‘Neroverdi,’ who have lost five of six meetings, netting just one goal in total while conceding 1.83 per-game on average. Still, it’s at home where Sassuolo stands the best chance of a result, considering that they have scored 21 of their 32 Serie A goals here (65.63%), impressively scoring in all ten prior Serie A home fixtures this season.

 

 

Fonseca: “All of the new signings will be in the squad.”

Given the fact that Roma has opened the scoring on the road in 70 percent of their league matches (7/10), they may start the quicker. Their primary fuel behind a strong start is a 75% win-rate in league matches started as an away favorite so far, with Roma scoring over 2.5 goals in four of those matches. Furthermore, the visitors have conceded first in none of the last five H2Hs. The potential for an attacking start from the ‘Giallorossi’ is underlined yet further, by the fact that four of Roma’s last five away league matches have produced over 9.5 corners.

 

Will not play

 

From Sassuolo Questionable: Chiriches – Muscle injury, Duncan – injury, Ferrari – Ankle injury, Tripaldelli – injury.

From AS Roma: Diawara – Knee injury, Zaniolo – Knee injury; Questionable: Bouah – Knee injury, Kluivert – injury.

 

Players to watch

 

Francesco Caputo from Sassuolo has scored four of his five home league goals before the break. Meanwhile, Edin Džeko from Roma has been his team’s last goalscorer in five SA matches where he has netted.

Stat attack: All of Sassuolo’s Serie A home matches played thus far have witnessed over 2.5 goals scored, with both teams scoring in nine.

Four of the visitors’ last five Serie A fixtures (overall) have seen at least seven yellow cards shown (7.00 on average).

Roma’s only open-play goals conceded during away league wins this term have come before half-time.