Our football match prediction:
Athletic Bilbao desperately needed a win against Genk and they managed to get one (5-3). The Lions outplayed the Belgian side at their San Mames Barria, with Aritz Aduriz scoring all five goals for Ernesto Valverde’s troops. Athletic Bilbao climbed to second place in Group F and a win over Sassuolo should see them move a little closer to booking their place in the Europa League knockout stages. Over the years the Basques have turned their San Mames Barria into a real fortress and seeing that Sassuolo’s away record is anything but good, home win appears on the cards. The Neroverdi recorded a 3-0 win over Ernesto Valverde’s team in the reverse fixture and we predict that the La Liga side are going to get their revenge on the Italians on Thursday evening. Aforementioned attacker Aritz Aduriz will be the man to watch in the home team and all eyes will be on him in the San Mames Barria clash.
Highligted Player (Gorka Iraizoz):
Gorka Iraizoz is a goalkeeper who plays for La Liga side Athletic Bilbao. Iraizoz was born in Pamplona on 6 March, 1981 and he is 191 cm tall. The Athletic Bilbao shoot-stopper started his senior career at Basconia, playing 20 matches for the club between 1999 and 2000. He played for La Liga side Espanyol in the past as well, but on 7 August, 2007 he signed for Athletic Bilbao. Iraizoz made a right decision when he joined the Basque outfit as he participated in the 2011/2012 Europa League final. However, he did not win the trophy with the Lions as Atletico Madrid rolled over Athletic Bilbao in the title game. He made it to the Copa del Rey final on three occasions with Athletic Bilbao, but he failed to win the Spanish Cup trophy with the Basque team. Gorka Iraizoz made six appearances for the Basque Country, but he has yet to make his Spain debut.
Highlighted Team (Sassuolo):
US Sassuolo Calcio is an Italian football club from Sassuolo, state Modena in the Emilia-Romagna region. In the season 2012/2013 Sassuolo managed to promote to the Serie A before playing in the Serie B for four seasons. Sassuolo was founded in 1922 and is known for being one of the smaller teams in the Serie A. Sassuolo hosts it’s home games in the Stadio Citta del Tricolore which holds a capacity for approximately 21 000 spectators. Sassuolo is also known as i Neroverdi and plays at home in black and green. The biggest achievements in the club history were in 2007/2008 where the club won the Serie C1 and in season 2012/2013 were Sassuolo won the Serie B as well. Known players in the club history are Andrea Poli, Antonio Floro Flores, Simone Zaga and Reto Ziegler.