Our football match prediction:
Rapid Wien do not seem to be at the top of their game ahead of Thursday’s football match against Sassuolo. The Austrian team are on a four-game winless run in all competitions and they are desperate to grab something from the Allianz Stadion clash. Rapid outplayed Genk in their first home game in Group F, but Athletic Bilbao proved to be a big catch for Michael Buskens’ troops at San Mames Barria. Their next rivals Sassuolo are tough to beat at home as well, but you should bear in mind that the Neroverdi are on a four-match losing run on the road in all competitions. The Serie A team conceded 2+ goals in each of their last four away fixtures and they are unlikely to keep a clean sheet in Thursday’s game against Rapid Wien. Taking everything into account, we predict that both teams are going to find the net in their third group game.
Highlighted Player (Fransesco Magnanelli):
Francesco Magnanelli is a Sassuolo midfielder, who was born on 12 November, 1984. His main position is defensive midfield, but he plays as a central midfielder as well. Magnanelli began his senior career at Gubbio and he played for the club in lower leagues from 2000 to 2002. He was part of Chievo during the 2002/2003 season, but he did not see any game action during his spelt with the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi outfit. The Italian footballer joined Fiorentina in 2003 and he moved to Sangiovannesse one year later. After making seven league appearances for the club, Francesco Magnanelli made probably the best decision of his career when he signed a contract with Sassuolo in June 2015. He has been playing for the Neroverdi on regular basis and he scored one goal in 34 appearances for the club in the 2015/2016 Serie A campaign. His contract with Sassuolo expires on 30 June, 2017.
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.