Our football match prediction:
Stadio Citta del Tricolore will host Thursday’s football match between Sassuolo and Rapid Wien. The Serie A outfit kicked off their Europa League campaign in style, with the team beating Athletic Bilbao 3-0 on home soil, but they failed to impress in a 3-1 defeat to Genk. Eusebio Di Francesco’s men shared the spoils with Rapid in Wien in their third group game, but they are certainly capable of defeating the Austrians at their Stadio Citta del Tricolore. Sassuolo have already recorded three wins at home in the 2016/2017 Serie A campaign and considering that Rapid Wien failed to score in four of their last five away matches, we predict that the hosts will emerge triumphant in Thursday’s Europa League clash. A man to watch in the home team will be French attacker Gregoire Defrel, who has netted eight goals in all competitions so far this term.
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 (Rapid Vienna):
Rapid Wien are considered the most successful club in the history of Austrian football. In 2008 the capital club won their 32th domestic title and in 1995 they clinched their 15th Austrian Cup trophy. Die Grun-Weissen were founded back in 1898 as Erster Wiener Arbeiter-Fussball-Club and one year later the club was renamed to Sportklub Rapid Wien. In 1904 the club’s colours were changed to green and white and they have been wearing green and white shirts ever since. In 1985 Rapid made it to the Cup Winners Cup final and it has to be noted that they participated in the final competition in 1996 as well. Famous German footballer Lothar Matthaus was in charge of the team between September 2001 and May 2002, but he failed to record a good result with the Weststadion outfit. Weststadion has been the home ground of Rapid Wien since 16 July, 2016 and you should bear in mind that the capacity of the stadium is 28 000. Rapid’s fiercest rivals are Austria Wien.