Our football match prediction:
Thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 win over Rapid Wien Genk made it to the Europa League last 32. De Smurfen, though, aim to clinch top position in Group F, meaning that coach Peter Maes is likely to field the best possible side against Sassuolo in Thursday’s football match. The Italians, on the other hand, have already suffered elimination in the Europa League group stages, meaning that there is no big value in betting on the hosts this time out. Genk were beaten by Rapid Wien and Athletic Club in previous two away games in the process, but they are regarded as hot favourites to pick up all three points from the Mapei Stadium clash. Sassuolo are with one eye on Monday’s Serie clash against Fiorentina and we predict that coach Eusebio Di Francesco is going to mix the squad against Genk. Nikolaos Karelis has been scoring goals for fun for the Belgian team this season and he is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders.
Highligted Player (Alberto Pomini):
Alberto Pomini is a 185-cm-tall goalkeeper who played for Verona during his youth career. In 2001 he moved to San Marino and he made 17 league appearances for the club in the Serie C2. At the end of the season he signed a deal with Bellaria and after playing 20 games for the club, he moved to Sassuolo in 2004. Pomini played for the Neroverdi in the Serie C2 back then, but the club have been making progress year by year. Sassuolo are currently playing in the Italian top flight, but it has to be noted that Pomini did not see any game action in the 2015/2016 Serie A campaign. The Italian goalkeeper wore No. 17 on his shirt between 2008 and 2012, but following Davide Bassi’s departure he received number 1 shirt. Alberto Pomini was born in Isola della Scala, Italy on 17 March, 1981. He has a contract with Sassuolo which expires at the end of the 2016/2017 Serie A campaign. His agent is Danilo Caravello.
Highlighted Team (RC Genk):
Founded in 1988, Genk are considered one of the youngest clubs in Belgium. Luminus Arena is the home stadium of the club, the capacity of the venue is 24 956 and it was built in 1999. Speaking of UEFA matches, the stadium can hold 21 500 spectators. Genk clinched one Belgian Pro League trophy in the 20th century, with the team winning the 1989/1999 title. They finished the season with 73 points, two points clear of second-placed Club Brugge. Genk won their second domestic trophy in 2002 and the team lifted the Belgian Pro League title in 2011 as well. Speaking of the Belgian Cup, the club clinched their fourth trophy in the competition in 2013. The club is well known for their brilliant school and you should bear in mind that the likes of Steven Defour, Christian Benteke, Thibaut Courtois, Divock Origi and Kevin De Bruyne are all products of Genk’s football academy.