Our prediction for this Serie A match:
Juventus will look to kick off the new Serie A campaign in great manner when they take on Sassuolo at Allianz Stadium on Monday. The club management did well to sign the likes of Andrea Cambiaso, Paul Pogba, Angel Di Maria, and Bremer in the summer transfer window, but Paulo Dybala, Federico Bernardeschi, and Matthijs de Ligt are no longer parts of the team. Juve are eager to regain Scudetto, and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at Sassuolo.
The Neroverdi, on the other hand, will be without Filip Djuricic in the new Serie A campaign as the Serbia forward joined Sampdoria on a free transfer. Summer signing Agustin Alvarez is likely to make his Sassuolo debut against Juventus, but that is unlikely to help the visitors grab something from the match as Massimiliano Allegri’s men are desperate to make a flying start to the season. Keep in mind, though, that all Paul Pogba, Federico Chiesa, Weston McKennie, and Adrien Rabiot miss out with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Matthijs de Ligt):
Matthijs de Ligt is yet another product of famous Ajax football academy. After making 17 appearances for Jong Ajax, Matthijs de Ligt started playing for the senior team in 2016. The talented centre-back, who was born on August 12, 1999 in Leiderdorp (Netherlands) made his debut for the Amsterdammers on September 21, 2016 in a cup game against Willem II. Thanks to this goal Matthijs de Ligt became the second youngest goalscorer ever, behind legendary midfielder Clarence Seedorf.
In March, 2017, the Ajax defender made his debut for the Netherlands national team in a 2-0 loss to Bulgaria in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. In 2018 he received AFC Ajax Talent of the Year award (Marco Van Basten Award). Mathiijs de Ligt’s main position is centre-back and his preferred foot is right. His contract with the Amsterdammers should expire on June 30, 2021.
In the 2016/2017 season Matthijs de Ligt and his teammates made it to the Europa League final, but Ajax were beaten by Manchester United in the title game.
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 its 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.