Our match prediction:
While their next opponents are currently more concerned with transfer dealings in the Europa League play-off clash against Red Star Belgrade, Palermo are fully focused on their league campaign. The Rosanero haven’t made too many changes to the playing squad, although star attacker Franco Vazquez left for Sevilla, so everything suggests another difficult relegation battle is on the cards. Sassuolo, on the other hand, will be looking to built on some excellent displays from last season when they managed to secure European qualification through league finish, and they, too, enter the new campaign with virtually unchanged squad. Star forward Nicola Sansone was sold to Villarreal, but in came Alessandro Matri and few more attack-minded players could follow, especially if Domenico Berardi finally realise a big club move. The Neroverdi could face problems playing on two fronts, but they currently have too much quality for weak Palermo and we are backing them to win at Renzo Barbera.
Highligted Player (Achraf Lazaar):
Achraf Lazaar was born in Casablanca, Morocco on January 22, 1992, but he moved to Italy with his parents in 2003. The left-footed footballer began his youth career at Raja Casablanca and he joined Varese’s youth academy in 2009. Lazaar made his debut for the senior team in 2012. He made 37 league appearances for Varese, but he did not find the net during his spell at the Stadio Franco Ossola outfit. In January 2014 he signed a contract with Palermo and he has been playing for the Sicilian outfit ever since. Lazaar plays as a left back, but he is capable of producing fine displays as a left back as well. Seeing that he was unable to play for Italy, the Palermo footballer decided to represent Morocco on the international stage. He made his Morocco debut on 23 may, 2014 in a friendly against Mozambique. Morocco recorded a routine 4-0 win over Mozambique back then. Achraf Lazaar has a contract with Palermo which 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.