Our prediction for this Serie A match:
Sassuolo and Lazio will lock horns at Mapei Stadium – Citta del Tricolore in the closing match of Saturday’s program. The Neroverdi were having their ups and downs before the international break, with the team beating Inter, losing to Monza, while sharing the spoils with Lecce. Sassuolo are eager to return to winning ways this weekend, but this game will be anything but a walk in the park for the home side. Both Mattia Viti and Agustin Alvarez are out of contention with injuries, but there are no suspended players in the home team.
The Biancocelesti, on the other hand, did well to beat Atalanta 3-2 in their last league match, but given their difficulties on the road, we do not believe that Maurizio Sarri’s men are capable of grabbing more than one point from Saturday’s encounter. As for the away team, goalkeeper Ivan Provedel and midfielder Mattia Zaccagni miss out through injuries.
Highlighted Player (Domenico Berardi):
Once one of the most promising young players in Serie A, Domenico Berardi is the Italian footballer that plays for Sassuolo and the Italy national team. Born in Cairati, Calabria, the forward begun his professional career back in 2012, when he helped the Neroverdi win Serie B and play in Serie A next season and was named as the best player of the competition, only 18 years of age.
He made his first appearance for the Italy U19 national team in the same season. His excellent performances draw the attention of Juventus and the Old Lady confirmed in the beginning of the Season 2013/14 that Domenico Berardi joined the club on a co-ownership deal.
The player never played for Juventus because he remained in Sassuolo and he recently signed a new contract with the Neroverdi. The 24-year-old right winger, who can also play as a left winger and a second striker, made his first appearance in the senior national team in June 2018.
Highlighted Team (Lazio):
Lazio Roma are an Italian football club based in Rome. Lazio were founded in 1900 and they compete in the Serie A. The Biancocelesti (The White and Sky Blues) have won two Serie A trophies (1973/1974, 1999/2000), while lifting six Coppa Italia titles.
The capital club play their home games at Stadio Olimpico and Roma are regarded as Lazio’s main rivals.
The two teams face each other in the Derby della Capitale and it is considered the fiercest inter-city derby in Italy. Lazio won UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1999, with the team beating Mallorca in the title game. The same year they managed to clinch the UEFA Super Cup trophy as they outplayed English giants Manchester United at Stade Louis II, Monaco.
The likes of Pavel Nedved, Giuseppe Favalli, Juan Sebastian Veron, Sinisa Mihajlovic, Roberto Mancini, Giuseppe Signori, Miroslav Klose and Simone Inzaghi are notable footballers who played for Lazio in the past.