Our prediction for this Serie A match:
Mapei Stadium – Citta del Tricolore will host Friday’s Serie A game between Sassuolo and Spezia, the two bottom-table sides. Sassuolo are eyeing their fourth consecutive league win, and they must be brimming with confidence following a 4-3 win over Roma. Alessio Dionisi is unlikely to make changes to the attacking trio Berardi – Pinamonti – Lauriente as they all got their names on the scoresheet in the Stadio Olimpico clash. There are no fresh injury worries in the home team ahead of the visit of Spezia.
The Bianconeri, on the other hand, did well to shock Inter in their last league match, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against Sassuolo. Since the Neroverdi have been scoring goals for fun of late, home win should be considered. Both Emil Holm and Simone Bastoni are sidelined with injuries, while Joao Moutinho is a major doubt.
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 (Spezia):
Spezia is a professional Italian club based in Spezia, Liguria. The Bianconeri secured promotion to the Serie A in the 2019/20 season, with the team beating Frosinone in the Serie B playoffs final. Spezia are well known for their black and white home jerseys, and black is the dominant colour of their away kit.
The club’s home ground Stadio Alberto Picco has the capacity of 10,336 people. The venue was opened back in 1919, with architect Gregotti being in charge of the project. In 2002 the club chiefs decided to reach an agreement with Inter which saw Spezia become Inter’s feeder club.
As a result, the likes of Goran Pandev, Aco Stojkov, and Alex Cordaz joined the Bianconeri in the first season. Spezia then suffered a bankruptcy, but in 2008 they were re-founded. In the 2020/21 season the Bianconeri will compete in the Italian elite division for the first time ever.