Lazio vs Sassuolo by JerryDrake

Sometimes great victories have negative effects on a team. When Sassuolo surprisingly defeated Milan 4-3 I remember former coach Mondonico warning on TV Swiss player Ziegler by commenting: “You must forget this victory now, immediately and wake up tomorrow and train hard. If not, you will have big problems in the next rounds”. Ziegler answered: “Now we just want to enjoy this victory”.


I like the experience and wisdom of old Italian trainers. Mondonico once succeeded in reaching the European Cup Winners' Cup semifinal with Atalanta playing in Serie B and, the same season, Atalanta promoted to Serie A again.


Pity that Emiliano Mondonico is not the coach of Sassuolo. It was Eusebio Di Francesco to reach the historical result to take Sassuolo to Serie A. Yes, with the help of a great structure organized by Sassuolo President and Mapei owner Giorgio Squinzi.


It was Squinzi not to be satisfied with the offensive play of Sassuolo: too many goals conceded and too many goals scored. Because of this he fired a trainer who had the trust of all players and signed new coach Malesani.


With Malesani things improved as they conceded less goals: only 6 goals conceded in 3 games, 0 wins, 0 points, only 1 goal scored. Lets say it: not all industrial men can be as skilled in managing a football team like Fiorentina owner Diego Della Valle. Squinzi, I am afraid that you broke a toy, as we are used to say in Italy. Sometimes things seem not to be good, you touch the mechanism and then you notice how much damage you made.


Now, what do we have to expect from this match? Lazio conceded their first defeat under Reja as coach after 3 wins and 3 draws. Last Thursday they have lost 0-1 at home against Ludogorets in the Europa League. In Rome President Lotito will be accompanied by many policemen as he once again received menaces by his fans. I think that without Lotito now Lazio would play in Serie B. Explain it to them.


Lazio will not have to wait long for their Europa League second leg in Bulgaria as they will play next Thursday again. Even by defeating Sassuolo they can reach 35 points and there is still too much distance from the top places. Lazio lost only two at home (6-3-2, 16/9), Sassuolo won only one away game out of 12 (1-4-7, 10/24).


The first leg finished 2-2. Sassuolo already played in Rome and drew 1-1 to Rome. The referee was Giacomelli. Tomorrow the referee will be Giacomelli again. I bet on Sassuolo to score at least one goal, maybe it will be former Lazio player Floccari to score. Coach Malesani have not let journalists enter the last training session and he is probably preparing some surprises. It is not the time to bet on Sassuolo, nor in Asian Handicap, nor as double chance but Sassuolo should now start creating score chances again, if not Squinzi may be start thinking of firing Malesani as well. Sassuolo should score at least one. Correct score: 2-1


Bet: Sassuolo Total Goals Over 0.5, odds: 1.85 Sbobet, stake: 7/10


Lazio (4-3-3): Berisha, Konko, Biava, André Dias, Radu, Gonzalez, Ledesma, Mauri, Candreva, Klose, Lulic. Reserves: Marchetti, Strakosha, Novaretti, Cavanda, Cana, Ciani, Biglia, Onazi, Keita, Kakuta, Felipe Anderson, Perea. Trainer: Reja


Sassuolo (3-5-2): Pegolo, Mendes, Cannavaro, Ariaudo, Rosi, Marrone, Chibsah, Missiroli, Longhi, Berardi, Floccari. Reserves: Pomini, Polito, Pucino, Bianco, Antei, Magnanelli, Gazzola, Brighi, Zaza, Farias, Floro Flores, Sansone. Trainer: Malesani


Injured: Alfaro, Pereirinha, Postiga, Ederson (Lazio), Terranova, Alexe, Manfredini, Masucci, Acerbi (Sassuolo)


Suspended: -


Doubt: Brighi, Biondini (Sassuolo)

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Tip Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
Sassuolo TG Over 0.5 Sbobet 1.85 7 3-2 WON (+5.95 units)
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Comments (4)
I really like this bet. I might also sprinkle a few dollars on Floccari to score.
02/23/2014 - 00:17
Angelo, you like it because you are Roma fan... if I well remember.
02/23/2014 - 08:16
Floccari !!!!!!!!!!
02/23/2014 - 23:18
Yes I am, but this is not the reason. I was very confident that Sassuolo would score in that game. Nicely done!
02/24/2014 - 02:38
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