Verona vs Sassuolo by DamirJ
Newly promoted Verona welcomes Sassuolo in the third round of Serie A, also newly promoted team. Ambitious management from Verona announced at the beginning of the season that their goal will be to survive this season, but with a prospect of building up the team for much greater things in seasons to come.
So far, their start in the season ain't bad as the team won over AC Milan in the season opener with the score of 2:1. Obviously, their home ground will play a big role as they have great support and already managed to defeat one of the strongest sides, although they were behind in the scoreline and generally played very well on counters while Luca Toni scored both goals. On the other side, they were defeated in the second round away to Roma 3:0, showing that they are still a side that has to work a lot, but also that they will be quite weak in matches away from their home. However, while playing at home they will probably the bosses and so should be in this Sunday's game against Sassuolo where they will search for another three points.
Hosts will be without central defender Michelangelo Albertazzi (1/0) and left back Alessandro Agostini both being sidelined with injuries. One of main attacking powers, Luca Toni is doubtful for this game, but with chances to play.
Sassuolo, as said, also newly promoted team will strive to keep the Serie A status for the next season too. Looking at their first two games, it's obvious that their season will be very look and hard probably ending at relegation places.
They suffered a 2:0 defeat in season opener against Torino, in a game where they were actually competitive, but were unable to convert their chances into goals while players from Torino looked like much more experienced and exactly knew what were they doing on the pitch. Second round match against Livorno brought them big disappointed as they suffered 1:4 loss at home against a side that should also be struggling to keep their Serie A status. It was a important game for them, but the team once against showed their inability to convert chances into goals with Zaza being their only goalscorer for now, while the visitors weren't much better on the field, but simply used their chances much better out of less ball possession in comparison to their hosts. As it could be understood, their target will also be staying in the league, although everyone is aware that the things won't get any easier for them.
Guests coach Di Francesco won't be able to count at defensive midfielder Francesco Magnanelli (1/0) and central midfielder Carl Valeri (1/0), while striker Domenico Berardi is suspended.
Home side made much better moves during the transfer windows and should be taken seriously than waste of newly promoted sides. They already made great job winning over Milan and no doubt will be much closer to get all three points against way weaker Sassuolo.