August 19, 2022 Sports Betting
Sassuolo and the visiting Lecce will both be looking to get off to a winning start in Serie A when they face battle on Saturday night.
On Monday, Juventus easily defeated the hosts, but their southern adversaries returned to the top division by only scraping a point against Inter.
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Sassuolo were underdogs to start the new Serie A season successfully because they had only ever defeated Juventus once, and that victory had occurred just last October.
In fact, the Neroverdi suffered a loss to their hosts on Monday night at the Allianz Stadium, losing their eighth of ten games in Turin. Juve was motivated by star signing Angel Di Maria, who scored a goal and provided an assist on his debut for the team.
Although the final score may have been a touch unfair to Sassuolo, they were unable to score because Gianluca Scamacca left for West Ham United and Giacomo Raspadori, another Italy international, was forced to sit on the bench until the second half as he nears a potential move to Napoli.
Alessio Dionisi had to improvise up front due to the disruption to his previously effective forward line, and the Neroverdi coach is under pressure to quickly rebuild and integrate recent additions, such as Andrea Pinamonti from Inter.
After several top-half finishes, the Emilians fell to 11th in Dionisi’s first season as the club’s new manager after taking over for Roberto De Zerbi. Sassuolo, who also finished last in the Coppa Italia after losing to Serie B team Modena earlier this month, will be even more motivated to defeat promoted opponents this weekend.
Lecce’s return to the Serie A saw them suffer a horrific start after weeks of optimism and expectation as Romelu Lukaku broke through their defense less than two minutes into Inter’s visit to Stadio Via del Mare.
After the break, Assan Ceesay’s goal tied the game for the Giallorossi, but more than 90 minutes after Lukaku’s goal, Denzel Dumfries’ close-range goal in stoppage time gave the visitors the victory.
Although the manner of their defeat will have hurt, few would have predicted the Puglian team to topple one of Calcio’s titans. Lecce have played the most games in Serie A opening rounds without recording a single win 17 overall, while losing each of their last six.
The defending Serie B winners, who made their second appearance in Italy’s top division, are now preparing for their first road trip of the new campaign after a run of three straight losses.
The going might be tough for Marco Baroni’s inexperienced team at the Mapei Stadium after they lost to Parma to finish their preseason schedule and were eliminated from the Coppa Italia by Cittadella .
Sassuolo was mostly limited to long-range efforts against Juventus on the first day, but they should have more room to work with and are likely to score multiple goals on Saturday. Lecce, who has already let up five goals in two competitive games, is easily exploitable by the hosts.