Sassuolo will welcome Roma to the Mapei Stadium this Wednesday evening with the away side aiming to bounce back immediately from a loss in the derby to rivals Lazio as Sassuolo eye up the top half before the World Cup break.
Sassuolo have dropped off quite a bit in the past month, beating only Hellas Verona in this time with a 2-1 win on home soil. Further losses to Inter Milan and Atalanta proved just how hard it is going to be to crack the top half, while the 4-0 loss to Napoli sent them into 13th recently.
The struggles continued for the club with a 1-0 loss away to Empoli over the weekend, but worse yet, this now means 14th-placed Empoli sit just one point behind them, just as Torino in 10th sit two points clear. At the same time, although nothing to be concerned about in the immediacy, Sassuolo are just six points clear of 17th-placed Spezia.
Roma got a huge reality check in the last game as they were beaten at the Stadio Olimpico by rivals Lazio. Never did Jose Mourinho’s men really get into the game, and they continue to miss the creative services of Paulo Dybala, while Tammy Abraham’s Serie A goal drought remains a huge worry. Mourinho’s side sit sixth in the table, ahead of Inter but behind Juventus on goals difference, making this game a must-win before the World Cup break.