Manuel Locatelli’s Sassuolo take on Juventus on Matchday 36 of the Serie A calendar. The talented midfielder is at the top of the Bianconeri’s shopping list but the deposed champions face stiff competition from Barcelona and Manchester City for his signature. The Neroverdi are battling Roma for seventh place in the table.
Where and when: Mapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore, Reggio Emilia – 12 May, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Sassuolo vs. Roma: Premier Sports 2
Last time: Juventus won 3-1 in the reverse fixture courtesy of Danilo, Aaron Ramsey and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Sassuolo v Juventus Predictions and Preview
The Emilia-Romagna outfit have enjoyed a fine season and are well placed to finish as best of the rest. Locatelli understandably receives the bulk of the plaudits but compatriot Domenico Berardi, Jeremie Boga, Francesco Caputo, Giacomo Raspadori and Filip Djuricic have all played their part.
The Bianconeri target is reportedly available for a modest €40m and would be a considerable upgrade on all of Arthur Melo, Rodrigo Bentancur, Ramsey, Weston McKennie and Adrien Rabiot. Locatelli is 5/1 to register anytime, while Neroverdi top scorer Berardi is 8/1 to break the deadlock.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Juventus to win 2-0||8/1||Offer|
|Draw and both teams to score||9/2||Offer|
|Juan Cuadrado to score anytime||4/1||Offer|
Much like his international team-mate, Berardi has been linked to all the big clubs in Italy and is still only 26. The left footer has 15 goals and five assists to his name and a strong showing at Euro 2020 could give chief Giovanni Carnevali a transfer headache. Berardi is not agitating for a move but would find it difficult to turn down a Champions League outfit and is good enough, much like Federico Chiesa, to make the step up.
Boga and Djuricic are both 10/2 to net anytime but the contest is likely to come too soon for Caputo who has only just resumed full training after two months on the sidelines. Sassuolo are 9/2 to claim victory and a draw is 7/2.
Andrea Pirlo will guide visitors Juventus but there is a new contender to replace the young tactician. Max Allegri was widely expected to return to the dugout until Real Madrid were eliminated by Chelsea in the Champions League, prompting Zinedine Zidane’s future to come in to question.
The three-time European Cup winning boss has never hidden his admiration for the Bianconeri and his next move is very much linked to Allegri who could succeed him at Santiago Bernabéu. In the meantime, Ronaldo is 9/4 to open proceedings and Alvaro Morata is 7/2. Paulo Dybala is 27/5 to notch last and the travelling party are 9/20 to emerge triumphant.
One to watch for Sassuolo: Raspadori hit the headlines after his brace downed Milan a fortnight ago and the attacker is 10/1 to bag last.
One to watch for Juventus: Federico Chiesa has missed the last three fixtures with a muscle problem but will go straight back in to the eleven and is 24/5 to score first.
Long shot: Sassuolo are formidable on home soil and have taken something from 14 of their 17 games at Mapei Stadium. In addition, the Neroverdi play in a similar vein to great entertainers Atalanta, and will pose Juventus all sorts of problems. A 3-1 success for Roberto De Zerbi’s troops is 54/1.