Milan are next in Sassuolo’s sights as the Emilia-Romagna outfit bid to take points from another Serie A giant. The Neroverdi went blow for blow with Juventus on Matchday 33 and were on course for glory until Alex Sandro equalised. Stefano Pioli will lead the opposing camp and will have no shortage of suitors if his time with the Rossoneri ends in August.
Where and when: Mapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore, Reggio Emilia – 21 July, kick-off 20:45
Where you can see Sassuolo vs. Milan: Premier Sports 1
Last time: Milan had a goal ruled out by VAR and hit the woodwork twice during the December stalemate.
Sassuolo vs. Milan Predictions and Preview
There is excitement around Roberto De Zerbi and what he is building in Emilia-Romagna. The young tactician has comfortably eclipsed his first season in charge and if Sassuolo fall short in their quest for European football, the Italian should not be too disheartened.
With five rounds of action remaining, the Neroverdi have already eclipsed 2018-19’s 46-point haul, number of matches won and total goals scored. De Zerbi’s troops are thrilling to watch and have picked up maximum points from four of their last five fixtures.
The ex-midfielder has assembled a nice blend in his squad with Manuel Locatelli, Jeremie Boga and Hamed Traore alongside the experienced Andrea Consigli and skipper Francesco Magnanelli. The veterans still have roles to play but it is the trio who have really flourished this term.
Locatelli was surprisingly let go by the Rossoneri in 2018 and is a mainstay in the Sassuolo midfield. Boga, meanwhile, is enjoying the best campaign of his career and has 11 strikes from 31 appearances. The winger is in demand but another 12 months under the tutelage of De Zerbi would be perfect for his development.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Sassuolo to win and both teams to score||4/1||Offer|
|Over 4.5 goals||3/1||Offer|
|Milan to win 2-1||7/1||Offer|
The Ivorian is 15/2 to open proceedings, while fellow attacker Domenico Berardi is 9/1 to register the final effort of the contest. The vice-captain has struck on 12 occasions and only Francesco Caputo has contributed more in the goals tally. Sassuolo are 11/5 to win on the night and move closer to Milan in the standings.
The visitors’ starting eleven is now settled after the constant chopping and changing of Stefano Pioli’s predecessor Marco Giampaolo. Zlatan Ibrahimovic will spearhead the team with Ante Rebic, Hakan Çalhanoğlu and Jack Bonaventura in support of the legendary hitman. Ibrahimovic is 5/2 to open proceedings, while Rebic is 4/1 in the same market. Milan are 21/20 to chalk up the victory and a draw is 13/5.
One to watch for Sassuolo: Giacomo Raspadori is 17/2 to net anytime and is still on a high after opening his account in Italy’s top flight. The youngster equalised against Lazio and has been on the Neroverdi books since youth level.
One to watch for Milan: Rafael Leao is third in the pecking order behind Ibrahimovic and Rebic but neither possess the raw pace of the Portuguese youngster. The forward will get game time in the closing period and is 5/1 to bag last.
Long shot: Sassuolo have only been involved in two goalless matches all year and have remarkably scored in every home tie to date. The Neroverdi have been compared to Atalanta for their exciting style of play and with the visitors equally in good form, it promises to be a fine spectacle. A 2-2 result is 9/1.