It is unlikely that Sassuolo’s second campaign under Alessio Dionisi will be deemed a success because the Neroverdi are already destined to once again place in the bottom half of the Serie A (SA) table. A winless streak of five SA games dating back to the beginning of May is a major factor in why they will likely fall short of even matching last season’s unimpressive 11th-place finish, which is particularly concerning.
With seven straight games resulting in at least two match goals, Sassuolo’s recent games have at the very least been enjoyable to watch. However, that streak suggests that they may have lost drive after clinching survival. Given that they have failed to score more than once in each of their 11 home games against clubs starting this round above them in the table, it remains to be seen if the hosts can contribute to aiding that streak continue.
Even with a victory tonight, Fiorentina would finish the season with at least six less points than their hosts did. The UEFA Europa Conference League final between West Ham United and Vincenzo Italiano’s squad in Prague, which could affect team selection here, is now only around the corner, so they have more on their minds than their league standing.
Fiorentina’s 2-1 comeback victory against Roma in the most recent round shows they’re still committed to ending their domestic season on a strong note despite that UEFA Europa Conference League Final still being in the distance. They scored the game’s winning goal in the 88th minute of that match, and given that the prior two head to head matches also featured a goal in the final seconds of the second half, there may be one more late twist in this one.
Domenico Berardi, Sassuolo’s leading scorer (G11, A7), has been involved in more than a third of his team’s 46 SA goals and has already scored nine goals against Fiorentina in his illustrious career. Competitor Luka Jovi is also in fantastic form right now, scoring lately for the first time ever in back-to-back SA games.
Kristian Thorstvedt will not be available for Sassuolo because to the milestone yellow card the midfielder received in the previous matchup with Sampdoria.
Additionally out for an extended period of time due to knee problems are Agustin Alvarez and Armand Lauriente, while the in demand Davide Frattesi is still a huge question for the home team due to a muscular condition.
With 12 goals in all competitions, Domenico Berardi has been the team’s leading scorer this season. The 28 years old will once more play in the last third of the field.
Salvatore Sirigu is still out of commission for Fiorentina, but the visitors are otherwise in good shape going into their final league game of the season.
Arthur Cabral, Sofyan Amrabat, Nicolas Gonzalez, and Christian Kouame were among the key players that head coach Italiano rested against Roma the last time they played.
Prior to the Europa Conference League final, the team’s marquee players are once more anticipated to be shielded, while Luka Jovic is anticipated to once again start at center forward.
In their last three games, Sassuolo only gained one point while losing 4-2 and 1-2 against Inter and Monza, respectively. They at least held Sampdoria to a 2-2 tie. Three of their previous six Serie A games played at Stadio Mapei – Citta del Tricolore were victories for the Black and Green. They scored seven goals compared to five goals against, drawing two games and losing one.
Sassuolo possible starting lineup
Consigli, Zortea, Erlic, Rogerio, Ferrari, Obiang, Harroui, Henrique, Berardi, Pinamonti and Ceide.
In their last three games, Fiorentina scored four of a potential nine points. A match against Torino ended in a 1-1 tie, which was followed by a 1-2 loss to Inter. In their most recent match, they defeated Roma by a score of 2-1 to get back on the winning track. In their previous six away Serie A games, the Viola had two victories, two ties, and two losses. Eight goals were given up and nine goals were scored, according to the score of these games.
Fiorentina possible starting lineup
Cerofolini, Dodo, Martinez, Igor, Biraghi, Duncan, Mandragora, Ikone, Barak, Saponara and Jovic.
We predict: Sassuolo 1-1 Fiorentina
Fiorentina will be looking elsewhere, so Sassuolo will be hoping to capitalize on that, but given their recent troubles, it is difficult to support the hosts right now. We anticipate the points would be split on Friday, and both managers would likely accept it if it were presented before kickoff.