Sassuolo vs Athletic Bilbao: Preview and Prediction
Sassuolo vs Athletic Bilbao
UEFA Europa League – Group Stage
Date: Thursday, 15th September, 2016,
Kick-Off: 18:00 UK,
Venue: Stadio Citta del Tricolore.
Sassuolo will hope to get back to winning ways as they welcome Athletic Bilbao at Stadio Citta del Tricolore Italy on Thursday night.
Sassuolo entered the competition in the 3rd qualifying round, they defeated Luzern with a 4-1 aggregate. In the playoff round, they defeated Crvena Zvezda 4-1 on aggregate to stay 4 games unbeaten in Europe. Their form in the Serie A form has not been good, they lost their last 2 games which have kept them on 17th position with 3 points. Note: this is Sassuolo’s debut season in the European competitions.
Bilbao ended last La Liga campaign on 5th position, they booked an automatic qualification into the Europa League group stage. They are in group F, which consists of Genk, Rapis Wien and Sassuolo. Athletic Bilbao are tipped as the favourites to top the group F table, but their recent form in the league is a thing of worry.
Sassuolo: Team News
Stefano Sensi and Domenico Berardi are both injured and won’t be available for selection.
Athletic Bilbao: Team News
Bilbao have 3 players on their injury list, Iker Hernandez, Aitor Seguin,p and Ager Aketxe are missing through injury. Mikel Rico is back in training, while Iker Undabarrena is yet to be confirmed fit for the game
Sassuolo vs Athletic Bilbao: Head to Head Statistics
Both teams have never played against each other before, thus this is the first meeting between the two clubs.
Sassuolo vs Athletic Bilbao: Prediction
This two teams have struggled this new season, they have both lost 2 of their first 3 opening games and won 1. Sassuolo have conceded 3 goals each in their last 2 games, and have scored just once in their last 2 games. They may be playing at home soil, but they have fallen out of form.
Athletic Bilbao kicked of the season with a 2-1 loss to Sporting Gijon, and later lost 0-1 Title holders Barcelona. However, they they found their fit in the last game as they managed a 0-1 away win last week. At the same time, they have managed just 2 wins from their last 8 competitive matches.
Sassuolo have started the season well. They won both of their qualifying games at home by a 3-0 margin. They are coming on the back of a away defeat to Juventus, which is not a surprise. They are expected to stay unbeaten here.
Sassuolo vs Athletic Bilbao: Betting Tips
Sassuolo/Draw at 1.55 (11/30).