A Roma side still licking their wounds after the 1-0 loss away to rivals Juventus last round, welcome a Sassuolo side with three wins on the bounce to the Stadio Olimpico as Serie A (SA) approaches the halfway point.
AS Roma vs Sassuolo Head to Head
Despite the loss against Juventus, Roma have had a winning habit lately. They’ve only lost three matches all season and had a streak of nine games without defeat (league games) before the Juve match.
Goals, goals, goals? So far not true for these teams, whose goals per match averages of 2.2 (Sassuolo) and 2.3 (Roma) are ‘bettered’ only by Genoa (2.1) this season. Roma have kept a clean sheet in nine out of 17 games so far this season and have already won 1-0 five times.
Sassuolo have only found the net 12 times in 18 matches and Roma’s Edin Dzeko is close to matching that on his own (eight goals, two assists). The Bosnian striker started the season brilliantly, but has only found the net once in his last ten games. One word of warning for the opposition though, he usually enjoys playing Sassuolo: in three games he has banged in three goals and supplied one assist as well.
Roma captain, Daniele de Rossi, spoke of his team’s recent trouble in front of goal: “It’s a team thing, it’s about details and it’s about providing support to the attacking players. Perhaps we’ve been a bit unlucky or felt a bit tired, but I don’t think there’s a serious problem. We’re not creating so many chances and when the data shows a pattern you can’t point to misfortune. We have some great strikers and they’ll start scoring again. We’ll give them a hand from further back.”
In terms of the H2H, Roma have a strong advantage. Giallorossi have won four of the last six H2H matches, drawing the other two. Since Sassuolo were promoted in 2013, they’ve failed to win even once against Roma in eight matches (W0, D3, L5). There is a quirk here, however, as Roma have only beaten Sassuolo once when playing at home, but won all four away matches! The matches also tend to be intense, with 29 yellow cards (4.83 on average) and three red cards shown in the last six matches.