Torino vs Sassuolo Prediction & Match Preview

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Torino vs Sassuolo takes place on Sunday at the Olympic Stadium in Turin. The market value of these two squads are incredibly close. Only one team separates the two. However, it has been different tales regarding success when these clubs are involved. The Turin club are looking to stay consistent while Sassuolo will be hoping to improve. Torino vs Sassuolo is set to be an exciting fixture during matchday 1 of Serie A.

Torino vs Sassuolo Prediction & Match Preview

Sunday, August 25 – 14:45 EST – Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino

Last year Torino earned their highest placement in 5 years by finishing 7th. Walter Mazzarri stays on as coach after impressing last campaign. They are currently in the middle of a 2 leg tie with the Premier League’s Wolverhampton for a Europa league spot. A loss in that matchup may be a blessing in disguise for Torino. They do not have the squad depth or quality to perform at their best in both competitions. Sure the monetary boost of playing european football would be nice however it may serve as a distraction and hamper their Serie A standing. Torino secured decent fees for the departures of M’Baye Niang and Adam Ljajic. They have brought in full backs Ola Aina and Cristian Ansaldi on permanent deals. Furthermore, striker Simone Zaza joins on a permanent deal from Valencia. His role will be to lighten the load on main man Andrea Belotti.

After an extremely successful 6th place 2015/2016 campaign under Eusebio Di Francesco, Sassuolo have been on a steady decline. Manager Roberto De Zerbi will get the chance to improve after last year’s 11th place finish. Ultimately he will find this task to be difficult. Many high profile members of their starting eleven have departed. The likes of Demiral, Sensi and Lirola have all left the club. There has not been the same quality joining the club. Perhaps the only notable being midfielder Pedro Obiang signed from West Ham. They did manage to secure a promising loan deal for Dortmund full back Jeremy Toljan. That may help stop the bleeding this year but the future does not look bright for this club. Berardi will have to play like a man possessed if they want to finish above last year’s 11th.