MATCH PREVIEW: SASSUOLO 1-0 FIORENTINA (ITALY: SERIE A) FREE BETTING PICKS FOR TODAY, APRIL 21

League: ITALY: Serie A – Round 34
Match: 17:00 Sassuolo – Fiorentina
Prediction: Over 1.5 Goals
Average odds: 1.35
Bookmaker: bwin
Result: 1:0 LOST

MATCH PREVIEW

The hosts (13th) are looking to stay clear of relegation worries while the visitors (ninth) look to continue their Europa League (EL) qualification challenge.
The hosts picked up a vital win over Verona last weekend. The result represented their seventh unbeaten game (W2, D5) and put them six points above the relegation zone. However, their SA survival is still far from certain and with a difficult run-in, at least staying unbeaten here is important.
Sadly for Sassuolo, scoring has been a big issue this season. Just nine home goals all season is one of the biggest reasons that the club remains in peril. Thirteen home points for Sassuolo also represents the worst home record in the league.
After an eight-game unbeaten run (W6, D2) that propelled them to the periphery of EL qualification, Fiorentina were halted by rivals Lazio over the weekend. They still have a great chance, though, as only two points separate them from sixth-placed Milan.
Away from home, Fiorentina are unbeaten in five (W4, D1). That is a marked improvement for a side that lost four of its first six away games.
Players to watch: Matteo Politano (SAS) has four goals in five matches and will look to be more clinical here.
If Jordan Veretout (FIO), who has five goals in six matches, reprises the form he displayed last weekend (hattrick), Sassuolo are in for trouble.
Stat attack: Fiorentina are unbeaten in seven encounters against Sassuolo (W4, D3). Much of this can be attributed to the fact they have scored first in their last six meetings with them.
Relevantly, Fiorentina have scored first in eight of their last nine matches (all opponents). However, that is no guarantee of victory, as both teams have scored in five out of their last six encounters.