Five things you need to know about Sassuolo v Fiorentina

Five things you need to know about Sassuolo v Fiorentina

29/10/2019 15:18

Fiorentina travel to Mapei Stadium to take on Sassuolo in Week 10 of Serie A on Wednesday night – and we’ve put together these five key stats on the game to get you in the mood.

1)    Sassuolo v Fiorentina is one of the “newest” match-ups in Serie A. The two teams only faced off for the first time in the top tier of Italian football on 22 December 2013, with Fiorentina running out 1-0 winners away from home thanks to a Giuseppe Rossi goal (with his right foot!) eight minutes from time. The win took Fiorentina – coached by Vincenzo Montella during his first spell at the club – onto 33 points in fourth place, just three points from Napoli in third and five from inter in second. The Viola finished that season in fourth position to qualify for the Europa League.

2)    Fiorentina have the better of the record between the two sides in Emilia-Romagna. From seven meetings (six in Serie A, one in Serie C2), Fiorentina have got three wins, three draws and just one defeat. The Viola have scored 11 goals and conceded eight away at Sassuolo. The top scorer in the fixture is Khouma Babacar, who scored a brace for Fiorentina on 14 February 2015 and also scored for Sassuolo against the Viola in the last meeting of the two sides on 9 December, a 3-3 draw.

3)    The only meeting of Sassuolo and Fiorentina outside of Serie A took place in Serie C2 on Sunday 22 December 2002. The match was 1-0 by “Florentia Viola”, which was the name under which the team played in the 2002/03 season. The winning goal was scored by Christian Riganò, his 14th of the season, to give Alberto Cavasin’s Viola side their fourth straight win and help them draw level with Rimini on 32 points at the top of the table.

4)    Fiorentina’s 3-1 win over Sassuolo on 14 February 2015 was notable because it coincided with Mohamed Salah’s first start for the club – and the Egyptian’s first goal. Salah had made his debut for the club a week earlier when he came on for Joaquin in the 65th minute of the 3-2 home win over Atalanta. At Sassuolo, he slotted home a precise effort with his left foot on the half-hour mark to temporarily send Fiorentina into fourth place behind Napoli, Roma and Juventus. The Viola again qualified for the Europa League at the end of the season.

5)    The last Sassuolo v Fiorentina match took place on 9 December and ended in a raucous 3-3 draw, with the Viola fighting back from 3-1 down to salvage a point after the game had been goalless at half time. Alfred Duncan gave Sassuolo the lead on 62 minutes, before Babacar made it 2-0 five minutes later. Giovanni Simeone pulled one back for the Viola on 70 minutes, only for Stefano Sensi to find the net with ten minutes remaining to leave Fiorentina trailing by two. But goals from Marco Benassi on 89 minutes and Kevin Mirallas in the sixth minute of stoppage time ensured the spoils were shared in a 3-3 draw.

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