14.12.2013 17:44 - in: Serie A S

      Neroverdi on the road

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      Sassuolo can approach Sunday’s clash against Juventus with the confidence of having performed better on their travels than at the Mapei Stadium

      Serie A

      Sassuolo have managed the unusual feat of an away record which is marginally better than their one at home this season; not on the basis of points picked up (it’s an even spread between home and away), but because they have scored one goal more and conceded three goals less on the road.

      The side have only managed one away victory, but it was pulled off in style. Sampdoria were ahead going into half-time in an incredible game on 3 November, but goals from Domenico Berardi and Antonio Floro Flores completely turned things around to 3-1.

      The Blucerchiati managed to draw level with time running out, but Berardi then sealed the win from the spot to crown a personal hat-trick.

      Sassuolo have recorded four away draws, amongst which is the 2-2 against Cagliari in their most recent trip, but it’s points picked up against Napoli and Roma which stand out.

      The goalscorers in both fixtures are in fact co-owned by Juventus: Simone Zaza sealed Sassuolo’s historic first point in Serie A at the San Paolo on September 25, while it was fellow Bianconeri youngster Berardi who did the honours against Roma at the Stadio Olimpico on November 10.

      All three away defeats arrived early on in the campaign, and with the Neroverdi adapting more to the Serie A mentality with every game played, they have managed to avoid another reverse on the road since mid-October.

      The first loss was an opening day reality-check handed out by 2-0 winners Torino, and the scoreline was the same at the Bentegodi against Hellas Verona a fortnight later.

      The Neroverdi’s most recent defeat was against Parma in the Emilia-Romagna derby, a disappointing one seeing as the visitors went into the first half on level terms before the Gialloblu ran away with it to eventually triumph 3-1.

      Tactical Analysis

      Playing in a 3-5-2 formation, Sassuolo now seem to have found their feet in Serie A after a relatively slow start.

      Their results have been almost impossible to predict - they haven’t recorded a repeat result from one week to the next over the last 10 games - but one thing they are relatively consistent in is strong away form: they haven’t lost on the road in their last four.

      Sassuolo have Serie A’s worst defence with 31 goals conceded, but they have improved in that regard of late and have only conceded four in their last four outings.

      In attack, the Neroverdi are the only side whose goalscorers this season have all been Italian. They have a very promising Azzurri youngster in their ranks in the form of Domenico Berardi, the top marksman with seven.

      The forward co-owned by Juventus is absent for Sunday’s fixture through suspension and will be sorely missed, but another prolific Bianconeri co-owned striker will be present: Simone Zaza. The 22-year-old has scored five in total so far.

      In contrast to the Juve’s status as comeback kings so far, only Milan have managed to recoup less points after going behind than Sassuolo.

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