Insight, form and news ahead of Sunday evening’s encounter with Sassuolo.
#1. Head to Head. Back in October, the corresponding fixture at the Bentegodi finished 1-0 for Sassuolo, Serbian trequarista Filip Djuricic netting the decisive goal. Since then, Sassuolo have enjoyed some decent results, including draws with Juve and Milan, as well as an impressive 4-2 victory against Roma.
#2. The form book. Verona were unlucky to get nothing from Tuesday evening's encounter with Napoli and will be looking to bounce back against Sassuolo on Sunday evening. Meanwhile, Sassuolo enjoyed a six-goal thriller with Inter on Wednesday night and will be buoyed by their well-earned point at the San Siro. Just 5 points below Hellas in the classification, Sassuolo are amongst a cluster of midtable sides who have more or less achieved their objective of survival in Serie A for another season.
#3. One to watch - Adjapong. With David Faraoni suspended following his yellow card against Napoli on Tuesday, Claud Adjapong could make a rare appearance in the Hellas starting eleven (an alternative lineup would see Lazovic shift to the right and Dimarco play on the left). The versatile young midfielder is on loan from Sassuolo and will be keen to make the most of this opportunity if he gets the nod ahead of Dimarco. Adjapong has represented Italy at both under 19 and under 21 levels, but his immediate future remains uncertain. He's made just two appearances since moving to Verona in the summer and there is little to suggest that Hellas will activate his €8m buyout clause.
#4. The visitors. A club with a modest history, Sassuolo are nonetheless leading the way when it comes to maximising their match day revenue streams. They were ahead even of Juventus in taking ownership of their stadium (most Italian football teams rent their stadium from the commune) and this has given the small provincial club a financial clout beyond its relatively modest status. The club's meteoric rise to the top tear in Italian football happened as recently as 2013, when influential coach Eusebio di Francesco secured promotion as champions of Serie B. Long-standing club captain Francesco Magnanelli remains a stalwart at the club, having signed for Sassuolo in 2005. To put that in some perspective, Eddie Salcedo, who he's likely to encounter on Sunday evening, was just 4-years-old when Magnanelli made his first appearance for Sassuolo! Francesco “Ciccio” Caputo is another player to look out for. The in-form striker has scored 14 this season for Sassuolo (he managed 16 last season with Empoli), making him one of the league's most consistent goal-scorers over the last couple of seasons.
#5. Runners and riders. Faraoni will miss out through suspension, with either Adjapong or Dimarco likely to be given a rare start in his absence. Borini may return at some point against Sassuolo following his one-match suspension, but question marks linger over his fitness. Meanwhile, Verre could drop to the bench following his howler against Napoli. Otherwise, expect to see a familiar looking Hellas Verona starting eleven with Silvestri in goals, Rhamani, Kumbulla and Empereur at the back, a midfield of Veloso and Amrabat with Lazovic and Adjapong on the flanks and a front three of Di Carmine, Pessina and one of Borini, Salcedo or Verre.