The Serie A fixture between Roma and Sassuolo will mean a lot to both sides. The Giallorossi will be completely determined to put the disappointment of Europa League elimination behind them and remain in the Scudetto race while the Neroverdi want to finish strong after a season which has turned out to be disappointing following their achievements last year. This week’s stats duel as powered by Opta will revolve around Stephan El Shaarawy and Matteo Politano who are both technical and dynamic players.
Both have made 23 appearances in the league, with the Sassuolo man spending 1,705 minutes on the pitch compared to 1,062 for El Shaarawy. Politano has had to take on an increased role following the injury to Domenico Berardi who has only returned in recent weeks.
Their attacking prowess and direct play often limits how much they link up with their teammates. El Shaarawy has made 479 passes in a team that has an overall total of over 11,500 while Politano has passed 689 times in a team with a sum of around 9,000. The former AC Milan has a passing completion rate of 79.5 per cent while Politano finds his man 73.4 per cent of the time. El Shaarawy is surprisingly good in the air, winning 50 per cent of aerial duels. Politano’s work rate also has to be mentioned as he’s regained possession 85 times. The Roma man is yet to be booked this season while Eusebio Di Francesco’s player has been shown four yellow cards.
The Giallorossi’s number 92 has scored four goals this campaign from 17 shots on goal and twelve chances created. Politano has found the net three times from 24 shots. He also has one assist from 27 chances created.