Juventus vs Sampdoria
Italian Serie A
Date: Saturday, 29 December 2018
Kick-Off at 11:30 UK / 12:30 CET
Venue: Allianz Stadium (Turin).
The defending champions were held to their second draw of the campaign on Wednesday afternoon when they barely saved a point away in Bergamo. The Old Lady got off to a phenomenal start when Atalanta’s center-back Berat Djemsiti scored an own goal two minutes into the game, but Duvan Zapata turned it around for La Dea with a brace later on.
Juve’s job was made even more difficult when midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur got sent off eight minutes after the break. However, the team led by Massimiliano Allegri once again showed a fantastic spirit to bounce back and avoid their maiden defeat of the season thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo who pulled off a 78th-minute leveller on Mario Mandzukic assist.
Bianconeri still increased the gap at the top of the standings to nine points as Napoli fell 1-0 to Inter later on the same day. Juve, who now have a record of 16 wins and 2 draws in 18 games of the season, are looking to return to winning ways on Saturday when they play host to in-form Sampdoria in the first game of Matchday No 19 at Allianz Stadium.
Juventus vs Sampdoria: Head-to-head
Juve have a positive head to head record against Sampdoria.
They won 21, drew 10 and lost 7 of 38 encounters with Blucerchiati.
The Old Lady won three in a row at home against Sampdoria netting as many as 12 goals in the process.
Three of last five H2H games between the two sides saw at last five goals scored.
Juventus vs Sampdoria: Prediction
Snatching a rebound win against Sampdoria will by no means be an easy task for Allegrio’s troops. The visitors head into this high on confidence after winning five and drawing one of past six matches across competitions. They were thriving in the final third in recent weeks bagging two or more goals in each of last six games in the process.
Marco Giampaolo’s men notched six goals in last two wins over Empoli and Chievo. They climbed up to 5th in the league standings as a consequence. Based on H2H record and the fact Juve allowed two goals in mid-week, we find the Over 2.5 goals FT as the best of betting options here at 1.61 odds.
Juventus vs Sampdoria: Bet Tips
Over 2.5 goals FT @ 1.61 (8/13)
BTTS @ 2.25 (5/4).