Napoli vs Sampdoria
Italy – Serie A
Date: Saturday, 14 September 2019
Kick-off at 17:00 UK / 18:00 CET
Venue: Stadio San Paolo (Naples).
Napoli are set to play their first home game of the season on Saturday against Sampdoria. ‘Gli Azzurri’ were involved in two high-scoring affairs on the road – they won a season opener against Viola (4-3) and lost to Juventus (3-4) and now they’re heavy favourites to add another W and increase points tally to six.
Last season they had W-D-L record of 13-4-2 at Stadio San Paolo and were scoring more than two goals per game.
Sampdoria are dead last with zero points and minus six goal difference after two games. So far they’ve been beaten by Lazio (0-3) and Sassuolo (1-4) and that doesn’t inspire confidence ahead of their trip down south. They looked like a better team against Neroverdi for about 28 minutes, then Domenico Berardi happened. Three times. Before the half time.
That only shows how fragile Samp is at the moment, and I bet Eusebio Di Francesco did some thinking during the international break.
Napoli vs Sampdoria: Head to Head
Overall Stats: Napoli 21 wins, Sampdoria 8 wins, 9 draws.
Napoli have scored two or more in last six home games against Sampdoria.
We have seen at least three goals in eight of the last ten meetings between these teams.
Napoli are unbeaten in all competitions vs ‘La Samp’ at Stadio San Paolo since 1998.
Napoli vs Sampdoria: Predicted Starting Lineups
Napoli (4-2-3-1): Meret – M.Rui, D.Lorenzo, Maksimovic, Koulibaly – Zielinski, Elmas – Younes, Callejon, F.Ruiz – Mertens.
Sampdoria (3-4-1-2): Audero – Augello, Depaoli, Colley – Jankto, Linetty, Thorsby, Ekdal – Caprari – Rigoni, Quaglarella.
Napoli vs Sampdoria: Prediction
Even with Lorenzo Insigne out due to muscle injury, Napoli should win this one comfortably.
Hirving ‘Chucky’ Lozano has scored on his debut and I expect to see more of the same on Saturday. The Mexican forward has all the qualities to succeed in Serie A and I’m confident he will run riot alongside Mertens if he gets the nod. Check the official lineups an hour before the kickoff. Some media outlets have him in XI, some don’t.
Sampdoria are cold now and not to be trusted against the big dogs. I won’t even consider their away numbers from last season as they look like a completely different team under new coach. Samp are not settled yet and won’t be able to contain freely scoring hosts.
Napoli vs Sampdoria: Bet Tips
Napoli to Win and Over 2.5 goals @ 1.65
Napoli To Score in Both Halves @1.75
Hirving Lozano To Score Anytime @1.90.