Napoli vs Sampdoria
Italian Serie A
Date: Saturday, 2 February 2019
Kick-Off at 17:00 UK / 18:00 CET
Venue: Stadio San Paolo (Naples).
Napoli will try and score a goal after failing to do so in back-to-back fixtures with Milan. Partenopei drew 0-0 in last weekend’s league tie away at San Siro, while they suffered a Coppa Italia elimination falling 2-0 at the same place against the same opposition three days later. We have to say Carlo Ancelotti mixed up his cards for the cup tie leaving the likes of Dries Mertens and Jose Callejon on the bench.
Napoli were on a three-win thread across competitions before the mentioned double header with Milan. Can they return to winning ways here against an in-form Sampdoria side?
The bookies see them as heavy favourites to do so, but they will by no means have an easy task given Le Samp notched seven goals in last two league affairs against Fiorentina and Udinese.
A demolishing 4-0 victory over Udinese saw them climb up to 6th in the league ladder. Marco Giampaolo’s troops are now only two points shy of 4th-placed Milan and they have right to dream of a place in the Champions League next term with this kind of form.
Napoli vs Sampdoria: Head-to-head
Sampdoria ended Napoli’s five-win streak in some style, beating them 3-0 in the previous H2H clash in early-September at Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris.
Nevertheless, Le Samp have a dreadful record in matches at Sanpaolo where they lost 11, drew 5 and won only 2 of 18 meetings with Partenopei.
Seven of last eight head to head encounters between these two sides saw three or more goals scored.
Napoli vs Sampdoria: Prediction
Napoli are massive favourites because of both H2H tradition in games at San Paolo as well as their home record in this term of Serie A. Partenopei won 9 and drew 2 of 11 home matches so far in the season. However, the almost impeccable record will be on a test here as Napoli are up against the red-hot Serie A top scorer Fabio Quagliarella.
Veteran striker took his league tally to 16 by netting two goals in each of last two league games. Napoli revealed they can be vulnerable at the back by allowing two goals to Bologna in recent home outing (3-2 win) and Milan on Tuesday night.
We just have to expect goals when these two likes come across each other. Over 2.5 goals FT is a banker at 1.53, while you can also try with goals at both ends at 1.80.
Napoli vs Sampdoria: Bet Tips
Over 2.5 goals FT @ 1.53 (8/15)
BTTS @ 1.80 (4/5).