Sampdoria vs Atalanta
2017/18 Italian Serie A.
Date: Sunday, 15 October 2017
Kick-Off: 14:00 UK,
Venue: Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris (Genoa).
After seeing their unbeaten start to the season abruptly end, Sampdoria will be hoping to get back on track as they host Atalanta on Sunday afternoon.
The Blucheriati have made a bright start to the season, and still have a game in hand after seeing their game against Roma cancelled due to bad weather. However, they were dealt a shocking blow as they were surprisingly defeated 4-0 by an Udinese side who had lost their past three matches. That marked the first defeat for Sampdoria, and only the second game they had failed to score.
Certainly, their stuttering scoreless draw with floundering Verona was surprising, but no one could have expected them to ship four against the Zebrette, who have also had their fair share of difficulties this term.
Meanwhile, Atalanta continue to be solid in their European campaign, and plug along quietly in Serie A. They are not in the top half of the table, but have not been doing badly, either, and are unbeaten in their last five fixtures.
The recent streak includes a 2-2 draw with Juventus, albeit they were fortunate to have a VAR decision go in their favor that cancelled out Mario Mandzukic’s goal that would have put Juventus 3-1 up. Paulo Dybala’s spot-kick miss also helped Atalanta to secure a hard-fought point.
Sampdoria’s issues last season largely circled around their inconsistent nature. They would go on solid spells, followed by winless ones. Can they rebound against Atalanta, who had a very impressive term last season?
Sampdoria vs Atalanta: Head-to-head statistics
Atalanta are undefeated in their last 5 matches
La Dea have failed to win their last four trips to Sampdoria
Atalanta have won just five times at Sampdoria’s home ground (27 losses 13 draws)
Sampdoria vs Atalanta: Prediction
Sampdoria are a tough side to face at home, having beaten AC Milan, and Atalanta could face a tricky test. That being said, the visitors have some great attacking options at their disposal, and whilst they don’t have a great record at this ground, they could be able to force a draw at least.
Sampdoria vs Atalanta: Betting tips
BTTS – YES at 4/6 (1.67)
Double chance – Atalanta to WIN or DRAW at 4/9 (1.44).