Sampdoria vs Benevento
2017/18 Italian Serie A.
Date: Sunday, 20 August 2017
Kick-Off: 19:45 UK,
Venue: Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris (Genoa).
Sampdoria had their share of ups and downs last term and it will be interesting to see if the roller-coaster ride is still on for another season.
The team had long spells of unbeaten runs, but they also had their fair share of winless runs as well. They are welcoming Benevento, a newly promoted side who now will be navigating their way through the top flight for the first time in their history.
It’s a familiar tale, something that teams like Sassuolo, Crotone, and Frosinone will be quite aware of. Sassuolo and Crotone are still afloat, whilst Frosinone are not. Benevento will be hoping to make their top flight status a permanent one rather than a one-off, and Sampdoria will be seeking to pick up all three points. The hosts managed to hang on to key striker Patrik Schick, but they did lose defensive option Milan Škriniar after the Slovak moved to Inter this summer.
For a team who had their fair share of defensive concerns last season, that’s a major concern and may give Benevento some hope ahead of their first-ever top flight game. They ended up seeing both teams scoring in nearly 70% of their home games and having lost a key defender that may happen on Sunday.
Sampdoria vs Benevento: Head-to-head
The teams had met just two times in recent past and both came in the Coppa Italia (2006 and 2013). Sampdoria won both time with the same 2-0 score-line.
Sampdoria vs Benevento: Prediction
Sampdoria have had their defensive woes already and having sold a key defender that may give Benevento some hope at nicking a goal. Schick also is a target for Inter which could see him not featuring for the side, leaving them a bit short up front. Nonetheless, it’s a tall order to expect Benevento to pull off an upset especially as they are on the road and it is their first ever game in Italy’s top flight.
Sampdoria vs Benevento: Betting tips
- BTTS at 10/11 (1.91)
- Sampdoria – WIN at 4/6 (1.67)