Sampdoria vs Napoli
2018/19 Italian Serie A.
Date: Sunday 2 September 2018
Kick-Off: 19:30 UK,
Venue: Stadio Luigi Ferraris (Genoa).
Two wins from two have helped Carlo Ancelotti’s side stay perfect, but it has not been smooth sailing for Napoli. They have had to come from behind twice against Lazio and AC Milan and they now face Sampdoria for their third game of the season.
The Partenopei had to force themselves back into the game against Lazio and Milan and it wasn’t easy. In the Champions League they have to face PSG and Liverpool, meaning that a spot in the last 16 does not look likely, either as that group is arguably the toughest one this season.
Meanwhile, Sampdoria finished 10th, which was a disappointing return for a team who were hoping to feature in the Europa League and come into this game having lost 1-0 to Udinese. They are featuring in only their second match because their first game was cancelled after the bridge collapse in Genoa and will be hoping to get back on track quickly – especially as they aim to build their season yet again off their home form.
Samp did win over 60% of their home matches, but only a handful was against teams in the top five, which ended up costing them a spot in the European places. However, they have a young and ambitious team who will hope to improve and they showed they had no problems scoring, especially at home.
Given that Napoli ended up conceding first so far this season, Sampdoria could cause them some problems here, especially as the hosts scored in nearly 80% of their home fixtures last season and as both teams scored in all but one of their nine meetings, expect the same to take place this Sunday.
Sampdoria vs Napoli: Head-to-head statistics
- Sampdoria are winless against Napoli since May 2010
- Since then they have lost ten and drawn 3
- Napoli have lost just one of their last 33 away games in Serie A (W26 D6)
- Napoli have won their last five meetings with Samp across all comps
Sampdoria vs Napoli: Prediction
Sampdoria should have no problems grabbing a goal here, especially as Napoli have fallen a goal behind against Lazio and Milan.
However, the hosts are winless against Napoli since May 2010 and the Partenopei have lost just one of their last 33 away games in Serie A, and have won their last five meetings with Samp across all comps. The visitors should win this one but won’t be able to keep a clean sheet.
Sampdoria vs Napoli: Betting tips
Napoli – WIN at 1.52
BTTS – YES at 1.72
Over 2.5 goals at 1.67.