Sampdoria host Udinese in the round 32 of Italian Serie A, in a fixture both teams want to win to get out of the bottom half of the league table. The match is scheduled on Sunday, 10th April 2015 at 14:00 GMT.
Udinese and Sampdoria are 15th and 16th in the table respectively separated by a point and are not completely safe from relegation threat as yet. Both teams are on a terrible run of form and should start taking points to ensure they are staying in Italy’s top football division next season.
Sampdoria haven’t won in their last 3 league games, which reads 2 draws and a loss. But they have won two matches in a row before that and those two wins came after going 8 matches without a win from 10th January to 20th January 2016.
At home they have just one win from their last 6 matches, with 2 draws and 3 losses. Sampdoria’s last three games at home have witnessed under 2.5 goals and the hosts have failed to score in two of them.
Udinese came back to winning ways at home against Napoli after going three matches without a win. Their form in last 5 Serie A matches read 2 wins, 2 losses and a draw. Prior to that they were on an 8 match win-less streak.
Udinese haven’t won in any of their last 7 away games in Serie A, which includes 4 defeats and three draws. They have managed to score a goal each in 6 of those 7 matches.
Sampdoria: Team News
Carlos Carbonero, Jacopo Sala and Pedro Pereira are sidelined due to injury, while two key players – Mattia Cassani and Joaquin Correa are suspended.
Roberto Soriano could come in for Correa and Matías Silvestre could replace Cassani in defence. Finnish defender Niklas Moisander is also expected to replace Diakité in defense.
Sampdoria: Expected Starting Line-up (3-4-2-1)
Viviano – Moisander, Ranocchia, Silvestre – Dodo, Krsticic, Fernando, Silvestri – Alvarez, Soriano – Quagliarella.
Udinese: Team News
Udinese coach Luigi De Canio could be tempted to field the same line-up that helped them earn a priceless 3-1 win over Napoli in the weekend.
Bruno Fernandes was sent off against Napoli after scoring twice in the match, and Emmanuel Badu could start in his place here.
Udinese: Expected Starting Line-up (3-5-2)
Karnezis – Heurtux, Danilo, Felipe – Widmer, Hallfredsson, Kuzmanovic, Badu, Armero – Zapata, Thereau.
Sampdoria vs Udinese: Head-to-Head Stats
- The teams share 2 wins and 2 draws from their last 6 Serie A meetings.
- However, Sampdoria can boast of a strong record against Udinese at home, as they have lost only once in the last 6 meetings. This includes 3 wins and 2 draws.
Sampdoria vs Udinese: Prediction
Neither of the teams are in any sort of form and Udinese may be coming off with a better confidence after an important 3-1 home win against Napoli last week.
At the same time, Udinese haven’t won at Sampdoria in their last two visits, losing won and drawing the other. I predict a draw on Sunday evening and if you look at the goal markets, I expect the match to see under 2.5 goals.