Spal vs Sampdoria
Italian Serie A
Date: Sunday, 3 March 2019
Kick-Off at 14:00 UK / 15:00 CET
Venue: Stadio Paolo Mazza (Ferrara).
Sampdoria returned to winning ways seven days ago when they defeated Cagliari 1-0 thanks to second half penalty goal from captain and top scorer Fabio Quagliarella. It was not Le Samp’s best showing of the season as the team continued with their slower run of form in spite of the victory.
Marco Giampaolo’s men were on a three-loss streak beforehand. Defeats to the likes of Napoli, Frosinone and Inter significantly halted their push for the European football next season. Nevertheless, they are looking towards a very much winnable contest on Sunday given Spal’s current form.
The hosts head into the match winless in four league outings. They struggled badly to keep things quiet defensively of late. Leonardo Semplici’s troops shipped seven goals in last three matches against Atalanta (a 2-1 defeat), Fiorentina (a 1-4 loss) and Sassuolo (a 1-1 draw on the road).
Spal vs Sampdoria: Head-to-head
Sampdoria were the more successful side in short history of head to head encounters against Spal.
Le Samp won three and lost one of four meetings with Spallini.
Each of last three head to head encounters saw at least three goals scored as well as both teams on the scoresheet.
Spal vs Sampdoria: Prediction
Both teams enter the match highly motivated to claim spoils. The hosts are just five points above the red zone and they can’t quite afford a failure with games against Inter and Roma upcoming.
Le Samp are just two points shy of sixth-placed Lazio and they still dream of European competitions. The quality is on Sampdoria’s side, but their recent form does not promise a one-way street even against such opposition.
Giampaolo’s team won just 3 of 13 away games in the league so far. Instead of backing the away win, we will rather go for the both teams to score option at fairly attractive 1.90 odds.
Spal vs Sampdoria: Bet Tips
BTTS @ 1.90 (9/10)
1-1 Correct Score @ 5.50 (9/2).