SPAL vs Sampdoria: Preview and Predictions

SPAL vs Sampdoria Italian Serie A- 20th May 2018

SPAL vs Sampdoria
2017/18 Italian Serie A.
Date: Sunday, 20 May 2018
Kick-Off: 17:00 UK,
Venue: Stadio Paolo Mazza (Ferrara).

SPAL are among the teams desperate to avoid the drop this weekend but are fortunate perhaps to be playing at home. They are also fortunate to be taking on a Sampdoria side with nothing to play for, and additionally, Samp are quite poor when playing away from home, as we’ve seen all season.

Both Benevento and Hellas Verona, who were also promoted along with SPAL last term have been already relegated, so SPAL are desperate not to join them. However, they’re in 17th spot, barely hanging on, whilst 18th-placed Crotone take on Napoli also on Sunday. The Squali have proven that they are the true masters of pulling off great escapes, though, so should not be underestimated.

Unlike SPAL, Sampdoria have nothing left to play for at this point. They built their season on their home form, and if that were just it, they would be into the Europa League, and perhaps even into a Champions League spot. However, even their home form has come under attack recently, as they come into this game having lost 2-0 to Napoli. Their away form, however, has been absolutely awful, as they even were beaten by Benevento. They have lost 11 of their 18 away games, and that includes their last three.

Despite managing to remain firmly in the top six, their away form eventually caught up with them as expected and rival teams soon pushed them out of the way. So, SPAL will look to exploit that as they know that nothing but a win will help keep them up. They are missing quite a few players due to suspension and injury but will have to find a way to make it work regardless as their top flight status relies on it.

SPAL vs Sampdoria: Head-to-head (h2h)

  • Sampdoria have failed to score in 5 of their last 7 matches
  • There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 5 of SPAL 2013’s last 6 home games
  • Sampdoria have failed to score in 5 of their last 7 matches
  • SPAL have lost just two of their last 11 games

SPAL vs Sampdoria: Prediction

It’s basically win or go down for SPAL, who have pulled off some decent results as of late. They notably held Juve to a scoreless draw, and have been grinding out stalemates as they know every single point counts, but now they will need a win to absolutely guarantee safety.

With Sampdoria demoralized at this point, it’s advantage SPAL, and given that Samp have failed to score in five of their last seven games and have lost their last three on the road, we’re backing SPAL to get the result they need and stay afloat for another top flight campaign.

SPAL vs Sampdoria: Betting tips

  • Under 2.5 goals at 2.17
  • SPAL – WIN at 1.60.

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