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Spezia come up against visiting side Sampdoria at Stadio Alberto Picco in this Serie A game on Saturday.
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Spezia prepare for this game following a 1-1 Serie A drawn result vs Sampdoria.
In that game, Spezia had 69% possession and 1 attempts at goal with 0 on target. Sampdoria got 1 attempts on goal with 1 of them on target. Abdelhamid Sabiri (11') and Jeison Murillo (12' Own goal) scored for Sampdoria.
It has been seldom in recent times that Spezia have shown defensive steel. The facts show that Spezia have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 5 of their previous 6 games, giving up 10 goals during that time. We will find out whether or not that trend can be continued on into this next match.
Looking at their past form shows that Spezia:
- are undefeated in their previous 3 home league matches.
- have not won at home in their last 2 league matches.
The numbers tell their own story, and Sampdoria have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, letting opponents get 11 goals in all. Defensively, Sampdoria just haven’t been too solid at all.
Heading into this contest, Sampdoria are without a win away from home in their last 6 league matches.
Head to head
The previous league match featuring these clubs was Serie A match day 23 on 23/01/2022 which finished with the scoreline of Spezia 1-0 Sampdoria.
On that occasion, Spezia had 42% possession and 7 shots at goal with 2 of them on target. Their only player on the scoresheet was Daniele Verde (69').
Sampdoria had 8 shots on goal with 0 of them on target.
The referee was Gianluca Manganiello.
Team News: Spezia
Daniel Maldini (Muscle Fatigue), Daniele Verde (Muscular problems), Kelvin Amian (Abdominal muscles injury) and Salva Ferrer (Hip Injury) will not be able to play for Spezia gaffer Luca Gotti.
It seems likely that Spezia may well go for a 5-3-2 system in the match, utilising Bartlomiej Dragowski, Ethan Ampadu, Jakub Kiwior, Dimitrios Nikolaou, Emil Holm, Simone Bastoni, Mehdi Bourabia, Viktor Kovalenko, Arkadiusz Reca, E. Quartsin Gyasi and M'Bala Nzola.
Team News: Sampdoria
Sampdoria manager Marco Giampaolo has to contend with a number of unavailable players. Simone Trimboli (Collarbone fracture), Harry Winks (Unknown Injury) and Manuel De Luca (Meniscal Injury) are not ready for selection.
We reckon that i Blucerchiati will likely utilise a 4-1-4-1 system, starting Emil Audero, Bartosz Bereszynski, Alex Ferrari, Jeison Murillo, Tommaso Augello, Gonzalo Villar, Mehdi Leris, Tomas Rincon, Abdelhamid Sabiri, Filip Djuricic and Francesco Caputo.
It seems to us that Sampdoria and Spezia should play out a closely-fought contest here.
Let’s see how it plays out, but a draw is looking likely to us. Our tip is therefore for a 1-1 scoreline at full-time.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadio Alberto Picco (11,512)
Captain: Emmanuel Gyasi
Chairman: Philip Raymond Platek Jr
Manager: Luca Gotti
Competitions: Serie A position 15, Coppa Italia (2nd Round)
⭐ Star Man: Simone Bastoni
Mostly taking up the Centre Midfield position, Simone Bastoni was born in La Spezia, Italy. After having played his first senior match for Spezia in the 2018 - 2019 season, the talented Midfielder has scored 2 league goals in the Serie A 2022 - 2023 campaign to date in 6 appearances.