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The Serie A game at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on Sunday will see home side Sampdoria facing opposition in the form of SPAL.
Our full set of predictions, statistics and match poll for Sampdoria v SPAL can be seen below - along with the latest match odds.
Sampdoria, following on from their previous result, will be hoping for more of the same after the 1-2 Serie A victory against Lecce.
In that game, Sampdoria managed 42% possession and 13 attempts on goal with 4 on target. The only player to score for Sampdoria was Gastón Ramírez (40', 75'). For their opponents, Lecce had 13 attempts on goal with 6 on target. Marco Mancosu (50') was the scorer for Lecce.
i Blucerchiati have been finding it hard to keep clean sheets recently, but they have also done enough to score goals themselves. Looking at their last 6 games, i Blucerchiati have conceded in 6 of them while also managing to get on the scoresheet in 6 of those matches. Having said that, we must now wait to see if such a trend will persist in this upcoming game.
Heading into this contest, Sampdoria have not lost a league tie with SPAL in their last 3 games.
In their last fixture, SPAL drew 2-2 in the Serie A match with AC Milan.
In that match, SPAL had 30% possession and 5 shots on goal with 3 on target. For SPAL, the scorers were Mattia Valoti (13'), Sergio Floccari (30') and Francesco Vicari (90' Own goal). At the other end, AC Milan got 35 attempts on goal with 9 of them on target. Rafael Leão (79') scored for AC Milan.
The stats don’t lie, and SPAL have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, letting opponents get 10 goals in total. In defence, SPAL can certainly do much better.
Head to head
Looking at their past head-to-head clashes dating back to 30/12/2017 shows us that Sampdoria have won 5 of these games & SPAL 1, with the number of drawn games standing at 0.
16 goals were scored between the two sides in this period, with 10 from i Blucerchiati and 6 netted by SPAL. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 2.67.
The previous league fixture featuring these sides was Serie A match day 11 on 04/11/2019 when the final score was SPAL 0-1 Sampdoria.
In that match, SPAL had 57% possession and 14 attempts at goal with 3 on target.
At the other end, Sampdoria had 17 shots on goal with 5 on target. Gianluca Caprari (91') was the scorer.
The referee was Daniele Chiffi.
Team News: Sampdoria
Karol Linetty (Bruised Foot), Lorenzo Tonelli (Bruised Knee), Fabio Quagliarella (Calf Problems) and Alex Ferrari (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) won’t be available for Sampdoria manager Claudio Ranieri.
We think that i Blucerchiati should make use of the 4-4-1-1 system, beginning the first half with Emil Audero, Tommaso Augello, Omar Colley, Maya Yoshida, Bartosz Bereszynski, Jakub Jankto, Gonzalo Maroni, Albin Ekdal, Fabio Depaoli, Gaston Ramirez and Federico Bonazzoli.
Team News: SPAL
SPAL manager Luigi Di Biagio has not got a full squad to pick from. Federico Di Francesco (Thigh Problems), Ervin Zukanovic (Ankle problems) and Etrit Berisha (Hand fracture) are not able to play. Felipe cannot play in this game through suspension.
We reckon that SPAL appear most likely to begin the game with a 4-4-2 system, going with Karlo Letica, Nenad Tomovic, Francesco Vicari, Arkadiusz Reca, Jacopo Sala, Alberto Cerri, Bryan Dabo, Mirko Valdifiori, Mattia Valoti, Andrea Petagna and Sergio Floccari.
In this game, SPAL are likely to break down this Sampdoria lineup, although that might not quite be enough to avoid defeat.
We can see a narrow 2-1 winning margin for Sampdoria at the end of the match. Let’s see what eventuates.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadio Luigi Ferraris (36,599)
Captain: Fabio Quagliarella
Chairman: Massimo Ferrero
Manager: Claudio Ranieri
Competitions: Serie A position 17
⭐ Key Player: Gastón Ramírez
Mostly used in the Striker position, Gastón Ramírez was born in Fray Bentos, Uruguay. Having made a first senior appearance for Peñarol in the 2008 - 2009 season, the skilful Forward has managed 5 league goals in the Serie A 2019 - 2020 campaign so far coming from a total of 18 appearances.