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The Serie A clash at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on Sunday will see hosts Napoli welcome guests Sampdoria.
All SSC Napoli v Sampdoria match predictions, user poll and stats are shown below - plus the latest match odds.
Napoli prepare for this match after a 1-1 Serie A drawn match versus Juventus.
In that game, SSC Napoli managed 56% possession and 16 shots at goal with 4 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for SSC Napoli was Dries Mertens (23'). Juventus got 22 shots at goal with 5 of them on target. Federico Chiesa (54') was the scorer for Juventus.
It has not been often in recent times where SSC Napoli have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. It will be a concern for them that SSC Napoli have been scored against in 5 of their previous 6 games, giving up 8 goals during that time. It will be interesting to see whether or not that trend will end up being sustained into this next match.
Taking a look at their past results, SSC Napoli:
- haven't been beaten in the league by Sampdoria in their previous 6 games.
- are without a home win in the past 3 league matches.
After a losing effort in their last game against Cagliari in Serie A competition, Sampdoria and their travelling supporters will be hoping that they can get a better result in this one.
In that game, Sampdoria had 49% possession and 4 attempts at goal with 1 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Sampdoria was Manolo Gabbiadini (18'). For their opponents, Cagliari had 15 attempts on goal with 7 of them on target. Alessandro Deiola (55') and Leonardo Pavoletti (71') scored for Cagliari.
The numbers tell their own story, and Sampdoria have been scored against in 6 of their last 6 matches, with opponents netting 9 goals overall. Defensively, Sampdoria have seen their frailties exposed.
Ahead of this clash, Sampdoria haven't been defeated in their previous 2 away league matches.
Head to head
Delving into their past head to head meetings stretching back to 02/02/2019 shows that these fixtures have been pretty painful for Sampdoria. They have not been able to get any victories at all whereas Napoli have dominated them, beating them in 100% of those matches played.
A combined sum of 20 goals were scored between the two sides in this period, with 17 of them for Partenopei and 3 coming from i Blucerchiati. That’s an average goals per game of 3.33.
The last league clash featuring the two was Serie A match day 5 on 23/09/2021 when it ended Sampdoria 0-4 SSC Napoli.
On that occasion, Sampdoria had 47% possession and 13 attempts at goal with 5 on target.
At the other end, SSC Napoli had 17 attempts on goal with 9 on target. Victor Osimhen (10', 50'), Fabián Ruiz (39') and Piotr Zieliński (59') scored.
The referee was Paolo Valeri.
Team News: Napoli
Hirving Lozano (Corona virus), Piotr Zielinski (Corona virus), Victor Osimhen (Cheekbone Fracture), Alex Meret (Corona virus), Kévin Malcuit (Corona virus), Mário Rui (Corona virus) and Kalidou Koulibaly (Corona virus) aren’t available for Napoli boss Luciano Spalletti. The players ineligible for this match because of suspension are Kalidou Koulibaly, André Zambo Anguissa and Adam Ounas.
It seems likely that Partenopei will possibly make use of the 4-2-3-1 system for the game with David Ospina, Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Amir Rrahmani, Juan Jesus, Faouzi Ghoulam, Diego Demme, Stanislav Lobotka, Matteo Politano, Eljif Elmas, Lorenzo Insigne and Dries Mertens.
Team News: Sampdoria
Sampdoria boss Roberto D'Aversa has some current player fitness concerns. Wladimiro Falcone (Corona virus), Maya Yoshida (Thigh Problems), Tommaso Augello (Corona virus), Valerio Verre (Unknown Injury) and Mikkel Damsgaard (Thigh Problems) are names that won’t be on the team sheet. Omar Colley will not be able to play in this game through being suspended.
We are inclined to think that i Blucerchiati seem most likely to begin the game with a 4-4-2 system with a starting lineup of Emil Audero, Radu Dragusin, Alex Ferrari, Julian Chabot, Nicola Murru, Bartosz Bereszynski, Albin Ekdal, Morten Thorsby, Kristoffer Askildsen, Manolo Gabbiadini and Francesco Caputo.
Sampdoria could really find it hard to find the net against a SSC Napoli outfit who should control this match, should everything go as we’re expecting.
We’re going for a convincing 3-0 winning margin for SSC Napoli when the referee blows the final whistle.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadio Diego Armando Maradona (54,726)
Captain: Lorenzo Insigne
Chairman: Aurelio De Laurentiis
Manager: Luciano Spalletti
Competitions: Serie A position 3, Coppa Italia (3rd Round), Europa League (Knockout round play-offs)
⭐ Key Man: Victor Osimhen
Usually played in the Striker position, Victor Osimhen was born in Lagos, Nigeria. After having made a senior debut playing for VfL Wolfsburg in the 2016 - 2017 season, the talented Forward has scored a sum of 5 league goals in the Serie A 2021 - 2022 campaign so far from a total of 11 appearances.