Sampdoria’s brilliant start to the season continued last weekend, as they beat Juventus 3-2. That was their fifth win in six games, keeping them in the top six. Samp are now seven points clear of AC Milan, which is an incredible achievement given the money spent by the Rossoneri over the summer. Meanwhile, the side from Genoa lost key names, and managed to stitch together a side filled with young talent and huge potential. Could that side carry them in to Europe this season?
The visitors are in great form coming in to this game, having impressed with their all-round performances this season. It would be a huge shock if they were to secure a place in the top six, but both Atlanta and Sassuolo have claimed shock European finishes in Serie A of late. Given how Samp have been putting their squad together – adding quality youngsters and slowly putting them in the team – it would be great to see them finish in the Europa League spots, or possibly even higher.
Samp take on Bologna this weekend, a side who are coming off a 3-2 win themselves. The hosts saw off second bottom Hellas Verona on Monday, ending a four game losing run. That run has affected them at their own ground, although the Rossoblu have been poor at home throughout this campaign. They’ve claimed just one win and suffered three defeats in their six home matches in this campaign. They’re coming off the back of consecutive home defeats, losing 3-2 to Crotone in their last game here.
With Sampdoria suffering just two defeats this season – winning six of their last eight – we think the hosts are great value to win this game. They shouldn’t be priced so high on the draw no bet market, given Bologna’s poor form at their own ground this season. The hosts lost all of their home matches against the top eight last season, while Lazio and Napoli have already won here this term. In addition to backing Sampdoria draw no bet, we’re backing the away win and both teams to score, with BTTS landing in 83% of Bologna’s home games.
One man to keep an eye on here is Fabio Quagliarella, who has scored in back to back away games for Samp. Having hit seven goals already this season, the forward seems excellently priced to grab a goal on Saturday afternoon. The majority of those goals have been scored in away games, so backing a Quagliarella goal seems like a smart move. We’re also rounding off our betting tips here with a 2-1 win for the visitors, with half of Bologna’s home games seeing exactly three goals scored.