After crashing out of the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday night, it’s back to domestic duties for Juventus, as they face Europa League chasing Sampdoria in the latest round of Serie A action.
It’s been another impressive year on the home front for the Bianconeri who could end the campaign with a record 102 points. Meanwhile, Samp seek an historic league double over the division’s dominant side.
Where and when: Allianz Stadium – 15 April, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Juventus vs. Sampdoria: BT Sport, William Hill live streaming
Last time: Efforts from Duván Zapata, Lucas Torreira and Gian Marco Ferrari gave the Blucerchiati a stunning lead before a stoppage time flurry from Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala made the scoreline respectable for Max Allegri’s men. The November 19 loss was the last time Juventus tasted defeat.
Juventus v Sampdoria Predictions and Preview
The hosts need a maximum of six more wins from their final seven matches to secure a seventh straight Serie A title. Allegri will unsurprisingly task star duo Higuain and Dybala with firing the goals and the Argentines are predictably the favourites to make their mark on the clash. Ex-Napoli spearhead Higuain is 13/5 to record the first effort and is available at 23/10 to hit two or more over the 90 minutes.
Allegri may freshen things up and could give a start to Juan Cuadrado. The explosive Colombian has been missed while on the sidelines but made an instant contribution on his return to the first team picture with a crucial goal against Milan two weeks ago. Cuadrado is 24/2 to register anytime while fellow South American Douglas Costa can be found at 19/10 in the same market. Juventus are 2/11 to take the spoils and a 3-1 final score is 10/1.
Elsewhere, travelling party Samp have an ambition of their own to achieve and have not given up hope of European football next campaign. Marco Giampaolo’s impressive squad currently sit four points off Milan and will be looking at the games with Cagliari, SPAL and Sassuolo to chalk up nine from nine as the race goes to the wire. Doria are priced at 66/5 to pull off another victory against Juventus while Zapata is 18/1 to open on the night.
Both teams to score is 6/5 and, traditionally, this pattern should continue. Seven of the last eight Turin fixtures between the sides has seen goals scored at both ends.
One to watch for Juventus: Dybala has taken over the mantle as talisman from compatriot Higuain and is 8/11 to net anytime during the encounter. The elegant playmaker has 21 Serie A strikes to his name.
One to watch for Sampdoria: Fabio Quagliarella has scored more goals than Dries Mertens, Edin Dzeko and Higuain this campaign and is available at 17/2 to open proceedings against his former club.
Long shot: The visitors will be mindful of a potential backlash following Juventus’ midweek heartache but know they are more than capable of beating the Bianconeri. Alongside Lazio, Samp are in select company to have beaten the Scudetto holders, but can also boast of toppling the Rossoneri, Roma, Fiorentina and Atalanta this season. A repeat of the 3-2 success at Stadio Luigi Ferraris is 170/1.