Serie A holders Juventus visit in-form Sampdoria in weekend action. The Bianconeri are in good spirits after their Supercoppa success and are finally climbing the standings after an inconsistent spell that threatened to derail their hopes of retaining the title. Elsewhere, Claudio Ranieri’s troops have won three of their last four fixtures.
Where and when: Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genoa – 30 January, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Sampdoria vs. Juventus: Premier Sports 2
Last time: Dejan Kulusevski, Cristiano Ronaldo and Leonardo Bonucci all netted on the opening day.
Sampdoria v Juventus Predictions and Preview
Claudio Ranieri has done a fine job in the Doria dugout since his appointment 15 months ago. The Ligurian outfit were rooted to the bottom of the table when the veteran tactician took over and finished in a respectable 15th spot.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Weston McKennie to score anytime||3/1||Offer|
|Juventus to win and both teams to score||10/3||Offer|
|Juventus to win 2-0||13/2||Offer|
In his first full season in charge, the Premier League winning boss during his time at Leicester City has guided Samp to 10th and there are no relegation concerns whatsoever this term. The home dressing room carry a very good goal threat and will be led by evergreen forward Fabio Quagliarella.
The talisman was on Andrea Pirlo’s winter shopping list and could have easily been lining up for the away side on Sunday. The Neapolitan opted against a move and is 11/2 to break the deadlock. Partner Keita Balde burst on to the scene eight years ago for Lazio and averaged one in two in his last campaign in Rome.
The Senegalese ace was snapped up by Monaco for a sum in excess of €30m but is back in Italy’s top flight and has struck in three of his first eight appearances. Balde is 9/4 to bag anytime and Samp are 6/1 to emerge triumphant. A draw is 10/3.
Juventus are in good spirits after seeing their main rivals Milan and Inter drop points in the previous gameweek. The Rossoneri were comprehensively beaten by Atalanta and Udinese held Antonio Conte’s squad.
The Bianconeri’s injury issues are also easing with Juan Cuadrado, Merih Demiral, Giorgio Chiellini and Matthijs de Ligt all fit and available for selection. Paulo Dybala is nearing full fitness and will offer Pirlo another option in attack. Ronaldo is 9/4 to open proceedings and add to his 15-goal domestic haul. Alvaro Morata can be found at 7/2 and the champions are 9/20 to register victory number 11.
One to watch for Sampdoria: Antonio Candreva is back in favour and has contributed four efforts and four assists from 16 matches. The versatile midfielder is 5/1 to notch anytime.
One to watch for Juventus: Federico Chiesa is quick, two footed, can play on either flank and is 10/2 to score first. The Azzurri international has struck on five occasions since arriving from Fiorentina.
Long shot: Samp have put in some very impressive performances, toppling Lazio, Atalanta and Inter, and have only failed to score in two of their last 13 contests. The Blucerchiati have won two of the last three meetings between the clubs on home soil and a shock 1-0 outcome is 25/1.