Sampdoria and Juventus lock horns in the final week of the Serie A campaign. Both Doria and the visitors will finish in their current positions in the table and with no pressure on the tie, it should be a thoroughly entertaining encounter led by two of the division’s star forwards.
Where and when: Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genoa – 26 May, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Sampdoria vs. Juventus: Premier Sports 1
Last time: Juventus came out on top when the sides met in December courtesy of a Cristiano Ronaldo double. Fabio Quagliarella had levelled the scores just before the break.
|Joao Cancelo to score first||40/1||Offer|
|Over 4.5 goals||3/1||Offer|
|Juventus to win 2-1||7/1||Offer|
Sampdoria vs. Juventus Predictions and Preview
After flirting with a European finish, Sampdoria will end the term in ninth place. Despite failing to win any of their last five matches, Marco Giampaolo’s men can be happy with their work, considering the plight of neighbours Genoa who now need a miracle to avoid demotion to Serie B.
The contest will pit Quagliarella and Ronaldo against each other and the wily veteran is the overwhelming favourite to win the Capocannoniere prize. The 36-year-old has 26 goals to his name, five more than his adversary while Duvan Zapata and Krzysztof Piatek also trail by some distance. Quagliarella is 4/1 to open proceedings and 9/2 to net two or more. Meanwhile, Samp are 16/5 to end the campaign on a high and 11/4 to earn a point.
Travelling party Juventus will hope to give Max Allegri the perfect send off. The former Milan manager will leave his post after five trophy laden years and there is expected to be much change in Turin this summer, both on and off the pitch.
Paulo Dybala, Douglas Costa, Miralem Pjanic and Alex Sandro could be sold to free up funds to freshen up the Bianconeri squad while Andrea Barzagli is retiring to take up a coaching role. One player who will be at the club in August is Ronaldo and the Portuguese is 13/5 to strike first and 20/1 to register a treble. Juventus are 4/5 to emerge triumphant and record victory number 29. Both teams to score is 1/2.
One to watch for Sampdoria: Gregoire Defrel has 13 goal involvements to his name and has enjoyed a fruitful partnership with Quagliarella. The ex-Roma forward is 13/5 to score anytime.
One to watch for Juventus: Dybala is 5/1 to bag the final effort of the clash and potentially his last in a Bianconero jersey.
Long shot: Sampdoria place great emphasis on attacking and lined up with three central strikers in their previous fixture with Chievo. While Doria are a joy to watch going forward, they do leave themselves exposed defensively and Ronaldo won’t need many chances to make them pay. An exhilarating 3-3 outcome is available at 46/1.