Carlo Ancelotti seeks a third win on the bounce when his men face Sampdoria in Serie A action on Sunday night. It is business as usual at the top of the table with Napoli and champions Juventus on maximum points, alongside the very impressive SPAL who have also chalked up back-to-back victories from their first two matches.
Where and when: Stadio Luigi Ferraris – 2 September, kick-off 19:30
Where you can see Sampdoria vs. Napoli: Eleven Sports 2
Last time: Samp put up stubborn resistance in the first-half but couldn’t hold on after the break. Late efforts from Arkadiusz Milik and Raul Albiol sealed the result for the Partenopei when the teams faced off towards the end of the previous season.
Sampdoria v Napoli Predictions and Preview
Hosts Sampdoria lost their opening clash of the campaign against Udinese in a disappointing showing from Marco Giampaolo’s men. The Blucerchiati, who finished in a very respectable 10th place in the 2017-18 season, were in European contention for the majority of the year, famously beating Juventus 3-2 and making the Luigi Ferraris a real fortress.
Realistically, a Europa League berth is probably out of reach for Samp, particularly after losing star midfielder Lucas Torreira after the World Cup. The tenacious Uruguayan moved to English club Arsenal, despite interest in Italy and on the continent, and is a massive loss in the middle of the park.
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Further forward, the evergreen Fabio Quagliarella is unlikely to repeat last term’s goalscoring exploits which saw the 35-year-old bag an astonishing 19 efforts in what was the most productive spell of his career. Despite his advancing years, the Neapolitan remains a threat and is 8/5 to register anytime against his boyhood club. Meanwhile, Samp are 11/2 to emerge victorious after the 90 minutes.
Visitors Napoli have earned two hard fought wins against Lazio and Milan, two rivals in the race for a top four finish. While Ancelotti will have been pleased with his squad’s resilience in overcoming a goal deficit in both clashes, he has admitted the Azzurri can’t keep gifting the opposition an advantage. The travelling party are the overwhelming favourites, priced at 1/2, while forward Milik is 4/1 to strike first and continue his bright start to the new term after two long term injuries that have plagued his time in Italy.
One to watch for Sampdoria: Jakub Jankto. The Czech youngster caught the headlines last year for Udinese and is a real prospect. Jankto is 9/2 in the anytime market and is a threat from distance.
One to watch for Napoli: Dries Mertens. The diminutive Belgian has had to settle for a place on the bench in the opening weeks but will almost certainly feature in the latter stages of the showdown. Mertens is 8/11 to net the last goal.
Long shot: Doria are no pushovers and will fancy their chances against anyone on home soil. The Genoa based outfit memorably toppled Atalanta, Milan and the Bianconeri, three sides with bigger resources and will take comfort from Napoli’s ponderous starts to matches. Sampdoria can be found at 75/1 to win 3-2.