Napoli retain small hope of breaking Juventus’s hegemony of Italian football as they travel to mid-table Sampdoria on Sunday evening, knowing they require a victory and Juve to lose at Roma to retain hope going into the final day. The Neapolitans will be favourites against a side who have lost six of their last 10 games.
Where and when: Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, Genoa – 13 May, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Sampdoria vs. Napoli: BT Sport, William Hill
Last time: Napoli twice fought back from behind to defeat Sampdoria 3-2 at the Stadio San Paolo thanks to goals from Allan, Lorenzo Insigne and Marek Hamsik, in a game where the hosts finished with ten men.
Sampdoria vs. Napoli Predictions and Preview
Sampdoria’s Europa League hopes have fizzled out with just 10 points from the past 10 matches and they look destined to finish in relative mid-table obscurity.
However, Marco Giampoli’s side are unbeaten in a run of three home games in which they have conceded just one goal.
Napoli’s last two matches have all but ended their hopes for a first Schudetto since 1990 – a 3-0 loss at Fiorentina and 2-2 draw at home to Torino.
The Naples-based team have enjoyed a wonderful season but need to win their last two games and hope Juventus lose both of theirs for an unlikely league title.
The visitors are favourites to win this game at odds of 4/6, with a home win available at 11/2 and the draw priced at 62/17.
Under 2.5 goals is available at 2/1 while fewer than 1.5 goals is priced at 23/4.
A ‘double chance’ on the hosts to battle their way to either a point or a win is available at 24/17.
If you fancy the visitors to be leading at both half-time and at the final whistle, such odds are available at 13/8.
One to watch for Sampdoria: Effervescent striker Fabio Quagliarella, 34, is the dangerman for Samp with 19 goals in 34 league outings this term and netted in the reverse fixture in December.
One to watch for Napoli: Belgian forward Dries Mertens has netted a goal every other game – 18 in 36 games – and is the main threat for Maurizio Sarri’s side.
Long shot: Samp have not found the net in four of their last six games while Napoli have failed to score in two of their past five games while they have seven clean sheets in 15. A scoreless draw is available at odds of 25/1.