SSC Napoli vs. Sampdoria / Serie A – Second Saturday’s match of the 19th round of Italian Serie A definitely has its favourite, and that is home-team Napoli which moved up at the third place in the standings after the latest series of three wins and one draw, while on the other hand the guests from Genoa are 13th in the standings and have even 12 points fewer than their next opponents. Besides, the Neapolitans can boost with the fact that out of previous 10 head-to-head against Sampdoria they won seven and drew just three matches. Begins: 07.01.2017 – 20:45 CET
In accordance to that it is quite logical that everyone in Naples expect all three points from this match against guests from Genoa, especially as they have behind themselves three victories and one draw in the championship, while in the same period they won Benfica away in the Champions League and have qualified for the round of 16. Coach Sarri’s players are the most efficient team in the Serie A after 18 rounds with 40 scored goals; for example they managed to hit goals even 16 times in last four matches.
In that period they won at home Inter 3-0 and Torino 5-3, while away they had firstly outclassed Cagliari by 5-0, and then drew in the last round with always unpleasant Fiorentina 3-3. All that has taken them to the third position in the standings, where they have just two points fewer than second-placed Roma, while leading Juventus has at the moment seven points more than the Neapolitans. Let’s add that out of action due to injuries are stopper Chiriches and forwards Gabbiadini, Milik and Pavotelli, while stopper Albiol is suspended because of yellow cards. Defenders Koulibaly and Ghoulam are at the African Cup of Nations.
Probable lineups SSC Napoli: Reina – Hysaj, Maksimovic, Tonelli, Strinic – Zielinski, Diawara, Hamsik – Callejon, Mertens, Insigne
The guests from Genoa will start this match against Napoli in much bleaker atmosphere given they won just one point in last three rounds of the Serie A, which they won when they played a goalless draw with Udinese at home, while before they were defeated by Lazio 2-1 at home and then by Chievo away by the same result. However, thanks to previously made series of four wins and two draws coach Giampaolo’s players currently occupies solid 13th-place in the standings and have even 13 points more than teams in the drop zone.
Right because of that they can play without much worries at San Paolo stadium and can even try to surprise decimated hosts, but on the other hand they must avoid open outplaying against them given well known fact what happens with teams that try to do something like that in Naples. Regarding the team, we believe that Giampaolo will send on the pitch the same 11 players like he did against Udinese, especially as out of action are only injured goalkeeper Viviano and midfielder Carbonero.
Probable lineups Sampdoria: Puggioni – Sala, Silvestre, Skriniar, Regini – Linetty, Torreira, Barreto – Fernandes – Muriel, Quagliarella
SSC Napoli – Sampdoria PICK
Regardless of numerous problems with absences the Neapolitans have showed this season that are capable to handle the problem and we believe that will routinely defeat Sampdoria at home and win all three points, especially as every point is important for them in the race for the Champions League.
Pick: Asian handicap -1.5 Napoli
odds: 1.76 at betvictor (down to 1.70 can be played)