Udinese vs. Sampdoria / Serie A – 17th-placed Udinese and seventh-positioned Sampdoria will meet in the first match of Serie A seventh round. Sampdoria played one match fewer and has eight points more, but far more important is fact that is still undefeated this season, while on the other hand Udinese lost even three matches. Let’s add that both their league head-to-head played last year had ended as draws. Begins: 30.09.2017 – 18:00 CET
Now, we have a statement from Udinese that will give its best to win the guests from Genoa in order to at least partially make it up to its fans for even three consecutive defeats. True, Udinese’s schedule was very difficult in that period as it played away with Milan and Roma, and Torino at home. We definitely need to add that coach Delneri players had managed to score by at least one goal in those three defeats.
At the same time it suggests that their defence is far weaker part of the team at the start of new season and they have to improve that part of the team as soon as possible in order to avert entering the relegation zone. Udinese is positioned just one place above it right now thanks to victory over Genoa in the third round, while before that it lost to Chievo at home and SPAL away. Let’s add that due to injuries still out of action defenders Widmar and Danilo, and forward Perica.
Probable lineups Udinese: Scuffet – Larsen, Angella, Nuytinck, Samir – de Paul, Behrami, Barak, Jankto – Lasagna, Maxi Lopez
Unlike Udinesse that doesn’t play very good at the start of new season Sampdoria players won three and drew two out of five so far played matches, while home match with Roma was postponed due to bad weather. All that was enough for the seventh place in the Serie A table, where they have just two points fewer than fourth-positioned Lazio. Sampdoria left especially good impression last weekend when it defeated favoured Milan at home by 2-0.
That match has confirmed once again Sampdoria qualities. Their coach is experienced Giampaolo and they certainly have enough reason to be optimistic ahead of this away match in Udinese, although they have to be very careful as the home team desperately wants to put an end to three-game losing streak and on top of it they managed to score in almost all previously played matches. Regarding situation with the team, still questionable are only not fully recovered goalkeeper Vivian and defender Dodo.
Probable lineups Sampdoria: Puggioni – Bereszynski, Silvestre, Regini, Strinic – Barreto, Torreira, Praet – Ramirez – Zapata, Quagliarella
Udinese – Sampdoria PICK
Although the guests from Genoa are in much better shape at the moment we believe the time has come that Udinese plays a good match at its Friuli stadium, which is why we have opted here for a pick with goals on both sides.
Pick: both teams to score
Odds: 1.74 at comeon (down to 1.68 can be played)