Sampdoria will host Verona to round off the latest round of Serie A fixtures on Monday.
Sampdoria Match Form
Sampdoria’s last game ended in an embarrassing 5-1 defeat against Fiorentina. Both sides received red cards in the game, but Fiorentina were the clear attacking force throughout. Manolo Gabbiadini scored for Sampdoria, but his goal in the dying stages had little meaning. Fiorentina were leading 3-0 at half-time, and the game was essentially over. Sampdoria’s last three games have seen a whopping 16 goals in total. Before the loss against Fiorentina, they claimed a 3-1 win over Torino.
Gaston Ramirez scored a brace in that game, and Fabio Quagliarella added the other goal for Sampdoria. They trailed 1-0 in the game, and the three points were very valuable. As it stands, Sampdoria are 17th in the table. They are just a point clear of the relegation zone. Genoa in 18th place can overtake them this week itself, and they can’t afford to slip up. Sampdoria have won just once in their last five games, losing three of those.
Sampdoria’s defensive record is among the worst in the league. But it has worsened considerably in the last few games. A strong performance at the back will be key for getting a win against Verona. Sampdoria were scheduled to play Inter last week, but that game was postponed. As a result, they have a game in hand over their rivals. But Inter are a very tough opponent, so getting anything from that one looks difficult.
Verona Match Form
On the other hand, Verona are battling it out for European football next season. They are currently in eighth place, just a point below the top six. Verona have not suffered a defeat in their last five league outings. In those five games, they claimed an impressive win against defending champions Juventus. Fabio Borini and Giampaolo Pazzini scored the goals as Verona came back from a deficit to record a 2-1 win.
The win gave them a great boost, and they could get into sixth place if other results go their way. Verona have failed to score in two of their last three games. But they have not lost in the last nine outings, which is a positive. Their last defeat came against Atalanta in early December. Since then they have alternated between wins and draws at times.
Sampdoria vs Verona Betting Tips
Verona are doing well after getting promoted, and these sides did not meet last season due to that. However Verona were in the top flight the season before, and the two sides played each other twice then. Sampdoria were unbeaten in those two games, but Verona claimed a 2-0 win in the reverse fixture in October.
They are on the rise right now, and a double over Sampdoria is likely. The total goals should be over 2.5, as both sides are favored to find the back of the net. But Sampdoria are far too weak at the back and Verona will take advantage and the three points.