Sampdoria will look to leapfrog their opponents when they host Fiorentina at Stadio Luigi Ferraris in the Serie A on Sunday.
Sampdoria Match Form
La Samp’s season is not going anywhere close to their expectations, after finishing 9th last year. Instead of kicking on, they find themselves in 16th place, with 23 points from 23 games. This leaves them just 4 points clear from the drop, not a healthy situation.
They lead Lecce by a solitary point while 12th-placed Sassuolo are 6 points ahead. Thus, Claudio Ranieri’s primary aim will be to secure top-flight status for another season over everything else.
In order to do so, it is imperative to win home games, especially against teams around them. After defeating Torino 1-3 away in the previous league game with a double from Gaston Ramirez and a Fabio Quagliarella penalty, the hosts will be confident going into this one.
Fiorentina Match Form
Coming to their opponents, Fiorentina are enduring another tough season and are nowhere close to where they want to be. While their current league position (14th) is better than last year’s (16th), it is not enough for La Viola.
They have picked up 25 points from 23 games and are 7 points behind 10th-placed Milan. In terms of safety, they have a 6-point lead. Thus, a string of good or bad results could see their fortunes swing and Giuseppe Iachini will hope it is more of the former.
In order to achieve a better finish, it is imperative for Fiorentina to beat teams beneath them. After losing 1-2 to Atalanta at home with Federico Chiesa getting the consolation goal, the Tuscany club will hope for a better performance and result in this one.
In terms of team news, Albin Ekdal is suspended for the hosts while Alex Ferrari is a long-term absentee. Finally, Fabio Depaoli is ruled out for the home side as well.
Coming to the visitors, Franck Ribery is out until March while Christian Kouame’s season is already finished. Further, Alfred Duncan is a doubt for the game as well.
Sampdoria vs Fiorentina Betting Tips
The duo have faced each other 132 times in their history, with Sampdoria winning 36 to Fiorentina’s 47. In the reverse fixture, La Viola picked up a 2-1 win and the onus will be on the hosts to change that result in this one.
Looking at form, neither team is in the middle of a good run. Both teams have won 2 and drew 1 of their last 5 league games. At home, Sampdoria have won just once in the last 5 matches, a boost for the visitors.
Meanwhile, Ranieri’s men have also won just once in their last 5 away games across all competitions. Thus, neither team is coming into this game with good momentum.
Therefore, both teams can be expected to score in this game but will end up sharing the spoils.
Sampdoria Predicted XI: Audero; Bereszynski, Tonelli, Colley, Murru; Thorsby, Ekdal, Ramirez, Linetty; Gabbiadini, Quagliarella
Fiorentina Predicted XI: Dragowski; Milenkovic, Pezzella, Igor; Lirola, Benassi, Pulgar, Castrovilli, Dalbert; Chiesa, Cutrone