Salernitana vs Sampdoria Predictions

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Both Teams To Score - No

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Sampdoria 1-0

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Tip Reasoning

  • Salernitana have scored just 10 Serie A goals this season, the league’s lowest tally.
  • Fellow strugglers Sampdoria have fared only slightly better, scoring 13.
  • Salernitana and Sampdoria are two of Serie A’s least creative teams; ranking 17th and 18th respectively for expected goals.

Sampdoria in Crisis, Salernitana out of Their Depth?

Sampdoria’s trip to newly-promoted Salernitana represents a real relegation six-pointer, even at this early stage of the season. The two sides sit 19th and 18th in the league, each with just 2 wins to their name.

Sampdoria are on a dreadful run of 1 win in their last 8, leaving last season’s 9th-placed finishers facing a battle for survival. Veteran striker Fabio Quagliarella has summed up their struggles, failing to net from open play this season after hitting double figures in 5 consecutive seasons. Manager Roberto D’Aversa, who only succeeded Claudio Ranieri this summer, has admitted he faces increasing pressure, and with the local press reporting that his future hangs ‘by a thread’, this clash could be do or die for the visiting boss.

Salernitana are playing at this level for the first time in 23 years, and were always likely to struggle. Their only wins to date came against Venezia and Genoa, both in the bottom 6, and unlike Sampdoria, they have already bitten the bullet in making a managerial change. Stefano Calontuono has won once in his first 4 games back in the job for a second spell, but has overseen hammerings by Lazio and Empoli, with the latter scoring 4 first half goals on Calontuono’s return.

Basement Battle Promises Little Entertainment

Given the huge stakes at play in this fixture, not least, perhaps, the visiting manager’s job, we should expect a tense, tight affair in Southern Italy. Both of these teams have struggled to create chances, ranking, respectively, 18th and 17th in Serie A for expected goals, 17th and 16th for total shots attempted, and 18th and 17th for shots on target.

Despite their current crisis, Sampdoria do have some genuine quality in their ranks, and could perhaps be seen as slight favourites. Given the dreadful form and attacking woes of both teams, however, my main tip is to oppose both teams to score, while a much needed 1-0 away triumph is a decent correct score prediction.

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