Sampdoria hosts Napoli in round 5 of Italian Serie A. The match will be played on Thursday, September 23rd at Stadio Luigi Ferraris (Genoa)
Sampdoria is in 11th position in the standings (five points after four games). The Blue-circled started the new season with a home match of the 1st round of the Italian Cup against Alessandria from Serie B (3-2). As for the championship, Sampdoria started not so confidently and lost to Milan in Genoa (0-1). After that defeat, D'Aversa men did not lose anymore. First, they shared points with Sassuolo (0-0) and Inter (2-2), and on September 19, they achieved a major victory over Empoli (0-3). Antonio Candreva and Francesco Caputo (twice) scored for the Blue-circled.
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Napoli is ranked second in the Serie A standings with 12 points after four rounds. The Neapolitans had a great start in the championship. Spalletti's team has not yet lost points in Serie A. The only match where the Parthenopeans were left without victory was in the group round of the Europa League. Napoli shared points with Leicester away (2-2) and managed to win back the Foxes’ advantage of two goals. On Monday, the team from Naples visited Udinese and destroyed the Zebras, scoring four unanswered goals. Victor Osimhen, Amir Rrahmani, Kalidou Koulibaly, and Hirving Lozano scored goals for the winners.
Sampdoria is a convenient opponent for Napoli in Serie A. The Parthenopeans have beaten the Blue-circled in 10 of the last 11 head-to-head matches. The only defeat for Napoli happened in September 2018 on the field of Sampa (3-0). Now the Neapolitans look impressive in the attack. Spalletti’s men have scored at least two goals in each of the last five games in Serie A and the Europa League. It is likely that powerful Napoli will upset another opponent. Sampdoria is not strong in defense — at home, the Genoese have conceded at least one goal in all three matches in the current season. The statistics of the previous head-to-head games also testify in favor of the Neapolitans. In 12 of the 13 previous confrontations in Serie A, Napoli at least twice breached the defense of the Blue-circled.
Prediction for the match: Napoli to score over 1.5 goals