Preview - Chievo vs Sampdoria 01 April 2018

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Match Day 30
Chievo vs Sampdoria
Sunday, April 1st, 2018
01:00 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi

Last five matches form: L W L L L
Average goals per match: 0.9
Average goals against per match: 1.7
Top Scorer: Roberto Inglase (9)

Last five matches form: W L W L L
Average goals per match: 1.7
Average goals against per match: 1.5
Top Scorer: Fabio Quagliarella (17)

A battle between one side looking upwards to the European places, and another peering nervously over their shoulders in a relegation battle this coming weekend, as Sampdoria travel to Chievo Verona.

The home side have the luxury of a fully fit squad to choose from here. The visitors are also pretty healthy, with only midfielder Edgar Barreto set to miss out.

The fact that Sampdoria even have a shot at European qualification this term is almost entirely down to their home form. Away from the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Marco Giampaolo's men have been distinctly average, managing only three wins on their travels.

Defending has never really been the strength of this Sampdoria side, but something seems to have gone seriously awry with their rear guard action of late. A total of nine goals conceded in just their last two Serie A outings must be giving Sampa fans a headache or two, and has certainly diminished their prospects of reeling in sixth placed Milan.

Luckily for the visitors, if they were able to choose a team to play in order to restore some confidence to their back four, Chievo Verona may well be near the top of the list. Chievo have fired blanks in no fewer than five of their past seven outings, losing all bar one, and worryingly now sit just a solitary point above the relegation zone.

Neither side can be said to arrive here in great form but Sampdoria remain the much better outfit on paper. Following those back to back battering's at the hands of Crotone and Inter, the international break may well have come at the perfect time for the visitors. We would expect a far more disciplined display at the back which should enable their class edge in the final third to seal the win.

Prediction: Chievo 0 - 2 Sampdoria


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots: 7 - 15
Shots on target: 4 - 7
Corner Kicks: 2 - 6
Possession: 41% - 59%

Referee Daniele Orsato issued yellow cards to Nenad Tomovicm Fabio Depaoli and Mattia Bani from the home side, and Vasco Regini and Lucas Torreira for the visitors.

Sampdoria did pretty well to come away with nothing at all from this fixture despite coming out comfortably on top in the possession, total shots and shots on target stats. Lose it they did though.

It had begun in pretty encouraging fashion for Sampa who were the better side in the early exchanges and took the lead in the 26th minute. The opener came from the spot following Massimo Gobbi's trip on Duvan Zapata. Fabio Quagliarella stepped up to fire the penalty into the top corner.

Chievo's equaliser came in the 62nd minute. Emanuele Giaccherini clipping a cross to the far post for Lucas Nahuel Castro to head down and in - although keeper Emiliano Viviano should really have done better.

If the equaliser was a little soft from Sampdoria's perspective, the winner in the 79th minute wasn't far from being a calamity. Peparim Hetemaj swinging in a hopeful ball from the left which somehow evaded absolutely everyone, including a flailing Viviano to nestle in the back of the net at the far post.

Sampdoria did push right until the final whistle, but were never really able to muster much more than a half chance in their search for an equaliser which never arrived. 2-1 final score.

A huge win for Chievo this one, lifting the Verona side up to 15th in the League and four points clear of the relegation zone.

Another body blow for Sampdoria in the chase for the European places. They remain in eighth place and six points behind sixth placed AC Milan.

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