Preview - Sampdoria vs Napoli 14 May 18

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Match Day 37
Sampdoria vs Napoli
Monday, May 14th, 2018
03:45am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Luigi Ferraris

Sampdoria: 
Last five matches form: L W L W L
Average goals per match: 1.53
Average goals against per match: 1.53
Top Scorer: Fabio Quagliarella (19)

Napoli:
Last five matches form: D W W L D
Average goals per match: 2.03
Average goals against per match: 0.78
Top Scorer: Dries Mertens (18)

A must win game for both sides at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris on Match Day 37 in Serie as Sampdoria play host to Napoli.

Sampdoria's hope of European football next season have been fading fast due to an inconsistent run of form of late, and whilst they are now looking unlikely to make it, a win here may at least keep them in with a chance, depending upon earlier results.

Napoli's Serie A title aspirations likewise look unlikely to come to fruition now, but again their only hope of keeping the dream alive is through a combination of a win here and Juventus losing to Roma.

Nicola Murru misses out for the home side. It is to be hoped that top scorer Fabio Quagliarella is able to make it on time. Napoli are in the fortunate position of being to select from a fully fit squad, with no injuries or suspensions of note.

Napoli are the better side, are better off on the injury front and probably have marginally the more motivation of the sides.

Sampdoria are the third best team at home in Serie A and certainly won't prove an easy nut to crack though.

Napoli have been sensational away from home, winning 13 of 18 and losing just once when reduced to ten men early against Fiorentina.

Should be a good one this between two of the better sides in the division. Napoli look to be in the better form though and can sneak it.

 Prediction: Sampdoria 1 - 2 Napoli

Harry85


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 2
Shots:  11 - 17
Shots on target: 2 - 9
Corner Kicks: 3 - 12
Possession: 35% - 65%

Two bookings apiece here, with Sampdoria's Gaston Ramirez and Karol Linetty and Napoli's, Arkadiusz Milik and Marek Hamsek receiving a yellow card from referee Claudio Gavillucci.

It took a while for Napoli to make their superiority count, here but in the end they ran out thoroughly deserving winners, for all that events elsewhere meant that their gallant bid for the Serie A title would eventually come to an end this evening.

When Napoli did finally take the lead in the 72nd minute, it was a cracker. Milik picking the ball up around 20 yards from goal on the right of the d and curling an unstoppable effort into the top left corner. Keeper no chance.

Eight minutes later, the visitors made sure of the points. Mario Rui's corner from the left-hand side finding Raul Albiol in a sea of bodies around the penalty spot. It was Albiol who got his head to the ball though to power in a low header under Vid Belec. 0-2 final score.

They may have come up just short in their efforts to haul in Juventus, but Napoli should be rightly proud of what was been an excellent Serie A campaign. Losing just once away from home all season, they may not have been able to overhaul the Old Lady, but will finish at least 11 points clear of the rest, and with the Allegri era possibly coming to an end at Juventus, perhaps next year will be Napoli's turn to win it all.

A disappointing evening for Sampdoria who can't now make the European places. They remain in ninth place ahead of the final round next weekend.



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