Preview - Sampdoria vs Napoli 03 September 18

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Match Day 3
Sampdoria vs Napoli
Monday, September 2nd, 2018
03:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Luigi Ferraris

Last five matches form: W L L L L
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.47
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.58
Top Scorer 17/18: Fabio Quagliarella (19)
Last five matches form: D W W W W
Average goals per match 17/18: 2.03
Average goals against per match 17/18: 0.76
Top Scorer 17/18: Dries Mertens (18)

It's next stop Sampdoria for last season's Serie A runners up Napoli as Carlo Ancelotti bids to keep his 100% record at the helm intact.

Any thoughts that Napoli would suffer a dramatic fall off this season have proved largely unfounded to date - for all that its still early days. Napoli have played two and won two including a thrilling come from behind victory over Milan last weekend. On paper at least this would look to be their easiest task so far.

This will be just the second game of the season for Sampdoria. Having ended last season under something of a cloud, they carried on where they left off this term when going down to Udinese in their opener.

Napoli did the double over Sampdoria last season, winning 3-2 at home and coming out on top 2-0 in this fixture.

Two injuries for the home side, with Vasco Regini and Dennis Praet expected to miss out. Faouzi Ghoulam, Alex Meret and Amin Younes are the Napoli absentees.

This may be the game which sees last season's top scorer Dries Mertens given his first start of the season for Napoli. His pace would certainly be a useful weapon on the counter.

This may not be entirely straightforward for Napoli and they certainly won't want to put themselves in a two goal hole as they did against Milan last weekend. They do look to possess the significantly better side on paper though and should ultimately come out on top.

Prediction: Sampdoria 1 - 3 Napoli


Half time: 2 - 0
Full time: 3 - 0
Shots:  8 - 13
Shots on target: 4 - 4
Corner Kicks: 4 - 5
Possession: 48% - 52%

Referee Davide Massa reached for the notebook six times in this one, showing the yellow card to Gaston Ramirez and Ronaldo Viera of the home side, and Napoli's Amadou Diawara, Mario Rui, Allan and Marko Rog.

Napoli had been living dangerously in Serie A so far, having to come from behind to win their two games to date. It's not a good idea to repeatedly fall behind in games, and having done so again, there was simply no way back this time against a determined Sampdoria outfit. The home side may have been a little flattered by the final score line, but they did deserve to win.

Napoli weren't anywhere near their fluent best in this one and were behind after just 11 minutes. Breaking on the counter Gregoire Defrel's first touch initially didn't appear to be the greatest, forcing him slightly wide and still outside the area. He compensated for that though when unleashing a thunderous strike into the top right corner.

Defrel doubled his sides advantage in the 32nd minute. A Sampdoria move from right to left ending with the ball at Defrels feet around seven yards out, one shot through the defenders legs later and it was 2-0.

Napoli were better in the second half, but were never able to find the goal to give them hope of another comeback.

Then in the 75th minute it really was all over, and in some style. Bartosz Bereszynski crossing from the right-hand side to find a jumping Fabio Quagliarella to back heel on the volley into the bottom left corner. Wonderful goal!

The best performance of the season by some way for Sampdoria and the first major setback for Carlo Ancelotti.

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