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Match Day 19
Juventus vs. Sampdoria
Monday, December 31st 2018
19:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Juventus Stadium

Last five matches form: W W W W D
Average goals per match: 2.00
Average goals against per match: 0.56
Top Scorer: Cristiano Ronaldo (12)

Last five matches form: W D W W W
Average goals per match: 1.72
Average goals against per match: 1.17
Top Scorer: Fabio Quagliarella (11)

Two of the in-form sides in Serie A lock horns at Juventus Stadium on Match Day 19, as unbeaten league leaders Juventus play host to fifth placed Sampdoria.

Juventus suffered one of their few defeats last season at the hands of Sampdoria when going down 3-2 in the away fixture. They were comfortably on top here at home though, winning 3-0.

Rodrigo Bentancur is suspended for Juventus who must also do without the injured quintet of João Cancelo, Juan Cuadrado, Federico Bernardeschi, Andrea Barzagli and Moise Kean. Bartosz Bereszynski and Edgar Barreto are injured for Sampdoria for whom Joachim Anderson is suspended.

Juventus came closer than usual to defeat away at Atalanta in midweek, needing a latish equaliser from Cristiano Ronaldo to pick up a point. Although typical of Juve they still nearly won it in the end when having a late strike ruled out for offside. Juventus have been excellent at home as ever this season, winning eight of nine, with the only dropped points coming in a 1-1 draw with Genoa.

Sampdoria are in just about their best form of the season and arrive here unbeaten in their past six in the league. They have won three away from home at Frosinone, Atalanta and Empoli, but have lost at Udinese, Milan and Roma.

This should be a good game and Sampdoria likely won't lie down. Juventus generally do find a way to get the job done though and it will likely be a similar story here.

Prediction: Juventus 2 - 1 Sampdoria


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots:  14 - 12
Shots on target: 7 - 7
Corner Kicks: 6 - 3
Possession: 60% - 40%

Base Matuidi and Daniele Rugaani were booked for the home side in this one, with referee Paolo Valeri also taking the names of Alex Ferrari and Riccardo Saponara of Sampdoria.

Sampdoria have been playing some good stuff so far this season, and that was once again the case here as they put it up to Juventus almost throughout. In the end though the defending champions did just about edge it in general play and were able to convert that edge into three points courtesy of the best player in the league.

It took CR7 only two minutes to open the scoring in this one. Found on the left-hand side by Paolo Dybala, he cut in onto his right on the left corner of the eighteen-yard box to fire into the bottom right corner.

Sampdoria were back on level terms by the break though with the equaliser coming in the 33rd minute. Following an extensive VAR review, the referee decided he had after all spotted a handball in the area and pointed to the spot. Fabio Quagliarella stepping up to convert straight down the middle. 1-1 at the break.

Juventus were straight on the front foot in the second half, with Blaise Matuidi forcing Emil Audero into a smart stop with an effort from just outside the area.

Then in the 65th minute the referee spotted another handball in the area, with the decision this time resulting in a penalty kick for the home side. Ronaldo making no mistake to convert to the left-hand side. And that was that. 2-1 final score.

That's 19 games unbeaten now for Juventus who continue to sail serenely on in their domination of Italian football. They maintain their place at the top of the Seria A standings, nine points clear of nearest pursuers Napoli.  Sampdoria drop down to seventh.

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