Preview - Fiorentina vs Sampdoria 20 January 19

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Match Day 20
Fiorentina vs. Sampdoria
Sunday, January 20th 2019
22:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Artemio Franchi

Fiorentina: 
Last five matches form: D W W L D
Average goals per match: 1.32
Average goals against per match: 0.95
Top Scorer: Marco Benassi (6)

Sampdoria:
Last five matches form: D W W W L
Average goals per match: 1.68
Average goals against per match: 1.21
Top Scorer: Fabio Quagliarella (12)

We have an intriguing matchup at the Artemio Franchi on Match Day 20 in Serie A as eleventh placed Fiorentina play host to seventh placed Sampdoria. With only three points between the sides, Fiorentina could actually overhaul their visitors with a win of more than one goal in this one.

There was nothing to split these two earlier in the season as the sides played out a 1-1 draw at the Luigi Ferraris. Sampdoria come out on top here in the league last season with a 2-1 victory.

Not much to report on the injury front here with Fiorentina at full strength and Karol Linetty the only player missing for Sampdoria.

Fiorentina have lost just twice at home this season, to Juventus and a little more surprisingly Parma. They have won five of nine overall, averaging just under two goals per game.

Sampdoria have lost only one of their last seven in Serie A when only going down narrowly away at champions elect Juventus. They may be down in seventh but are only four points off the Champion's League positions and will be looking to threaten the top four in the second half of the season. They have however won only three of ten on the road, already tasting defeat at Udinese, Milan, Roma and Juventus.

Sampdoria are the better side of these two with Fabio Quagliarella continuing to defy father time at the age of 35. They don't always manage to assert themselves in their away fixtures though and we see this ending in a draw.




Prediction: Fiorentina 2 - 2 Sampdoria



Harry85

Half time:  1 - 1
Full time: 3 - 3
Shots:  10 - 11
Shots on target: 4 - 6
Corner Kicks: 4 - 7
Possession: 49% - 51%

What a game at the Stadio Artemio Franchi. This one had just about everything. Six goals, eleven bookings, one red card, a penalty kick and a last gasp equaliser from the side down to ten men and trailing.

Edimilson Fernandes of Fiorentina was the man to be dismissed in the 39th minute for a second bookable offence. Nikola Milenkovic, Vitor Hugo, Cristiano Biraghi and Jordan Veretout were also booked for the home side. Sampdoria didn't escape scot-free though, with referee Marco Di Bello taking the names of Gaston Ramirez, Jakub Jankto, Albin Ekdal and Nicola Murru.

Federico Chiesa had been causing Sampdoria all kinds of problems down the right-hand side in the early stages, but when the opening goal came in the 34th minute it came down the left. Luis Muriel running quickly and directly at goal, slipping into the area between two defenders and rolling the ball into the bottom right.

Hot on the heels of the dismissal of Fernandes, Sampdoria equalised in the 44th minute. Gaston Ramirez lining up a free kick around 25 yards from goal and slightly to the right and curling a fine effort into the top right corner. 1-1 at the break and the momentum with the away side.

It was however Fiorentina who took the lead in the 70th minute. Brilliant solo effort from Muriel. Spinning his man in the centre circle he then burst clear in the right channel and into the area before finishing right into the bottom left corner.

A senseless handball in the area from Vitor Hugu gave Sampdoria the chance to get back on level terms in the 81st minute. Fabio Quagliarella making no mistake from the spot to blast home high straight down the middle.

Four minutes later the visitors looked to have nicked it. Lovely turn between two markers on the edge of the area from Quagliarella before finishing into the bottom left as he appeared to be hauled down.

Still time for one more and it came in the third minute of stoppage time. A free kick from deep on the right being played low into the area and dinked towards the far post, it took a deflection off a defender on the way through into the path of German Pezzella to finish on the stretch from almost on the line. 3-3 final score.

Fiorentina move up a spot to tenth on the back of this point. Sampdoria meanwhile slip down a position into eighth.

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