Preview - Napoli vs Sampdoria 03 February 19

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Match Day 22
Napoli vs. Sampdoria
Sunday, February 3rd 2019
01:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio San Paolo

Last five matches form: W L W W D
Average goals per match: 1.86
Average goals against per match: 0.86
Top Scorer: Arkadiusz Milik (11)

Last five matches form: W W L D W
Average goals against per match: 1.86
Average goals against per match: 1.24
Top Scorer: Fabio Quagliarella (16)

One of the standout fixtures on Match Day 22 in Serie A takes place at the Stadio San Paolo as second placed Napoli play host to sixth placed Sampdoria. Napoli are going to need a miracle to reel in Juventus in the race for the title, but have established themselves as the best of the rest once again. For Sampdoria it is Champion's League football which is the ultimate aim. Only two points off fourth placed Milan, anything they pick up here will keep them right in the mix.

Sampdoria certainly have happy memories from the first meeting between the sides this season, with I Blucerchiati stunning Napoli 3-0 at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris. Napoli did come out on 3-2 in this game last season though.

Vlad Chiriches and Fabián Ruiz are out for the home side. Dennis Praet, Gianluca Caprari and Edgar Barreto will all be missing for Napoli.

Napoli couldn't find a way past Milan last week, buy they are still playing pretty solid stuff with just the one defeat in their last 14 in Serie A. Unbeaten in 14 here at home, they have impressively kept six clean sheets in their past ten games at the Stadio San Paolo.

Sampdoria are having an excellent campaign to date, led by the evergreen Fabio Quagliarella who has been simply sensational considering his advancing years. They have however only won three times away from home this season, conceding two or more in six of their last seven.

Sampdoria are a likeable side but are significantly better in front of their own fans. Napoli host a big edge in terms of defence, and that may ultimately prove to be the difference here.

Prediction: Napoli 3 - 1 Sampdoria


Half time:  2 - 0
Full time: 3 - 0
Shots:  17 - 10
Shots on target: 13 - 3
Corner Kicks: 5 - 3
Possession: 59% - 41%

Three bookings in Naples, all for the away side, with referee Luca J. Pairetto taking the names of Jakub Jankto, Nicola Murru and Joachim Andersen.

A big performance from Napoli this as they utterly dominated what is a pretty talented Sampdoria side. Registering an excellent 13 efforts on target, it looked to be a matter of how many the home side would win by from an early stage here. One to forget for Sampdoria who simply ran into a Napoli side at the top of their game and in no mood to give up any points.

Napoli took the lead in the 25th minute. Jose Callejon breaking in acres of space down the right-hand side and laying a perfect cross into the path of Arkadiusz Milik to fire home high into the net from eight yards.

One became two just one minute later. Callejon with the assist again. This time playing in Lorenzo Insgigne with a short pass into the right corner of the eighteen-yard box. Insigne finishing low into the bottom left. 2-0 at the break.

The second half was perhaps a little more even as a little of the urgency went out of Napoli's game. The home side were still very much on top though and added a third in the 89th minute. The referee spotting a handball in the area and pointing to the spot. Simone Verdi dinking home to the left-hand side. 3-0 final score.

Another win for Napoli then, and this time a productive one as Juventus could only manage to draw at home with Parma. They make ground on the leaders but are still nine points behind and need a lot more help yet. Sampdoria stay sixth at present but may find themselves dropping a place or two after the rest of this week's fixtures.

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