Preview - Sampdoria vs Atalanta 10 March 19

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Match Day 27
Sampdoria vs. Atalanta
Sunday, March 10th 2019
22:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Luigi Ferraris

Last five matches form: L L L W W
Average goals per match: 1.65
Average goals against per match: 1.27
Top Scorer: Fabio Quagliarella (19)

Last five matches form: W W L L W
Average goals per match: 2.08
Average goals against per match: 1.42
Top Scorer: Duván Zapata (16)

It's ninth versus eighth on Match Day 27 in Serie A as Sampdoria welcome Atalanta to the Stadio Luigi Ferraris. With only two points between the sides, and both having their eye on breaking into the European positions, there's plenty riding on this one.

Sampdoria picked up the points in the reverse of this fixture when coming away from Atalanta with a 1-0 win. It was Sampdoria who also came out on top in this game last season this time by a 3-1 score-line.

Gastón Ramírez, Gianluca Caprari and Edgar Barreto are out injured for the home side. Rafael Tolói looks like being the only absentee for Atalanta.

Sampdoria have been on a good run in front of their own fans, winning five of their last six here. They have conceded more than one goal only once in 12 games at home this season.

Atalanta are officially the fourth best away side in the division having won six and drawn two of their 13 games on the road. They have scored two or more in eight of those 13 fixtures.

Atalanta do tend to rely on their attack to pick up wins, but are facing a Sampdoria outfit who tend to give very little away in front of their own fans. This is a tough one to call between two evenly matched sides and a draw is possibly the most likely outcome here.

Prediction: Sampdoria 1 - 1 Atalanta


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 2
Shots:  13 - 14
Shots on target: 6 - 5
Corner Kicks: 4 - 7
Possession: 48% - 52%

Two bookings for each side in this one, with referee Michael Fabbri taking the names of Nicola Murru and Gaston Ramirez of Sampdoria and Duvan Zapata and Remo Freuler of Atalanta.

The fourth best away side in the division showed exactly why they have done so well on their travels this season as the went toe to toe with their hosts throughout. Scoring twice and rattling the woodwork, they only conceded from the penalty spot and deserved the points on the day.

The hosts probably did just about edge the first half, but only really forced Atalanta keeper Pierluigi Gollini into one decent stop and we headed into the break on level terms.

Five minutes into the second half Atalanta took the lead. Nice ball from Josip Ilicic from midfield to find Duvan Zapata in the centre of the area. Good control and strength from Zapata who looked to have his leg taken when shooting but got enough on it to send the ball into the bottom right from eight yards.

The home sides equaliser came in the 67th minute. Papu Gomez hauling down Gastón Ramírez in the right of the area and the referee pointing to the spot. Fabio Quagliarella stepping up to finish into the left-hand side.

Atalanta regained the lead - and this time conclusively in the 77th minute. Nice break into the right of the area and a cross being fizzed in. Emil Aduero got fingertips to it but only directed the ball into the path of Robin Gosens who finished really well with a guided volley from a very tight angle on the left. 1-2 final score.

Big result for Atalanta in their pursuit of European football. They currently lie seventh and are only being kept out of the Europa League spots on goal difference at present. Sampdoria are five points further back in ninth.

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