Juventus Vs Sampdoria: Preview and Prediction
Juventus missed the chance to clinch the Serie A title, Scudetto on Thursday, earlier this week. They stumbled to a 2-1 loss against a spirited Udinese team performance. Juventus has won the Italian league for a record straight-eight times, and they are on course to secure the title this term yet again.
In the match against Udinese, Juventus went ahead through De Ligt in the first half. They conceded two goals in the second half with Ilija Nestorovski and the impressive Fofana scoring in the second half to condemn the Bianconeri to another defeat. That precious win offered a necessary boost to Udinese pushing them further off the relegation zone.
Juventus has been awful since the restart of the league. They lost the Coppa Italia to Napoli on penalties after a bore 0-0 draw. Juve has won only one of their last five games drawing two and losing two. Amid heavy criticisms, Juve boss, Sarri conceded that his team is suffering from both physical and mental exhaustion.
The Bianconeri title bid could have been derailed if not for the inconsistency of other top teams in the league. Inter Milan mounted an early title challenge but stuttered with series of inconsistent results. Lazio has gone to sleep since the league restart. They suffered a dramatic late collapse losing four of their last six games including the crucial game against Juve.
A win will give Juventus the title with two matches to spare. Juventus hold a five-point over second-placed Atlanta having played one game more. Inter and Lazio complete the top four places with 73 and 72 points respectively.
Sampdoria will enter this match encounter already assured of their Serie A status next season. Claudio Ranieri’s side has already bagged 41 points this season. They also hold superior head-to-head over 18th position, Lecce. They have been in impressive form of late winning five of their last seven games to move out of the relegation.
Juventus has a superior head-to-head record against Sampdoria. In their last eight games, Juve has claimed six wins, with Sampdoria getting two wins. Juve also claimed a 2-1 victory this season with Cristiano Ronaldo and Dybala grabbing all the three points for the Turin outfit.
Will Cristiano Ronaldo overtake Immobile?
The Portuguese and Juventus goal machine will be aiming to add to his goal tally. He already has an impressive 30 goals in the league this season, but still, finds himself behind Immobile. The Lazio talisman has 31 goals. Third-placed highest scorer Lukaku is far behind with 21 goals. Immobile will be in action against Cagliari and will be hoping to claim the individual award too.
The race for the Capocannoniere is coming to an intriguing end. Ronaldo will be aiming to add the individual honor to his huge award collections. That quest will start by scoring against Sampdoria after he drew blanks against Udinese.
Juventus will welcome back Leonardo Bonucci after he served his suspension. He will likely partner De Ligt at the central defensive position. Samir Khedira, Giorgio Chiellini, and Mattia De Sciglio are still in the treatment table.
Sampdoria will miss both Omar Colley and Ronaldo Vieira who are both suspended for the match. Their yellow cards against Genoa in their last match rules them out. Albin Ekdal picked an injury in that match and will not feature. Felice D’Amico is injured for the rest of the season.
We expect Juventus to go out for the win here. The match is very crucial for their title win. Ronaldo will be motivated to outscore Immobile and top the Italian league goalscorer chart. For Sampdoria, this match is of no significance to them. However, we expect them to score. Juventus has not kept a clean sheet in the last seven games conceding fourteen goals.
We expect a 3-1 win in favour of Juventus.