Tonight we will see Sampdoria hosting Bologna at Stadio Luigi Ferraris in the 14th round of Serie A.
Sampdoria is currently 12th in the league, with an overall record of 4-4-5. In their recent 5 games, they have lost 3 and played a draw in 2 matches. In the 3 lost matches, Sampdoria conceded a total of 11 goals! That is a surprising number, as they have been defending their goal well until then. In the 13 matches played, they have now conceded 16 goals. To put it into perspective, before those 3 matches, Sampdoria had only seen 5 goals in 9 matches, which is a bit more than 0.5 goals per game.
Looking at their last match, Sampdoria played a draw against Genoa (1:1), which was their 2nd away draw in the season. The match was close with Genoa performing slightly better. Teams had a 45%-55% possession and 10-6 goal attempts. Both of the goals in the match were scored in the first half, with the opener being scored only 8 minutes into the match by Sampdoria. Only 9 minutes later, Genoa answered with a goal of their own. Despite more attempts on goal from Genoa in the 1st half, we did not see any more goals being scored. The second half saw only 1 shot on goal per team, so it’s not surprising the result stood firm for the remaining 45 minutes. Final score: 1:1.
Bologna is as of now sitting at the bottom part of the league (18th spot) with an overall record of 2-5-6. In the recent 5 games, they have drawn 4 and lost 1. Their last win came on 30th September against Udinese (2:1), since then, Genoa played a draw 4 times and lost 2 games. They have not been performing well from what we have seen from them, which is mostly a result of their poor defense. Their offense is doing a good job (7 goals in 5 games), but their defense has let in too many goals (8 goals in 5 games). Bologna last match ended in a draw against Fiorentina, which seems like a good result on the paper, but bare in mind, Fiorentina has played 5 draws in a row, failing to win even against teams that sit at the bottom of the league. Final score: 0:0.
On one side, we have Sampdoria who have suffered 3 huge defeats in recent matches and on the other side, we have Bologna, who can score goals but are also open to conceding a few. This is a perfect recipe for a high scoring match, with Sampdoria losing their defensive rhythm and Bologna who scored an average of 1.5goals in the last 5 games. 4 out of the last 5 H2H matches between these two teams ended with at least 2 goals, and we expect this match to have the same result. Expect a high scoring match tonight in Italy.
Prediction: Over 2.50 goals
Odds: 2.14 SBOBET