Napoli vs. Sampdoria
Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 11:00 AM (Stadio San Paolo)
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Napoli is hosting Sampdoria in round 3 of Italian Serie A.
Napoli has started this season with an away victory against Fiorentina in what was a fun and exciting game to watch with 7 scored goals. In their last match against Juventus, Napoli was a better team with 56% of ball possession, 7 shots on goal, 5 corner kicks, and 86% of correct passes. Napoli was losing 3-0 until 66th minute but managed to catch up to 3-3 just to score an own goal in 92nd minute and to lose this game 4-3. Napoli might not be a better team than Juventus overall, but they sure do play better soccer. Solid defense, fast and precise midfield and really good attack that can produce a goal opportunity from nothing. Even though Inter has made a lot of changes and is finally playing good soccer, I believe that Napoli is Juventus' main competitor. Insigne leads Napoli with 2 goals while Lozano, Manolas, Mertens, Callejon and Di Lorenzo added 1 each. Milik is Napoli's best striker but he is unfortunately injured and will not be in the lineup for this match. Napoli's has an atomic offense with plenty of great players, but their defense has been sloppy so far and Napoli has conceded 7 goals in 2 matches. It's still early in the season and I believe that coach Ancelotti who is one of the best coaches in the world will fix these defensive problems and get Napoli back on winning track.
Sampdoria was a complete disaster in the first 2 games with 7 conceded goals and only 1 scored goals. In their last match against Sassuolo, Sampdoria started well but after 15 minutes everything went downhill. Sampdoria had only 30% of ball possession, 4 shots on goal, 5 corner kicks, and 78% of correct passes. Sampdoria lost this game 4-1 and the only goal they scored came from a penalty kick scored by Fabio Quagliarella. Last season Sampdoria ended up in 9th place in Serie A standings with 60 scored goals and 51 conceded goals which are not bad for an average team, but this season I'm afraid that Sampdoria will go down a few spots because they don't have the quality or depth as they did last season. Eusebio Di Francesco is a former Roma coach who had some great results with Roma and was signed by Sampdoria in June of this year. Eusebio is a good young coach who has a lot of potentials but unless Sampdoria's management doesn't bring new players to the team to stay competitive, there is not much that coach can do to get results. Sampdoria doesn't have their signature game style and it will take some time before they get into better form but I'm confident that Sampdoria will stay safely outside relegation zone but nowhere near European competitions.
Napoli hasn't lost any of their last 14 home games against Sampdoria while winning 12 of those 14 matches. Napoli is a much better team with much better players in every position and this could be the game with a lot of fun soccer and goal-scoring opportunities, but I'm giving the advantage to Napoli.