Sampdoria vs. Bologna 6/28/20 Serie A Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Sampdoria 7-5-15, Bologna 9-7-11
6/28/20 1:30 pm
Over 2.5 (-110), Under 2.5 (-110)
Sampdoria is hosting Bologna at Luigi Ferraris in part of round 28 in Italian Serie A.
Sampdoria isn’t playing well since the restart, and they lost both of their games, both on the road. The good news for Sampdoria is that they have scored a goal in both of those games. With 26 points, Sampdoria is in 16th place and they are only 1 point outside the relegation zone. Tough times are coming for Sampdoria if they don’t win their next game. Sampdoria has scored only 30 goals this season, while they conceded 48 goals. Quagliarella is the leading goal scorer for Sampdoria with 9 goals, while Gabbiadini added 7 gaols. Ferrari and Jankto are both injured, while Quagliarella is still questionable. In their most recent Serie A game against Roma a few days ago, Sampdoria has had only 39% of ball possession, 9 shots on target, 8 corner kicks, and 81% of the correct passes. Sampdoria had the lead at the half-time, but they lost focus in the second half and in the end, Sampdoria has lost this game 2-1. Sampdoria isn’t a particularly good team and we can see that in their game, but the good news for them is that their next three games are on the easier side, and two of those three are at home, which means that Sampdoria could get some points if they elevate their game just a bit.
Bologna hasn’t won any of their last 4 games, including the one against Juventus from last week. Bologna was solid in that game with 47% of ball possession, 8 corner kicks, 82% of the correct passes, but only 1 shot on goal, which wasn’t enough to go through Juventus’ defense. Bologna ended up losing this match 0-2. Overall, Bologna is having a decent season where they are safely outside the relegation zone, in 11th place with 34 points, 38 scored goals, and 44 conceded goals. Right where they are now, that’s the sweet spot for Bologna because they don’t have the quality to get any higher, especially the Europa League, but Bologna is good enough to stay outside the relegation zone and to secure their Serie A spot for next season. Orsolini has score 7 goals and added 4 assists for Bologna so far, while Palacio added 6 goals. Santander and Olsen are both injured and will not be playing in this game. There is a lot in Bologna that doesn’t work, but they have proved this season by beating some of the bigger teams that they can surprise and that they deserve to be in Serie A. who knows, maybe next season, with a few more additions to the team, Bologna will be closer to the Europa League.
The home team has dominated this series, while Sampdoria hasn’t lost to Bologna at home in their last 12 games. Bologna hasn’t won any of their last 4 games. As I’ve said, Bologna was known to surprise this season, but I will still side with the home team in this match because Sampdoria needs this win more.