Bologna vs Sampdoria Prediction, Preview and Betting Tips
After striking some spectacular victories in the last round, both Bologna and Sampdoria will be keen to strengthen their Serie A positions on Saturday afternoon. The clash at the “Stadio Renato Dall’Ara” in Bologna is set to kick-off the round 14 schedule, in a time which is somehow untypical for the Italian Calcio. Find out more in a detailed match preview, prediction and more Serie A betting tips.
H2H History: Bologna vs Sampdoria
The last time Sampdoria found a path to conquer the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara was a 2:3 Coppa Italia thriller in August 2006, followed by three defeats and four draws. Their latest Serie A success there dates 14 years ago – a narrow victory from November 2003.
In the last two seasons both sides have won their home matches against each other. Their most recent meeting was on 12 February this year – Sampdoria made a full comeback to win 3:1, with all three goals scored in the period 82nd-88th minute. Blerim Dzemaili scored a first-half goal for guests from Bologna, while Luis Muriel, Patrick Schick and an own goal by Ibrahima M’baye formed the final score. It’s interesting to note that all scorers except M’baye are now playing for a different club.
Serie A: Bologna vs Sampdoria 25.11.2017
Bologna twice came from behind against Hellas Verona to win 3-2 on Monday night, with Mattia Destro scoring his first Serie A goal this season. Destro was the first one to equalize, whilst two African players Orji Okwonkwo and Godfred Donsah have brought the victory to Bologna. That win catapulted The Rossoblu into the top half of the table (10th), ending a dreadful form of four successive losses.
Former national team coach and AC Milan legend Roberto Donadoni has been in charge of The Greyhounds since 2015, and has led Bologna to two relatively comfortable finishes, and all signs indicate towards another trouble-free campaign.
What may be of some concern is their form at the Renato Dall’Ara, with only one home win throughout the season, that happened against a struggling newcomers SPAL. However, we shall underline that Bologna have already faced tough sides like Napoli, Inter and Lazio, and even won one point against Inter. On the other hand, The Rossoblu have also suffered some disappointments with the home defeats to Crotone, 2:3 in their last home match, as well as 0:3 to Cittadella (Serie B) in the early Coppa Italia rounds.
Guests from Genova have began the new Calcio campaign in stunning fashion, comfortably occupying the sixth position with a hidden ace in hand. That’s a postponed home match with AS Roma which can carry only positives, since no one had some particular preseason expectations towards The Blucerchiati.
Marco Giampaolo has deserved all the plaudits he has been receiving after improving the Blucerchiati’s performances, although they’ve lost some key players in the summer. The huge potential of this Genoese side was no more apparent than last weekend, when they were bullying Juventus, and were leading 3:0 before “The Old Lady” made the scoreline a bit more acceptable but yet frustrating with two late goals.
La Samp’s excellent results have been seriously influenced by their flawless home record. They have won all seven games at the “Stadio Luigi Ferraris”, including six Serie A games and one in the Coppa Italia. Besides, they have an “away win” at home, winning the “Derby della Lanterna” against city rivals Genoa right prior the devastating for Italian World Cup hopes international break.
Bologna vs Sampdoria Preview: Team News, Squads and Missing Players
Sampdoria head to Bologna with five wins in the last six Serie A rounds, three of them in the last three games. In fact, The Blucerchiati have scored 19 goals in these six games and are in good position to claim European football next year.
Fabio Quagliarella (7 goals, 4 assists) and Duvan Zapata (5 goals, 4 assists) are key to Sampdoria’s scoring form, but we should not underestimate a fabulous efficiency of their midfielders. Two Uruguayan midfielders, Lucas Torreira and Gaston Ramirez, look as sure starters here, but the bad news came with an injury of Belgian midfielder Dennis Praet. He was forced out (limping) to leave the pitch early against Juventus but his replacement Karol Linetty did very well and looks ready to replace him once more.
Bologna had one day less for recovery since they played on Monday night, but Roberto Donadoni is unlikely to make any changes to the side that won in Verona. Federico Di Francesco is out with a knee injury and the winger will be unavailable until New Year.
Bologna vs Sampdoria Prediction and Betting Tips
Marco Giampaolo’s men are on two points behind fifth-placed Lazio so a win here would boost them to the fifth position, at least for awhile.
In our opinion Sampdoria have all arguments to chase their first three points in Bologna since more than 14 years and they look really capable to record another positive result. Our betting prediction is backing the away team, but however, for extra insurance, we recommend betting on Sampdoria with the Asian Handicap 0 (Draw No Bet) on their side. You will get your money back if Sampdoria fails to win and game ends in a draw.
Betting Odds Movement
Matchday update: Odds on Sampdoria have jumped and this makes the potential winning even more tempting.
Possible Lineups of Bologna and Sampdoria
Venue: “Stadio Renato Dall’Ara”, Bologna.
Referee: Fabio Maresca.
Bologna FC 1909: Antonio Mirante – Emil Krafth, Giancarlo González, Filip Helander, Adam Masina – Godfred Donsah, Erick Pulgar, Andrea Poli – Simone Verdi, Mattia Destro, Rodrigo Palacio. (4-3-3)
UC Sampdoria: Emiliano Viviano – Ivan Strinic, Gianmarco Ferrari, Matías Silvestre, Bartosz Bereszynski – Edgar Barreto, Lucas Torreira, Karol Linetty – Gaston Ramirez – Duvan Zapata, Fabio Quagliarella. (4-3-1-2)