Sampdoria v Atalanta – Stadio Luigi Ferraris at 14:00 GMT
Sampdoria secured back-to-back Serie A wins for the first time in 2019 as they claimed a 2-1 triumph at struggling SPAL last weekend. Veteran Fabio Quagliarella scored two splendid goals and hit the woodwork twice as the Blucerchiati enhanced their excellent record against the lesser lights.
Marco Giampaolo’s men have now W9-D5-L2 when taking on teams below them in the standings, collecting 31 points from a potential 39 against the bottom-eight teams in the division. However, Samp were fortunate to get the rub of the green with Spal seeing a goal disallowed by VAR in controversial circumstances.
Nevertheless, Sampdoria boss Giampaolo was delighted with his team’s efforts, paying particular homage to his midfield considering the side came into the clash without Gianluca Caprari, Gaston Ramirez and Edgar Barreto. The result means the Blucerchiati have now failed to score just twice since mid-October.
Back at the Marassi on Sunday, Samp will be confident of getting amongst the goals again with their track record difficult to ignore. Since Giampaolo arrived from Empoli, the hosts have notched at least twice in 26/50 (52%) Serie A fixtures here, including in 17 of 22 ties against top-half teams.
Goals on the agenda
Indeed, Marassi matches involving Sampdoria have tended to be enjoyable affairs over the past few campaigns with 13 of those 22 aforementioned games featuring both sides scoring and 12 breaking the Over 2.5 Goals barrier. And there’s plenty of scope for a repeat with Over 2.5 Goals appealing at 1.77.
Sampdoria have crossed the Over 2.5 Goals whitewash in 12 of their last 17 league outings, whilst visitors Atalanta have followed suit in 15 of their previous 18 Serie A contests dating back to the end of October’s international break. The visitors have scored at least twice in eight of 13 road trips but also shipped two goals or more in eight of the same 13 away days.
La Dea’s games as guests are averaging a bulbous 4.00 goals per-game with only four falling below the 2.5 goals line, but eight featuring Over 3.5 Goals, suggesting the odds on a game involving three or more goals appear a little too big to ignore on Sunday afternoon.
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 2.50 goals at 1.770
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