Napoli will be looking for a fifth consecutive win in the Serie A when they make the trip to face Sampdoria on Thursday at 5:30pm (UK time).
Sampdoria finally managed to get their first victory of this new Serie A season at the weekend, as they won 3-0 on the road at Empoli. It has to be said that Sampdoria played well in the first three rounds despite collecting just two points. They lost narrowly against AC Milan in the opening round, then registered back-to-back draws against in-form teams in the shape of Sassuolo and Inter Milan. Sampdoria are without victory on home soil this season, but they have had to play against two teams from the last season’s top five and will now face Napoli, who also finished in top five.
On the contrary, Napoli have had a tremendous start to the 2021/22 Serie A season, having won their opening four matches. This is a promising start for a side that hasn’t won a Serie A title since 1990, when Diego Maradona guided them to the trophy. Napoli head into this clash on the back of a dominant 4-0 victory on the road at Udinese on Monday. That sent them top of Serie A with maximum points having scored 10 goals while conceding just two, though they have dropped to second owing to Inter Milan’s win on Tuesday. Away from home, Napoli are unbeaten in nine trips at the moment, winning eight.
Will Sampdoria secure their first home victory of this Serie A 2021/22 campaign? Or will Napoli grab a fifth consecutive win this season?
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Sampdoria and Napoli’s previous line-ups:
- Sampdoria (vs Empoli): Audero, Bereszynski, Yoshida, Colley, Augello; Candreva, Silva, Thorsby; Damsgaard; Quagliarella, Caputo.
- Napoli (vs Udinese): Ospina; Di Lorenzo, Koulibaly, Rrahmani, Rui; Anguissa, Ruiz, Elmas; Politano, Osimhen, Insigne.
Manolo Gabbiadini is the only missing player for Sampdoria due to a knee injury. Meanwhile, Napoli will be without five players for this match, with Diego Demme, Faouzi Ghoulam, Stanislav Lobotka, Alex Meret and Dries Mertens all sidelined.
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