Juventus vs Sampdoria Preview – No more dropping points

Those should be Max Allegri’s words today as he prepares his team to face a very good Sampdoria squad for tomorrows 12:30 match. It certainly seems the case that Max learned his lesson from the previous match as the team he announced most likely to play will have three changes.

Chiellini is set to be replaced by Rugani in the starting eleven giving him a badly needed rest as well as Miralem Pjanic and Cristiano Ronaldo taking up their rightful places in the squad. This will be a good test as Sampdoria is the leagues hottest team, having won 4 of the last 5 played and scoring 14 goals in the same stretch. They are playing a balanced football which is a mixture of clinical attacking and a good defence allowing them to be placed currently 5th in front of objectively stronger teams like Milan and Roma.

Leading the charge for the Genoa-based team is an ex-Juventus played in Fabio Quagliarella, who plays magnificently this season despite being 35 years of age. Juventus, on the other hand, will be highly motivated to finish the year with a win after dropping 2 points in Bergamo. Traditionally they don’t have problems with Sampdoria especially on their home ground, where they won the last three matches outscoring their opponents with 12:1.

Despite those stats, this game promises to be not a goal scoring one since this Sampdoria squad is the best they had in years and will certainly be a tough opponent for the Old Lady. I do believe the home team will win since they somehow always manage to pull out a positive result this season whether it be through Cristiano Ronaldo heroics or by simply outplaying their opponents. We most likely won’t see many goals but there will an undeniable tactical chess game between two very good managers.

Prediction: Juventus wins 1-0.