Sampdoria will be playing hosts to Napoli for their 22nd fixture in Serie A as both clubs have been made to struggle in the recent games. From the last five games, Gennaro Gattuso’s Napoli unit has won two and lost three in the process. Their most recent result, however, was a 2-1 win over the mighty Juventus. Napoli is 11th in the Italian league with 27 points. Sampdoria, on the other end, has won just the one game from their previous five league fixtures and are 16th in the league with 20 points on board.
Date- Tuesday, February 4
Kick-Off- 1:15 AM (IST)
Venue- Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris
Julian Chabot should be back from suspension and will be in line to start ahead of the booked Bartosz Bereszynski. Meanwhile, Nicola Murri and Ronaldo Vieira could also be moved into the starting lineup after being on the bench last week. Having said that, Gabbiadini and Quaglierella should be the front two. Linetty, Vieira, Thorsby and Ramirez are likely to feature in midfield.
Gattuso should persist with a similar eleven that squared off in the 2-1 win over Juventus lately. Hysaj, Manolas, Lorenzo and Rui would be starting in as the back four, while Ruiz, Demme and Zielinski should continue at midfield. Callejon, Milik and Insigne would be the ideal front three for the visitors. Allan, Alex Meret, Dries Mertes, Nikola Maksimovic, Koulibaly and Ghoulam are out injured for Napoli.
SAM (Expected Playing 11)- Audero; Murru, Tonelli, Colley, Chabot; Linetty, Vieira, Thorsby, Ramirez; Gabbiadini, Quagliarella
NAP (Expected Playing 11)- Ospina; Hysaj, Manolas, Lorenzo, Rui; Ruiz, Demme, Zielinski; Callejon, Milik, Insigne
Manoli Gabbiadini could be pivotal on the attack for Sampdoria. Gabbiadini has four goals, an assist and a pass accuracy of 68% from 1091 minutes in Serie A this season.
Arkadiusz Milik has been a real asset in the forward line and has seven goals along with a pass accuracy of 85.4% from 12 appearances this season for Napoli.
Gaston Ramirez can also pack a punch for Sampdoria from the midfield position. Ramirez has three goals, an assist and a pass accuracy of 81.6% from 673 minutes this season.
Lorenzo Insigne can be a threat from Napoli’s end. The 28-year-old has four goals, four assists and a pass accuracy of 84.7% from 20 appearances.
Napoli has won seven of their last nine games against Sampdoria in all competitions.
This could turn out to be a tight affair, but Napoli might just nick a vital win here.
Goalkeeper- E Audero
Defenders- G D Lorenzo, M Rui, N Murru
Midfielders- H Lozano, P Zielenski, J Callejon, M Thorsby
Forwards- A Milik (C), L Insigne (VC), M Gabbiadini
Goalkeeper- E Audero
Defenders- G D Lorenzo, K Manolas, O Colley
Midfielders- H Lozano, P Zielenski, J Callejon (C), M Thorsby
Forwards- A Milik (VC), L Insigne, F Quagliarella
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