Serie A Match Preview: Sampdoria vs. Bologna

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Updated: January 22, 2014
Rolando Bianchi

Match Date: 26 January 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Comunale Luigi Ferraris

 

Sampdoria

Currently in their highest position this season (at number 13), Sampdoria have created some impressive stunts in their last few matches, especially at home. Of their eight most recent fixtures, only two went into upsets while the rest of the face-offs were good sources of points. The side were very successful at thrashing Catania, Chievo, and Udinese—all of which were beaten via clean sheets. Tight scoring were bagged when i Blucerchiati clashed against Lazio, Inter, and Parma.

 

While they may be improving, Sampdoria are yet to display a truly significant feat this season. Their meeting with top contenders Juventus was a proof that they are still inferior to perennial superpowers, but it was also an indication of a strong zeal to retaliate as the side brought home two goals out of the six goals netted in the tourney.

 

Bologna

Bologna have been sharing points with their opponents in their last two matches, which is quite more acceptable when compared to their loss (to Catania 2-0) at the back of this two-match streak. Rolando Bianchi scored two of the side’s only three goals from their five most recent tourneys, and he will remain a staple for the squad who are now out of the relegation zone. Their current record stands at W3-D8-L9.

 

While I Rossoblù find comfort at playing with width and a consistent first eleven, they run scarce of skills when avoiding the offside and defending set pieces. Nevertheless, they could rely on their ability to steal the ball to earn scoring chances, which they may convert through an aerial display.

 

Football betting tip: Sampdoria and Bologna are characteristically similar, with both of them heavily exploitative of using long balls and playing aggressively. They have also been in the relegation zone at some points of their campaign this season. In this meeting, the sides could share the points via a medium-scoring draw.

 

Bologna’s Rolando Bianchi | Image source: noirossazzurri.it