Bologna vs Sampdoria by Enzo
It could be said that Bologna is having a decent start in the season, since the team took two victories out of four rounds, generally doing what was expected from them and that's two home victories so far. On the other side, nobody expected them to get something out of away matches against Torino and Napoli, since the team plays much better in front of own fans for years now.
In the most recent game, they suffered quite easy 3:1 defeat away to Napoli, even though the team looked competitive for the most of the game. However, individual quality difference is simply too big in the favor of Napoli and it's something that Bologna couldn't avoid and fight with. Team from Napoli took the lead in 14th minute with a goal from Callejon and remained better, but the visitors responded against the flow of the match at the start of the second halftime via Verdi. From that moment on, Napoli took the initiative again and secured the victory with two goals from Milik, leaving visitors without response, especially since they played with a man less when Krafth, right back, left the field with a red card nine minutes before the end.
Hosts should employ 4-3-3 formation with Verdi and Krejci on the wings, plus Destro as central striker. Right full back Emil Krafth (4/0) is suspended now and Torosidis should get that position. Forward Umar Sadiq and goalkeeper Alfred Gomis are both long term absentees without performing so far in the season, while they also miss goalkeeper Antonio Mirante (2/0). Mattia Destro should be back in attack after recovering from his physical problem.
Sampdoria, on the other side, suffered their first home defeat this season last Friday evening when they welcomed Milan and stood defeated 0:1. However, it needs to be said that the game was actually quite equal and that the hosts also had their goal chances, while the visitors simply looked a bit more concrete towards the end of the match and took the three pointer with a goal from Bacca in 85th minute.
Otherwise, the game itself could have been finished pretty differently on some other day. It was second consecutive defeat for Sampdoria, who also suffered 3:2 defeat away from home in previous round to Roma, conceding third goal from a penalty kick during additional time. Other than that, Sampdoria had victories over Empoli and Atalanta at the start, while we can't speak about downtrend of their form in next two matches, since the team had to play against Roma and Milan, teams that anyway belong to the top of the Italian football.
Visitors from Genoa are set to play in 4-3-1-2 formation with Quagliarella and Muriel as strikers, plus Praet as central offensive midfielder. Offensive midfielder Ricardo Alvarez (3/0) is suspended for this game, while injured remain midfielder Carlos Carbonero (who didn't perform so far) and right full back Jacopo Sala (4/0) and left back Daniel Pavlovic (3/0).
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Bologna's last 3 games (Serie A).
In my eyes, both teams are in a very good form at the moment and I expect the match to be much more attractive and interesting than what the bookies suggest. I definitely see both teams scoring here and will take the bet gladly with everything above 1.90 or so.