Serie A leaders Juventus will be aiming to extend their advantage at the top of the table to 12 points as they take on high-flying Sampdoria on Saturday.
Max Allegri’s men welcome their opponents to the Juventus Stadium having not lost a single game in the league so far this season. Despite that, they do come into the game having drawn their last game 2-2 against Atalanta. Now nine points clear at the top of the table, the reigning champions are at 1/12 with William Hill to lift the league title come the end of the campaign.
Elsewhere, Sampdoria are enjoying a positive campaign. Currently sitting fifth in the table and only two points of fourth-placed Lazio, European football could well be a realistic aim for Marco Giampaolo’s troops. They can be backed at 20/1 with Paddy Power to finish in the top four this season. Whilst Juventus do represent quite a challenge, their recent form does give Sampdoria reason for optimism. The team are undefeated in their last six league games and have also won their last four. They have not won four consecutive Serie A matches since March 2015.
Of the last ten league matches between Juventus and Sampdoria, the former have ran out winners on eight occasions. As a matter of fact, Sampdoria have not won away to Juventus since 2013. This could explain then why they are 17/1 underdogs with BetVictor to claim all three points. Meanwhile, Juventus are available at 2/9 to run out winners. In half of those past games, both teams have found themselves on the scoresheet. Both teams to score is at 6/5 with William Hill.
The only way in which this eventuality will occur however is goals, and that could quite come to fruition considering the players on show throughout the game. Of course, Cristiano Ronaldo, who has already scored 12 league goals this season is one of the favourites to open the scoring. The Portuguese can be backed at 5/2. One man who Juventus supporters will not need to be introduced to is Fabio Quagliarella. The ex-Italian international made 102 appearances for the Old Lady, and at the age of 35, is enjoying a renaissance. He has already scored 11 goals this season and is at 10/1 to open the scoring against his former side with the first goal of the game.
The hosts have a few considerable absentees ahead of the game. Blaise Matuidi could be restricted to the sidelines with a fever, whilst Joao Cancelo is also a major doubt with a knee injury. Andrea Barzagli and Federico Bernardeschi are also ruled out. Regarding Sampdoria, Edgar Barreto and Vasco Regini will not feature.