Sampdoria are on a two-game losing streak which has put an end to a good streak they had that allowed them to enter the top half of the table. They will be content with how things have gone in the first half of the season but may want to achieve more in the remainder of the season.
Udinese are just two points ahead but they have won three consecutive games. They more or less have the same targets as their rivals, so this is one of those games that can shape the middle of the table.
Expect a balanced match, possibly with some tactical changes in order to experiment for the second half of the season. Playing at home could help Sampdoria find their best form back and stop Udinese’s run.
Sampdoria – Patrik Schick keeps scoring and should be rewarded with a starting spot alongside Luis Muriel.
Fabio Quagliarella will be the one making room for the young Czech forward. Naijabet.com
Udinese – Danilo will be back available after serving his one-game suspension, so no doubt he will play here.
Emmanuel Badu seems to have lost the starting spot he had at the beginning of the season, but he might start in order to help with the rotation.
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Udinese have won their last 3 matches in Serie A.
Sampdoria are undefeated in 12 of their last 13 home matches against Udinese in all competitions.
Sampdoria have scored at least 2 goals in 5 of their last 6 matches against Udinese in all competitions.