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Sassuolo vs Sampdoria Prediction & Match Preview
Sassuolo vs Sampdoria
Italian Serie A
Date: 4 January 2023, Wednesday
Kick-off at 11:30 UK / 12:30 CET
Venue: MAPEI Stadium – Citta del Tricolore (Reggio nell’Emilia).
Sampdoria will be hoping to turn a new page in 2023, following a subpar campaign they have had in the first half of the 2022/23 season.
Le Samp sit second from bottom in the Serie A table with just 6 points from the opening 15 outings of the campaign.
The biggest source of problems for them is the lack of attacking creativity and efficiency. Sampdoria have the worst offensive record in the competition by a mile with just 6 goals scored in 15 outings.
The team’s board made the managerial change by sacking Marco Giampaolo and hiring Dejan Stankovic in early-October.
However, the former Lazio and Inter Milan midfielder has failed to shift the team’s fortunes around as Le Samp did not improve their performances by a significant extent upon his arrival.
Sampdoria thus decided to choose easier rivals to face during the World Cup friendlies as they boosted confidence by beating Kazakhstan’s Kaisar and Italian lower-division side Ligorna 3-0 each in the previous two games.
It will be very interesting to see whether these wins will count for much on Wednesday evening when Stankovic’s troops take on Sassuolo in Gameweek No 16.
Claiming the spoils from Reggio nell’Emilia will represent quite a big challenge for Sampdoria if we know that Sassuolo have only lost two of seven league outings on the home patch so far in the season.
Sampdoria will desperately need a result here knowing they are in a very tough position down in the relegation scrap. We expect an intense battle at the center of the park without too many goal-scoring chances at either end on Wednesday.