Football betting preview - Fiorentina v Sampdoria

Chris Bell - 03-Apr-2015

Chris Bell from gives his thoughts on Fiorentina v Sampdoria in Serie A this weekend. Fiorentina will be looking to finish the season with a flourish and secure champions league football.

Vincenzo Montella's men have performed well this season. Currently sat sixth in Seria A the team have been one of the most exciting and dynamic sides in the league all season. Unbeaten in four in all competitions and flying in the Europa League, La Viola will be looking for success on all fronts and will believe they have the quality and durability to achieve their goals. Fiorentina are on a seven game unbeaten run at home and it is clear that Sampdoria will have their work cut out in trying to bring that to an end.

Sampdoria have arguably been the surprise package of Seria A this season. After a few season spent in Italy's footballing wilderness the sleeping giants have awoke and look to be making up for lost time. Fourth in the league and only five points off second, they will believe that if they can get a few good results under their belt anything is possible. Recent form has been particularly superb with the side winning all four of their last four matches. Perhaps even more telling is that the team scored seven and only conceded one goal during that entire period. This game is a make or break clash for both teams and will almost certainly play a huge part in the chase for the Champions League.

Ilicic will miss the match for Fiorentina through suspension and will be joined on the sidelines by Rossi and Lupatellie. However, both Savic and Pasquale could both return to the side for Montella's men. Sampdoria are waiting on late fitness test and it is uncertain as to whether Okaka, Rizzo and Munoz will be fit enough to make the match. One thing is for sure, with so much at stake anybody with half a chance of being fit will be desperate to play.

I do not think this will be the game to separate these two sides and reckon we will see a tightly contested score draw. My first betting tip would be to back over 2.5 goals and draw at both half time and full time. If you fancy going for a goalscorer then back Mo Salah who has been on fire since his loan move from Chelsea. 


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