Football Predictions shows the Serie A clash on Sunday between Sampdoria and Cagliari, including hunches, preview and possible lineups.
Sampdoria host Cagliari on Sunday night and look to return to winning ways after not having won any of the last three Serie A matches.
Meanwhile, the visitors won their first two games with the new coach Leonardo Semplici in charge and hopes to win the second victory of the season against I Blucerchiati this weekend.
Despite having won just one victory in the last six Serie A matches, Sampdoria has spent the last seven weeks in 10th place.
The 1-1 draw at Derby della Lanterna against rival Genoa on Wednesday prevented I Blucerchiati from losing three consecutive league matches, with Lorenzo Tonelli scoring a late draw.
Sampdoria is eight points better than at that stage last season and with 11 points separating it from the last three, Claudio RanieriThe team must be confident that it can avoid any potential relegation battle.
Sunday’s hosts have won five of their last six home games in the first division against Cagliari, although the Islanders won at the start of the season, winning 2-0 in November.
After an inconsistent campaign so far, Ranieri hopes that his team will get a positive streak so that it places them above their current position in the league, where they haven’t ended a campaign in the league since 2014-15, when they reached the top seven.
The win against Cagliari this weekend would be Sampdoria’s sixth league win at Luigi Ferraris Stadium this season and Ranieri’s 20th Serie A victory at the helm of I Blucerchiati.
Cagliari’s hopes of survival received a huge boost last week, guaranteeing successive league wins for the first time since October, when a 2-0 win over Crotone was followed by a 1-0 home win against Bologna , on Wednesday.
The new coach Leonardo Semplici had an instant impact since the replacement Eusebio Di Francesco just under two weeks ago, with the Islanders looking more defensively organized and a greater threat in the attack.
Cagliari’s fifth midweek victory of the season has pushed the team out of the relegation zone for the first time in six weeks and is now just one place and one point above Torino, who have two games less.
After winning two of the last three league games against Sampdoria, including winning the November game, Semplici’s team can travel to northern Italy with the confidence that they can continue their winning streak and move further away from danger .
The Sardinian side, however, have won just three times on the road since early 2020 and defeated Sampdoria for the last time on their own turf in October 2012.
With their third consecutive Serie A victory for the first time since November 2019, Cagliari could be one point behind Spezia, Benevento and Fiorentina, with games against the three teams yet to come this season.
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Sampdoria still without striker Ernesto Torregrossa, who is taking care of a calf injury, while the lateral Mikkel Damsgaard and midfielder Morten Thorsby they are both doubts after suffering from a fever.
38-year-old striker and best scorer Fabio Quagliarella is set to lead the line once again with Keita Bucket it will probably appear next to him in a two-man attack.
For Cagliari, midfielder Marko Rog (anterior cruciate ligament) and wing Riccardo Sottil (thigh) remain absent for a long time, while both Giovanni Simeone and Daniele Rugani he has bruises on his thighs and is in doubt for Sunday’s game.
Charalampos Lykogiannis is back from a game suspension and should start as a left-back, who is likely to see Nahitan Nandez return to a more familiar role in midfield, after aligning on the left flank in the middle of the week.
Possible initial lineup of Sampdoria:
Audero; Bereszynski, Tonelli, Colley, Augello; Candreva, Silva, Ekdal, Jankto; Keita, Quagliarella
Possible initial line-up for Cagliari:
Cragno; Zappa, Godin, Klavan, Lykogiannis; Marin; Nandez, Duncan; Nainggolan; Pedro, Simeone
Probability: Sampdoria 1-1 Cagliari
Three of Sampdoria’s five Serie A home wins have been against teams in the bottom half of the table this season, and the home team will look for chances to score three points against another struggling team on Sunday.
However, the improvement in form of the Cagliari in the last week has made them believe that they can survive the fall and guarantee more points on this weekend’s trips.
With little difference between the two teams, a tie could be scored at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium.
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