Our prediction for this Serie B match:
Stadio Luigi Ferraris will be the centre of attention when Sampdoria and Cittadella go head to head in the Serie B round 5. La Samp are on a quest to secure a quick return to the Serie A, but they made a slow start to the season. The hosts are eyeing their only second win of the process and we are positive that they will adopt an attack-oriented strategy in Monday’s encounter. Both Alex Ferrari and Leonardo Benedetti are sidelined with injuries, while talented Spain midfielder Gerard Yepes is pushing for a start.
La Citta, on the other hand, have been having their ups and downs at the start of the season, with the team producing much better showings at home than on the travels. Since over the years Sampdoria have turned their stadion into a real fortress, home win should be considered. There are no fresh injury worries in the away team ahead of the trip to Genoa.
Highlighted Player (Fabio Borini):
Fabio Borini is an Italian football player who was born on 29 March, 1991. Borini plays as a striker, but he is capable of playing as a winger as well. The Italian footballer began his professional career at Chelsea, but he made no more than four appearances for the capital club.
On 9 July 2012 Fabio Borini completed a transfer to Liverpool, but he had a pretty disappointing start to his career at Anfield, scoring just two goals in 25 appearances for the club. The Italian striker spent the 2013/2014 season on loan at Sunderland and he scored seven goals in 32 appearances for the Stadium of Light outfit. As a result, he signed a permanent deal with the Black Cats in August 2015.
Speaking of his international career, Borini made his Italy debut on 26 February, 2012 in a friendly with USA. He made Italy Euro 2012 squad as well, but he did not come off the bench at the tournament finals.
Highlighted Team (Sampdoria):
Sampdoria is an Italian football club from Genoa which is currently playing in the highest Italian football division: the Serie A. The club colours of Sampdoria are blue and white and is known under the nickname Blucerchiati. Sampdoria host it’s home games in the Stadio Luigi Ferraris which is located in Genua. Interesting detail is that their biggest city rival Genoa is playing their home games in Stadio Luigi Ferraris as well.
In the past Sampdoria was playing in the Serie B and Serie A on and off. After the big successes in the end of the eighties the club became a stable team in the Serie A. Sampdoria managed to win the Scudetto once in 1991, the Coppa Italia 4 times in 1985, 1988, 1989 and 1994 and the Europe Cup II in 1990.
There are a lot of important players in football history that played for Sampdoria such as: Seedorf, Gullit, Mancini, Poli, Vieri, Zenga, Falcone, Karembeu, Vialli, Klinsmann and Veron.