Our prediction for this Serie A match:
Napoli will be aiming to build on a 3-1 win over Torino when they welcome Sampdoria at their Stadio San Paolo on Matchday 18. The Neapolitans returned to winning ways and thanks to the triumph over Sinisa Mihajlovic’s troops they climbed to top position in the Serie A standings. Maurizio Sarri’s men are eager to win their first Scudetto since 1990 and we predict they will go all guns blazing at Sampdoria. Marek Hamsik found the net in the 3-1 win over Il Toro and the Slovakia international will be the man to watch in the home team. La Samp, on the other hand, suffered a dip in form and seeing that they are on a four-game winless run in the Serie A, we predict the visitors will return to Genoa empty-handed. You should bear in mind that Napoli are eyeing their fourth consecutive win over Sampdoria in the Italian elite division.
Highlighted Player (Elseid Hysaj):
Born on 2nd February 1994, Elseid Hysaj is an Albanian defender who has spent his entire professional career in Italian Serie A and he is predicted a bright future in the game. Empoli scouts spotted his talent while he was playing for Shodra youth sides, and after three years in the youth team, the full-back was promoted to the first team set up. Hysaj performed really well in his first three years as a first team regular, helping the Azzurri gain promotion to the top fight in the process. One season in Serie A proved enough for the right-sided defender to secure a big club move as he joined Napoli in the summer of 2015 and immediately nailed down a regular starting berth. Capable of doing dirty defensive work as well as making forward runs, Hysaj is a modern full-back, who is destined for big things. The talented footballer is already a key member of the Albania national team and he will represent the country at the Euro 2016 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 Samdporia 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.