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  • May 18, 2013
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, Genova
  • Referee: A. Gervasoni
  • • Attendance: 23000
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Sampdoria-Juventus Preview: Bianconeri seek final day revenge

Sampdoria-Juventus Preview: Bianconeri seek final day revenge

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The Blucerchiati stunned Sunday's hosts back in January and the Serie A champions may just want to bring the curtain down on the campaign by setting the record straight


Juventus have already been crowned champions and Sampdoria are safe from a final day relegation battle - which should surely mean nothing more than a pedestrian-paced dead rubber on Sunday.

But the Bianconeri were stung by their hosts this weekend back in January, going down 2-1 at Juventus Stadium thanks to Mauro Icardi's double, and that may add spice to this final day encounter.

Antonio Conte is likely to name a strong side but will again be without Nicklas Bendtner, Kwadwo Asamoah, Andrea Barzagli and Simone Pepe.

Sampdoria have enjoyed a solid first season back in Serie A and, though they are without Andrea Costa, Jonathan Rossini and Nenad Krsticic through injury, as well as the suspended Renan, they will hope to finish the campaign by ruffling Juve's feathers for a second time.

   DID YOU KNOW?
  • Juventus have firmly sealed their status as Serie A's finest side with a second imperious campaign on the bounce & they go into Sunday's game nine points clear at the top.

  • The Bianconeri have achieved their domestic dominance without a prolific centre forward. Mirko Vucinic is the club's top scorer this season with 10 goals.
  • The first fixture between these two sides saw Sampdoria stun Juventus 2-1 back in January, with Mauro Icardi scoring twice.
  • Sampdoria were promoted from Serie B last season and can finish as high as their current 15th position.
  • Icardi is the club's top goalscorer with nine strikes to his name - with his efforts reportedly catching the eye of Inter.
  • Samp coach Delio Rossi replaced Ciro Ferrara as coach in December.

Players to watch

M. Icardi

Position: Attacker

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He scored twice against Juventus earlier this season and is Sampdoria's top goalscorer with nine goals. Without his input they could well be in the relegation places and with his form reportedly interesting Inter, the club may have a battle on their hands to keep hold of him during the summer.

A. Matri

Position: Attacker

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Each passing day sees Juventus linked with a move for a new striker in the press and with attacking reinforcements a certainty over the summer, Matri will be desperate to impress in the final game of the season as he bids to remain a part of the Antonio Conte's plans for next season.

Editor's Prediction

The game is effectively a dead rubber, but with several Juventus players being given the opportunity to impress by Antonio Conte, expect the Bianconeri to record a reverse of the scoreline when the two teams met back in January.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Sampdoria

Juventus

Wins
2
1
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

UC Sampdoria SAM
UC Sampdoria Sampdoria
Draw
Juventus FC JUV
Juventus FC Juventus
18%
76%

Top 3 Predictions

UC Sampdoria SAM
0 - 2
Juventus FC JUV
UC Sampdoria SAM
0 - 3
Juventus FC JUV
UC Sampdoria SAM
1 - 2
Juventus FC JUV

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