The start of the season was very promising for Sampdoria Genoa, one even temporarily found the top 3 of the table. In the meantime the Marco Giampaolo team is on the ground of reality, is currently on rank 13 of the table. Particularly bitter: Lastly, they had to pass through town rivals FC Genoa. Two defeats in the last two games against teams, which should be on the same level as Sampdoria. Last weekend, they had to bow to Chievo Verona with a 1: 2, before that there was the same result against the currently enormously strong Lazio Rome. Positive: The defeat against the capital club was only the second, which Sampdoria had to accept during this season in their own stadium. This fact should also hope for the duel with Udinese, because in front of the domestic backdrop, teams like Inter Milan (1: 0) or the current six from Bergamo (2: 1) have been defeated in 2016/2017. The Giampaolo elite must work on their defensive performance. 24 contenders in 17 games are simply too much to play. Offensive, Genoa have been very strong this season so far. Especially in the attack center you have with Muriel, Schick and Altstar Quagiarella three players, who are always good for a hit. As a result, Coach Giampaolo can also rely on a powerful substitute bank, which should be anything but a disadvantage on Thursday.
Udinese is currently the “team of the hour” in the Serie A. After the 14th day one was still at position 15 and ran even danger to be involved in the immediate relegation battle. But what followed then were three victories in the series and the leap up to rank 11. With another victory against Sampdoria you could even advance into the top 10 of the league before the winter break. Lastly, there was a confident 2-0 win against Crotone’s descent, and the Udine team was able to win close matches like the one against Bergamo (1: 0). These achievements are remarkable not least because of the fact that Udinese Calcio is a typical training club that has experienced important departures year after year, and a difficult year was predicted even before the 2016/2017 season. What is striking: While in previous eleven matches, at least one contender had to be accepted, the team of Luigi Delneri stayed in the last three games twice without a loss goal. Similar statistics could only be recorded at the start of the season when two of the first three games were won “To Zero”. Another advantage for Udinese. It is currently very solid, both abroad, as well as in front of domestic audience constantly polled. With Cyril Théréau, one of the few veterans of the squad is currently experiencing his X-th spring. The Frenchman beat Crotone in a double pack and is currently the best scorer of his team with eight goals and two assists in 10 games.
As mentioned above, Udinese is currently very solid, has also hardly any failures to record. On the other hand, everything for Sampdoria was anything but desired. However, the team from Genoa is considered very strong, so we expect that at least a draw will succeed. Our tip: Tip X.