Sampdoria vs Frosinone


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Today’s free tip is in the Serie A encounter between Sampdoria and Frosinone in Genoa.

At this moment in time, Sampdoria looks good. With only one win in five games, you could be forgiven for scoffing at that comment but it’s perfectly true. Sampdoria has had hard games of late, including Juventus away, SSC Napoli away, and in-form ACF Fiorentina away, not to mention AC Milan at home. Other than at San Paolo last time out, I think Giampaolo’s men have given good accounts of themselves in each of those games but, as you’d expect, Sampdoria simply isn’t on the level of such sides.

However, if they continue to play the way they have been then beating Frosinone should not be a complication. Sampdoria has a fine blend of what it takes to win games in Serie A in the sense that they possess creative players, good goal-scorers, and a lot of hard-working individuals. I can’t say that I trust their defence completely because they don’t do a lot to inspire confidence there. When it comes to breaking teams down and finding the net, though, Sampdoria excel.

Lately, Sampdoria has added proven poacher Gabbiadini to their ranks. I think that’s a smart move for them as they’re the kind of club that likes to sign players and sell them on for profit, and Gabbiadini definitely has more to offer than he’s shown at Southampton in recent times. His arrival should give classy Quagliarella more room to drift, which is what he’s very good at, and with the skill of Defrel in the mixer too, Sampdoria should not struggle for goals. I like the energy, industry, and good passing of their midfielders, specifically Praet, Ramirez, and Linetty. They’ve also got a good controller in Ekdal, a wildly lunging “defensive” midfielder in Barreto, and good wide threats in Jankto and Saponara if required. Bluntly put, there aren’t many teams in Serie A that will be able to keep Sampdoria out, and Frosinone should not be able to prove otherwise today.

The visitors have done well since getting promoted though, all things considered. This is an extremely limited squad of players so the fact they rallied after a dismal start and picked up some decent points from October to December was impressive. However, at the very core, Frosinone is not good enough to stay up, and I’ve not seen enough good transfer activity from them last month to suggest that they can turn the tide. I can’t fault their work-rate but if they’re not scoring goals, they’re not going to win games.

Now, Sampdoria sometimes piss about in their back four, which can give Frosinone opportunities. They don’t have a clinical striker, though, no matter how impressive the potential of Pinamonti is. I don’t see anywhere near enough natural creativity in their midfield either so it’s more than just one problem that faces Frosinone. Last season, Paganini played a big role for Frosinone in terms of creativity but he’s been out all season long, which doesn’t help. I do like the cohesion and tenacity in this squad but there’s nothing else there for Serie A teams to worry about, which is why I think Sampdoria will ultimately outscore their opponents today.

To me, it makes sense to back Sampdoria to beat the -1 Asian Handicap.

Verdict: Sampdoria to beat the -1 Asian Handicap at 22/25.

Sunday’s Thoughts

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Argentinian Superliga:

Godoy Cruz de Mendoza vs San Martin de Tucuman
Newell’s Old Boys vs Rosario Central
Defensa y Justicia vs Argentinos Juniors
River Plate vs Racing Club Avellaneda
Belgrano de Cordoba vs Boca Juniors

Australian A-League:

Melbourne Victory vs Perth Glory

Belgian Eerste Klasse:

Cercle Brugge vs Club Brugge
RSC Anderlecht vs Zulte-Waregem
AA Gent vs Royal Excel Mouscron

Croatian Prva Liga:

Inter Zapresic vs Rijeka
Hajduk Split vs Lokomotiva Zagreb

Czech Republic HET Liga:

Sparta Prague vs Bohemians 1905

Danish Superligaen:

Hobro vs AC Horsens
Aalborg BK vs Randers
FC Nordsjaelland vs Brondby
FC Copenhagen vs OB Odense

English Premier League:

Tottenham Hotspur vs Leicester City
Manchester City vs Chelsea

Finnish Suomen Cup:

MyPa vs MuSa
IFK Mariehamn vs FC Lahti

French Ligue 1:

Montpellier HSC vs AS Monaco
Stade Rennais vs AS Saint-Etienne
OGC Nice vs Olympique Lyonnais
Nantes Atlantique vs Nimes Olympique
En Avant Guingamp vs Lille OSC
Toulouse vs Stade de Reims

German Bundesliga:

Werder Bremen vs Augsburg
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs VfB Stuttgart

German Bundesliga 2:

Darmstadt 98 vs Heidenheim
Erzgebirge Aue vs Ingolstadt
Magdeburg vs Holstein Kiel

Israeli Ligat Ha’al:

Hapoel Hadera vs Bnei Yehuda Tel-Aviv
Beitar Jerusalem vs Maccabi Haifa

Italian Serie A:

Bologna vs Genoa
Sampdoria vs Frosinone
Atalanta Bergamo vs SPAL
Torino vs Udinese
Sassuolo vs Juventus
AC Milan vs Cagliari

Italian Serie B:

Livorno vs Cosenza
Foggia vs Pescara
Hellas Verona vs Crotone

Dutch Eredivisie:

Fortuna Sittard vs Excelsior Rotterdam
Groningen vs Vitesse Arnhem
FC Emmen vs ADO Den Haag
FC Utrecht vs PSV Eindhoven

Portuguese Liga 1:

Sporting Braga vs Chaves
Boavista vs Santa Clara
SL Benfica vs CD Nacional de Madeira
Feirense vs Sporting Clube de Portugal

Portuguese Liga 2:

Estoril vs Cova de Piedade
Pacos de Ferreira vs Varzim
UD Oliveirense vs Mafra
Arouca vs Famalicao

Spanish Primera Liga:

Leganes CF vs Real Betis Balompie
Valencia CF vs Real Sociedad
Sevilla CF vs Eibar
Athletic Club vs Barcelona CF

Swiss Super League:

Neuchatel Xamax vs Luzern
Sion vs Lugano
Thun vs Young Boys Bern

Swiss Challenge League:

Chiasso vs Servette
FC Wil vs FC Schaffhausen

Turkish Super Lig:

Konyaspor vs Yeni Malatyaspor
Goztepe vs Alanyaspor
Galatasaray vs Trabzonspor

Enjoy your free betting tips!