Sampdoria welcome Italian giants Juventus to the Luigi Ferraris for a Serie A meeting on Monday night.
Marco Giampaolo has been afforded precious little financial backing in a bid to improve upon last season’s 15th-placed finish – only Lecce have spent less during the summer window. The penny-pinchers fell to defeat against Atalanta on the opening weekend of the campaign.
Juventus, by comparison, have been Serie A’s biggest spenders – although departures have financed their acquisitions. The new-look Bianconeri overcame a groggy start to defeat Sassuolo 3-0 at the Allianz Stadium last Monday.
Here’s everything you need to know about the meeting between this contrasting pair.
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H2H Results (Last Five Games)
Sampdoria: 0 Wins
Juventus: 5 Wins
Current Form (Last Five Games)
Sampdoria team news
The one-time Italy international Andrea Conti continues to struggle with a knee injury that is expected to keep him out until mid-September.
20-year-old midfielder Simone Trimboli has been placed on a similar timescale after fracturing his left collarbone in July. The luckless youngster had been skirting around the fringes of the first-team squad before picking up a similar injury on his left side at the end of last season.
Sampdoria Starting 11: Audero; Bereszynski, Ferrari, Colley, Augello; Vieira; Leris, Rincon, Sabiri, Duricic; Caputo
Bench: Ravaglia, Villar, Verre, De Luca, Depaoli, Murillo, Gabbiadini, Quagliarella, Yepes
Juventus team news
An hour into a dream debut in front of his new adoring public, Angel Di Maria pulled up against Sassuolo with a mild groin strain. The Argentine forward provided a goal and an assist but won’t feature in the coming weeks.
Fellow new recruit Paul Pogba is inching closer to a second debut for the club but is unlikely to be available as soon as Monday. Both Arthur and Marley Ake are out with ankle problems while first-choice goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny remains a doubt.
Massimiliano Allegri admitted Federico Chiesa won’t be in peak condition until January while Kaio Jorge is still nursing a tendon injury.
Juventus Starting 11: Perin; Danilo, Bremer, Bonucci, Sandro; McKennie, Zakaria, Locatelli; Cuadrado, Vlahovic, Kostic
Bench: Pinsoglio, Gatti, Rugani, De Sciglio, Rovella, Fagioli, Miretti, Soule, De Graca
While Ademola Lookman’s stoppage time second put an extra seal on the victory for Atalanta, Sampdoria managed to outshoot their famously prolific opponents last weekend.
The buoyant pre-match mood conjured in Turin last Monday was quickly deflated by a painfully familiar and laborious approach from the hosts. Sassuolo’s burgeoning momentum was only halted by the first-half drinks break; after which, Juve scored with their first shot of the match.
While there is no guarantee Juve – stripped of Di Maria – will light up the Ferraris with a sparkling performance, the Bianconeri are favourites to extend their winning streak against Samp to seven straight matches.
Prediction: Sampdoria 1-2 Juventus