Fiorentina vs. Sampdoria – Serie A, October 2, 2020

By Admir Aljic in Soccer
| October 1, 2020 7:17 am PDT

The 2020-21 Italian Serie A season goes on with Matchday 3 encounters over the weekend, and Fiorentina hosts Sampdoria in the opening clash Friday, October 2. 

It’s always nice to see these two foes take on each other. Fiorentina and Sampdoria are well-respected names in Italian soccer, and their head-to-head duels are almost always a joy to watch.

Therefore, I’m bringing you the best Fiorentina vs. Sampdoria betting pick for Friday afternoon’s showdown at Stadio Artemio Franchi in Florence.

Fiorentina vs. Sampdoria Odds

BET ODDS
BTTS YES -141
BTTS NO +113
Fiorentina to Win -130
Sampdoria to Win +385
Draw +300
Over 2.5 -135
Under 2.5 +120

Sampdoria opened the season with a couple of losses, so the bookies might have underestimated the visitors, setting -130 odds on Fiorentina to win. Still, La Samp is winless in four straight meetings with Fiorentina, earning just two draws in the process.

Last season, Fiorentina beat Sampdoria 2-1 at home and 5-1 on the road in Genoa.

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Fiorentina has four points on its tally after the first two rounds of the 2020-21 Serie A season. The Violets beat Torino 1-0 at home in the opener, and it was a way easier job than the outcome shows.

They took 17 shots towards Torino’s goalie while allowing just six in a return, and the Violets looked sharp in the final third, creating some solid scoring opportunities.

Fiorentina played well last week, too, but the Violets suffered a painful 4-3 loss at Inter, blowing a 3-2 lead with just three minutes left in the second half.

On the other side, Sampdoria lost 3-0 at Juventus in the opening week, but it was an expected result, as the reigning champs are a much better team than any other side in Serie A.

Last week, La Samp lost to Benevento 3-2 as a -130 home fave despite having a two-goal lead after just 18 minutes of play in the first half. The visitors cut the deficit until the break and completed a stunning comeback in the second half.

It was a disappointing performance, as La Samp took only five shots towards Benevento’s keeper while yielding 11 in a return. Furthermore, Sampdoria had the ball in possession for just 43 percent of the time.

Fiorentina vs. Sampdoria Pick

As you can notice, both Fiorentina and Sampdoria lost in the previous round in a bizarre fashion. It would be interesting to see who’ll manage to bounce back in this one.

Anyway, both teams should be keen to make amends, so I expect to see a free-flowing clash with both teams trying to take advantage of any given opportunity. Therefore, I’m going with both teams to score at -141 odds.

Fiorentina played well at the back against Torino, but it all fell apart against a much stronger Inter team. Sampdoria possesses enough firepower to create a few excellent scoring chances, but the visitors’ defense has been shaky over the first two weeks.

Interestingly, the last 10 meetings between Fiorentina and Sampdoria produced some goals on both sides. The Violets have won two of their last six home encounters with La Samp along with three draws and a loss, and BTTS hit on all six occasions.

Fiorentina has allowed only one goal in the last five outings at home, and I don’t think that’s sustainable.

Pick
  • Both Teams to Score YES
    -141

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