Sampdoria and Empoli meet at Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, in a match for the 36 th round of Serie A. la Sampdoria won by (2-4) the last time they met in this edition of the league, on 22-12 -2018. The history of direct confrontations played in this stadium is favorable to the home team, which in the last 3 matches won 1 and drew 2. But the last time these two teams played a match in this stadium, on 01-15-2017 , for the Serie A, the two teams tied by (0-0). Particular attention is required for the home / away condition, since both teams present significantly different results at home and abroad.
The home team is currently in the 9 th position of the league, with 49 points won, after 14 wins, 7 draws and 14 losses. In the penultimate match, they lost in a home match against Lazio, by (1-2). In the last match, they tied in an away match against Parma, by (3-3). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 4 wins, 4 draws and 7 losses in away matches; against 8 wins, 2 draws and 5 losses at their stadium. For the championship, Sampdoria won 18 points out of 30 possible, after 6 wins and 4 losses in the last 10 home matches. In their home league matches the most frequent result at half-time was the 0-0 (7 out of 17 matches). The team has conceded goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, so they have not displayed great defensive solidity, but their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 35 matches in the competition, they suffered the first goal 19 times and only managed 2 comebacks.
The Sampdoria comes to this game with a draw, 3-3, in the displacement to Parma, registering in this way the third consecutive game without beating in this competition: the goals of the team were scored by Quagliarella (2) and Defrel . We remember that the home team is in a very quiet position in the qualifying table. Normally the trainer Marco Giampaolo makes to align to his players in a 4-4-2, benefitting the maintenance of the possession of ball and the organized attacks: Defrel is the great person in charge to organize and to create the offensive process. However, the veteran Quagliarella is the best score of the team, with 25 goals scored. For this game the coach can not count on Omar Colley, suspended, besides Andersen, injured.
After 8 wins, 8 draws and 19 losses, the away team is currently in the 18 th position of the league, with 32 points won. In the penultimate match, they lost in an away match against Bologna, by (3-1). In the last match, they won in a home match against Fiorentina, by (1-0). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 4 draws and 11 losses in away matches; against 8 wins, 2 draws and 5 losses at their stadium. In the last 10 away matches Empoli has won 2 draws and 8 losses, so they have won 2 points out of 30 possible.
For this competition, they have not won any of the last 17 away matches. The team has conceded goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, so they have not displayed great defensive solidity, but their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 12 of the last 17 matches have ended with Over 2,5 goals. In 35 matches in this tournament, they have conceded the first goal 19 times and have only won 1 result.
The Empoli left for this game with a win, 1-0, in the reception to Fiorentina, returning to the victories after four consecutive games without winning in this competition: the goal of the three points was scored by Diego Farias. Despite this victory, the visiting club continues in the relegation zone. In this game away from home, the coach Aurelio Andreazzoli must maintain the usual tactical system of the last matches, that is, the 3-5-2, with Caputo and Diego Farías being the most advanced men of the team: the first is the best score of Empoli, with 15 goals scored. For this match the visiting coach can not count on La Gumina, Maietta and Antonelli, all with physical problems.