Juventus are coming off quite a scare in an away match against Atalanta but managed to keep their small undefeated streak intact. They will now have a tough time in doing so again, as they will host Sampdoria on Saturday. Sampdoria have been in really good shape lately and quite solid all season and could really be a threat here.
Date/Time: 12-29-2018, 06:30 EST
Spread: Juventus -1.75
Total: 3 Goals
Juventus (16-0-2) suffered quite the scare on their last match which was an away match against Atalanta. They lucked out when their opponents scored an own goal at just the 2nd minute of that match. But Sampdoria did great to pull back even before the first half was over. Juventus saw a red card and Atalanta took the lead in the second half but Cristiano Ronaldo pulled even for the final 2-2. Juventus are still sitting at the top of the league table with 50 points. They have the best offense with 36 goals and the best defense with just 10 conceded. Juventus have been equally strong at home so far (8-0-1), where they have scored 17 goals and have conceded just 4. They have won each of their last four home matches in all competitions, all accompanied by clean sheets.
Sampdoria (8-5-5) are coming into this match after a really easy match at home against Chievo. They might have struggled a bit in the first half but scored twice before the hour mark and won that match by an easy 0-2. They are enjoying a really sublime season so far in the Serie A, as they are currently sitting at the 5th spot of the league table with 29 points. They are just one ahead of AC Milan and two behind Lazio, but are still sitting inside the top-six spots that grant entrance to the European competitions next season. They have been mediocre on the road so far (3-3-3), where they have scored 16 goals and have conceded 13 in the process. They have won just once in their last five away matches (1-2-2) but have scored in each of their last six. The problem is their defense, as they have kept just a single clean sheet in that span.
Juventus have dominated this match-up in recent years, having lost just once in their last ten against Sampdoria (8-1-1). They have also been excellent as hosts against Sampdoria over the past couple of decades (9-2-4) and are undefeated in the last five (4-0-1).
Seven of the last eight matches between the two teams featured at least Over 2.5 Goals and judging by how the two have played this season it might not take much to see an open match here.
Serie A Juventus vs Sampdoria Prediction: Over 3 Goals (+104)