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Sampdoria vs AC Milan is one of the highlights of the Serie A calendar and the clubs meet in the league for the first time this season on Sunday. Sampdoria finished 10th in Serie A last season and will be hoping to build on that finish in this campaign. Since returning from Serie B in 2011/12, the best finish Sampdoria have achieved is 7th place and they will be hoping to match that or better this season.
Considering their outlay on players during the summer, the target for AC Milan must be the top four and a Champions League place. Anything outside of this will be considered a poor season.
Sampdoria start this match unbeaten in Serie A this season and a win here will make it a great start to their 2017/18 campaign.
Having struggled towards the end of last season, a good start was important and Sampdoria won their first two league games. The first win came at home against Benevento and the second was an excellent away victory at Fiorentina.
Since the win at Fiorentina, Sampdoria have picked up two draws, one at Torino which was 2-2 and the other at Hellas Verona, which was a disappointing 0-0 draw.
Sampdoria have a game in hand on AC Milan because their match with Roma was postponed due to adverse weather conditions and a win in this game would leave them 1 point behind their opponents with that match still to play.
AC Milan Form
AC Milan start the weekend in 4th place in the Serie A table and will be aiming to keep pace with Napoli and Juventus at the top by winning this game.
They made a good start to the season, defeating Crotone 3-0 away from home on the opening weekend and then defeating Cagliari 2-1 at the San Siro. However, the trip to Lazio soon gave AC Milan something to think about as they went down 4-1 in the capital.
Despite the shock of that heavy defeat, AC Milan recovered well to defeat Udinese 2-1 and SPAL 2-0, both of which were at home.
Although AC Milan have a good record against Sampdoria and have not lost in their previous 6 away league meetings they have won only 1 of their last 8 away Serie A games.
Sampdoria only have one man on the treatment table and that’s Dodo so will be close to full strength. They are expected to play in a 4-3-1-2 formation with Gaston Ramirez providing the link between midfield and attack.
AC Milan will travel without the injured trio of Andrea Conti, Luca Antonelli and Riccardo Montolivo. They are expected to continue with three at the back for this game and Leonardo Bonucci will be the man guiding the defence.
Top Betting Tips
AC Milan have a decent record against Sampdoria but have been struggling away from home in Serie A games. When on their game, Sampdoria are tough to beat at home and this match could easily finish level. The draw is 11/4 at Bet365. There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 4 of the last 5 meetings between the teams and we could be in for another low scoring affair in this match. Under 2.5 goals is 6/5 with Bet365. Use the free bets you can find here.
Sampdoria failed to make the breakthrough in Verona during the week and will want to get back to scoring ways. The 1-1 correct score is 7/1 with William Hill. More Uk bookies you can find here.
Manchester City travel to Vicarage Road fresh off the back of a sensational week in which they scored 9 goals (against Liverpool and Feyenoord respectively) and Pep Guardiola’s blueprint at the Etihad seems to be finally coming together. Watford sit in an impressive 4th place in the Premier League as Marco Silva has had an unbeaten start to life with the Hornets.
English Premier League – Watford vs Manchester City – Vicarage Road Saturday 16th September Kick-off: 15.00 GMT
- Watford – Best Odds – 9/1 (Bet Victor)
- Manchester City – Best Odds – 1/3 (Bet 365)
- Draw – Best Odds – 9/2 (Sporting Bet)
Marco Silva will be delighted with his team’s performances so far this season with their only disappointment being an EFL Cup defeat to Championship side Bristol City.
The Hornets sit 4th in the Premier League and look well set to avoid the drop this term. The signings of Nathanial Chalobah, Will Hughes and Andre Gray suggest that they are planning for the future at Vicarage Road which will excite their fans.
Watford managed a controversial 3-3 draw with Liverpool on the opening day of the season but this is arguably their biggest test of the campaign so far.
City travel to North London full of confidence after a superb week and they will want to keep the pressure on the early season pace setters Manchester United.
Whilst their 5-0 win over Liverpool was marred by the sending off of Sadio Mane, City were impressive in dismantling the Liverpool defence and then served a Champions League masterclass to Feyenoord on Wednesday night.
Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero alreasy have a combined total of 7 goals in all competitions for City this season and they could cause Watford plenty of problems defensively.
Head to Head
Watford have never managed to beat City in their previous 6 Premier League meetings – with City winning 4 games and 2 matches ending in draws.
City very much had the upper hand last season – winning 2-0 at the Etihad before thumping the Hornets 5-0 on the final day of last season at Vicarage Road.
Odds and Predictions
City look full of confidence and have won all 3 away games they’ve played this season.
Manchester City to score 2 or more goals looks a banker bet at 4/11 with Coral.
Watford have only failed to score once this season and pose a big attacking threat.
Both teams to score – YES – is a good bet 4/5 with Ladbrokes.
Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero are in great form for City.
Both men are 8/11 to score anytime with Bet 365.
These two teams have scored 17 goals between them in 8 games this term already.
Over 3.5 goals in the match represents good value at 7/5 with Betfair.
Watford 1 – 3 Manchester City – 10/1 with Sky Bet.
Top Betting Tip
Watford are in great form but if City play anywhere near their best they should be too strong here. Manchester City to win and over 2.5 goals in the game pays 2.08 with Coral. More tips on www.online-sportwette.net.
Following a week of European action, there are a whole host of matches taking place on Sunday and in this preview I will be taking a look at a variety of games from around the continent and building you a tempting 4-fold bet. All odds for this bet are provided by Bet365 and are accurate at the time of writing.
Chelsea vs Arsenal
Arsenal have a shocking record away from home against Top 6 sides, winning just 2 of their last 21 games and all things considered it is impossible to look beyond a Chelsea victory in this one. Chelsea were stunned in their first game of the season, losing 3-2 at home to Burnley, but since then they have gone on a run of 4 successive victories and in Alvaro Morata they look to have found a quality striker.
Chelsea to win – 4/5
Manchester United vs Everton
Sunday’s match at Old Trafford sees two strikers returning to their former clubs as Wayne Rooney returns to Manchester and Romelu Lukaku faces the Everton side he left for £80m this summer. Things have certainly gone better for Lukaku who has scored 6 goals in 6 games and I fancy the big Belgian to add to his tally in a win for Manchester United here. Everton have been extremely poor recently, losing 4 games in a row and the pressure is starting to mount of Ronald Koeman following a summer of spending.
Manchester United to win – 4/11
Real Socieded vs Real Madrid
Real Socieded have surprised many people this season in starting very well, picking up 3 wins from 3 to find themselves joint top of the table with Barcelona. Things haven’t gone so smoothly for defending champions, Real Madrid, with Zinedine Zidane’s side drawing 2 consecutive games against Levante and Valencia to find themselves down in 8th place. Real Madrid must win this game to avoid losing even more ground on Barcelona and I think they’ll do just that.
Real Madrid to win – 4/6
Rennes vs Nice
Nice have struggled a little in Ligue Une so far after a strong showing last campaign, but they picked up a massive 5-1 victory against Waregem in the Europa League on Thursday night on the back of the 4-0 win against Monaco and they are priced very highly here to beat Rennes. Rennes have won just 1 game so far this season and if Nice can play to the same level that they’ve shown in their last two games then they should brush Rennes aside here.
Nice to win – 23/10
Total 4-Fold – 12.5/1 (Bet365)