Last season, the hosts were one of the top-seeded teams in Serie A, so they were guaranteed a direct spot in the Round of 16. In contrast, Sampdoria began their campaign by defeating Reggina 1-0 in the Round of 64 before defeating Ascoli 9-8 on penalties in the subsequent round in October.
After winning 2-1 at home against Sassuolo thanks to goals from Nicolas Gonzalez and Riccardo Saponara, Fiorentina is unbeaten in their last two league games. In contrast, Sampdoria has performed poorly this season. They lost 2-0 to league leaders Napoli at home on Sunday, their 12th defeat of the season.
Fiorentina has only lost two home games this season, and in four of their last five matches against Sampdoria at home, they have scored at least twice. In contrast, Sampdoria’s offensive record this season is the worst in the top flight, with just eight goals scored in 17 games. Giacomo Bonaventura and Nikola Milenkovic scored for Fiorentina to win their November Serie A match 2-0, and this pattern ought to continue.
Prediction: Fiorentina 2-1 Sampdoria
Since their 1946 meeting in Serie A, the two teams have met 138 times in different competitions. 50-39 in favor of the hosts. The two teams have played 49 games that ended in draws, but their last five games have ended in victories.
In the Coppa Italia, they have met 11 times, with Fiorentina winning 5-2. Over 2.5 goals have been scored in their six previous encounters at Fiorentina. Juventus defeated both teams in the Coppa Italia last season. In the Round of 16, Sampdoria lost 4-1, while Fiorentina lost 3-0 overall in the semifinals.
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