SAMPDORIA V SPEZIA
Sampdoria will look to bounce back from a 3-1 loss to Cagliari when they face Spezia on Matchday 9. La Samp have been playing some high-scoring games of late, with over 2.5 goals being netted in each of their last six league fixtures. Head coach Roberto D’Aversa will watch the game from the stands as he was sent off at the weekend. As for Sampdoria players, Thorsby is banned, while both Vieira and Damsgaard are sidelined with injuries.
Spezia, on the other hand, aim to build on a 2-1 win over Salernitana, and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play. Since the Bianconeri have been playing some entertaining games of late as well, we are tempted to put our money on over 2.5 goals. All Sala, Leo’ Sena, Agudelo, Nguiamba, Bourabia, Amian, Colley, and Erlic are sidelined with injuries, while Reca has been tested positive for coronavirus.
Prediction: Under 3.5 Goals
MAINZ V AUGSBURG
Mainz will be aiming to bounce back from a 3-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund when they take on Augsburg at their Mewa Arena on Friday evening. Die Nullfunfer are eager to put an end to their three-game losing run, and they are likely to go all guns blazing at the Bavarians. Midfielder Dominik Kohr returns from suspension, while both Jerry St. Juste and Adam Szalai are sidelined with injuries.
Augsburg, on the other hand, remained in the relegation zone after dropping two points in a 1-1 draw with Arminia Bielefeld. Augsburg are not regarded as good travelers, and seeing that Mainz are desperate to get back on course, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the home side. As for the visiting team, both Fredrik Jensen and Niklas Dorsch have been tested positive for coronavirus, while Felix Uduokhai remains in the treatment room.
Prediction: Over 2.5 Goals
ST ETIENNE V ANGERS
Stade Geoffroy-Guichard will host Friday’s football game between St Etienne and Angers, the two teams who sit in the opposite halves of the table ahead of Matchday 11. Les Verts are surprisingly stuck at the bottom, with the team collecting only four points in total from possible 30. The rock-bottom side will give 100% to record their first win of the process, and they are likely to leave their hearts on the field.
Zaydou Youssouf is banned for the match, while all Gabriel Silva, Yvann Macon, and Alpha Sissoko are all out of contention through injuries. As always, a man to watch in the home team will be Wahbi Khazri, who scored a consolation goal in a heavy 5-1 loss at Strasbourg. Les Scoistes, on the other hand, failed to spoil PSG’s party at Parc des Princes. Even though Angers are enjoying a successful season, home win should be considered as the hosts want this triumph more than the visitors. Both Abdoulaye Bamba and Zinedine Ould Khaled are sidelined with injuries.
Prediction: Over 2.5 Goals
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