Bremen vs Sampdoria – Italians hoping for first Weser-Stadion win
Sampdoria are aiming to become the first Italian team to win at the Weser-Stadion when they head to Germany to tackle Werder Bremen in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier.
Domenico Di Carlo’s team finished fourth in Serie A last season to reach this stage and a victory over the two legs will ensure them Champions League football for only the second time in their history.
They are 7/2 to take an advantage into their second leg at home and will be optimistic of repeating their success of 1992 when reaching the final of the tournament, where they lost to Barcelona.
Key to a strong performance could be the creativity provided by Antonio Cassano and he is 8/1 to be the game’s first goalscorer.
Fresh from losing Mesut Ozil to Real Madrid, Bremen will be looking to make it 14 home games in succession without defeat to Italian opposition.
They have won on seven of the past 13 meetings and also have a good track record in two-legged ties.
Bremen eliminated both AC Milan and Udinese on their way to the Uefa Cup final in 2009, with Claudio Pizarro in fine scoring form against each.
He followed up on netting a second-half double in the away game against Milan with another brace in Udinese and is 5/1 to break the deadlock against Sampdoria.
However, Sampdoria have a 100 per cent record in qualifying in two-legged ties against German sides, with their only defeat being a 1-0 reverse in Kaiserslautern in 1990.
They are 6/5 to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League, with Bremen 8/13.
Bremen are 5/1 to copy Kaiserslautern and win the home leg against Sampdoria 1-0. See the whole correct score market.