Parma vs Sampdoria – Goals a pressing concern for hosts
Goals have proved a massive problem against Sampdoria in their recent meetings and Parma’s struggles to find the target in Serie A this season give little belief that this toothless streak is close to ending.
After an impressive Serie B season last year, many expected Parma to make a good impression on their return to the Italian top flight.
However, these beliefs appear to be misplaced following the results of the opening ten games of the season.
New boss Pasquale Marino has failed to emulate the results of predecessor Francesco Guidolin and the club have failed to register three points since the opening day of the season.
They are 7/5 to end this nine-game winless run by beating Sampdoria, but the visitors are unbeaten in their last eight away games in the league.
Sampdoria are 11/5 to beat Parma, despite securing just two victories in their last seven games.
With no Jonathan Biabiany this season after his loan deal from Inter expired, Parma have struggled for pace in attack, which has in turn led to a worrying lack of goals.
Parma are the worst scorers in Serie A this season with a paltry six strikes, while they have found to hit the target in their last three games.
Valeri Bojinov perhaps represents their best chance of a goal and is 6/1 to open the scoring.
Meanwhile, Marino has often chose to leave veteran striker Hernan Crespo on the bench, but his scoring credentials are well proven.
He is also 6/1 to strike first, which could be a big price if handed a rare start.
Antonio Cassano has unsurprisingly proved to be Sampdoria’s leading marksman this season, but with the Italian having a massive spat with the club, he is unlikely to feature.
This will increase the pressure on Giampaolo Pazzini and he is another priced at 6/1 to be the game’s first scorer. See the full Parma vs Sampdoria match betting odds market.