Sampdoria turned out to be a prisoner of its financial and administrative problems, and never did anything special. They had one of the worst defense (63 goals conceded) last season in Serie A, but ensured salvation without much pressure. The coach Marco Giampaolo took over in the middle of the season and was considered the ideal to continue in the position, but they „bleed” on the transfer market, bringing only one serious acquisition Djuricic (12/2 Sassuolo). This year is predicted to be really difficult, because many key players Candreva (36/7), Thorsby (35/3), Yoshida (26/2), Ekdal (26/1), Askildsen (19/0), Sensi (11/1), and Damsgaard (11/0) left the team. Today, additional problems is suspension of central defender Leverbe, who came from Pisa, while Conti (7/1) and Trimboli (5/0) are injured.
Atalanta have impressed over the past three years, and again will be one of the main candidates for Champions League place. They add some quality players like Lookman (Leicester), Boga (Sassuolo), Ederson (Salernitana), and are heavy favorites to win the match.