A solitary goal is the only aspect separating Sampdoria and Juventus throughout the history of championship meetings contested in Liguria. Something will have to give on Saturday night in terms of the overall record, which currently stands at 18 wins, draws and losses from 54 clashes.
There have been two previous occasions on which Juventus have concluded victorious campaigns away against Sampdoria, first in 1950 and then again 27 years later.
In 1950, the Bianconeri recorded a 0-4 success in Genoa thanks to Ermes Muccinelli’s first-half strike and Giampiero Boniperti’s six-minute hat-trick in the closing stages. This was the club’s first Scudetto triumph since the infamous ‘Quinquennio’ period, which yielded five consecutive league titles between 1930-35.
In 1977, just four days after Juventus’ first ever UEFA cup victory, Giovanni Trapattoni’s men travelled to Liguria to lock horns with Sampdoria. The full two points were paramount to ensure a 17th Scudetto title as Torino were hot on their heels in the table, trailing by just a single point.
At the halfway stage in their respective matches, the two Turin sides were tied at the top of the table. The Granata had established a comfortable 3-1 lead over Genoa, while Dino Zoff and co. were still locked at 0-0 at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.
However, nerves were eased just past the hour mark as Marco Tardelli’s whipped cross was neatly tucked into the back of the net via a Roberto Bettega backheel. Back-to-back titles were sealed in the dying stages when Roberto Boninsegna drove a low shot into the bottom corner with 84 minutes on the clock.
In contrast, the Ligurians, featuring future Bianconeri manager Marcello Lippi in their starting line-up, suffered a shattering defeat and were consequently relegated from Italy’s top flight.