On paper, Sampdoria vs. Lazio looks to be a fiery match between two talented teams who are ready to upset the top clubs and compete for a place in Europe. To mark the occasion, this week’s statistical comparison powered by Opta sees Fabio Quagliarella and Ciro Immobile go up against one another as two forwards who are not giving up on their goalscoring ways.
Both have made 13 appearances so far, all from the start. The Blucerchiati’s veteran has been on the pitch for 1,075 minutes and his opposite number at Lazio 1,156 minutes. Giampaolo’s coaching has revitalised Quagliarella as he’s become much more of a finisher as he’s less involved in build-up with just 200 passes attempted and 76 per cent completed. Immobile is more of a box-to-box player as he’s constantly linking up with his teammates with 320 passes attempted for an accuracy rate of 80 per cent.
The Sampdoria player’s effectiveness is most obvious in 1 vs. 1 situations where he succeeds 44.6 per cent of the time, compared to 36.4 per cent from Immobile. Quagliarella also has better figures in the air with 58.8 per cent of duels won against his opponent’s rate of 41.7 per cent. Both have committed ten fouls, with three yellow cards for the Sampdoria forward and one for the Lazio striker.
By looking at their attacking numbers, we can see how effective they are in their daily work. Quagliarella has been excellent with seven goals, four assists and 12 chances created. Immobile’s statistics are staggering with 15 goals (one every 78 minutes), six assists and 17 goalscoring opportunities created!