Sampdoria host Roma knowing a win will see them climb above the Lupi in the Serie A standings. Doria were disappointingly beaten 2-0 by Torino in midweek and have little margin for error if they are to clinch a European berth. Claudio Ranieri’s men are also in danger of missing out.
Where and when: Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genoa – 6 April, kick-off 19:30
Where you can see Sampdoria vs. Roma: William Hill live streaming
Last time: The Lupi thumped Doria 4-1 back in November courtesy of goals from Juan Jesus, Patrik Schick and a Stephan El Shaarawy double. Roma old boy Gregoire Defrel got a consolation for the Blucerchiati.
|Manolo Gabbiadini to score last||14/2||Offer|
|Over 4.5 goals||5/1||Offer|
|Sampdoria to win 2-1||9/1||Offer|
Sampdoria vs. Roma Predictions and Preview
It has been another positive season for Sampdoria who are on course to amass last year’s tally of 54 points. Doria are nine adrift of this figure but have a reasonable set of fixtures remaining and could yet finish in the top six.
Central to the hosts’ European aspirations is evergreen Fabio Quagliarella. The leading marksman in Serie A ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Krzysztof Piatek has featured in all but one league match and is not only in the form of his life, but in great physical condition.
Visitors Roma came from behind twice against Fiorentina to claim a point on Wednesday night. The Lupi first struck through Nicolo Zaniolo after the youngster’s deserved recall to the starting eleven. Zaniolo has been one of the few Roma players to perform to the best of his abilities this calendar year and is 15/2 to hit the opening goal of the contest.
Meanwhile, striker and focal point Edin Dzeko will hope to end the campaign in style. The Bosnian has struggled, and a tally of just 12 goals in all competitions is a poor return.
With summer bids from West Ham United and Newcastle reportedly in the offing, the Bosnian will want to deliver Champions League football as a parting gift. Dzeko is 13/10 in the anytime market while Roma are 7/5 to record a first win in four.
One to watch for Sampdoria: Riccardo Saponara is in direct competition with Gaston Ramirez but is likely to edge out the South American from the opening whistle. The playmaker is an attractive 10/1 to open proceedings.
One to watch for Roma: Lorenzo Pellegrini returned to the first-team setup during the clash with Sampdoria and is a welcome addition to the midfield. The dynamic Italian is 3/1 in the anytime scorer market.
Long shot: Statistically, the squads are very evenly matched and only three squads in Italy’s top flight have scored more than Sampdoria and Roma. Interestingly, the clubs have both shipped a similar number of goals and it should be an entertaining watch for the spectator. A 3-3 outcome is 48/1.