Sinisa Mihajlovic has transformed i Blucerchiati into one of the most obstinate opponents in Serie A, and Al Hain-Cole expects them to match their hosts punch for punch on Sunday
With four wins and just two defeats in their last six games, Sinisa Mihajlovic’s men now have a top-half finish in their sights and are available at 7/2 (4.50) with Paddy Power to secure a victory that would take them to within a point of their eighth-placed hosts.
The hosts secured a hard-fought 3-2 win over high-flying Parma last weekend and are 3/4 (1.75) favourites to keep their European aspirations alive by coming out on top here.
The pair shared a 1-1 draw at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris back in November and are on offer at 5/2 (3.50) to cancel each other out once again this time out.
That draw was Mihajlovic’s first game in charge after taking over at the club, who then found themselves mired in the relegation zone.
On that occasion i Blucerchiati ended a run of three consecutive defeats to earn a creditable draw despite playing half the game with 10 men, a performance that in retrospect seems characteristic of the mettle the Serbian boss has instilled in his team.
Only Juventus, Roma, Napoli and Milan had beaten Mihajlovic’s men until a shock recent 3-0 defeat away to in-form Atalanta that was followed up by an emphatic 5-0 win over Verona, a 2-1 away victory at Sassuolo and an impressive 0-0 draw against Fiorentina.
Edy Reja’s side are therefore unlikely to have things easy against such spirited guests, with a competitive game all but guaranteed in the capital.
Considering i Biancocelesti have kept just one clean sheet in their last eight home games, they may have to rely heavily on their attack in order to pick up a positive result, just as in their last two home victories - each recorded by a 3-2 scoreline.
With Sampdoria having scored 13 times in their last six matches, odds of 10/11 (1.91) look like excellent value on the Stadio Olimpico crowd witnessing goals at both ends for the third successive game.
|Both teams to score for a 2pt stake at 10/11 (1.91) with Paddy Power
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