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  • February 13, 2011
  • • 14:00
  • • Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, Genova
  • Referee: A. Gervasoni
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Serie A Preview: Sampdoria - Bologna

Serie A Preview: Sampdoria - Bologna

The hosts have been struggling of late but will hope for a victory at home...

Plummeting Towards The Drop

To even remotely believe that Sampdoria are set to battle against relegation would be pushing it over the edge but the Blucerchiati's recent form is no better than a side struggling against the drop. Three defeats in a row combined with just one win in seven league matches have pushed Samp to 14th in the table.

Heading into Week 25, Sampdoria find themselves with just 27 points from 23 matches and are just five points above the relegation zone but with a game in hand. The teams below them, especially those in the relegation zone are fighting for points, so, for now, Domenico Di Carlo's side are safe.

However, for an ambitious club like Sampdoria it is important that they finish in at least mid-table and Samp will aspire to do that between now and the end of the season. The former Italian champions have an encouraging record at home, though, as they have lost just twice in the league and have conceded only six goals.

Improvement Continues


Bologna's recent run of good form has placed them above Sampdoria heading into this Week 25 encounter in Genoa. Last weekend the Felsinei defeated Catania 1-0 at home, stretching their unbeaten run to three matches.

At the moment Alberto Malesani's side are in 12th place in the league standings with 29 points from 23 matches, and have an encouraging seven point-gap between themselves and the relegation zone. One suspects that worries about the drop have been cast away, but until Bologna reach the 40-point mark they cannot rest at ease.

Bologna's away form, though, isn't very inspiring as of the 12 league fixtures they have been involved in on the road, only two have ended in maximum points for them. Furthermore, the Rossoblu have conceded 22 goals away from home.



TEAM NEWS

Sampdoria


Semioli, Gastaldello and Pozzi are injured and will sit out the match. Volta is suspended.

Bologna


Ekdal, Britos and Garics are unavailable as they are injured. Britos and Della Rocca are suspended.

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Last Five Matches
Bologna
May 18, 2014Lazio 1 - Bologna 0ITA1
May 11, 2014Bologna 1 - Catania 2ITA1
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Apr 26, 2014Bologna 0 - Fiorentina 3ITA1
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Odds
Team News
Available Squads
1Gianluca CurciGoalkeeper
86Reto ZieglerDefender
-Stefano LucchiniDefender
28Daniele GastaldelloDefender
6Luciano ZauriDefender
-Stefano GubertiMidfielder
16Andrea PoliMidfielder
17Angelo PalomboMidfielder
21Daniele DessenaMidfielder
7Massimo MaccaroneStriker
7Jonathan BiabianyStriker
1Angelo Da CostaGoalkeeper
-Gilberto Martinez VidalDefender
27Federico MachedaStriker
-V. KomanMidfielder
-Zsolt LaczkoMidfielder
-Daniele ManniniMidfielder
23Fernando TissoneMidfielder
-Emiliano VivianoGoalkeeper
-Matteo RubinDefender
18Vangelis MorasDefender
90Daniele PortanovaDefender
-Nicolò CherubinDefender
-Massimo MutarelliMidfielder
-Gaby MudingayiMidfielder
15Diego PérezMidfielder
-Federico CasariniMidfielder
9Marco Di VaioStriker
-Riccardo MeggioriniStriker
12Cristiano LupatelliGoalkeeper
-Andrea EspositoDefender
3Archimede MorleoDefender
-Antonio BuscèMidfielder
8Ivan RadovanovicMidfielder
35Daniele PaponiStriker
10G. RamírezMidfielder
Players to Watch
Gianluca Curci
Gianluca Curci
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 1
Games Goals YC RC
37 0 2 0
Curci will be between the posts for Sampdoria against Bologna and he will have to stand strong. The visitors' attack will be led by a certain Marco Di Vaio, who has been scoring goals right, left and centre for his team so far. Samp's defence has stood firm at home but Curci could be called into action from time to time.
Marco Di Vaio
Marco Di Vaio
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Marco Di Vaio has scored 14 goals in the league so far this campaign and will once again be looking to find the target for his side. Bologna are struggling against the drop and will be keen to get at least a point in Genoa, and for that the veteran Italian striker will be crucial.
Prediction
Bologna have shown an intent to improve but Sampdoria have proven themselves to be strong at home. This will be a competitive fixture and there shouldn't be too many goals, and one suspects that eventually Samp will gain the points.

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