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  • November 7, 2010
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Serie A Preview: Sampdoria - Catania

Serie A Preview: Sampdoria - Catania

The Genoa-based side must continue to aspire for a top four place in the table with or without Antonio Cassano...

No Cassano, No Problem?

Antonio Cassano is on the verge of leaving Sampdoria as his contract is being cancelled but as far as results go, the Genoa-based side do not appear to be missing him much in the league. Last weekend without the Italy international, Samp defeated relegation-threatened Cesena 1-0 away to lift themselves up to sixth in the Serie A standings, with 14 points from nine matches.

However, Samp’s Europa League mediocrity continued on Thursday as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Metalist Kharkiv at home. It is during these nights that the absence of Cassano could be felt and one wonders whether against Catania at the weekend the hole left by the former Roma and Real Madrid player could be filled by anyone.

Samp haven’t looked imperious at home by any stretch of the imagination and have even lost once in the league. The game against Catania is potentially a banana skin for them as it could tell a lot about their strength without talisman Cassano.

In The Congested Area

Just three points separate Serie A’s 10th-placed Palermo from 18th-placed Cesena in Serie A and Catania are in the middle of this congested traffic area. The Sicilians have 10 points from nine matches and are in a precious situation at the moment.

Which means that they will have to pick up points just as they did last weekend against Fiorentina, whom they held to a 0-0 draw. Prior to the match the Etnei had edged past Varese 4-3 in the Coppa Italia and will be hopeful of stretching their unbeaten run.

But Catania have yet to win away from home in the league this campaign, having lost three of the four games on their travels and drawing the other. Furthermore, they have conceded five goals in those five matches – two more than what they have shipped in at home.


TEAM NEWS

Sampdoria

Semioli and Rossini are out injured and Pozzi is suspended. Cassano cannot play as his contract is in the process of being cancelled.

Catania

Augustyn, Spolli, Capuano, Pesce, Ledesma, Terlizzi and Spolli are unavailable because of injuries.

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Available Squads
18Gianluca CurciGoalkeeper
16Reto ZieglerDefender
-Stefano LucchiniDefender
28Daniele GastaldelloDefender
78Luciano ZauriDefender
-Stefano GubertiMidfielder
23Fernando TissoneMidfielder
17Angelo PalomboMidfielder
-V. KomanMidfielder
11Giampaolo PazziniStriker
-Guido MarilungoStriker
1Angelo Da CostaGoalkeeper
-Domenico Di CarloManager/Coach
-Pietro AccardiDefender
19Fabrizio CacciatoreDefender
21Daniele DessenaMidfielder
14Massimo VoltaDefender
-Daniele ManniniMidfielder
16Andrea PoliMidfielder
-B. FornaroliStriker
23Mariano AndújarGoalkeeper
-Giuseppe BellusciDefender
-Pablo ÁlvarezDefender
-Alessandro PotenzaDefender
-Matías SilvestreDefender
-Mariano Julio IzcoMidfielder
-Alejandro GómezMidfielder
-Ezequiel CarboniMidfielder
-Maxi LópezStriker
9Giuseppe MascaraStriker
8Pablo LedesmaMidfielder
-Andrea CampagnoloGoalkeeper
-Marco GiampaoloManager/Coach
15Giovanni MarcheseDefender
6MartinhoMidfielder
-Mirko AntenucciStriker
-Takayuki MorimotoStriker
-Gennaro DelvecchioMidfielder
-Cristian LlamaMidfielder
10Adrian RicchiutiMidfielder
Players to Watch
Giampaolo Pazzini
Giampaolo Pazzini
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0

With Cassano out, Pazzini will have to step up his game and shoulder the scoring responsibility. The Italy international can blow hot and cold but against Catania he will have to blow hot to lead his team to victory.

Maxi López
Maxi López
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
2 1 0 0

Maxi Lopez will be the lone striker upfront for Catania in their 4-1-4-1 formation and he will be a dangerman for Samp’s defence. The Argentine is very tricky to mark and he will be searching for the gaps and spaces.

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