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.
Semioli and Rossini are out injured and Pozzi is suspended. Cassano cannot play as his contract is in the process of being cancelled.
Augustyn, Spolli, Capuano, Pesce, Ledesma, Terlizzi and Spolli are unavailable because of injuries.