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  • November 14, 2010
  • • 14:00
  • • Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, Genova
  • Referee: R. Pinzani
  • • Attendance: 20526
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Serie A Preview: Sampdoria - Chievo

Serie A Preview: Sampdoria - Chievo

The hosts are struggling without Antonio Cassano while the Flying Donkeys have been dropping points of late...

Struggling Without Cassano

The new era without Antonio Cassano seemed to have started well at Sampdoria as they won 1-0 in Cesena last month but since then the Blucerchiati have struggled. Thursday’s narrow 1-0 defeat to Parma saw the Genoa-based club go eight points off the pace in the Italian top flight and three behind sixth-placed Roma.

The defeat to the Serie A newcomers also saw Domenico Di Carlo’s side fail to score for the third successive match in all competitions, raising questions as to whether they can compete without their best player and talisman Cassano.

Some may suggest that Samp are going throughout a transitional phase and are trying to cope with the absence of Cassano but for a side that finished in the top four in Serie A last season, they are not garnering enough points. Playing at home against Chievo will be an advantage but they need to start finding the opposition’s net to win maximum points.

Signs Of Slowing Down

For also-rans Chievo, 15 points from 11 matches and eighth place are great results so far. At one stage the Flying Donkeys were in the top four and now remain just three points off a Europa League spot.

However, deep inside Ceo know that for them survival in the Italian top flight is the only objective and for that they need to pick up as many points as they can in these early stages of the championship. But Chievo seem to be slowing down as their midweek’s goalless draw with Bari in Verona was their third successive match in the league without victory and as well as without scoring a goal.

Chievo’s away form is mixed as they have won two of their five away matches, and indeed winning against Sampdoria in Genoa on Sunday will be tough.


TEAM NEWS

Sampdoria

There are no injury concerns for the home side but Cassano remains out of the team.

Chievo

Luciano and Pellissier are out injured for the Flying Donkeys while Constant and Cesar are suspended.

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Players to watch

G. Pazzini

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Sampdoria are struggling without Cassano and it is high time that Pazzini steps up. The Italian striker is capable of achieving great things and he will have to find the scoring boots against Chievo in Genoa.

S. Sorrentino

Position: Goalkeeper

Games: 0

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Sorrentino will be a crucial player for Chievo as the goalkeeper is likely to be tested by the Samp attackline. The home side are like wounded animals and they may come out of the cage against the Veronese club, for which Sorrentino must be prepared.

Editor's Prediction

Sampdoria are struggling for goals but Chievo are doing well. A single goal should be just enough to settle the score and Samp could just about be the team to find that goal.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Sampdoria

Chievo

Wins
4
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1
Wins

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