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.
There are no injury concerns for the home side but Cassano remains out of the team.
Luciano and Pellissier are out injured for the Flying Donkeys while Constant and Cesar are suspended.