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  • February 16, 2011
  • • 17:30
  • • Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, Genova
  • Referee: E. Morganti
  • • Attendance: 35000
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Serie A Preview: Sampdoria - Genoa

Serie A Preview: Sampdoria - Genoa

It's the occasion of one of the fiercest rivalries in Europe to attract the spotlight, the Derby della Lanterna...

Lion In One's Own Backyard

Sampdoria's season has collapsed and from being a side who could have competed for a top-four place in Serie A they have been reduced to a team scrapping for mid-table respectability. Heading into today's Genoa derby, the Blucerchiati find themselves in 12th place with 30 points from 24 matches.

Today's Derby della Lanterna is the first of the 2010-11 season and was originally slated to be held in December but had to be postponed because of bad weather. However, the timing isn't bad for Samp, who defeated Bologna 3-1 on Sunday to garner their second victory in nine matches and put an end to a three-game losing streak.

Coach Domenico Di Carlo wants to build on the victory and establish themselves as the better club in Genoa and says, "After a difficult week, we got back on track. This win was important for the morale of the team and for the standings. Now we must build on this result.

"[Strikers] Massimo Maccarone and Jonathan Biabiany have started to find each other and this is a good sign. But we cannot think that all of our problems are solved. The derby is a crucial game for us and I expect to see a further improvement from my team.''

Winning The Derby

Genoa's 2010-11 campaign hasn't been that dissimilar from that of Sampdoria. Much was expected of the Grifoni at the start of the season but like Samp their ambitions have withered and they are now battling for a top-half finish.

At the moment Davide Ballardini's side are stationed a point and a place below Sampdoria and head into the encounter on the back of a disappointing goalless draw with bottom side Bari. It was the second successive draw for the Rossoblu, who have scored just once in their last three matches.

Coach Ballardini, though, believes that the derby will be much different from normal matches and says, "The derby is a different ball game altogether with respect to our match at Bari. We created many goalscoring chances against Bari but we lacked the finishing touch and we must improve in front of goal.''

TEAM NEWS

Sampdoria

Semioli and Pozzi are injured and are unavailable for tonight's fixture.

Genoa

Boselli and Destro are injured for the Grifoni.

Players to watch

M. Maccarone

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Massimo Maccarone was on target for Sampdoria at the weekend and the former Palermo and Middlesbrough striker will want to add to his tally today. The Italian has the ability to pop up with important goals from time to time and with Samp struggling for points, he will be expected to create something today.

A. Floro Flores

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Sampdoria have proven themselves to be strong in defence at home and Antonio Floro Flores will be crucial in breaking them down. He scored against Milan recently and in the derby today he will aim to write his name into the Genoa folklore.

Editor's Prediction

This is the Genoa derby and it is very difficult to call indeed. Whichever side takes the initiative on the day will win it. Sampdoria and Genoa both need points and this fiercely fought encounter could eventually end in a draw.


Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Sampdoria

Genoa

Wins
3
1
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

UC Sampdoria SAM
UC Sampdoria Sampdoria
Draw
Genoa CFC GEN
Genoa CFC Genoa
58%
30%

Top 3 Predictions

UC Sampdoria SAM
1 - 0
Genoa CFC GEN
UC Sampdoria SAM
2 - 1
Genoa CFC GEN
UC Sampdoria SAM
0 - 0
Genoa CFC GEN

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