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Serie A

  • January 9, 2011
  • • 11:30
  • • Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, Genova
  • Referee: G. Rocchi
  • • Attendance: 22802

Serie A Preview: Sampdoria - Roma

Serie A Preview: Sampdoria - Roma

Claudio Ranieri's side will be keen to back up their victory on Thursday with another win in Genoa..

Slipping Down The Ladder

Sampdoria may cling on to the comfort of a game in hand but the Genoa-based side cannot eclipse their stuttering form and their slide into mid-table mediocrity. Thursday's comprehensive 3-0 defeat to Palermo in Sicily was Domenico Di Carlo's side third successive defeat in a row in all competitions and pushed them down to ninth in the league standings in Serie A.

With 23 points from 17 matches, Samp are seven points off a Europa League slot and a further two behind fourth-placed Roma, who also happen to occupy the final Champions League slot allotted to Italy. It's gradually becoming dire for Samp, who are struggling for creativity and spark in the attacking department.

But hope springs eternal. Along with Parma Samp are defensively the best home side in the division as they have conceded just four goals. The Blucerchiati are also unbeaten in their last six league fixtures in Genoa and will be confident of winning against Roma on Sunday in the lunch-time kick-off.

Rising Up The Ladder

Roma commenced the new year on a high as the Giallorossi defeated Catania 4-2 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Thursday. It was a thoroughly entertaining game of football in which Marco Borriello and Mirko Vucinic both scored a brace.

The win was Roma's third in a row in Serie A and propelled them up to fourth in the league standings on 32 points from 18 matches. Claudio Ranieri's side remain seven points behind league leaders Milan and hopes of their first championship success since 2001 have not yet vanished.

However, winning on the road has been Roma's problem as so far in nine matches, the Lupi have won just two. Encouragingly for the former Italian champions, their last league encounter on the road was against Milan at San Siro, which was their final game before Christmas; it ended in a 1-0 victory for the Romans.



Semioli and Cacciatore are out injured for Samp. Marilungo and Pazzini will be the two strikers upfront.


Lobont and Pizarro are injured for the Lupi, who will commence in a 4-3-1-2 formation that will have Borriello and Totti as the two strikers.


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Last Five Matches
May 18, 2014Genoa 1 - Roma 0ITA1
May 11, 2014Roma 0 - Juventus 1ITA1
May 4, 2014Catania 4 - Roma 1ITA1
Apr 25, 2014Roma 2 - AC Milan 0ITA1
Apr 19, 2014Fiorentina 0 - Roma 1ITA1
Team News
Available Squads
1Gianluca CurciGoalkeeper
6Luciano ZauriDefender
28Daniele GastaldelloDefender
3Stefano LucchiniDefender
86Reto ZieglerDefender
-V. KomanMidfielder
17Angelo PalomboMidfielder
16Andrea PoliMidfielder
-Stefano GubertiMidfielder
-Guido MarilungoStriker
-Nicola PozziStriker
1Angelo Da CostaGoalkeeper
14Massimo VoltaDefender
21Pietro AccardiDefender
23Fernando TissoneMidfielder
-Daniele ManniniMidfielder
11Giampaolo PazziniStriker
27Federico MachedaStriker
27Julio SergioGoalkeeper
-Marco CassettiDefender
5Philippe MexesDefender
-Nicolas BurdissoDefender
3John Arne RiiseDefender
19Leandro GrecoMidfielder
-Matteo BrighiMidfielder
20Simone PerrottaMidfielder
-Jérémy MenezMidfielder
22Marco BorrielloStriker
9Mirko VučinićStriker
-Paolo CastelliniDefender
16Daniele De RossiMidfielder
-Fabio Henrique SimplicioMidfielder
-Aleandro RosiMidfielder
10Francesco TottiStriker
Players to Watch
Angelo Palombo
Angelo Palombo
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 17
Games Goals YC RC
32 1 5 0
Palombo's presence in the midfield will be key as he will entrusted with the responsibility to win the battles in the middle of the pitch. Samp have struggled to create chances in the absence of Cassano and Palombo will have to push his team forward.
Marco Borriello
Marco Borriello
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 22
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Marco Borriello scored a brace against Catania on Thursday to inspire Roma to a 4-2 victory. The Italian striker will be looking to add to his tally of nine league goals and his confidence will be high after starting the new year in sensational fashion.
Sampdoria have proven themselves to be tough opponents at home and could snatch a draw against an in-form Roma side.

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