Antonio Cassano is back for the hosts, who will look to return to winning ways on Sunday...Back To Winning Ways
Sampdoria coach Domenico Di Carlo decided to give star player Antonio Cassano a rest in midweek for the trip to Sardinia to take on Cagliari but the move backfired on him. Samp were held to a goallless draw at the Stadio Sant'Elia in what wasn't a very inspiring performance.
The outcome of that match means that the Blucerchiati are currently ninth in the table with five points from four matches. A host of other sides have as many points as Samp do but given the Genoa side's quality of players, they will attempt to move further up the table.
Sampdoria have been rather disappointing at home - they have won once and lost once but more importantly have conceded twice at the Marassi already. Although Udinese themselves are on a torrid run of form, Samp have to make sure that they do not concede early.
No Luck And No Point
Udinese are statistically the worst side in Serie A at the moment as they are yet to get off the mark. The Bianconeri stammered to a 2-1 defeat to fellow relegation candidates Bologna in midweek - their fourth successive in the league.
The 2-1 loss means that Francesco Guidolin's side are at the foot of the table with no point. Moreover, Udinese have shipped in nine goals and have scored just twice - an indication that once again they will have to fight for survival in the Italian top flight.
Nevrtheless, the club have made it clear that they will not sack Guidolin anytime soon and have publicly given their support with director Andrea Carnevale stating, "Guidolin will remain Udinese coach. The rest seems very strange. We were unlucky, but I can exclude that we will sack our coach.
"We have to be patient and strong. It's not easy. We are going through a rough patch. We should have won the game yesterday. However, we have everything to put things right and we will continue with Guidolin."
Sammarco, Poli and Tissone are out with injuries. Cassano is back in the squad after being rested for midweek's game.
Probable Lineup (4-3-1-2): Curci, Zauri, Gastaldello, Lucchini, Ziegler; Semioli, Palombo, Dessena; Guberti; Pazzini, Cassano
Basta, Ferronetti and Denis are out.
Probable Lineup (3-4-1-2): Handanovic, Benatia, Zapata, Angella; Pinzi, Inler, Asamoah, Badu; Abdi; Di Natale, Floro Flores
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