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The Serbian boss has made i Blucerchiati a tough nut to crack, and Al Hain-Cole expects them to make life difficult for Rudi Garcia's men in their Coppa Italia clash

Roma will be looking to bounce back from their demoralising 3-0 defeat against Juventus when they take on Sampdoria in Thursday’s Coppa Italia clash.

That result brought an end to Rudi Garcia’s remarkable unbeaten record since taking over in the summer, and the Frenchman’s side are clear 2/5 (1.40) favourites with William Hill to get straight back to winning ways this afternoon.

Meanwhile, Sinisa Mihajlovic also suffered the first defeat of his short reign in charge at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, losing 2-0 away to Napoli on Monday, and there are odds of 15/2 (8.50) available on him bouncing back with a shock victory in the capital.

The last meeting between these sides at the Stadio Olimpico resulted in a draw, and you can get odds of 10/3 (4.33) on them remaining tied after 90 minutes once again.

For the first time since arriving in Italy, Garcia is faced with the challenge of picking his players up after a disappointing defeat, a task made all the more difficult by the identity of their opponents.

With just six goals conceded in seven games since taking over in November, Mihajlovic has added steel to a previously fragile defence, and will be optimistic of maintaining his side’s recent reputation as a bogey team for i Giallorossi.

I Blucerchiati have won three and lost just two of the last eight encounters between the sides and slipped to a narrow 2-1 aggregate defeat the last time they came face-to-face in the cup, narrowly losing the away leg 1-0.

Considering the visitors’ recent resilience, it would be no surprise if Roma were forced to settle for a similar scoreline this time out, meaning odds of 21/20 (2.05) are not to be missed on under 2.5 goals going in.

That bet would have paid out in six of Mihajlovic’s seven games at the helm, as well as nine of the hosts’ last 15 matches.

Under 2.5 goals for a 2pt stake at 21/20 (2.05) with William Hill

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Al Hain-Cole is an experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.