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Sampdoria vs Lazio - Match Preview

02 Dec 2017 Ed Mackey ITALY: Serie A
ITALY: Serie A

Sampdoria Genoa

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Kick-off
19:45 GMT
03 December 2017

Lazio Roma

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Kick-off
19:45 GMT 03 December 2017

As we get closer to the Italian winter break in January, there is still plenty of football to be played in 2017 and this weekend, Lazio travel to Genova to face Sampdoria. Both teams have started well this season and are sat next to each other in the table. Lazio are 5th with 29 points while Sampdoria are 6th with 26 points. The hosts will be hoping to continue their early season push for the European places.

STATS

  • Sampdoria have had a brilliant start to the season with eight wins from their 13 matches and just three losses. Despite being beaten 3-0 by Bologna in their last league fixture, they beat Juventus in the game before at home by a 3-2 scoreline after a fantastic team performance that saw them go 3-0 up at one point. The win over Juve completed a run of three consecutive victories in Serie A.
  • Lazio have also enjoyed a good start to the new campaign and they have managed to pick up nine wins in their 13 fixtures. They have only one league game out of their last three after winning five matches back to back prior to this. They were pegged back in the 90th-minute by Fiorentina in their last game as they drew 1-1 and they were beaten 2-1 by Roma in the match before that.
  • One player who has played a big role in Sampdoria’s good start is the evergreen Fabio Quaglierella and with seven goals, he is their leading goal scorer.
  • Lazio have one of the best players in Europe at the moment, Ciro Immobile. The Italian target man has 15 goals and six assists in just 13 matches, they might struggle to keep hold of him.

HEAD TO HEAD

Lazio have dominated the recent fixtures between the sides with five wins in the last seven meetings. Sampdoria have managed just one win in this period and it came at the end of the 2015/16 season when they won 2-1. The most recent match between them both was a 10-goal thriller which saw Sampdoria on the receiving end of a 7-3 loss. Quagliarella scored two late goals to reduce the arrears after they went 7-1 down. Both sides have scored in all four of the last four games.

SAMPDORIA NEWS

A win for the hosts would take them level on points with Lazio and would see them in a good position to take advantage of any poor results above them. They are without Ivan Strinic for the clash and Karol Linetty is also expected to miss out.

Latest matches: Sampdoria Genoa

28.11.2017 Copp Sampdoria Genoa Pescara Calcio 4:1 W
25.11.2017 Seri Bologna FC Sampdoria Genoa 3:0 L
19.11.2017 Seri Sampdoria Genoa Juventus Turin 3:2 W
04.11.2017 Seri Genoa FC Sampdoria Genoa 0:2 W
29.10.2017 Seri Sampdoria Genoa AC Chievo Verona 4:1 W

LAZIO NEWS

Lazio need to take all three points if they are to keep pace with the sides above them in the table and a win would put them two points behind Roma, who are currently occupying the last Champions League place. They will miss two of their wingers as Nani and Felipe Anderson are on the injury table, however, both are expected to return to action at some point this month.

Latest matches: Lazio Roma

26.11.2017 Seri Lazio Roma AC Fiorentina 1:1 D
23.11.2017 UEFA Lazio Roma Vitesse Arnhem 1:1 D
18.11.2017 Seri AS Roma Lazio Roma 2:1 L
02.11.2017 UEFA Lazio Roma OGC Nice 1:0 W
29.10.2017 Seri Benevento Calcio Lazio Roma 1:5 W

SUMMARY

Despite being away from home, Lazio are favourites to secure a win in this one as they look to challenge for top spot but Sampdoria won’t lie down easily. They are in very good form and will push Lazio all the way. It’s a match that could certainly go either way and with strong attacking line-ups, both sides will be looking to score early.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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