Sampdoria vs Genoa,
Italy – Serie A
Date: Sunday, 8th May 2016;
Kick-Off: 14:00 GMT;
Venue: Luigi Ferraris Stadium, Genoa.
It is the 94th edition of Derby della Lanterna in Serie A when Sampdoria and Genoa lock horns at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris on Sunday evening.
Sampdoria are coming on the back of a 2-0 defeat away to Palermo and their form in the last five matches read 2 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses. Their home form in last five is 3 wins and 2 losses and failed to score in 3 of their last 6. The Blucerchiati are 15th in the league table, 6 points above the relegation zone and they need a point here to make sure, they wouldn’t go down to Serie B next season.
Genoa are coming on the back of consecutive defeats and also lost 3 of their last 4 matches, with a win sandwiched between them. They are 12th in the standings, 3 points above their city rivals Sampdoria. Genoa’s away form is particularly poor as they lost 7 of their last 8 games.
Sampdoria Predicted Line-up (3-5-2):
Viviano – Diakité, Ranocchia, Cassani – De Silvestri, Soriano, Fernando, Correa, Dodo – Alvarez; Quagliarella.
Genoa Predicted Line-up (3-4-3):
Lamanna – Izzo, Burdisso, Munoz – Ansaldi, Rincon, Dzemaili, Gabriel Silva – Suso, Pavoletti, Laxalt.
Sampdoria vs Genoa: Head-to-Head
Sampdoria won 3 of the last five meetings against Genoa, with 1 draw and a loss.
The teams share the same stadium, and the teams share 2 wins each from the last 5 games when Sampdoria play as hosts.
Also, Genoa are undefeated in the last two away matches at Sampdoria.
Sampdoria vs Genoa: Prediction
There is little to separate between the two sides when they gear to stamp their authority in the Derby della Lanterna. Genoa are probably the worst away side, but they play at the same stadium and the conditions are familiar. Despite, losing 7 of their last 8 games, the Genoa side are expected to give a tough test to a Sampdoria side, who are desperate for three points.
I predict a 2-2 draw on Sunday and I believe both teams will be happy with the outcome in the end.