Sampdoria vs Lazio
2016/17 Italian Serie A.
Date: Saturday, 11 December 2016
Kick-Off: 19:45 UK,
Venue: Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris (Genoa).
Lazio will hope to pick themselves up after a derby loss as they travel to take on Sampdoria on Saturday evening.
The Biancocelesti were on an impressive nine match unbeaten streak before locking horns with bitter cross-town rivals Roma in last weekend’s Derby della Madonnina. Predictably, given the intense rivalry between the Aquile and the Lupi, it was a spicy affair from start to finish. Lazio are gunning for a European – preferably a Champions League – spot this season, but their ambitions have taken a major hit. Simone Inzaghi’s men will be looking to get back on track, but the Blucerchiati could pose a very tricky opponent.
Sampdoria have won five matches in a row at home. They come into this game having beaten Torino 2-0 to move into the top half of the table. And they will be looking to take advantage of Lazio’s indifferent form on the road. The Blucerchiati have lost just one out of their past nine matches and are a team that have really achieved an impressive turnaround.
Offensively, the team are led by Colombian striker Luis Muriel. He has netted six times for Sampdoria this term and has been linked with a move abroad – Chelsea are one side reportedly interested – or to another Serie A side. A January move has been mooted, but until the winter transfer window that’s all speculation.
What is certain is he has been deservedly garnering attention for his sharp showings, but Samp’s back-line have also been quite solid as well. At home they have conceded just six times in seven home games and will be looking to maintain that streak on Saturday.
Sampdoria vs Lazio: Head-to-head statistics
- Sampdoria have won only one out of their last seven Serie A clashes with Lazio (two draws, six losses).
- However, the Blucerchiati have won six out of their last 10 Serie A home games
against Lazio (two draws, two losses).
- Lazio have never scored more than one goal in their past 11 away games
- Sampdoria have won their past four home games.
Sampdoria vs Lazio: Prediction
Sampdoria find themselves in the top half of the table thanks to their win over Torino. It appears to be a lifetime ago that they lost four in a row and plummeted towards the relegation zone as a result. Yes, there was that 4-1 drubbing by Juventus, but the Bianconeri are pretty much unbeatable at Juventus Stadium. Aside from that, Marco Giampaolo’s men are in a rich vein of form and could pose a major problem for visiting side Lazio. This could be a close contest.
Sampdoria vs Lazio: Betting tips
Under 2.5 goals at evens (2.00)
Double chance – Sampdoria WIN or DRAW at 3/5 (1.60).