Lazio vs Sampdoria: Match Preview
Lazio take on Sampdoria at the Stadio Olimpico in the opening Serie A fixture of round 20, the biancocelesti have not lost at home against Sampdoria in the league since January 2005 (1-2 for the Blucerchiati): since then Lazio have 10 wins and three draws to their name.
Senad Lulic misses out after picking up a yellow card against Napoli, his absence will present Jony with another opportunity after impressing in the Coppa Italia midweek with a couple of assists. Lukaku, Vavro and Marusic all miss out as they continue to recover from their injuries.
Acerbi, Cataldi and Radu are one yellow card away from missing out on the Derby della Capitale.
Sampdoria have won two of their last four Serie A away matches (1D, 1L), this run of form is greater than the clubs last 15 away games. Claudio Ranieri has once again turned the form of a struggling team around in Serie A. His Sampdoria team now look like a side worthy of playing in the Italian top division after the ‘Tinkerman’ has steadied their ship.
Ranieri has no suspensions for the game in Rome, Fabio Depauli and Gaston Ramirez have not trained with the team this week and therefore look likely to miss out in this fixture. Ramirez has carried out individual training and will most likely return next week.
Form: Lazio (W,W,W,W,W) Sampdoria (W,D,L,W,L)
Last Season: 2-2
Lazio vs Napoli: Expected Lineups
Sampdoria: Audero; Murru, Chabot, Colley, Bereszynski; Linetty, Vieira, Ekdal, Thorsby; Quagliarella, Gabbiadini.
Lazio vs Sampdoria: One to Watch
Fabio Quagliarella: The Sampdoria striker could find the goal in two consecutive Serie A appearances for the first time since May 2019 – the Italian enjoys scoring against Lazio and currently has scored seven times against the biancocesti, including a goal in the last match at the Olimpico.
Lazio vs Sampdoria: Top Tip
First Half Correct Score (0-0) – Only Crystal Palace and Celta Vigo (four each) have scored fewer goals than Sampdoria (five) in the first half in the current Top-5 European championships – also the blucerchiati are the only team to have not yet found the net in the first half hour of match in this Serie A.
Lazio vs Sampdoria: Prediction
Lazio have scored in all their last 23 Serie A home games, scoring a total of 54 goals in the partial (2.3 on average per match).
I am predicting Lazio to continue their impressive run of form with a narrow win against Ranieri’s Sampdoria, ensuring the winning streak continues for another week.
Prediction: Lazio 2-1 Sampdoria