Written by Scot Munroe
Roma travel to the Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris on Sunday afternoon looking to continue their winning/unbeaten run in 2017.
In all 4 games of 2017 in Serie A and Coppa Italia Roma have won all 4 games and have yet to concede a goal.
For Sampdoria it hasn’t been a brilliant start to 2017, they have yet to pick up a win in all 4 games and only picked up a point in the three Serie A games played. A last gap defeat away at Napoli which was very harsh on Sampdoria as they held their own before Lorenzo Tonelli scored in the last minute. A 0-0 home draw against Empoli and then a midweek thrashing in mid-January at the Stadio Olimpico when Roma took Sampdoria to the sword with a 4-0 home win. Then on last Sunday Sampdoria woes continues as they went 1-0 down to Atalanta thanks to a penalty from Alejandro Gomez.
If Sampdoria don’t manage to pick a win against Roma it could be a tough couple of games, as next Sunday they travel to AC Milan in the Sunday lunch time kick off. Then they have two homes games against Bologna and Cagliari then end the month away to Palermo which potentially a relegation six pointer.
For Roma it has been a completely different start to 2017 where Luciano Spalletti has brought their late 2016 from by winning their 4 games in all competitions in 2017. It started off with back to back 1-0 away wins at Genoa and Udinese. Then the 4-0 home win against Sunday opposition Sampdoria in the last 16 of the Coppa Italia thanks to a Radja Nainggolan brace. Then on Sunday night, Roma struggled to break down a resilient Cagliari side and had Edin Dzeko to thanks after the Bosnian striker scored the winner halfway through the second half.
Roma will be looking to push for the win away at Sampdoria and looking for their first away win against Sampdoria since the 2013/14 when Mehdi Benatia and Gervinho both scored for Rudi Garcia side that day. Roma are pushing for all 3 competitions in the next couple of month and Sunday league match away at Sampdoria is crucial for their push for top spot in Serie A.
Games coming up in February will take its toll, Coppa Italia Quarter final against Cesena on the 1st February is followed by two league games at home to Fiorentina and away at Crotone. In the middle of February is the re-start of the Europa League and Roma travel to Spanish side Villarreal and then 3 days later Roma take on Torino. So focus and concentration in the next month will be needed for Roma as they push on in 3 competitions.
Since the 1993/94 season in both Serie A and Coppa Italia, Sampdoria and Roma have played each other 41 times. Roma have won close to half of that 41 games winning 20, drawing 11 and Sampdoria winning 10 of the games. Roma are looking to 4 straight wins against Sampdoria in all competitions and Sampdoria will be looking to back to back home wins after defeating Rudi Garcia side in September 2015 thanks to a Kostas Manolas own goal.
Sampdoria predicted XI 4-3-1-2
Puggioni, Bereszynski, Silvestre, Skriniar, Regini, Barreto, Torreira, Linetty, Bruno Fernandes, Quagliarella, Muriel
Roma predicted XI 3-4-2-1
Szczesny, Manolas, Fazio, Rudiger, Bruno Peres, De Rossi, Strootman, Emerson, Nainggolan, Perotti, Dzeko