SS Lazio will look to maintain pressure on the title contenders when they welcome UC Sampdoria at the Stadio Olimpico in the Serie A on Saturday.
Lazio Match Form
Simone Inzaghi’s men have really kicked on this season, rising as high as 3rd in the table. They have picked up 42 points from 18 games, 4 points behind Inter and 6 points behind Juventus albeit with a game in hand.
Thus, a win here could see I Biancocelesti bring themselves into title contention. Irrespective of a title fight, the capital club are currently looking safe for a UEFA Champions League spot at the moment, with Atalanta and Roma 7 points behind, having played a game more.
Therefore, Inzaghi will look for nothing less than 3 points when they host struggling Sampdoria.
Sampdoria Match Form
UC Sampdoria have had a mighty fall this season, after finishing 9th last time around. However, with 19 points from as many games, I Blucerchiati are flirting with relegation right now.
While they are currently 5 points clear from the drop, with 18th-placed Genoa and 19th-placed Brescia having a paltry 14 points from 19 games. However, Claudio Ranieri’s men need to step up and they will know that a couple of good results could see them climb up the table with 10th-placed Milan just 6 points away.
A trip to high-flying Lazio will definitely be daunting, however, a 5-1 thumping of Brescia last weekend should do Ranieri’s men a world of good.
In terms of team news, Inzaghi mostly has a clean bill of health with Joaquin Correa and Ricardo Kishna the only doubts. Coming to their opponents, Gaston Ramirez, Fabio Depaoli, Alex Ferrari and Edgar Barreto are all doubts for the game.
H2H & Lazio vs Sampdoria Betting Tips
Looking at head-to-head, Lazio are utterly dominant, winning 19 out of the 34 meetings between the 2. There have been more draws (8) than Sampdoria wins (7) in this fixture. The capital club are unbeaten in the last 5 meetings, winning 4 of them.
Further, Lazio have scored 13 goals in their last 3 clashes against Sampdoria on this ground and can be definitely expected to find the back of the net. The recent form also favours the home side with 5 wins out of 5 in the league.
On the other hand, Sampdoria won just twice in the league in the same period and considering it is an away game, Ranieri’s men will find it difficult to come away with 3 points.
Thus, Lazio are overwhelming favorites to win this match and should do so comfortably by scoring over 2 goals.
Lazio Predicted XI: Strakosha; Felipe, Acerbi, Radu; Lazzari, Milinkovic-Savic; Lucas, Alberto, Lulic; Caicedo, Immobile
Sampdoria Predicted XI: Audero; Bereszynski, Chabot, Regini, Murru; Linetty, Thorsby, Vieira, Jankto; Gabbiadini, Quagliarella