Sampdoria vs Genoa 1893 / Serie A – Two city rivals have peace of mind ahead of the Genoa derby that will take place in the 32nd round of Serie A. Sampdoria occupies a higher place in the table and hope to catch an European positions if circumstances allow, while Genoa has 11 points fewer and still worry about survival. They have four points more than teams in the drop zone and cannot relax yet. Both teams are in weak shape, while their match played in the first part of season ended as 1-1 draw.
Sampdoria vs Genoa 1893 begins 14.04.2019 at 15:00 CET
Sampdoria is positioned right in the middle of table but in point terms it is closer to European positions, but they can realistically hope to reach Europe only if the seventh place leads to the Europa League. They play quite variably lately and they didn’t draw for a very long time. They mostly win in series of two matches but when they lose it often happens two and more times in a row. After two triumphs they are now in series of two defeats as they lost to Torino and Roma. After losing to Roma 1-0 the starting line-up will be changed and Bereszynski and Colley are back in defence, while Ekdal and Ramirez will play in the midfield.
Probable lineups Sampdoria: Audero – Bereszynski, Andersen, Colley, Murru – Libetty, Praet, Ekdal – Ramirez – Defrel, Quagliarella
Genoa also doesn’t shine and it won just two out of 10 previous matches, but interestingly enough they won Lazio and Juvenuts. They won both times at home where the last triumph over Juventus could turn out to be very important as after it Genoa had three-game winless streak. Schedule was difficult and they lost to Inter 4-0 at home two rounds ago but Romero was sent off very early. The situation repeated in the previous round when they faced Napoli away and this time it was Sturaro who had to leave the pitch but luckily Genoa pulled a draw 1-1. Sturaro is suspended now, while Hiljemark is injured.
Probable lineups Genoa 1893: Radu – P. Pereira, Biraschi, Romero, Criscito – Lerager, Veloso, Bessa, Lazovic – Pandev, Kouame
Sampdoria vs Genoa 1893 PICK
It is always ungrateful to forecast a city derby and now both rivals are in equally bad shape. Still, Sampdoria has showed much more this season and we expect to dominate the match. It is more likely that Doria will win but draw is also a quite realistic outcome.
Pick: Asian handicap 0 Sampdoria
Odds: 1.68 at bethard (down to 1.58 can be played)
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