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Lazio vs Sampdoria Prediction & Match Preview


Lazio vs Sampdoria Prediction & Match Preview

Lazio vs Sampdoria
Italy Serie A
Date: Saturday, 20 February 2021
Kick-Off at 14.00 UK
Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Rome.

After suffering a 3-1 loss to Inter in the Serie A derby, Lazio will be looking to give fans something to cheer about when they take on Sampdoria at their Stadio Olimpico on Matchday 23. 

The Biancocelesti aim to stay in the Champions League race, and we are positive that they will fight tooth and nail against La Samp. 

Both Luis Felipe and Strakosha remain in the recovery room, while Hoedt is banned for the match. Radu is a major doubt.

Sampdoria, on the other hand, aim to build on a 2-1 win over Fiorentina, but they will have big fish to fry in Saturday’s clash against Simone Inzaghi’s troops. 

Even though Claudio Ranieri has a full squad to choose from, we are tempted to put our money on Lazio, who have turned their Stadio Olimpico into a real fortress. 

In their last meeting in Rome the Biancocelesti crushed La Samp 5-1.

Lazio vs Sampdoria Head-to-head

Teams Lazio Sampdoria played so far 36 matches.
Lazio won 20 direct matches. Sampdoria won 8 matches. 8 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.75 goals per Match.

Lazio vs Sampdoria Prediction

Lazio in actual season average scored 1.82 goals per match. In 16 (84.21%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 13 (68.42%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Sampdoria average scored 1.59 goals per match in season 2021. In 13 (92.86%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 10 (71.43%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Simone Inzaghi has to negotiate a growing injury crisis in defence, just days ahead of Lazio's return to continental action, as Wesley Hoedt is suspended and Luiz Felipe - whose season was effectively ended last week - Stefan Radu and goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha are out injured.

In-form wing-back Manuel Lazzari is also suspended on Saturday, so Mateo Musacchio should be drafted in to central defence and Mohamed Fares or club captain Senad Lulic - who has struggled for opportunities since recovering from injury - will start on the left flank, with Adam Marusic switching to the right.

Given the upcoming clash with Bayern, Inzaghi may decide to rest one of his dynamic front pairing, as Vedat Muriqi and Felipe Caicedo stand ready to deputise for Ciro Immobile or Joaquin Correa.

Sampdoria, contrastingly, have an almost full squad at their disposal, as long-term injury victim Manolo Gabbiadini has been involved in full training and is now nearing a comeback.

Keita Balde returns to his former club in fine form and will lead the line in Claudio Ranieri's XI, with Fabio Quagliarella favourite to partner him, though Gaston Ramirez could instead feature if the former Roma coach opts for a more cautious 4-4-1-1 setup.

The ongoing battle for places in the Samp engine room continues, with Morten Thorsby and Albin Ekdal competing to partner Adrien Silva in the centre, while Antonio Candreva will hope to usurp young Mikkel Damsgaard on the right wing as he also gets set to meet his former team, in the city of his birth.

Lazio possible starting lineup:
Reina; Musacchio, Patric, Acerbi; Marusic, Milinkovic-Savic, Escalante, Alberto, Fares; Correa, Immobile

Sampdoria possible starting lineup:
Audero; Bereszynski, Yoshida, Colley, Augello; Candreva, Silva, Ekdal, Jankto; Keita, Quagliarella