The Serie A continues on Wednesday with three matches on the docket. Juventus will be watching the Lazio and Atalanta match with attention. Lazio are behind Juventus by 4 points at the moment. A loss or even a tie for Lazio is going to set up a huge opportunity for Juve on Friday.
They have a very winnable match against Lecce in that one. A win for Atalanta and Lazio could be down by 7 points after Friday evening in Italy. Everyone who suddenly lost faith in Juve are likely going to jump right back on the bandwagon soon. A 7-point lead would be daily substantial.
Roma will welcome Sampdoria to Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday for their second meeting in the 2019-20 Serie A campaign. Sampdoria played Roma tough in their first fixture to force a tie against the favourites. Roma have no shot at getting into the Lazio-Juve race, but are holding in there ahead of AC Milan and Napoli.
Napoli have been playing great football recently, which included a Coppa Italia win over Juventus, and a 2-0 win on Tuesday against Verona. However, Roma still maintain a 3-point advantage over Napoli for the No. 5 spot on the table. Sampdoria are well down the table in 16th.
With a record of 7-5-14 and 26 points, they are trying to fend off from being relegated. Sampdoria are hanging on for the moment with a 1-point advantage on Genoa and Lecce. The three-lowest ranked teams are sent to Serie B competition, so the rest of the schedule is very meaningful for Sampdoria.
Roma are very much playing for something, too. They aren’t catching Lazio or Juve, but the Europa League spot is still up for grabs. A sloppy and unfocused performance could result in an unfavourable result for Roma. They did that in their first meeting against Sampdoria and had to settle for a tie. Head below for our free Roma vs. Sampdoria pick for June 24, 2020 in Serie A.
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This is the first match for Roma since a 4-3 win over Cagliari in March. Sampdoria have a match under their belt, which resulted in a 2-1 loss against Inter Milan. The match was more lopsided than the final score would lead on. Inter Milan recorded 17 shots and 5 on target, while Sampdoria countered with 6 shots and only 2 on target. Inter Milan thoroughly controlled the time of possession, as they had the ball for 78% of the match.
Sampdoria managed just 1 corner as opposed to 5 for Inter Milan. In other words, this could have easily been a 3-1 or 4-1 win for Inter Milan. They had many glorious scoring opportunities. They didn’t materialize, but still had enough for the extra goal over Sampdoria.
The biggest thing working in Sampdoria’s corner for Wednesday is that Roma might be a bit rusty. However, Sampdoria have been so terrible on the road this season that a trip to Stadio Olimpico likely isn’t going to be a fun experience. Sampdoria have been abysmal on the road with 2 goals conceded per match and just 1.08 goals netted offensively.
That doesn’t add up to too many wins, nor does it equate to many draws on the road either. It would have helped greatly if they had striker Fabio Quagliarella in their corner for this one, but he is expected to miss with a calf injury. Quagliarella was the top scorer in Serie A last season with 26 goals. Manolo Gabbiadini, also a striker, may not play as well for Sampdoria.
For Roma, they’re at home on Wednesday where they’ve scored 2 goals per match and conceded 1.46 goals per match. They will be down Nicolo Zaniolo, but that was expected because of a torn knee ligament. He tore his knee in January against Juve and is still on the mend. They likely don’t need his services to find a win today, though. Sampdoria likely cause a scare for a moment, but look for Roma to find a way to a 2-1 or 3-1 win on Wednesday at home.