These Sampdoria vs. Genoa predictions look ahead to the second round of this season’s Derby della Lanterna, which takes place at Marassi on Saturday. Just five points separate the two teams and the hosts could be dragged into a relegation battle should they lose.
Sampdoria vs. Genoa odds
1 – A draw at full-time – 12/5
2 – Both teams to score – 10/11
3 – Under 2.5 goals scored – 3/4
4 – Francesco Caputo to score first – 4/1
5 – Sebastian Giovinco to score anytime – 21/10
Sampdoria face local rivals Genoa on Saturday looking for their first win in five games and hoping to keep themselves clear of the bottom three. The Grifone have seen their form pick up under Alexander Blessin and are looking to engineer their own late escape from the relegation zone.
A win for Genoa at Cagliari last weekend means that both Ligurian teams could well remain in Serie A come the end of the season, although time is running out for the visitors. With matches against Juventus and Napoli in their remaining four fixtures, the Rossoblu need to win on Saturday if they are to claim the now-coveted 17th spot.
For the hosts, the situation is less dire thanks to their five-point cushion over the bottom three. However, with Lazio, Fiorentina and Inter to come, this weekend may also be the final chance for three points for the Blucerchiati. With the sides so evenly matched both on paper and in motivation, Saturday’s encounter could well end with each side taking a point.
Recent editions of the Derby della Lanterna have proven to be relatively even, with two draws in their last four meetings. Neither side has managed to preserve a clean sheet in any of the last five clashes and we envisage yet another match in which both teams score on Saturday.
With so much at stake for the two teams, it would be a surprise to see either take significant risks at the weekend. Genoa in particular have struggled with goalscoring this season, with their leading goalscorer Mattia Destro in the midst of a nine-match dry spell. As a result, we could be in for a low-scoring match at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.
The man most likely to provide entertainment is Sampdoria forward Francesco Caputo. The former Sassuolo player has bagged four goals in his past four games and one more would see him surpass last year’s tally. Caputo is favourite to score first, while Sebastian Giovinco’s return could see the forward a surprise favourite to bag his first Sampdoria goal.
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Sampdoria vs. Genoa last five matches
Sampdoria last five matches
Genoa last five matches
Sampdoria top goalscorers
Genoa top goalscorers
Sampdoria vs. Genoa line-ups
Sampdoria (4-3-1-2): Audero; Bereszynski, Ferrari, Colley, Augello; Candreva, Rincon, Thorsby; Sensi; Caputo, Sabiri.
Genoa (4-2-3-1): Sirigu; Frendrup, Ostigard, Bani, Vasquez; Sturaro, Badelj; Amiri, Galdames, Portanova; Ekuban.
Sampdoria team news
Sebastian Giovinco is still waiting for his first game in a Sampdoria shirt but may make the bench at the weekend. Manolo Gabbiadini is also on the road to recovery, while Stefano Sensi is expected to return to the starting XI, with Ronaldo Viera dropping to the sidelines.
Genoa team news
Alexander Blessin could welcome back key midfielders Nicolo Rovella and Andrea Cambiaso for Saturday’s game, although neither is expected to start. Zinho Vandeusden is also making a return from a knee injury and could feature in some capacity this weekend, in a significant boost for the visitors.