Lazio host Sampdoria in Serie A on Saturday looking to keep their top four hopes alive (2pm kick-off).
Simone Inzaghi’s men are currently down in seventh but only two points behind fourth-placed Juventus with 16 games still to play, while Sampdoria are sitting comfortable in 10th.
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Where to watch Lazio vs Sampdoria on TV:
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- US: ESPN+
Scoreline prediction: Lazio 2-1 Sampdoria
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Lazio vs Sampdoria build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Lazio have won more points in 2021 than any other Serie A side so far, gaining 19 from six wins, one draw and a defeat, a run that has seen them close the gap on the top four (despite only gaining one position in the table). However, they go into this game off the back of their first league defeat of the year, losing 3-1 at Inter Milan last weekend. Lazio are now looking to avoid recording back-to-back league defeats for the first time this season but their home form is on their side. The capital club have won each of their last five home league games, their best record since managing six on the trot at this stage last season.
Their opponents Sampdoria come into this game off the back of a win over Fiorentina that put more distance themselves and the relegation zone. Claudio Ranieri’s side are currently 10th in the table, 15 points clear of the bottom three and can almost safely start to plan for next season. It’s testament to the work Ranieri has done at the club, taking over a relegation-threatened side in October 2019, steering them to 15th by the end of the campaign before building on it. Europe may still be too far off, with Sampdoria 10 points behind seventh-placed Lazio but a win this weekend could reignite some hopes.
- Lazio (vs Inter Milan): Reina; Patric, Acerbi, Hoedt; Lazzari, Milinkovic-Savic, Luis Alberto, Lucas, Marusic; Correa, Immobile.
- Sampdoria (vs Fiorentina): Audero; Bereszynski, Yoshida, Colley, Augello; Damsgaard, Thorsby, Silva, Jankto; Ramirez; Balde.
Lazio will continue without Thomas Strakosha, Felipe Caicedo and Luiz Felipe, but Sampdoria have a fresh squad.
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Players to watch:
- Lazio: Although Lazio were beaten by Inter Milan last weekend, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic came out of the defeat with his head held high. It doesn’t feel like too long ago that Milinkovic-Savic was one of the most sought-after midfielders in the world, linked with moves to the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester United. But he has been somewhat forgotten by those outside Serie A, and its the loss of those who have ignored him, with Milinkovic-Savic overcoming a tough period to appear back near the top of his game. Against Inter he was involved at both ends of the pitch, scoring Lazio’s goal, creating two chances and winning two tackles in the midfield battle. He’ll be hoping for a bit more fortune for his team’s result this weekend.
- Sampdoria: Ranieri’s best hope of making it two wins from two is Keita Balde, who has filled in excellently through the middle to keep Fabio Quagliarella on the bench and ready to come on whenever required. It wasn’t an easy start to the season for Balde, who joined on loan from Monaco in the summer, as he played just three games before suffering an injury and was sent off in his first match back. He did still manage to score in that game before the red card and found the net in his return too, starting a good run of form. Balde has now scored five goals in his past eight Serie A matches including two in a row going into this game, helping Sampdoria to four points, and may be motivated more than most this weekend having spent six years at Lazio. Balde joined the capital club from Barcelona and went into the youth set up, before being promoted to the first team two years later. In total, Balde played 137 times for Lazio, scoring 31 goals, before moving to Monaco in a £28m deal.
Serie A 2020/21 recent form:
- Lazio: LWWWW
- Sampdoria: WDLWW
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