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Sampdoria vs Roma live stream, predictions & team news | Serie A

By Ben Green

Sampdoria vs Roma live stream, predictions & team news | Serie A

Published: 16:00, 2 May 2021

Roma will look to keep their dwindling European hopes alive when they travel to Sampdoria in Serie A on Sunday at 7.45pm (UK time).

Seventh-placed Roma are just a place below city rivals Lazio in Serie A’s Europa Conference League place, but nine points separates the two sides, so the Giallorossi will need to make sure further points don’t fall by the wayside if they are to close the gap.

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Where to watch Sampdoria vs Roma on TV:

  • UK: Premier Sports 1
  • US: ESPN+

Scoreline prediction: Sampdoria 1-2 Roma

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Sampdoria vs Roma build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:

It’s been an improved season for Sampdoria, who finished 15th last term but can consolidate their position in the top half of the table with a result this weekend, and for Roman Claudio Ranieri there is an added incentive to get one over on his former club, whom he both played for and managed.

For the capital club they have all but exited the Europa League after suffering a 6-2 reversal at the hands of Manchester United in the first leg of their semi-final showdown, meaning they will now be scrapping for their lives trying to gain parity with Lazio and mount a late surge for sixth to ensure they’re playing continental football next term.

  • Sampdoria (vs Sassuolo): Audero; Bereszynski, Yoshida, Colley, Augello; Candreva, Thorsby, Damsgaard, Jankto; Balde, Gabbiadini.
  • Roma (vs Man Utd): Lopez*; Smalling, Cristante, Ibanez; Karsdorp; Veretout*, Diawara, Spinazzola*; Pellegrini, Mkhitaryan, Dzeko.

The injuries have been totting up for Roma in recent weeks. Pau Lopez went off injured at Old Trafford and was replaced by Antonio Mirante, who is expected to deputise in his absence once again. Jordan Veretout and Leonardo Spinazzola are also expected to miss out here, joining Pedro, Riccardo Calafiori, Stephan El Shaarawy and Nicolo Zaniolo on the sidelines.

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Players to watch:

  • Sampdoria: Having missed the start of the season with a hernia injury, Manolo Gabbiadini has returned with a vengeance and is beginning to find form once again. In fact, since the start of March, no Sampdoria player has been involved in more goals than Gabbiadini in Serie A (two goals, two assists). With Roma nursing one or two defensive injuries, and their main shot-stopper currently out of action, Gabbiadini will be licking his lips at the prospect of lining up against a Giallorossi side who just conceded six goals last time out and are struggling for form domestically.
  • Roma: Aiming to prevent Gabbiadini hitting the onion bag and looking to tighten things up at the back for Roma will be Roger Ibanez. The Atalanta loanee has been a sensational force in defence for the capital club since trading Bergamo for Rome, registering more tackles than any of his teammates in Serie A this term (57), more clearances (73) and possessions won in the defensive third (105). The Brazilian has been ferocious in the air as well, outranking any Roma player for headed clearances (36), and coming in at second only behind Edin Dzeko (65) for aerial duels won (62), illuminating his elite ability both on and off the ball.

Serie A 2020/21 recent form:

  • Sampdoria: LWWLD
  • Roma: LDLWD

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