The international break it’s finally over as we see the return of Italian football. Roma had a relatively strong start to the season but still have left something to be desired. The Romans sit one point behind the Champions League places and have a great opportunity to cut into that this weekend. They’re coming off a very controversial draw against Cagliari that ended up with Paulo Fonseca being suspended as well as another injury occurrence. Roma head out on the road this week as they are prepared to take on the Sampdoria at the Luigi Ferrari on Saturday afternoon. Roma won the season series last season as they head into this match is favorites. While Roma is trying to fight for Champions League Sampdoria is trying to fight for survival. In what should be a thrilling match as both of these teams need points for different reasons. Roma wants to stay in the Champions League chase and Sampdoria is just desperate for points. We will see a very familiar face as Claudio Ranieri has taken over at Sampdoria the former Roma manager that was brought in last season as the caretaker last season as he has an opportunity and a chance against a club that is near and dear to his heart. There is an emotional aspect to this match but it is something that will not overturn what we will see on the field. Sampdoria has been one of the worst teams in the league this season and have no Communication or disciplined defensively. Claudio Ranieri as a very intelligent man and a good manager he is capable of getting them out of this but even though Roma has a lot of injuries there’s no excuse for not picking up the three points. Will we see what we expect or will the hosts have something up their sleeves we will find all that out in more when Sampdoria and Roma clash on Saturday afternoon.
A.S Roma 3-3-1 5th 12 Points
Roma has gone through some injury crisis has over the last few weeks and it has all come at the exact wrong time. Roma has a good enough team to get the points but it’s still going to be a struggle over the next few weeks as Roma’s key players continue to drop like flies. Lorenzo Pellegrini Diawara, Hendrick Mkhitaryan, Cengiz Under Diego Perotti, and Edin Dzeko have fallen under the injury bug this season. The biggest loss is without question Lorenzo Pellegrini who is the most valuable player in the squad on top of that Fonseca has been suspended from the bench but he will still determine the lineup. However I am bearing some good news as Under, Diego Perotti and Henrik Mkhitaryan are all close to Full health. Diego Perotti who has been injured since the first game of the season yet to play in one match will be listed on the bench. Edin Dzeko is also questionable to play as he had a face fracture that will require him to wear a mask he will be able to play but against Sampdoria tomorrow afternoon he is unlikely to start the game but it is possible he could make an appearance at some point. We should see some of the similarities to the team we saw last time out. In goal, as usual, Pau Lopez. The backline is suspected to be Alex Kolarov at left-back Leonardo Spinazzola at right-back then a center-back partnership of Gianluca Mancini and Chris Smalling. Federico Fazio will also be an option but it is unclear what it will be going forward. A very similar set up in the defensive Midfield with Bryan Cristante and Jordan Veretout. Without Lorenzo Pellegrini, Javier Pastore is likely to get the start in the central midfield position. This may be his last opportunity to prove himself as he’s been given more than enough time. On the wing, we should have Justin kluivert who has been Roma’s most improved player this season he has been electric throughout every single match. On the other wing should be rising star Nicolo Zaniolo who has been shortlisted for the Golden Boy award in January. Then upfront with Edin Dzeko unable to start will be the first start of Nikola kalinic after having his first Roma goal taken away from him he will be inspired and ready for this match.
Sampdoria 1-0-9 20th 3Points
Sampdoria is an absolute miserable form they have only won one out of their first seven games they are dead last in Italian football. Raneri has been elected to try to steer them out of the bottom. In the first game with a new coach, things can be different still formation might change and he has to do his best to adjust to the situation. A match like this will be unfortunate for Sampdoria it is a tough match to start under a new coach. They have previously played out of the 3-5-2 that will be in incredibly dangerous against a team like Roma even though they have a lot of injuries they can a break when they want to. All Roma would need to do is hit a through ball over the defensive Midfield and give one of Roma’s young Stars space and time to operate. it is a good strategy to try to limit opportunities but against this team, it certainly seems like a bad idea. Claudio Ranieri in all likelihood will make a change in the formation. It is rather unclear what he will end up doing but he needs a security blanket in the defense and a defensive Midfield to make things as difficult as it possibly can on Roma. Claudio Ranieri can go in several different directions with this lineup. The 4-3-3 could leave them a little bit too exposed and a 4-2-3-1 may not be the best idea given what Roma is capable of doing. The best option at this point in terms of the lineup is 4-3-2-1 formation. It will give Sampdoria the security with three defensive midfielders with the one in the central position pressuring forward and in front of them two attackers who will sit under the striker. From the tactical perspective, this makes the most sense even if Sampdoria loses this game they have to show some sort of improvement or this season is already over. It will be really difficult to win this game for them but whether or not they put in a good performance will largely depend on the lineup. The key player for Sampdoria is Rigoni he’s a younger player who’s capable of scoring goals when given the opportunity I don’t believe in Fabio at this age I just don’t they will have to ride their younger players to get to the Finish Line Fabio is capable of scoring but Sampdoria cannot rely on him which is why they got into this situation in the first place. A lot needs to happen for Sampdoria to win but the results will not be decided on the pitch the results will be decided in the lineup and formation if they get this wrong goodnight Sampdoria.
Claudio Ranieri knows Roma very well but this is not the Roma he is accustomed to. Even without Paulo Fonseca on the bench Roma is heavy favorites and for very good reason. Roma has injuries all over the place but even despite that, they have way too much quality to be upset by a Sampdoria side that looks just destined for relegation. Claudio Ranieri has the tools and resources to try and change the narrative around this team but against Roma at home is a very difficult first match. The biggest issue with Sampdoria is the way they defend. Roma has its issues defensively but it’s not nearly as severe. They have been throttled by teams that aren’t nearly as good as Roma. It is their biggest weakness and unfortunately for Sampdoria Roma does have the tools and weapons to exploit that. The pace and athleticism of Justin kluivert can give them an absolute nightmare. The young Dutchman as the poise and convection in front of goal especially if he’s given space. Sampdoria’s defense is slow and a slow to react Justin kluivert will just need one chance to blow this open. He may not be the best player on this team but given this matchup, he is the one to look out for. Justin kluivert is, without doubt, The X Factor. Roma will need to try to adapt to the absence of Pellegrini with Bryan Cristante or Javier Pastore supplying balls into the attacking midfield for Nicolo Zaniolo and Justin kluivert. Getting space on the outside through Alex Kolarov and Leonardo Spinazzola can make this matchup incredibly dangerous for Roma not to mention they have Nikola kalinic upfront in for Edin Dzeko who is capable of putting the ball in the back of the net if he is serviced. He is not nearly as good as Dzeko but in terms of size, he is an imposing figure and could be a problem if chances are facilitated to him. Roma’s defense will be a problem at times the problem is Sampdoria does not have the weapons within their team to deal with that. Sampdoria’s best approach is to come through the back and try to facilitate chances to Fabio he maybe 36 years old and well past his prime but he’s capable of scoring. Things will be very difficult even though this Roma team hasn’t looked great over the last few games they just have components of their team that will give Sampdoria serious problems. Claudio Ranieri may have something special up his sleeves and they are playing at home in front of a crowd that at times has made teams work for it Roma need to keep pace with the Champions League race and a given they have significantly a more imposing team they have to find a way to get three points if they can’t beat Sampdoria a team that concedes goals on a regular basis they’re going to have issues this is a must-win to Roma cannot afford to lose games like this that is exactly why Roma fail to get into the Champions League last season matches like this hold great importance. Sampdoria has the opportunity and chance to make a tough on Roma but in the end, you cannot see past the lads from the capital getting all three points anything less than that would be a huge disappointment for Roma.
Roma’s Projected starting XI 4-2-3-1
GK: Pau Lopez
DEF: Alex Kolarov, Chris Smalling , Federico Fazio, Leo Spinazzola
DEF MID: Jordan Veretout, Bryan Cristante
ATT MID: Justin Kluivert, Javier Pastore, Nicolo Zaniolo
Striker: Nicola Kalinic
Manager: Paulo Fonseca
Sampdoria’s Projected starting XI 4-3-2-1
DEF MID: Linetty,Depaoli,Ekdal
Striker: Rigoni, Quagliarella
Manager: Claudio Raneri
Players to Watch
Justin Kluivery & Rigoni
Date: Sunday, October 20th, 2019
Venue: Stadio Luggi Ferrari
Kickoff: 8:00AM (USA) 2:00PM (ENG), 3:00PM (ITA)
TV Broadcast: Sky Italia, ESPN+