Roma will play Sampdoria in Serie A on Monday in an effort to win their third consecutive league match, despite their persistent issues in Europe.
Although Jose Mourinho’s squad was only four points behind the leaders following last week’s ninth round, in which they defeated Lecce, the hosts are still winless and at the bottom of the standings. Betting Sites Sampdoria vs Roma
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After winning the inaugural Europa Conference League, Roma may have thought that moving up a level in continental action would be simple, but they have had difficulty this season in the Europa League.
Despite earning a crucial point against Real Betis on Thursday thanks to Andrea Belotti’s equalizer, the Giallorossi are still in last place in Group C, trailing both the La Liga team and Bulgaria’s Ludogorets. They still have two Group C matchdays to catch up on lost time.
It was Roma’s first match following their midweek match in Seville, where their key player Paulo Dybala sustained an injury that could keep him out for a few weeks. Strangely, despite retaining cool and scoring his team’s winning goal against Lecce last week at Stadio Olimpico, “La Joya” injured his thigh.
No side has led in more Serie A games this season without surrendering a point from a lead, and Roma’s record of six in that regard—despite giving up Gabriel Strefezza’s equalizer the previous time out—indicates the superior attitude fostered by its shrewd head coach.
They overcome a dismal record against the other members of Calcio’s “big six” by overcoming Mourinho’s previous employers Inter a week earlier, and when they head to Marassi, they will be seeking their third consecutive domestic triumph.
The player who helped the Nerazzurri win the 2010 triple will go up against Portuguese coach, but he also has history on his side: In their last eight league games, Roma has defeated Sampdoria five times, including their most recent trip to Genoa in April, where Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s goal sealed the victory.
In the midst of a crisis that has them tethered to the bottom of the table and without a league victory, Sampdoria will host their rivals from the capital.
Sampdoria has suffered defeats in each of their six Serie A meetings with Roma. Samp is currently experiencing their longest winless skid in the Italian top division since 2006 following last week’s draw against Bologna, and it has now been a total of 10 games since they last grabbed all three points.
After an embarrassing defeat to Monza, the Ligurian club’s board fired Marco Giampaolo earlier this month, but new manager Dejan Stankovic hasn’t even had time to settle in.
Sampdoria has only kept a clean sheet once in the first half of a Serie A game this season, exposing a weakness in the aging squad that the Serbian manager, who was successful at Red Star Belgrade before being given the job of turning around the ailing Blucerchiati, inherited.
After nine rounds, Samp is currently four points below Bologna in 17th position and has dropped 19 of their last 28 games overall; they must stop their unrelenting slump if they wish to avoid relegation. The Samp season is off to the worst start in club history.
Roma has improved on the road this season, winning three of their five Serie A away games. They now play a lackluster home team. The visitors can frequently take advantage of Samp’s defensive flaws even without Dybala because they have a wide range of offensive options.