Sampdoria take on the visitors Lazio in the round 4 match of Italian Serie A. The match will be played on Wednesday, August 31st at Stadio Luigi Ferraris (Genoa).
Sampdoria last season can only be happy about one thing: they survived in Serie A, while neighbors and enemies, Genoa, went down. But still, even after returning to the coaching post of Marco Giampaolo, it turned out to score 36 points in the 2021/2022 draw. Then this was enough for 15th place, but the results are generally extremely mediocre. The new championship did not start easy, which was expected: Ekdal and Yoshida left for free, players such as Damsgård, Bonazzoli and Caprari were sold. Not surprisingly, the starting round ended with a defeat to the ambitious Atalanta. Against Juventus they also failed to score, but they managed to keep their own goal. Of course, 0-0 with the "Old Signora" can be regarded as a success. But after that, the impression is that there simply wasn’t enough strength for Salernitana at all - they lost 0-4 on the road.
Lazio spend their 2nd season without Simone Inzaghi. He moved to Inter last summer. But in Rome they managed not only to lose ground, but even added a little. The bet on Maurizio Sarri, although considered risky, turned out to be successful. "Smoker" with his wards collected 64 points and finished in 5th place, once again ahead of his neighbor and enemy, "Roma". Now, Laziale also managed to get off to a decent start. They started with a difficult, but strong-willed 2-1 victory over Bologna. Then, however, it was not possible to score against Torino away, the match ended in a goalless draw. It seems that the goals were saved for the Inter. An important match with a potential competitor can also be considered fundamental, given that the Black-and-Blues are now coached by Simone Inzaghi. His return to the Stadio Olimpico failed again. The visitors from Milan were able to answer the first goal of the Sky Blues, but Pedro flashed in the 2nd half. First, an experienced Spaniard assisted Luis Alberto. And then he scored a goal himself, sealing the final 3-1.
Sampdoria have only won once in their last 12 head-to-head matches. It happened in 2020, but after that all 3 fights ended in favor of Lazio. Bookmakers do not believe in Sampdoria. Perhaps she will not disgrace herself like she did with Salernitana in the last round. But the visitors from Rome should still win.
Prediction for the match: Lazio to win.