Lazio to strengthen case for CL spot by winning tough Samp test
Lazio, 11/8 for victory with Coral, are racing to cement a Champions League place for next season and, after a recent blip in form to surrender second spot back to capital rivals Roma, must clinch all three points against Sampdoria.
Currently ensconced in coveted third place, the electric Eagles, who have won five of their past six battles with the Blucerchiati, must stay ahead of Rafa Benitez’s Napoli boys.
Samp, 2/1 to triumph on home turf, are also chasing continental football for next campaign, but currently sit sixth after their own recent Serie A slump.
The Romans have won five of their previous six battles with the Blucerchiati, with the other ending on even terms, so will be expecting to emerge as victors again.
Having already sunk Samp 3-0 this season, Stefan Pioli’s impressive side are a superb 17/5 chance to score three or more again, or 15/4 to win to nil at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.
Fantastically talented Brazilian attacking force Felipe Anderson struck against Sampdoria in Lazio’s earlier rout of the Genoese club, and is 21/10 in the anytime market, while prolific marksman Miroslav Klose is 5/1 to draw first blood.
The potent pair of Anderson and Klose have hit 12 Serie A strikes between them this term, while Italy international Andrea Candreva, who grabbed a consolation against Inter Milan last time out, is 13/2 to deliver the final blow.
Sinisa Mihajlovic’s men should not be discouraged by their guests’ attacking prowess, however, as the Eagles are far less impressive away from the Stadio Olimpico, having failed to win their last two on the road.
Samp enter this encounter on the back of a swashbuckling victory against Udinese, but need to string a run of wins together having tasted triumph just once in their last seven in Serie A.
The Blucerchaiti have suffered a significant blow after top scorer Eder’s injury, as the Brazil-born Italy international looks set to be sidelined for the remainder of the season.
Highly-rated Colombia star Luis Muriel (13/2 to fire home the first) and sharpshooter Samuel Eto’o (11/2 to hit home last) will bear the goal burden in his absence, while fellow attacking threat Roberto Soriano bagged a brace last time out in Udine, and is 13/5 to be on target anytime again.
For this clash, our top tip is Lazio at a fantastic 15/4 to bounce back in style and win to nil against Sampdoria, for what would be the second time this term.