Sampdoria have yet to record a win this Serie A season, and only sit above the relegation zone thanks to a last-minute equalizer from Lorenzo De Silvestri. The goal likely saved Delio Rossi from the chopping block, as the manager certainly didn't impress with Samp's horrendous performance against Genoa in the Derby della Lanterna. But if 'Doria can't pull off a decent result soon, Rossi just might be shown the door.
And who better to escort him to the exit than Roma? The club may be undergoing yet another revitalization, but they're still likely smarting from Rossi's middle finger being shown to Nicolás Burdisso after Sampdoria's victory last February. Oh, and of course there's Adem Ljajic, who would like nothing better than to score once again against his former manager. His cheek likely still stings from that whole slapping incident.
If Rossi were a more likable human being, one might feel sympathy for him, as it seems a bit unfair that his future may rest on a performance against the league leaders. Roma remain perfect through four matches, sitting top thanks to a better goal difference than Napoli. One might argue, however, that the only true challenge for the giallorossi thus far has been last weekend's derby against Lazio, as their other three opponents have been Livorno, Hellas Verona and Parma -- with only Parma bothering to score, that goal being the only one Roma have conceded thus far.
Yet the side no doubt have the ability to impress. Rudi Garcia has managed to prop up the Roma defense, which could've leaked water in the middle of the Saraha last season. Signing Kevin Strootman was a master stroke, leaving all non-Americans asking, "Bradley who?". And, perhaps most importantly, Francesco Totti's still got it. The giallorossi performances have most supporters believing this strong start to the season is not a fluke.
Sampdoria, meanwhile, continue to play like a rag-tag group of players who've never been introduced. Even last week's draw was more the fault of Cagliari goalkeeper Michael Agazzi than it was slick moves by the Doria attack. Pavel Wszolek did well on his debut, even having a goal incorrectly disallowed, but the rest of the side continues to seem rather disinterested. Should Samp emerge with a result, someone's going to earn quite a bit on that betting slip.
Sampdoria injuries and suspensions
AS Roma injuries and suspensions
Sampdoria: Da Costa; Gastaldello, Palombo, Costa; De Silvestri, Obiang, Krsticic, Regini; Sansone, Bjarnason; Gabbiadini
Roma: De Sanctis; Maicon, Benatia, Castan, Balzaretti; Strootman, De Rossi, Florenzi; Ljajic, Boriello, Totti
Wednesday, September 25 at 8:45 p.m. local, 2:45 p.m. ET
Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genoa
Sky Calcio 4 (Italy)
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