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Genoa derby now set for Monday evening

The meeting between Genoa and Sampdoria will now take place on Monday, February 3 at 8:45 p.m. local time.

Valerio Pennicino

The Derby della Laterna, originally scheduled for Sunday's 12:30 p.m. kick-off in Genoa, will now be played on Monday evening, at 8:45 p.m. local time. The clash between Genoa and Sampdoria will finish out Round 22.

The Genoa Derby must be moved due to - get this - accommodate market day. Yes, apparently the city of Genoa plays host to a large market near the Marassi, which is apparently so popular that fans of both sides said they'd boycott the game if the kickoff remained as scheduled. The Serie A gods decided that, on the grounds of "public order and safety", it'd be best for all if they relented and moved the match to Monday night.

With Genoa hitting a dip in form lately, and Sampdoria finally finding their footing, this one might be more exciting than the reverse fixture, which saw Samp run out easy 3-0 winners.