Odds: Roma 2/5, Draw 15/4, Sampdoria 23/4
Kick Off: 1945, 28/01/2018
TV: BT Sport
Roma and Sampdoria couldn’t be split in a 1-1 draw at Luigi Ferraris in Serie A on Wednesday night, but we’re backing the Giallorossi to come out on top in Sunday’s quick rematch at Stadio Olimpico.
They needed a last-gasp equaliser from Edin Dzeko to pick up a point in midweek, but did have 55 per cent of the possession that night and 20 attempts on goal, compared to 13 for their opponents.
With La Samp only having gone ahead through a controversial penalty and being less effective on the road this term, the feeling is that Roma can fully capitalise on their superior all-round play this time.
A Look At AS Roma’s Betting Odds
After starting the season strongly, despite selling Mohamed Salah and Antonio Rudiger in the summer, Roma have suffered a bit of a winter blip, going five Serie A games without a win.
However, one of the two defeats during that period was at Juventus and they look back on an upward curve following away draws at Inter and Sampdoria.
Former Manchester City striker Dzeko shrugged off transfer rumours linking him with a move to Chelsea in midweek and Eusebio Di Francesco will be desperate to keep hold of last season’s Serie A Golden Boot hero.
However, with Italy international Stephan El Shaarawy suffering from a muscle strain and also possibly on the move, there is scope for other attack-minded players to step up to the plate.
Young midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini has attracted attention from several major clubs due to some impressive displays this season and we like 2/1 for him to score at anytime from the Roma vs Sampdoria odds.
A Look At Sampdoria’s Betting Odds
Sixth-placed Sampdoria are just one spot below Roma in the table, but they are separated by seven points and we feel there is a clear gulf in class.
On top of that, Marco Giampaolo’s side have looked very vulnerable away from home, losing half of their 10 Serie A games on the road and conceding at least three goals in each of those defeats.
Former Juventus fringe player Fabio Quagliarella has been outstanding, netting for the 16th time in midweek, so 5/2 he strikes at any time is worth considering.
However, we’re finishing off our Roma vs Sampdoria betting tips by taking 19/2 for a 3-1 home victory.
SAMPDORIA 1-1 ROMA – Fabio Quagliarella (pen) & Edin Dzeko
Previous head-to-head results: Sampdoria 3-2 Roma, Roma 4-0 Sampdoria, Roma 3-2 Sampdoria, Roma 2-1 Sampdoria, Sampdoria 2-1 Roma
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