21 December 2021, 14:54 | 28 August 2021, 15:29
AS Roma vs. U.C. Sampdoria kicks off at 18:30 (GMT+1) on Wednesday, December 22, at the Stadio Olimpico.
Preview Roma Serie A, Dec 22, 2021
Preview Roma stunned onlookers with an impressive 4-1 win over Atalanta at the weekend. Jose Mourinho's side got right into it after kick-off. A one-two left Tammy Abraham (1’) racing away for the opener in the first minute of play despite being surrounded by a number of opposing shirts. Minutes later, a well-executed counterattack saw Nicolo Zaniolo (27’) double Roma’s lead. A huge deflection from Bryan Cristante (45+1’ O.G.) saw Atalanta reduce Roma’s lead to just a goal at the stroke of half-time. However, Smalling (72’) restored Roma’s two-goal lead, before Tammy Abraham (82’) wrapped up the three points with the brace. The comfortable win saw Roma move into the top-five. With back-to-back victories, WLLWW, Roma has 31 points after 10W, 1D, and 7L. Roma have lost two of their last three Serie A games on Wednesday (2L & 1W), after winning the previous nine. The Giallorossi have not drawn on this day of the week in the league since April 2019, when they picked up a 2-2 draw against Fiorentina, with Claudio Ranieri at the helm. The Special One will be going with three at the back once again, fashioned in the 3—5—2 formation. Despite having three in defense for a major portion of the season, Roma have kept five clean sheets at home in Serie A this season. No team has more clean sheets at home than Roma, along with Napoli, five also. Tammy Abraham and Nicolò Zaniolo are expected in attack once again. Meanwhile, Stephan El Shaarawy (calf injury) and Lorenzo Pellegrini (muscle injury) remain in doubt for this fixture against La Samp.
Preview Sampdoria Serie A, Dec 22, 2021