Two Serie A sides struggling for form will lock horns at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara on Saturday lunchtime as Sampdoria play host to Salernitana.
I Blucerchiati have won only three of their last 14 games across all competitions in 2022, while the Garnets have won only three league matches all season.
Sampdoria suffered their 19th defeat of the campaign when they were beaten 2-0 away against Bologna last weekend, with Marko Arnautovic scoring both goals in the second half.
A run of just three wins and 10 defeats since the turn of the year has seen I Blucerchiati slip down the Serie A standings to 16th place, seven points clear of the relegation zone with 18th-placed Venezia having a game in hand.
Marco Giampaolo’s side will require at least a couple more victories to secure their top-flight status for an 11th successive season, and Saturday’s fixture with basement club Salernitana is one from which they will certainly fancy their chances of claiming maximum points.
Sampdoria have won each of their last five meetings against Salernitana across all competitions, keeping clean sheets in each of their last four. Their most recent encounter saw them secure a routine 2-0 away victory in the reverse fixture in November.
Salernitana coach Davide Nicola reacts on March 20, 2022© Reuters
Sampdoria are one of only three Serie A teams to have lost 19 times this season, but their opponents Salernitana are the only club to have suffered defeat in 20 games, with their most recent at the hands of Roma last weekend.
Ivan Radovanovic had given the Garnets a surprise lead at the Stadio Olimpico but the hosts turned the game on its head with strikes from Carles Perez and Chris Smalling securing a 2-1 win.
Davide Nicola’s men have been rooted to the foot of the table since mid-November, and an immediate demotion to the second tier is on the cards as they are nine points adrift from safety. They do, however, have two games in hand on 17th-placed Cagliari so a great escape is not impossible.
Two of Salernitana’s three Serie A victories this term have been away from home, against Hellas Verona and Venezia, and considering Sampdoria’s poor form, they will feel that Saturday’s contest is an opportunity to win a fourth top-flight match and end their 11-game run without a win.