Paolo Bandini's Serie A Betting: Expect Stalemate As Lazio Travel To Sampdoria

Lazio - Sampdoria

Third in the table by early October, Lazio have now sunk all the way to joint-11th. But Sampdoria, who began the campaign with European ambitions of their own, have tumbled even further. These are two sides in freefall, with three points to show for their last 12 combined fixtures.

On paper, Samp arrive for this match in better shape. Their only notable absentee is Nenad Krsticic, who has been unavailable all season. Lazio are without centre-back Mauricio through suspension, which ought to be a major concern with Stefan De Vrij and Senad Lulic already missing from the defence due to injury. But after such a difficult recent spell, I’m not convinced their visitors will have the ambition to go after that weakness.

Draw - 4.25