Roma vs. Sampdoria
December 22, 2021 12:30 pm EDT
The Line: Over 2.5 -163, Under 2.5 +130
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Roma is hosting Sampdoria at Stadio Olimpico in round 19 of the Italian Serie A. Roma has beaten Atalanta last weekend, badly, and their confidence is now sky-high. Sampdoria has been in solid form as of late, and they are scoring goals pretty consistently.
Roma is now on a 3-game winning streak, but their latest win was mighty impressive. Roma was facing Atalanta in their last game, and to beat them 1-4 on the road is impressive. Roma is now in 6th place with 31 points, but they are only 3 points away from the Europa League spot. Roma’s offense is solid, there is no doubt about that, but their defense is inconsistent, and it has already cost them a lot of points. Roma has scored 30 goals so far this season, and Abraham is their leading goalscorer with 6 goals, while Pellegrini added 5 goals and 4 assists. Spinazzola, Pellegrini, and El Shaarawy are all injured. Roma has also qualified for the next stage of the Conference League, but their opponent is still unknown. Roma could also use this winter break, and that will certainly give enough time for some of their injured players to recover, and they will need all of them if they want to compete in two competitions.
Sampdoria hasn’t lost any of their last 3 games, and they played against some decent teams during that streak. In their last game, Sampdoria has tied against Venezia at home, but they were the better team in that match. Sampdoria has scored at least 1 goal in their last 8 games, and their offense has been looking pretty solid, but their defense is not great. Sampdoria has already conceded 34 goals so far this season, and if anything will keep them down, it will be their defense. Sampdoria is now in 15th place with 19 points, but I think they are good enough to secure their spot before the end of the season. Candreva is the leading goalscorer for Sampdoria with 6 goals, while Gabbiadini added 5 goals. Candreva has also added 5 assists. The bad news for Sampdoria is one of their best players, Damsgaard is injured. Sampdoria is one of the iconic Italian teams, but they are far from their glory days, and there are no signs those days will be back.
After their win against Atalanta, Roma has to stay consistent, and they need to win this game. It will be hard for Roma to defend against Sampdoria who are scoring a ton of goals, but Roma is the better team, and they are also scoring goals. I’m taking Roma and goals.