AS Roma will be looking to maintain their fight for a Champions League place this weekend as play in Serie A resumes. The Italian giants will play host to Sampdoria, who picked up just a third success of the season in their previous match.
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Jose Mourinho’s main aim this term would have been to guide AS Roma into a Champions League spot. The club appear good value to achieve that at this stage of the season, as they sit just a point behind AC Milan with eleven games remaining. Roma will need to overcome some poor form, as they lost each of their last two matches before the international break in Italy. Furthermore, they have lost three of their previous four.
Roma hasn’t lost three games on the bounce in Serie A since July 2020, meaning that a home win is essential to avoid picking up that record. Mourinho could also see his job come under increasing pressure if results don’t improve, as he has averaged 1.69 points per game during his stay, which is the lowest of any manager at the club since 1999.
Time appears to be running out for Sampdoria in Serie A, as they remain 19th in the league standings at this late stage. They are nine points from safety, and have picked up just three victories from 27 matches this term. However, they were winners in their most recent fixture against Hellas Verona.
Sampdoria will be looking to record back-to-back league wins for the first time since November 2021 this weekend. Meanwhile, they could be confident of achieving that, having avoided defeat in four of their previous seven league fixtures.
AS Roma vs Sampdoria Head to Head
AS Roma has picked up two straight victories against Sampdoria by a 1-0 scoreline. This weekend, they could record three straight wins against their rivals for the first time since 2009. However, Sampdoria fought to a 1-1 draw in their previous match away from home against Roma, and will be looking to avoid defeat in successive visits for the first time since 2006.
AS Roma vs Sampdoria Prediction
The pressure will be on Mourinho’s Roma this weekend, as they look to get their Champions League challenge back on track. We fully expect them to achieve that, but once again, the victory could come in the form of a 1-0 scoreline.
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