Roma vs Sampdoria preview :
Roma’s this year’s first hurdle is Sampdoria, after facing the challenge of bouncing back from their first loss under Rudi Garcia when Sampdoria visits them in the Coppa Italia on Thursday.
Despite enjoying a 17-match unbeaten run before losing to Juventus, Roma head into the last-16 tie against Sampdoria having won just two of their last eight fixtures. With 3 major players, including two Midfielders Adem Ljajic, Daniele De Rossi and defender Leandro Castan suspended, Roma would no doubt considering competitive start.
Sampdoria, owners of one of the league’s best crests, sit at a healthy enough 14th place on the Seria A table, four points clear of the relegation zone and winners of two of their past four league matches. In terms of the Coppa Italia, however, the Thursday’s trip to the Olimpico will be their third tilt in this year’s tournament.
Despite of not judging Sampdoria, no matter what you do; they’ve taken three of the past six league matchups against Roma, after all. With only Pedro Obiang suspended, Sinisa Mihajlovic’s side is going to take advantage over Roma.
Udinese vs Inter Milan preview :
Coppa Italia takes center stage this week in Italy as the 4th round gets underway at destinations across the country, where Udinese welcomes 5 Inter Milan.
After Antonio Di Natale announcing retirement at the end of the season following some bitter comments he received on his recent performances, he will now want to be spared from rotation to prove he still can make the difference. Luis Muriel is struggling to get back to full fitness, After their usual slow start in the league, Udinese are struggling to come back the way they have done in previous seasons under Guidolin and secure European qualification. Club owner Giampaolo Pozzo stated that he expects the team to reach “the end of the competition” in order to seize qualification through the cup.
Inter’s Walter Mazzarri will have all strikers available and could take the chance to rest Rodrigo Palacio by fielding Diego Milito instead. Fredy Guarin is suspended by the league, which means he will probably start in this cup match. Zdravko Kuzmanovic and Ricky Alvarez may be subject to rotation in favor of Javier Zanetti and Mateo Kovacic. Inter Milan look better equipped to overcome their opponents in a single match and with a bigger squad to pick from, they’ll be the fresher of the two teams. Still, an unsatisfied Antonio Di Natale is a dangerous enemy that has to be controlled and prevented from leading his team to avenge the 3-0 defeat suffered in the league.
Possible Line ups 3-5-1-1