After their weekend match against Cagliari was called off in bizarre circumstances, Roma come fresh into their encounter with Sampdoria on Wednesday (7.45pm, BST) looking for a first home win of the season.
The last minute cancellation due to public order concerns has provided Roma’s players with additional respite in comparison to their opponents.
The Giallorossi are also boosted by the return from injury of Francesco Totti and Pablo Osvaldo, both of whom look likely to start alongside either Erik Lamela or Matteo Destro in a three-man attack.
Sampdoria kept their unbeaten start to the campaign in motion with a 1-1 draw at home to fellow newly promoted side Torino on Sunday. Their attacking 4-3-3 formation has paid dividends, yielding seven goals so far, including at least one in each of their four matches.
The pacey and direct left winger Marcelo Estigarribia is likely to get some joy up against his fellow Paraguayan Ivan Piris, who has struggled since joining Roma from Sao Paulo this summer. If Estigarribia can get to the byline and whip in some good crosses then the away side have every chance of getting on the score-sheet.
Roma, too, deploy a 4-3-3 formation, one with even greater attacking intent than Sampdoria’s, and will be confident of breaking down a defence that has kept just one clean sheet to date. Zdenek Zeman’s men have scored eight goals in three matches and look well primed to add to that total on Wednesday.
Betting Tip: We fancy plenty of goals in this one, so back over 3.5 goals @ 5/4 with William Hill