At least one of these two Genova teams will end their long pointless run when Sampdoria face Genoa in the 82nd Derby della Lanterna on Sunday (8.45pm GMT).
The nominal hosts – for both teams share the Stadio Luigi Ferraris – Sampdoria have lost seven matches in a row. After a promising start to the campaign, that has seen them fall to 17th, just one place ahead of Genoa, whose five match losing streak sees them occupying the final relegation place in 18th.
It is a pretty bleak picture for both teams in the build up to a local derby that is famous for being one of the most colourful in the country.
Sampdoria are simply failing to score enough goals to compete at this level, finding the back of the net only five times during their losing streak. Their promotion campaign top scorer Nicolas Pozzi has struggled with injuries, while Maxi Lopez has not scored since mid-September. Pozzi and Lopez are both highly likely to miss out on Sunday through injury, while there are also doubts over the fitness of Brazilian forward Eder.
Genoa, meanwhile, have seen little improvement since appointing Luigi Delneri in place of Luigi De Canio towards the end of October. Three 1-0 defeats were followed by last weekend’s somewhat unfortunate 4-2 defeat at home to Napoli, with Delneri as of yet unable to find the right balance between defence and attack.
This Preview’s Betting Tip: With both teams in poor form we expect to see a scrappy derby match on Sunday, with little quality but plenty of effort and determination on display. Both teams are as bad as one another at the moment, so we suggest backing the draw @ best odds of 21/10 with Betfred, BetVictor, Blue Square or Ladbrokes.