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Two penalties delivered the three points vs newly promoted SPAL 2013 and now the season tally is four wins and four shut outs in five games. The game was promising, despite the goals not being from open play and the 3-5-2 – with both Andre Silva and Kalinic starting – looked good and fluid for long stretches.
Sampdoria provide a tougher test and indications are that the 3-5-2 will revert to the 3-5-1-1 with Suso regaining his role behind Kalinic. Calabria and Montolivo have joined the injury list that of course includes a long term casualty in Conti. Calhanoglu didn’t have the best game vs SPAL and cedes his place to Bonaventura. The latter was a sub for the Turkish international in the week 5 match. Biglia was briefly a doubt for week 6 with word that Locatelli is going to replace him but the Argentine seems to have recovered quickly once again. Abate, Rodriguez and Kessie will complete the middle five. The Ivory Coast international had another great game – and took the second penalty – and keeps growing in stature.
In defence Zapata was a somewhat surprise starter last time out and will likely retain his spot at the expense of Musacchio. Romagnoli, Bonucci will be the other two at the back of course. Gigio Donnarumma will be in goal of course as well.
Evergreen Fabio Quagliarella and Duvan Zapata lead the Sampdoria attack.