Trying to prevent them from picking up their 24th Serie A victory will be a red-hot Samp, fresh off the back of an impressive run of results themselves. Luis Muriel’s 71st-minute decider in the Derby della Laterna last time out set up a fifth win in seven games for Doria, who have earned more points already this campaign (41) after 29 matches than they did in the entirety of last season (40).
The Blucerchiati’s renaissance could not have come at a better time; before overcoming Roma 3-2 on 29 January, they had picked up just two points from their previous six matches. Six weeks on and Sunday’s hosts join Juventus and Lazio as one of the three undefeated sides in the top-flight in the past five matchdays.
Central to their upturn in fortunes has been a radically improved efficiency in front of goal, particularly on home turf where Marco Giampaolo’s men have scored 10 times in four games, scoring three or more in three of them.