Sampdoria vs Chievo Preview
Sampdoria coach Domenico Di Carlo admits his team are "hungry" to halt their slide down the Serie A table when they take on Chievo.The Blucerchiati have clinched just one win in their last four games and Thursday's 1-0 loss at Parma dropped Samp to seventh in the table.
Moreover, they have failed to score in their last two league matches and Di Carlo is aware it is a downward spiral they need to get out of quickly.
"We're hoping to reverse our fortunes," he said.
"The last few weeks have been difficult not only in terms of results and we have tried to understand what went wrong without forgetting what we have done before."
Samp have been distracted by Antonio Cassano's ongoing saga.
The Italian striker was dropped from the team for indiscipline last month and his future at the club remains uncertain.
"I cannot say anything regarding Cassano's situation until the club speaks out," said Di Carlo.
In the meantime, Di Carlo knows Chievo, whom he guided for two years before joining Samp this summer, will be no pushovers.
Chievo are level on 15 points with Samp after 11 games.
"Chievo are very dangerous when playing away from home," he said.
"They have won at difficult grounds like Genoa and Napoli.
"But my players are hungry after Thursday's defeat and I hope they will raise their game in order to clinch three points on Sunday."
Chievo go into the encounter at the Luigi Ferraris stadium on the back of a goalless draw to Bari.
Stefano Pioli's side have won just once in their last seven games.
The visitors will be without defender Bostjan Cesar and midfielder Kevin Constant, both suspended.
The only consolation for Pioli is that striker Cyril Thereau and defender Marco Andreoli will be available having shaken off muscular injuries.