Poli excited ahead of Sampdoria derby

Sampdoria midfielder Andrea Poli is raring to go ahead of the Derby della Lanterna, to be played tonight. The original was postponed because of snow in late December, but the city of Genoa is in anticipation for the clash.
Both sides need the victory, with Sampdoria currently on 30 points in 12th position and Genoa a point and place behind. Speaking to tuttomercatoweb.com, the 22-year-old knows what i blucerchiati must do to take the derby honours:
“We must play a compact and very determined game, like we did last Sunday against Bologna.”
The importance of the contest is not lost on the highly rated Italian U-21 international. “Last year I had the good fortune of playing in both of these matches. For me to play in the Genoa Derby is just the best.”
The 1991 Scudetto winners look set to start with Massimo Maccarone partnering Jonathan Biabiany in attack, meaning Federico Macheda will commence on the bench. Meanwhile, i Grifoni are rumoured to be favouring a 4-3-3 formation which will see Antonio Floro Flores, Rodrigo Palacio and Alberto Paloschi look to get at the Samp defence.
Sampdoria have triumphed 24 times in the Derby when played in Serie A, with Genoa successful on 21 occasions, plus 25 draws.
Possible starting XIs –
Sampdoria (4-4-2): Curci; Zauri, Gastadello, Lucchini, Ziegler; Mannini, Poli, Palombo, Guberti; Maccarone, Biabiany. Coach: Di Carlo.
Genoa (4-4-3): Eduardo; Mesto, Kaladze, Dainelli, Criscito; Milanetto, Rossi, Kucka; Floro Flores, Palacio, Paloschi. Coach: Ballardini.

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