Bovo is back available, so Delneri will be able to move Moretti to the left flank and Antonelli further upfield.
Delneri will probably go with his typical 4-4-2, with Jankovic on the right flank and Bertolacci on the bench.
Kucka is a doubt and Merkel is ready to replace him in the middle of the park.
With seven consecutive defeats and no victories in the last nine matches, coach Ferrara has broken some records with his extremely good start followed by the worse ever run of defeats for Sampdoria.
Genoa are also on a five-match losing streak, without victory since late September, and Delneri still has to get his first point as the Genoa coach.
Sampdoria and Genoa are trying to wipe away their bad form, and winning the derby would be the best way to start a comeback in the league, as well as piling more pressure on their fierce rivals. Ferrara and Delneri will probably mirror each other with a 4-4-2, in which Ferrara will pick central midfielders to patrol the flanks.
Both teams are going through one of their worst patches of form in years, and in the city the atmosphere is rising, so much that the kick-off time was under discussion to prevent violence between the fans outside the stadium. The battle will be fierce, and heart and nerves will matter more than the football itself.
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