Roma coach Claudio Ranieri is a big fan of today's opponents Sampdoria.

Samp are going for a Champions League spot, while Roma need victory to go back to the summit of the Serie A standings.

Ranieri said: "Sampdoria play in a solid manner and are always ready to hit you on the break. I am happy that Stefano Guberti is doing so well since his loan move, as I didn't want to hold him back here through a lack of opportunity.

"The Blucerchiati have a super strike force. Giampaolo Pazzini and Antonio Cassano remind me of Roberto Mancini and Gianluca Vialli. They work together so beautifully."