Maxi Lopez makes his second Sampdoria debut in the Derby della Lanterna against Genoa this evening.
The striker re-signed for the Bluerchiati from Catania in January, and starts tonight against their city rivals.
That’s the first of two changes for Sinisa Mihajlovic, as Pedro Obiang makes way with a slight re-jig in midfield, whilst Vasco Regini replaces Andrea Costa from the team that drew 1-1 with Bologna.
Genoa meanwhile, are unchanged from the side that drew 3-3 with Fiorentina last weekend, opting for their usual 3-4-3 formation.
This is Gian Piero Gasperini’s first derby since 2010, and the Coach has gone with a settled XI to try and claim the points against their city rivals.
Mattia Perin is in goal, whilst Nicolas Burdisso plays in his first derby since moving from Roma in January.
Experienced striker Alberto Gilardino will lead the line.
Genoa: Perin, Antonini, De Maio, Burdisso; Antonelli, Marchese, Matuzalem, De Ceglie; Konate, Bertolacci, Gilardino
Sampdoria: Da Costa, De Silvestri, Mustafi, Gastaldello, Regini; Palombo, Krsticic; Gabbiadini, Soriano, Eder; Maxi Lopez