• Lazio striker Miroslav Klose.

Lazio striker Miroslav Klose. (Photo : Getty Images)

Middling teams SS Lazio (6-8-1, 19 points) and UC Sampdoria (4-7-4, 16 points) face each other at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Monday, December 14th to conclude week 16 competitions of the 2015-2016 Serie A season.

Lazio is coming off a sorry 0-2 loss to defending Italian champions Juventus at the Juventus Stadium on December 4th, as per ESPN.

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Stefano Pioli's boys were unable to stop one attack from Juve forward Paulo Dybala two minutes over the half-hour mark that sent the second goal through their net.

Le Zebre's first goal was courtesy of an own goal from Le Aquile's center back Santiago Gentiletti at the seventh minute of the match. I Biancocelesti was not able to recover from the disaster en route to their sixth straight winless outing, dropping them to the 12th spot in the overall standings.

Meanwhile, Sampdoria lost a disappointing 1-3 game to Sassuolo last Sunday at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris in Genoa, as reported by SkySports.

A consolation goal by defender Ervin Zukanovic right at the stroke of full-time put Vincenzo Montella's boys on the board after a three-goal haul by Sassuolo in the first half courtesy of Francesco Acerbi, Sergio Floccari, and Lorenzo Pellegrini at the 8th, 27th, and 38th minutes respectively.

It was I Blucerchiati's sixth straight winless performance as well as they settle at the 14th spot in the league table.

The prediction is Lazio over Sampdoria, 1-0. The Eagles pull off a close but hard-fought victory over La Samp to snap their losing skid.

Lazio starting lineup (4-2-3-1 formation): Marchetti; Basta, Mauricio, Gentiletti, Radu; Mandziuk, Biglia; Candreva, Milinkovic-Savic, Kishna; Klose

Sampdoria starting lineup (3-4-1-2 formation): Viviano; Cassani, Silvestre, Moisander; Christodoulopoulos, Fernando, Barreto, Regini; Soriano; Eder, Cassano