Sampdoria VS Inter Milan Prediction
Inter Milan’s boss Frank de Boer remains on the edge when his side is obliged to show any sign of consistency, traveling to challenge a very tough opposition in face of Sampdoria. However, “The Nerazzurri” can be inspired by the good balance they hold against “La Samp”, against whom they have lost only once in last 7 years. That period contains 4 draws and 7 victories for Inter Milan, including most recent scuffle between both clubs – 3-1 victory for Inter Milan at their own “Stadio Giuseppe Meazza”, back in February this year.
Sampdoria vs Inter Milan – Team News and Match Preview
We’re pretty sure “The Blucerchiati” won’t suffer from past results which can only dampen their enthusiasm, although Marco Giampaolo’s men were crushed by Juventus only four days ago – losing 4-1 in Turin. Nevertheless, almost every Serie A team slumps at the “Juventus Stadium”, whether it happens with three goals, with more or with less, we doubt someone in Sampdoria will feel devastated by a result which was pretty much expected.
Before losing by “The Old Lady”, Sampdoria were in festive mood since last weekend “Il Doria” achieved massive victory in the city derby against Genoa, known as the “Derby della Lanterna” – winning 2:1. Thus Sampdoria reached its first three points after end of August when they Marco Giampaolo’s men began the new season with three consecutive victories – one in the Coppa Italia, followed by two out of two in opening two Serie A rounds.
Inter Milan finally ended its negative Serie A run when on Wednesday night Mauro Icardi reminded us for his presence by scoring twice for the 2-1 win over well-performing Torino side. This should partially boost Inter’s confidence, but club from Milan has still serious work to do here, if “The Nerazzurri” want to be competitive enough to their city rivals, who are fourth in current Serie A standings (at least before round 11’s kick-off). Distance between both Milan rivals is from five points and this means Inter have won just 14 points in 10 rounds, placing them at the unenviable 10th position.
Without much thoughts, Inter’s season so far can be described with one single word – disappointment, especially for a club that can boast with such a dynamic transfer summer, attracting some really promising new, highly-paid players.
Sampdoria vs Inter Milan – Betting Prediction and Possible Lineups
Sampdoria returns at home where Marco Giampaolo is expected to make some rotations in its starting XI. He may be tempted to use completely difference attacking duo, although Patrik Schick scored a goal against Juventus in the midweek. We expect same thing which happened in the 61st minute of that game, when Luis Muriel and Fabio Quagliarella have both been brought on the pitch, at the expense of starting duo Schick/Ante Budimir.
We won’t be surprised if Marco Giampaolo decides to refresh its midfield where he has players like Karol Linetty, Bruno Fernandes, Lucas Torreira and experienced captain Angelo Palombo, who were all on the bench last round.
Meanwhile Sampdoria’s primary choice between the sticks, goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano, is still expected to miss out, leaving the 35-year-old Christian Puggioni as the most reliable starter.
Frank de Boer’s main purpose is to carry-over and extend dominance shown by his men on Wednesday night, when we saw strong display against solid opposition by “The Nerazzurri”. Anyway, De Boer shouldn’t be carried away as rumours are not stopping and latest are linking names of Laurent Blanc and Leonardo with the Black-Blue club from Milan.
We don’t expect some changes in the away side as Gary Medel serves his three-match ban, which opens a good chance for Marcelo Brozovic. So most likely Brozovic will start next to Ever Banega and João Mário in a midfield trio, if Frank de Boer sticks to the 4-3-3 formation. If he remains with the same formation used against “Toro”, Inter’s coach can choose between Eder and Ivan Perisic for a left winger, while Mauro Icardi and Antonio Candreva look sure for their positions right now.
Eventual replacement may happen at the right-back where Davide Santon may be reintroduced in the starting lineup, probably at the expense of Cristian Ansaldi.
Final conclusion and Betting Prediction
Last match from Sunday’s Serie A schedule could be a massive turning point for Inter’s destiny once again. Anyhow, Frank de Boer cannot afford to rely completely on Icardi’s scoring ability, so we expect much more aggression from all other sides. Perisic traditionally shows more when his starting position has been threatened, as it happened with Eder’s involvement in the starting squad. Quite a good reason for both attackers to show more, as the same goes for Antonio Candreva.
Considering Sampdoria’s home advantage, willingness to rise up from their current position (16th) and even to thrive, we believe “Both teams to score – Yes” looks as the most reasonable bet for that game. Neither side has failed to find the net in the last five Serie A rounds and for Inter this streak goes to 9 consecutive games.
Venue: “Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris”, Genoa.
Referee: Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni.
Possible starting lineups of Sampdoria and Inter Milan
UC Sampdoria: Christian Puggioni – Jacopo Sala, Milan Skriniar, Matías Silvestre, Vasco Regini – Dennis Praet, Bruno Fernandes, Karol Linetty – Ricardo Alvarez – Luis Muriel, Fabio Quagliarella. (4-3-1-2)
FC Internazionale: Samir Handanovic – Davide Santon, Miranda, Jeison Murillo, Yuto Nagatomo – João Mário, Marcelo Brozovic, Ever Banega – Antonio Candreva, Eder, Mauro Icardi. (4-3-3)