Luciano Saplletti’s men travel to Genoa to take on Sampdoria at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on Sunday in the 29th matchday at 11:30 am GMT.
Although the hosts aren’t at their best, it won’t be a walk in the cake for the Saplletti’s side. The visitors will have to give their best to snatch a victory, especially after a good performance shown by Sampdoria when the two teams met in Milan as the game ended in a 3-2 victory for Inter.
Inter Milan, on the other hand, are also not winning as many matches or scoring as many goals past the opposition but, they have kept some great defensive resilience in Serie A. They have been able to keep clean sheets in almost half of their home matches. They were dreaming of the Champions League spot at the start of the season, but their recent run of form may be a sign of worry. Can they show some form in this weekend in this away fixture?
Sampdoria has been doing great in the league sitting currently in the 7th position. They have been fabulous, especially going forward scoring 47 in the league in 27 games but their defense has been leaking goals too, conceding 38 so far.
The hosts should forget the 4-1 defeat on their way to Crotone last Sunday though and will be focused on going to Europe with a win against the Milanese side.
Players To Watch
The 35-year-old forward has been one of the best players for the Sampdoria side and the top scorer for the club. He has scored 17 in the league in 26 appearances for the club, but he is not only about goals. He has provided with 5 assists in the process.
The central midfielder has been imposing for this in-form Sampdoria side in the league. He has chipped in with 4 goals and an assist in 27 appearances, but he is not only about those numbers. He has a passing accuracy of 87.1% and contributes a lot to the defensive play for the team.
With 2.9 tackles and 2 interceptions per game, he has certainly been a great asset to this team both defensively and going forward.
The Croatian has been one of the most influential players for the Milanese side. The 29-year-old attacking midfielder has notched 7 goals for the Sappletti’s side as well as chipped in with 6 assists for the team.
With 3.2 shots per game, he is a real threat going forward for the team although he is quite decent defensively with just over a tackle and an interception per game.
A defender who can score too, Skriniar will be a key for the Milanese side this weekend. The 23 year old Slovakian has been a key part of Inter’s defensive prowess in the league who performs 2.3 tackles, 1 interception and 4.7 clearances per game. Along the way, he has contributed with 4 goals in the league. So, he may surprise the opposition with a goal too.
Sampdoria has the upper hand in the last 6 fixtures against the Milanese side. They have won half the matches losing two and drawing one in the tie.
- Bartosz Bereszynski and Jacopo Sala are both doubtful for the fixture, but Marco Giampaolo is hopeful at least one will be available for the tie.
- Karol Linetty is banned for this game due to the red card in the last game against Crotone.
- Luciano Spalletti did not play Borja Valero and Matias Vecino last week due to their close friendship with late Davide Astori. One of them may feature in this fixture.
- There are no missing players for this tie, so Spalletti will have plenty of options.
Sampdoria vs Inter Milan Lineup (Predicted XI)
Bereszynski (RB), Silvestre (CB), Ferrari (CB), Murru(LB)
Praet (CM), Torreira (CDM), Barreto (CM)
Inter Milan Lineup (4-2-3-1)
D’Ambrosio (LB), Skriniar (CB), Miranda (CB), Cancelo (RB)
Gagliardini (DM) Vecino (DM)
Perisic (LAM) Brozovic (CAM) Candreva (RAM)
Sampdoria vs Inter Milan Prediction
Inter Milan and Sampdoria are both in a good run of form in the league overall, but lately, they have fallen a little short of their standard. In the last 6 games, Inter has drawn 3 and lost 1 while the home side has lost two and drawn once so, both the teams will want to get back to winning ways.
Inter has been quite good defensively while Sampdoria has been leaking goals at the back. Still, both teams’ forwards are performing to their optimum meaning we may see a close game as that of the last time.
Our prediction: A 2-1 win for Inter Milan.