Preview - Sampdoria vs Inter Milan 23 September 18

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Match Day 5
Sampdoria vs Inter Milan
Sunday, September 23rd, 2018
03:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Luigi Ferraris

Sampdoria:   
Last five matches form: L L W W D
Average goals per match: 2.25
Average goals against per match: 0.50
Top Scorer: Gregoire Defrel (4)

Inter Milan:
Last five matches form: W L D W L
Average goals per match: 1.25
Average goals against per match: 1.00
Top Scorer: I. Perišić (2)

Possibly the pick of this weekend's games in Serie A comes at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris as Inter Milan travel to take on Sampdoria.

Both of these sides were in action in midweek. Sampdoria were held to a 1-1 draw here against Fiorentina. Inter meanwhile came from behind in dramatic style to beat Tottenham Hotspur at the San Siro in the Champions' League. If confidence gained from their latest result is anything to go by then its advantage Inter Milan here.

Inter certainly held the advantage in this fixture last season, winning 3-2 at the San Siro, and embarrassing Sampdoria 5-0 in front of their own fans in this game. Sampdoria will certainly be keen to avoid a repeat of that disaster.

The hosts didn't look great in defeats at SPAL and Udinese in their opening two games but have improved since; thumping Frosinone 5-0 away and stuffing Napoli 3-0 at home. They did struggle at times against Fiorentina in midweek though, and were lucky to concede just the once having given up ten shots on target.

Trying to predict Inter Milan at the moment isn't easy. Prior to that Champions League win over Spurs, Inter had been beaten at home in Serie A by Parma. Their only win so far this season in the league has come with a 3-0 victory away at Bologna.

This one really could go either way, but the draw looks the most likely result to us.



Prediction: Sampdoria 2 - 2 Inter Milan

Harry85

Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 1
Shots:  8 - 14
Shots on target: 3 - 3
Corner Kicks: 3 - 12
Possession: 47% - 53%

Karol Linetty, Gregoire Defrel and Lorenzo Tonelli were booked for the home side with referee Luigi Ferraris also taking the names of Miranda and Borja Valero of the visitors.

Inter probably just about deserved this one having been narrowly ahead on possession and in the total shots count. For the second time in a week though - following the dramatic Champions League win over Tottenham Hotspur - they did leave it very very late.


Sampdoria had a couple of early half chances, the best of which fell to Fabio Quagliarella. Well placed on the left of the area, he cut inside but could only hit the keeper.

Then it looked as though Inter had taken the lead. Radja Nainggolan volleying into the bottom left corner when the ball dropped to him on the edge of the area. The effort being chalked off for an offside in the build-up though. 0-0 at the break.

Antonio Candreva went mightily close for Inter in the second half. Breaking down the right and cutting inside, he then fired an excellent effort towards the left side of the goal, being unlucky to see his strike come back off the inside of the post and stay out.

Then Inter were denied by VAR once again. Kwadwo Asamoah smashing a 20 yarder into the bottom left corner, but upon review the ball had went out of play in the build-up.

There was to be no denying Inter today though and they finally really did get their winner in the 94th minute. Ivan Perisic sending a lofted ball over from the left to find Marcelo Brozovic towards the back right corner of the area. Brozovic smashing a low effort back across goal and in. 0-1 final score.

A much needed Serie A win for Inter who now move up to ninth, just one spot behind Sampdoria in eighth.


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