Preview - AC Milan vs Sampdoria 29 October 18

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Match Day 10
AC Milan vs. Sampdoria
Monday, October 29th 2018
01:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: San Siro

AC Milan: 
Last five matches form: D D W W L
Average goals per match: 1.88
Average goals against per match: 1.38
Top Scorer: Gonzalo Higuaín (4)

Last five matches form: L D W W D
Average goals per match: 1.33
Average goals against per match: 0.44
Top Scorer: Gregoire Defrel (5)

We have a few eye-catching fixtures in Serie A this weekend, including here at the San Siro as AC Milan play host to Sampdoria.

It hasn't been the best of starts for AC Milan this season - as evidenced by there current 12th place in the standings - but wins against both Sassuolo and Chievo had suggested that things may be beginning to come together. Last time out in Serie A though they lost the big Milan derby in heart-breaking style as Mauro Icardi scored a last gasp winner for Inter. Having also lost to Real Betis in the Europa League in midweek they could do with a positive result here.

It won't be easy though against fifth placed Sampdoria who have built their early season success upon one of the stingiest defences in the league - Sampa have conceded just four times so far in nine Serie A outings.

It was honours even between the sides last season. Milan won this game 1-0, with Sampdoria coming out on top 2-0 in the reverse fixture.

Milan have lost just one of their past 13 at home in Serie A.

Sampdoria were poor away from home last season, losing 12 times, but have been much better this term. Following a narrow defeat at Udinese, they are now unbeaten in three with three consecutive clean sheets.

This looks like being a tight encounter with a low scoring draw seeming the most likely outcome.

Prediction: AC Milan 1 - 1 Sampdoria


Half time: 2 - 2
Full time: 3 - 2
Shots:  8 - 4
Shots on target: 7 - 2
Corner Kicks: 5 - 1
Possession: 49% - 51%

Ignazio Abate, Franck Kessie and Alessio Romagnoli were all booked for the home side, with Karol Linetty and Jacopo Sala of Sampdoria also having their names taken by referee Fabio Maresca.

An entertaining encounter at the San Sairo, particularly in what was a pretty breathless first half. In the end the home side probably deserved the points here having been ahead in both the total shots and shots on target count. Sampdoria scored with their only two efforts on target in the game though making AC Milan really work for this.

It was the home side who struck first after 17 minutes. Suso found in space down the right-hand side and sending in a deep cross to find Patrick Cutrone at the back post. Excellent headed finish into the top left from Cutrone.

Four minutes later Sampdoria were back on level terms. Fabio Quagliarella breaking forward and finding Riccardo Saponara on the left. Saponara cutting into the left side of the box and finishing low into the bottom  right.

Having provided an assist for his sides first goal, Quagliarella then got one for himself in the 31st minute. Saponara returning the favour with an assist when sending a lofted ball over the top into the stride of Quagliarella who finished first time on the volley into the left hand side.

On 36 minutes we were all square again. Smart interplay between Cutrone and Gonzalo Higuaín ending with the Argentine smashing in at the near post from around seven yards out to the left. 2-2 at the break.

The winner came in the 62nd minute. Suso cutting in from the right-hand side to fire into the bottom left corner from around 20 yards. Fine strike.

AC Milan move up to seventh and are now level on points with sixth placed Sampdoria.

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