Preview - Inter Milan vs Sampdoria 18 February 19

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Match Day 24
Inter Milan vs. Sampdoria
Monday, February 18th 2019
01:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: San Siro

Inter Milan: 
Last five matches form: W D L L W
Average goals per match: 1.39
Average goals against per match: 0.70
Top Scorer: Mauro Icardi (9)

Last five matches form: L D W L L
Average goals per match: 1.70
Average goals against per match: 1.30
Top Scorer: Fabio Quagliarella (16)

Inter Milan still sit in third place in Serie and a relatively comfortable five points clear of the chasing pack in the race for the Champion's League. Their form has been dipping just a little overall late though and they can't afford too many more slip ups. Next up its this home clash with ninth placed Sampdoria who won't have given up hope on the Europa League at least but will be looking to avoid a third defeat on the spin here.

Inter came out on top in the reverse of this fixture when winning 1-0 in Sampdoria. Inter also won this game last season in an entertaining 3-2 encounter.

Mauro Icardi no longer seems to want to be at Inter and will miss this game, as will the injured Sime Vrsaljko. Gianluca Caprari and Edgar Barreto are out for Sampdoria.

Following a run of three successive defeats in all competitions, Inter have regrouped to pick up back to back away wins at Parma and Rapid Wien. They will be looking to continue that winning run now back in front of their own fans. They have been relatively solid here in the league, winning seven of eleven and picking up seven clean sheets.

Sampdoria don't arrive in the best heart. A defeat away to Napoli was fairly predictable, but their subsequent loss at home to lowly Frosinone was a surprise to all. They have won only three of twelve away, shipping two or more goals in each of their last five.

Not a whole lot to choose between these sides, particularly with Icardi missing for Inter. The home side do look to boast an edge in defence though and that may well be enough to provide the platform for a narrow victory.

Prediction: Inter Milan 1 - 0 Sampdoria


Half time:  0 - 0
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots:  17 - 13
Shots on target: 6 - 2
Corner Kicks: 9 - 5
Possession: 48% - 52%

Danilo D'Ambrosio, Ivan Perisic and Milan Skriniar were all booked for Inter Milan with referee Daniele Doveri also taking the name of Karol Linetty of Sampdoria.

A closely fought encounter at the San Siro, with the game looking like it really could have gone either way for a long time. Inter were the better side on the night overall though and did deserve the three points.

Inter were straight on the front foot and had an excellent chance in the sixth minute. Lautaro Martinez put through in the left of the area but only able to hit his effort straight at keeper Emil Audero. That was the best of the chances in the first half really. Sampdoria struggling to make any real inroads. 0-0 at the break.

It was the visitors who came close to taking the lead at the start of the second half though. Gregoire Defrel through in the right of the area and around seven yards out. Samir Handanovic doing really well to keep out his blasted effort.

All the goals came in the space of a frenetic five second half minutes. Inter grabbed the first in the 73rd minute. Magic from Ivan Perisic along the left touchline with his wicked ball across the line being finished off by a steaming in Danilo D'Ambrosio from a yard or so.

Two minutes later Sampdoria were back on level terms. A real scramble in the area with Sampdoria looking to have a decent shout for a penalty. When the referee didn't blow, it was Manolo Gabbiadini who reacted quickest to latch onto the ball eight yards out to the left and fire into the bottom right corner.

And then only three minutes after that, Inter struck the final blow. A corner from the left being headed clear but only as far as Radja Nainggolan just outside the area to the left. His volleyed effort bouncing into the ground and into the bottom left past an unsighted Emil Audero. 2-1 final score.

A solid result and performance from Inter, especially considering the distractions currently surrounding the club. They stay third and eight pints clear of fifth placed Roma. Sampdoria drop down a spot to tenth.

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