Sampdoria - Inter prediction and analysis
Two teams from opposite ends of the Serie A table meet on Monday at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris in Genoa.
Where local Sampdoria hosts Inter Milan.
After Samp barely escaped relegation to Serie B last year, the situation is not rosy for them this year.
I would even say that the situation for the Mariners is getting more and more alarming with each passing round.
And it doesn't really matter if they play away or at home.
Because in Genoa , Sampdoria lost their previous 6 Calcio home games "nil".
Inter alone climbed to the 2nd place in the ranking.
But their chances for the title are rather illusory. As they are 13 points behind leaders Napoli.
On the other hand, the Nerazzurri should not relax too much because there is a risk of dropping out of the Top 4.
Given Samp's helplessness in attack, I predict an easy and clean win for Inter on First Half/Final Score.
Sampdoria - statistics and info
Nothing is going right for Sampdoria at the moment - both on and off the pitch.
Financial problems mean bankruptcy is at risk for one of Italy's oldest clubs.
Also, Monza's 99th-minute goal last Monday meant the Mariners fell short of just their third win of the season (2-4-15).
The 2-2 draw did not change the situation of the Genoese very much and they remain anchored in the relegation zone.
Dejan Stankovic was brought in to stop the collapse and help Samp rise to the surface.
But he has failed to turn their season around so far.
His lengthening injury list has only made his job even more difficult.
Now Sampdoria welcome Inter, knowing that their chances of taking anything from this match are almost nil.
As the Nerazzurri have been looking really good lately.
Inter - statistics and info
A 1-0 win in the Derby della Mandonina effectively ended Milan's Scudetto hopes this season.
And it put Inter in the role of main contender for runaway leader Napoli.
The Nerazzurri also reached the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia and the round of 16 in the Champions League .
Simone Inzaghi's side have lost just one game since the start of November (12-3-1) in all competitions.
And the team strengthened its position in the top four of Serie A.
Three more points in Genoa seem almost a formality. Even if Inter usually don't score many goals lately.
But the Nerazzurri have Lautaro Martinez in their squad.
He did not perform too brightly at the World Cup for Argentina.
But Martinez has already scored in 4 of the last 5 games in Serie A. And will be Samp's main goal threat.
Squads and injured footballers
Lineup: Audero; Amione, Newtink, Gunther; Zanoli, Quisans, Winx, Augheio; Djuricic; Gabbiadini, Lammers
Injured: Puseto, Sabiri
Lineup: Onana; Skriniar, Acherby, Bastoni; Darmian, Barella, Brozovic, Calhanoglu, Dimarco; Martinez, Lukaku
Injured: Correa (questionable)