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Inter vs Sampdoria match Preview

01 Apr 2017 Stuart S. ITALY: Serie A
ITALY: Serie A

Inter Milan

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Kick-off
18:45 GMT
03 April 2017

Sampdoria Genoa

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Kick-off
18:45 GMT 03 April 2017

Sampdoria visit the San Siro as they look to take 3 points off Inter, who are pushing for Champions League football themselves. This comes as part of match week 30 of the 2016/17 Serie A season and could turn out to be a huge turning point in Inter’s season. The hosts are 5th in the table, just a point from Lazio in the last Champions League place while Sampdoria are 9th with little to play for other than pride.

STATS

  • Inter have won 3 of their 5 league games with 1 draw and 1 loss against Roma. They have scored 14 goals in their last 3 games and they will hope to carry on this goal scoring form against Sampdoria. Their last result was a 2-2 draw away at the league’s surprise package, Torino.
  • Sampdoria have won 2, drawn 2 and lost 1 of their last 5 games, a decent record for a side who are looking as though they’ll finish mid table. The loss against Juventus in their last match was expected and won’t dent their confidence too much, but they’ll want to stop Inter’s Champions League push.
  • Mauro Icardi has been superb for Inter this season and with 20 goals, he is their top scorer. He also has 8 assists making him the player with the most direct goal contributions in Serie A, a fantastic record for the youngster.
  • Luis Muriel is Sampdoria’s top goal scorer this season with 10 goals as well as 5 assists. He’s been brilliant as Sampdoria have easily consolidated their Serie A place.

HEAD TO HEAD

In the last 6 league meetings between these two sides, Inter have won 3, Sampdoria have won 2 and there has been 1 draw. The last meeting between the sides earlier in the season went Sampdoria’s way as they won 1-0. Both teams have scored in just 2 of the 6 games.

INTER NEWS

Inter will need a strong performance in this one as they look to strengthen their push for a Champions League place next season and with how they’ve played in recent weeks, this shouldn’t be too hard. They have a fully available squad for the fixture and this gives them an even bigger chance of picking up a vital 3 points.

Latest matches: Inter Milan

18.03.2017 Seri Turin FC Inter Milan 2:2 D
12.03.2017 Seri Inter Milan Atalanta Bergamasca 7:1 W
05.03.2017 Seri Cagliari Calcio Inter Milan 1:5 W
26.02.2017 Seri Inter Milan AS Roma 1:3 L
19.02.2017 Seri Bologna FC Inter Milan 0:1 W

SAMPDORIA NEWS

Sampdoria will have to be brilliant defensively if they want to get anything from the match as Ever Banega and Mauro Icardi have been incredible in the last few weeks. They’ll also need to take any chances they get in the game but with their main striker, Muriel, missing, they might struggle to convert some of their chances.

Latest matches: Sampdoria Genoa

19.03.2017 Seri Sampdoria Genoa Juventus Turin 0:1 L
11.03.2017 Seri Genoa FC Sampdoria Genoa 0:1 W
04.03.2017 Seri Sampdoria Genoa Pescara Calcio 3:1 W
26.02.2017 Seri US Palermo Sampdoria Genoa 1:1 D
19.02.2017 Seri Sampdoria Genoa Cagliari Calcio 1:1 D

SUMMING UP!

There’s no doubt that Inter are favourites on their own patch as they go into their 30th league game of the season. But they’ll need to be careful of any Sampdoria threat and they’ll need to strike early to make sure it doesn’t become a park-the-bus affair in the Sampdoria team. A clean sheet is a real possibility for Inter especially with Luis Muriel injured for the visitors and this will give them a great chance of victory to put more pressure on the Champions League places.

About the author - Stuart S.

An English freelance sports writer, Stuart has written the Arsenal blog A Cultured Left Foot since 2006, as well as numerous betting previews and articles.

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