Sampdoria vs Milan Preview
AC Milan will look to continue their strong season finale when they travel to humble Sampdoria on Wednesday night.
Sixth-ranked Milan are 10 games unbeaten since returning to action last month, while Sampdoria have had an uneven moment on the results front and are 15th.
So good has the form of the Rossoneri been after the lockdown that it was announced last week that boss Stefano Pioli will remain beyond this summer.
Milan was expected to bring in Ralf Rangnick as part of a long-term restructuring, but Pioli has been rewarded with some impressive results.
Friday’s 1-1 draw with Atalanta BC – Duvan Zapata canceled Hakan Calhanoglu’s stunner in a game that fell short of expectations – ended Milan’s three-game winning streak.
Still, seven wins and three draws since the restart have transformed the Rossoneri campaign, placing them sixth in the table with games remaining against Sampdoria and Cagliari.
Milan have already secured a place in the Europa League second qualifying round next season and now it seems unlikely that they will catch up with Roma, who are four points better in fifth place.
It’s about keeping up the momentum of Pioli’s men, which is something Sampdoria had been building before back-to-back defeats against Genoa and Juventus.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Federico Bernardeschi got it right in Samp’s last outing on Sunday, which confirmed Juve as champions for the ninth year in a row.
Before those quick defeats, Blucerchiati beat Udinese, Cagliari, and Parma, scoring three goals in each game, to ensure relegation is not a possibility this season.
Sampdoria can still finish ninth if they win their remaining games and other results follow their path, but motivation can be a problem for Claudio Ranieri.
Ranieri deserves high praise for the work he has done at Stadio Luigi Ferraris, practically under the radar, and Sampdoria may still have one more big win up their sleeve.Pioli was forced to rotate his team against Atalanta due to Theo Hernández and Ismael Bennacer. suspended and Alessio Romagnoli and Andrea Conti injured.
The suspended pair is back in dispute on Wednesday and should be placed directly on the side instead of Diego Laxalt and Lucas Biglia.
Milan’s attacking players were a bit off the beat against Atalanta, but Pioli is unlikely to make massive changes to that department, if any, for this midweek clash.
As for Sampdoria, Felice D’Amico and Albin Ekdal are their two confirmed absentees due to injuries, suffering foot and ankle injuries respectively.
Omar Colley and Ronaldo Vieira missed the Juventus game through suspension, but are in line to be withdrawn here.
Gaston Ramirez got the nod over Manolo Gabbiadini at the weekend, but Ranieri can bring the latter alongside Fabio Quagliarella for this one.
The possible starting lineup of AC Milan:
Donnarumma; Calabria, Kjaer, Gabbia, Hernandez; Kessie, Bennacer; Saelemaekers, Calhanoglu, Rebic; Ibrahimovic
Possible starting line-up for Sampdoria:
Audero; Bereszynski, Yoshida, Colley, Augello; Linetty, Thorsby, Ekdal, Jankto; Gabbiadini, Quagliarella