Preview: Sampdoria vs Inter Milan – prediction, team news, lineups
The champions, Inter Milan, will face one of their favorite opponents in the resumption of Serie A this weekend; making the trip to Marassi, where they meet Sampdoria on Sunday afternoon. Sampdoria vs Inter Milan where to watch
Having started with maximum points in their first two games, Inter visits a team they have beaten in seven of their last eight meetings, while the hosts are yet to have a first win of the season.
The first week of the 2021-22 campaign could hardly have been calmer for Inter’s new coach, Simone Inzaghi, as his team won their first two league games before the international break by a total of 7-1, while it integrated several summers without problems. signings.
Despite losing their Scudetto-winning boss and a few stars during the offseason, the Nerazzurri have managed to maintain their relentless momentum that has continued throughout the calendar year, beginning, in fact, after a rare loss to opponents in the offseason. weekend at the beginning of January.
Inter have sidelined Genoa (4-0) and Hellas Verona (3-1) so far, with Joaquín Correa, Edin Dzeko, and Hakan Calhanoglu signed by a free signing of city rivals Milan, all finding the network and showing great understanding. already.
In all, the Milan giants have scored in each of their last 21 league games, their best streak since 2009, and former Roma captain Dzeko is well prepared to help continue that streak, having previously scored six goals against Sampdoria in Serie A, including three in their last three games against Blucerchiati.
On the occasion of Inzaghi’s 200th top flight as a coach, of which he has recorded an impressive 110 victories so far, his current club will be a huge favorite to rise to the top. In fact, only his predecessor Antonio Conte has won more in the same number of games since 1995, indicating why the former Lazio strategist was entrusted with the job.
During a hectic ten-day period, his Inter team is now ready to face a series of relatively modest domestic opponents, the next meeting with Bologna and then Fiorentina, but must also renew hostilities with Real Madrid; one of the clubs in a Champions League group where he was unable to progress since last fall.
Unlike their visitors, Sampdoria have only one point in the first two rounds and have so far failed to even find the net, during a difficult start to life in Marassi for new coach Roberto D’Aversa.
The former Parma boss, who suffered a painful demotion with the Emiliano team last season, has taken steps to remedy that apparent lack of power by bringing in Italian international Francesco Caputo from Sassuolo on the day of the transfer deadline.
A highly experienced striker, ‘Ciccio’ hopes to help his new club improve things in the final third, after shooting successive blanks against both Milan (in the 1-0 loss) and his old club, in a goalless draw at the Mapei Stadium.
Caputo joins two other Azzurri boys in Genoa this season as he will often team up with 38-year-old Fabio Quagliarella in the attack, with the veteran pair enjoying the support provided by former Inter winger Antonio Candreva. The wide player is set to make his 400th appearance in Serie A on Sunday and since his debut in the top flight nearly 14 years ago, only one outfield player has equaled that milestone: Quagliarella.
D’Aversa will undoubtedly lean on their accumulated nous and cunning to seek to match the top-half result achieved with Claudio Ranieri last season, and can even imagine they can secure a second consecutive home win over Inter East. weekend.
As with several other managers from Europe’s top clubs, Simone Inzaghi will have to balance the late arrival of her South American stars with the requirements of a busy upcoming schedule. Therefore, Lautaro Martínez will rest after his international duty with Argentina, and Stefano Sensi can start as support for the only forward Edin Dzeko, who is available after having overcome a muscle injury.
The two-goal scorer last time, Joaquín Correa may reappear from the bench, and fellow forward Alexis Sánchez will be absent for several more weeks.
Matteo Darmian and Denzel Dumfries will compete directly for a place on the right flank of Inzaghi’s XI, while Ivan Perisic starts from the left.
Sampdoria possible starting lineup:
Audero; Depaoli, Yoshida, Colley, Augello; Candreva, Thorsby, Silva, Damsgaard; Quagliarella, Caputo
Inter Milan possible starting lineup:
Handanovic; Skriniar, De Vrij, Bastoni; Darmian, Barella, Brozovic, Calhanoglu, Perisic; Sensi; Dzeko