Inter – Sampdoria SOCCER PICKS
Until recently, the fans of Inter Milan were really spoiled with great results in the current season. All the more surprising came the abrupt cut in mid-January. It all began with a harmless 0: 0 against Sassuolo Calcio. Launched as a big favorite, Inter did not succeed in putting his mark on the game. From there on it went steeply downhill, before you could ever again win a win in Serie A and the Europa League. In the European competition, their own fans were again not spoiled with “Hurray-football”. A meager 1: 0 in Vienna was retracted. However, the Nerazzurri do not have a lot of time to party, because on Sunday evening the important home game against Sampdoria in the highest Italian league is on the program. Luciano Spalletti’s side are currently in third place, but in the event of a defeat they could move further and further towards a place that does not qualify for participation in next year’s Champions League. Of course, Inter wants to prevent this. Prerequisite for this would be a home win, which in the game Inter Milan vs.. Sampdoria is classified as likely according to the quotas.
Underestimated Inter the guest from the northwest of Italy, however, by no means. Although “La Samp” is currently ranked only in ninth place, there is enough quality to put problems in the last three stages. But whether this is also the case in the current situation, may be doubted, because after two bankruptcies in a row and only a threesome from the last five encounters, it seems as if Sampdoria can not oppose even form-weak Milanese not much. With the Genoa side always scoring in eight out of the last nine games, it would be worth considering comparing Inter Milan and Sampdoria to meet “both teams”. The match will be kicked off at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium on Sunday evening at 17:00.
Inter Milan :
As if there were not enough problems in Milan at the moment. After the sporting downturn of recent weeks, it is now seething on a personal level. The Milan club announced shortly before the Europa League game against Rapid Wien via Twitter, that the budget captain Mauro Icardi will no longer wear the captain’s armband. Whether this decision helped to win Inter in Vienna despite the negative run in Serie A is of course in the stars. That his strike replacement Lautaro Martinez was the key scorer, but could be an indication of this.
The reason for the degradation should probably be the long-lasting exchange rumors. Names such as Real Madrid made the rounds often.
From a sporting point of view, Inter Milan has been in freestyle in Serie A for weeks. Previously, together with Naples, Juventus’s number one runner-up was Naples, so the focus is now on only one Champions League spot. Meanwhile, the lead in fifth place has shrunk to just five points. A defeat against Sampdoria and passing through could continue. Three of the last four games in Serie A have lost Inter. Only on the last matchday succeeded perhaps the decisive turn. Against Parma Calcio succeeded a 1-0 away win.
Despite the poor performance and numbers mentioned in the recent past, the fact remains that Inter is very compact at home. So it’s not surprising that the Spalletti-Elf with five goals conceded the best home defense. The truth is that no team scored fewer goals in the top 8 in this classification. A good defense is therefore a rather mediocre range of attacks.
Since Marco Giampaolo took over the post of head coach of Sampdoria, he was able to consolidate “La Samp” in the orderly midfield of Serie A. After the “almost descent” in 2015/16, this is a good performance for the time being. Giampaolo stands for a healthy mix of offense and defensive, which allows Sampdoria to continue to fight for international business this season. However, the Ligueen side are currently struggling a little and have not won four out of five competitive games in 2019 (three defeats, one draw and one victory). Nevertheless, Giampaolo can be very satisfied with the season so far.
If the coach makes a decent run on Sunday in Milan, then “La Samp” will consolidate its position in the fight for the Europa League once again. With Sampdoria is likely to be expected by the end of the season. Although it is difficult to forecast in the duel between Inter Milan and Sampdoria, as both teams are currently on a small descent, a thrilling and highly competitive game can be expected. For the port dwellers it could possibly be an advantage that Inter still had to play in the Europa League on Thursday.