Sampdoria v Inter Milan – Stadio Luigi Ferraris at 11:30 Live at BT Sport
Inter Milan celebrated their 110th birthday last weekend and marked the occasion with a battling 0-0 draw against high-flying Napoli at San Siro on Sunday evening.
The Nerazzurri were second-best in an encounter that neither team truly deserved to triumph in. The hosts managed just one on-target effort from three attempts but reduced Napoli to only three shots on-target as Milan Skriniar, Marcelo Brozovic, Miranda and Danilo D’Ambrosio shutdown the title challengers.
It was a slightly improved performance from Inter but still brought about a surprising rant from head coach Luciano Spalletti post-match. The home tactician lambasted his players and lamented the lack of resources available to him in order to improve the squad.
Slowly emerging from their worst run of the campaign, one in which they went from the top of the league to a nine-game stretch without a win, Spaletti’s outburst could easily derail the Nerazzurri’s ailing European qualification dreams.
Inter’s recent run
Having already admitted that the problems during their downturn were largely psychological, his latest outburst remains puzzling. After those nine matches, Inter had beaten Bologna, lost to Genoa, secured three points against Benevento and then had seen the Milan derby postponed.
To then earn a 0-0 draw with Napoli would seem like a positive, even if the performance was still not quite right in an attacking sense. Nevertheless, it’s hard to imagine how Spaletti’s side will respond to his comments when they return to the field to face a tricky Sampdoria side.
Sampdoria’s strength in Genoa
Only league leaders Juventus have accrued more points on home soil than Sampdoria this season (W10-D2-L2) and the Old Lady is the only club to have scored more goals in front of their home fans than Sunday morning’s hosts.
Under the astute leadership of Marco Giampaolo, the Blucerchiati have continued their upward trajectory and whilst a top-six position has slipped from their grasp of late, Il Doria still packs a strong enough punch at their Genoese base to hurt Inter Milan here.
Samp has secured 12 triumphs from 16 games across all competitions at their Stadio Luigi Ferraris home this season, including suffering a sole reverse on home soil against a top-half team. That defeat only came via a stoppage-time winner for Lazio way back in early December.
With the visitors failing to secure maximum points in their last five away outings and drawing all five of their past road trips at top-half teams, Sampdoria should be streetwise enough to collect at least a share of the spoils when the two teams lock horns at the Marassi on Sunday morning.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Sampdoria 0.50 at 1.880
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