Sampdoria vs. Inter – Match of the Day (Round 29)

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Inter has an opportunity to return to top four with a potential win here as they didn’t come this close to the Champions League in years, while Sampdoria is looking to reach the Europa League for the first time since the 2015-16 season. The game will take place at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on Sunday, March 18th.

Sampdoria vs. Inter

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Three-Way: 1: Sampdoria +275; X: +250 Draw; 2: Inter +100 at BetDSI Sportsbook

Spread +0.5:Sampdoria -114; Inter +104

Total 2.5 goals: Over -112; Under -112

SAMPDORIA

The Blucerchiati are hoping to bounce back at home from a disappointing and heavy 4-1 defeat to Crotone, and luckily for them, the home form is way better than the one on the road. Sampdoria was down by three points at halftime, and they failed to recover from an early shock, so Duvan Zapata only managed to soften the blow in the 70th minute before Matias Silvestre’s own goals sealed their fate five minutes before the end. Marco Giampaolo’s side is in the 7th position in Serie A with 44 points, three behind Milan and eight behind Inter, so a potential win here would close the gap between them and Luciano Spalletti’s men.

Sampdoria played 30 games so far in the 2017/18, recording 15 victories, five draws, and ten losses, with a goal difference of 56:42, which is 3.26 goals per contest on average. The Blucerchiati have been playing very well at home lately, winning four out of the previous six matches, scoring 11 goals in the process and conceding four in return.

Fabio Quagliarella is the team’s top scorer with 17 goals in 27 appearances; Duvan Zapata added nine goals, while GianlucaCaprari and Dawid Kownacki contributed with six goals apiece. Gaston Ramirez is the most creative individual at Stadio Luigi Ferraris with 11 assists, while Quagliarella and Zapata chipped in with five dishes each. Marco Giampaolo is delighted to have an almost entire team at his disposal as only Karol Linetty cannot feature due to suspension.

INTER

The Black and Blues won only two matches in 2018 and it cannot be said that they are playing well right now, but the opportunity of qualifying for the Champions League next term is still alive, and three points here will definitely boost their chances. Inter beat Benevento 2-0 at home and drew with Napoli 0-0 last week, in a poor display where they attempted one miserable shot on target and had only 35% of ball possession. Luciano Spalletti’ side is in the 5th place with 52 points, only a point behind Lazio and with a game in hand, while Milan is trailing by five points.

Inter played 29 games this campaign, recording 15 victories, ten draws, and four losses, with a goal difference of 43:22, which is 2.24 goals per contest on average. The Black and Blues are without an away win in the previous six matches, scoring just two goals in the process and conceding six in return.

Mauro Icardi is the team’s leading scorer with 18 goals in 25 appearances, while Ivan Perisic added seven goals to his name. Antonio Candreva is the best assist-maker with eight dishes; Perisic contributed with six assists, while Marcelo Brozovic has four assists. Luciano Spalletti is delighted to have pretty much all of the players at his disposal as only Andrea Ranocchia is listed as doubtful due to a thigh injury.

Sampdoria vs. Inter – Betting Trends and Match Prediction

  • Sampdoria is undefeated in the last six matches at home
  • Sampdoria scored 11 goals in the previous six league games at Stadio Luigi Ferraris
  • Inter is winless in the last six away matches
  • Inter scored just two goals in the previous six road games

Each team recorded a pair of victories in the last five H2H duels and only one out of those five encounters ended without both teams scoring. That being said, I expect to see goals on both ends here, and although Inter has plenty of trouble to score away from home in 2018, they must do it on Sunday, or the Champions League place could be in jeopardy. The first clash of the season ended 3-2 for Inter, while Sampdoria won last season at home, 1-0.

MY PICK: Both teams to score YES (-125)