Serie A resumes after the winter break with Milan in action against Sampdoria. The Rossoneri are still reeling from their biggest domestic defeat for 21 years, while Doria are only just above the drop line. Stefano Pioli’s dejected troops have suffered another underwhelming campaign and could yet slide further down the table if they fail to pick up all three points.
Where and when: San Siro, Milan – 6 January, kick-off 14:00
Where you can see Milan vs. Sampdoria: Premier Sports 2
Last time: Samp marksman Grégoire Defrel scored with less than a minute on the clock to settle the contest at the end of March.
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|Draw and both teams to score||5/1||Offer|
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Milan v Sampdoria Predictions and Preview
Atalanta would have fancied their chances when Milan made the short trip across Lombardia but few would have predicted the final scoreline. La Dea famously put five past the Rossoneri and it will be fascinating to see if the result has had a psychological impact on Pioli’s squad.
There has, however, been some good news for the fans as Milan announced the return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The talismanic Swede returns to the club after seven years and will demand the very best from his new team-mates.
The former Juventus, Inter and Manchester United hitman is due for a medical on January 2 and will go straight in to the starting eleven and provide the leadership the Rossoneri desperately need.
Visitors Sampdoria have won two of their last seven fixtures and have really struggled, both through on goal and in the table. At this stage last campaign, Doria were in sixth, en-route to notching 60 league efforts and Ranieri is likely to request striking reinforcements in January.
The Blucerchiati’s haul of 14 is the third lowest in the division behind SPAL and Udinese as a 16-year career begins to catch up on veteran Fabio Quagliarella.
The 36-year-old hit a stunning 26 strikes last year but it will be Manolo Gabbiadini and Gaston Ramirez who lead the line.
One to watch for Milan: Pioli is expected to ring the changes with Ante Rebic and Krzysztof Piątek pushing for starting roles. Rebic can play on either wing and is 5/1 to bag last.
One to watch for Sampdoria: One-time Arsenal target Jakub Jankto is a whopping 25/1 in the same final scorer market. The Czech midfielder has aspirations of playing at EURO 2020 and an upturn in performance will do his chances no harm.
Long shot: Milan owe their supporters a big performance and will hope Ibrahimovic can be the catalyst for a memorable 2020. The Rossoneri are coming up against a blunt attack, and should have the lion’s share of possession. A 4-0 success is 20/1.