Milan have not given up on the Serie A title and Sampdoria pose another good test of their credentials this weekend. The Rossoneri trail bitter rivals Inter by six points, and have stabilised after a winter wobble that saw them lose top spot. Elsewhere, the visitors sit in 10th place.
Where and when: San Siro, Milan – 3 April, kick-off 11:30
Where you can see Milan vs. Sampdoria: Premier Sports 1
Last time: Albin Ekdal got a late consolation but it was not enough to salvage a draw for Doria.
Milan v Sampdoria Predictions and Preview
Rafael Leao, Ante Rebic and Alessio Romagnoli are expected to be passed fit after missing the hard-fought victory in Florence before the international triple header. In more good news for Stefano Pioli, Ismael Bennacer got some valuable minutes in the same contest and is ready to resume his midfield partnership with Franck Kessie.
The Algerian makes Milan tick and the Scudetto hopefuls struggled when the former Empoli ace was on the sidelines for six weeks before the turn of the year. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is 5/2 to break the deadlock and is keen to pen another 12-month contract with the Rossoneri.
With Champions League football nearly assured for the 2021-22 campaign, the well-travelled striker is likely to share the burden with a young deputy and Dusan Vlahovic has been strongly linked over the last fortnight.
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Hakan Calhanoglu is Pioli’s chief playmaker and the fan favourite will be flanked by Alexis Saelemaekers and Brahim Diaz. The Real Madrid loanee was handed a rare start on Matchday 28 in the absence of injured colleagues and took his chance with a second-half equaliser. Diaz is 7/4 to bag anytime and Calhanoglu can be found at 11/5. Rebic and Leao are 9/2 and 5/1, respectively, to register last and Milan are 4/7 to claim the win.
In the opposing camp, evergreen Fabio Quagliarella is closing in on another double figure tally. Much like Ibrahimovic, the 38-year-old is still going strong and is 15/2 to open proceedings. The Neapolitan will be joined in attack by Keita Baldé and the Lazio youth graduate is averaging one in two for Doria. The Monaco owned forward is likely to see his stay made permanent in June and is 9/1 to register first.
Antonio Candreva is 9/2 to score anytime and is enjoying a good spell. The versatile performer has laid off six and struck five from 25 appearances. Samp are 19/4 to emerge triumphant and a share of the spoils is 16/5.
One to watch for Milan: Kessie is the designated penalty taker and no club in the division has been awarded as many spot kicks as the Rossoneri this term. The ex-Atalanta man is 21/10 to net anytime.
One to watch for Sampdoria: Mikkel Damsgaard had four goal involvements to his name during Denmark’s 8-0 thrashing over Moldova and is admired by Inter, Tottenham Hotspur, Leeds and West Ham. The starlet is 15/4 in the same market.
Long shot: Doria could finish as high as eighth and it is worth remembering the travelling party were the last squad to inflict defeat on Antonio Conte’s troops. The Ligurian outfit toppled the Viola, Lazio and Atalanta in consecutive fixtures in October and there is plenty of quality beyond the first eleven. A 3-2 away success is 55/1.