Inter go in search of only their second win of the Serie A campaign after falling to promoted Parma in the previous gameweek. The Milan giants haven’t made the best of starts to the new season and it won’t be easy for Luciano Spalletti’s men at a notoriously difficult ground. Hosts Sampdoria sit in fifth spot and look full of confidence.
Where and when: Stadio Luigi Ferraris – 22 September, kick-off 19:30
Where you can see Sampdoria vs. Inter: Eleven Sports 2
Last time: The Nerazzurri demolished Sampdoria 5-0 back in May with Mauro Icardi hitting four goals on a memorable afternoon for Inter.
Sampdoria v Inter Predictions and Preview
After the opening day setback against Udinese, home side Sampdoria have since registered back-to-back wins against Napoli and Frosinone respectively. Even more impressively, Marco Giampaolo’s men have struck a whopping eight goals from the last 180 minutes of action and continue to prove last term’s exploits were no fluke. Samp famously beat champions Juventus on home soil along with a host of other big names and have made the Luigi Ferraris a real fortress over the last two years.
The evergreen Fabio Quagliarella has two goals to his name but it is the form of loanee Gregoire Defrel that has caught the eye. Giampaolo brought in the Frenchman from Roma after the former Sassuolo attacker failed to settle in the capital.
The striker scored once from 20 appearances but has found a new lease of life in Genoa, similar to his partner Quagliarella. Defrel leads the way in the charts with four goals, tearing apart Carlo Ancelotti’s much fancied Azzurri and can be found at 4/1 to open the scoring against Inter. Doria are 27/10 to claim all three points.
|Sampdoria to win 2-1||11/1||Offer|
|Both teams to score||4/7||Offer|
|Draw full-time result||47/20||Offer|
For visitors Inter, the campaign may be in its relative infancy but Spalletti has reason to be concerned. The Nerazzurri were expected to make light work of Parma but toiled and paid the price for their profligacy. With Mauro Icardi experiencing injury issues and no real deputy to step in, the Beneamata could struggle again this weekend and the favoured 10/11 odds for victory represent a surprise given their recent problems.
One to watch for Sampdoria: Gianluca Caprari is thriving in the hole behind the two strikers and will be looking to add to his goal against Frosinone. The playmaker is 11/2 to net anytime.
One to watch for Inter: Radja Nainggolan has yet to fully settle at his new club but the goals will come. The Belgian is 6/1 to open the scoring.
Long shot: Inter arrived in Genoa last year after a sequence of six draws, one defeat and one loss before achieving their biggest win of the campaign. The visitors continue to struggle for consistency and while a 5-0 triumph is doubtful, a 3-0 scoreline at 16/1 is an attractive proposition.