Sampdoria vs Milan by JerryDrake
Sampdoria finished that league with 51 points, 5 more than Milan and Inter. Their win over Milan in March opened their way to the Italian title, result: 2-0, goals scored by Gianluca Vialli (penalty kick) and Roberto Mancini, the so called “Gemelli del gol” (the goal twins).
The line-ups were these. Sampdoria: Pagliuca, Mannini, Katanec, Pari, Vierchowod, Lanna, Lombardo, Invernizzi, Vialli, Mancini, Dossena. Milan: Pazzagli, Tassotti, Maldini, Stroppa, Costacurta, Baresi, Donadoni, Rijkaard, Van Basten, Gullit, Evani.
After remembering this game, it is difficult to keep the concentration on today's meeting. Some numbers: Milan 888, not the bookmaker: 8 wins, 8 draws and 8 defeats in their 24 games played in this Serie A, 37 goals scored, 35 goals conceded, 32 points and 9th place in the Italian “classifica”. On the road: 2-4-6, 21/25.
Sampdoria are not that far away from Milan: 444, 4 wins, 4 draws, 4 defeats at Stadio Luigi Ferraris with 15 goals scored and 15 goals conceded in the home games. Overall: 7-7-10, 27/35.
In the last 6 rounds Samp and Milan obtained the same number of points: 10, both winning 3 and drawing 1, Milan scoring 9/9 and Sampdoria 8/8.
Numbers talk about a big balance between these teams. In their overall meetings Milan take the lead but if we look only at the games played in Marassi we will find another balanced history: 20 wins for Sampdoria, 22 draws and 22 wins for Milan. Last Milan win in Marassi was in 2007 (5-0), the last four games have finished 2-1 twice for Sampdoria in 2009 and 2010, 1-1 again in 2010 and 0-0 in 2013.
The Blucerchiati are undefeated in their last 6 home games: 1-1 Lazio, 2-0 Catania, 1-1 Parma, 3-0 Udinese, 1-1 Bologna, 1-0 Cagliari. The Rossoneri won only once on the road in the last 5, defeating Cagliari 2-1 away, drawing 2-2 in Livorno and losing 0-1 the derby against Inter, 3-4 in Reggio Emilia against Sassuolo and 1-3 in Naples.
Sampdoria will try to keep the positive home series and get closer to the so-called in Italian “salvezza”. How can we translate it in English: to avoid relegation, to keep themselves in the league do not sound the same. Ok, I'll call it “the rescue”, “the salvation”. Sampdoria main's target it the salvation which should be reached with 40 points, they still need 12. All teams risking the relegation (or lets call it “the conviction”) are far behind but as it often happens many teams will start winning games in the last months so Sampdoria are not saved yet.
On the other side Milan have to prepare their second leg in Champions League. They need to heal their wounds after the 0-1 defeat with Atletico Madrid and rewin some injured players.
Kaká was among the scorers in the last Milan win in 2007, Pazzini was one of the best Sampdoria players in the last years and he will want to use the chance to play from the first minute. Both players are dangerous, and although Milan won only two on the road, you should never trust a devil against teams looking for salvation.
I will bet on both teams to score. Main reasons: in the previous games we have seen goals on both sides when Sampdoria playing at home and when Milan playing away. Then, Sampdoria are missing two important defenders (Gastaldello and De Silvestri) while Mustafi was doubt until yesterday. Also Milan have some problems in the defense: goalkeeper Abbiati will be substituted by Amelia while De Sciglio is still injured and
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|Both teams to score||William Hill||1.91||7||0-2 LOST (-7 units)|
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.