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  • October 24, 2010
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
  • Referee: D. Orsato
  • • Attendance: 56415
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Serie A Preview: Inter – Sampdoria

Serie A Preview: Inter – Sampdoria

The game of the round in the Italian top flight sees the Nerazzurri take on an improving Samp side…

Climbing Up The Charts

Inter started the 2010-11 campaign on a slow note but have been steadily gathering pace over the past few weeks. At the moment Rafael Benitez’s side are third in Serie A with 14 points from seven matches, just two points behind leaders Lazio.

Last weekend Inter defeated Cagliari 1-0 in Sardinia and in midweek they won in the Champions League, defeating Tottenham Hotspur 4-3 at San Siro to edge closer to progress from the group. However, the Italian and European champions conceded thrice to a side that wouldn’t battle for the Premier League ttle and this should be of some concern to Benitez.

Nevertheless, Inter have a proud home record and have yet to lose in front of their supporters this season in any competition. In the league the Beneamata have conceded just three goals all season and they will be keen to show their defensive prowess on Sunday too.

Improving And Retaining Ambition

Sampdoria had started the season on a winning note but had then started to fade. However, the Genoa-based side are looking good again in the league as they defeated Fiorentina 2-1 last weekend.

That win has propelled the Blucerchiati to seventh in the standings on 10 points, just two off a Champions League spot. Samp will now be keen to hold climb further up in the table as in a very competitive Serie A, every point and every match matters.

However, Samp’s Europa League ambitions were dealt a blow on Thursday evening when they were defeated 2-1 by Metalist Kharkiv way from home. It punctured a five-game unbeaten run in all competitions, implying that Domenico Di Carlo’s side will have to build up momentum all over again.



TEAM NEWS

Inter

Thiago Motta, Mancini, Milito, Stankovic, Mariga and Suazo are out injured for the Nerazzurri, who are likely to field their much used 4-2-3-1 formation. This time too Eto’o will be the lone striker upfront with Coutinho, Sneijder and Pandev playing behind him.

Sampdoria

Semioli is out injured for Sampdoria while Lucchini is suspended. Pazzini and Cassano will be the two strikers.

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Players to watch

S. Eto'o

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Eto’o has been Inter’s best player so far this season in all competitions and has found the net six times in seven Serie A appearances. On Wednesday evening the Cameroon international striker found the net twice and gave two assists in the Beneamata’s 4-3 win against Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League and will be the key player in putting the Sampdoria defence into sixes and sevens.

A. Cassano

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Antonio Cassano is a man for the big occasions and the game against Inter is one of the biggest matches in Sampdoria’s season. The Nerazzurri have a formidable home record but Cassano does possess the potential to demolish that aura, and he will indeed try to do just that on Sunday.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Internazionale

Sampdoria

Wins
2
1
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

FC Internazionale Milano INT
FC Internazionale Milano Internazionale
Draw
UC Sampdoria SAM
UC Sampdoria Sampdoria
77%

Top 3 Predictions

FC Internazionale Milano INT
2 - 0
UC Sampdoria SAM
FC Internazionale Milano INT
3 - 0
UC Sampdoria SAM
FC Internazionale Milano INT
3 - 1
UC Sampdoria SAM

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