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Serie A

  • February 27, 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, Genova
  • Referee: A. Gervasoni
  • • Attendance: 24022

Serie A Preview: Sampdoria - Inter

Serie A Preview: Sampdoria - Inter

The Nerazzurri are back in full throttle for the Scudetto and will hope to defeat Sampdoria in Genoa...

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Mid-Table Modesty

Sampdoria’s 2010-11 campaign is as good as over. The Blucerchiati are currently stationed in the bottom half of the table with 31 points from 26 matches; with eight points the difference between them and the relegation zone and 11 points the gulf between them and a place in Europe, Samp are now part of the also-ran contingent.

Last weekend Domenico Di Carlo’s side were involved in a goalless draw with Fiorentina in Florence and prior to that they had lost the Derby della Lanterna to Genoa 1-0. Sampdoria have been in mixed and inconsistent form in the new year, and with hopes of European qualification having long withered, they are destined to finish in mid-table.

Sampdoria, though, have a strong record at home as they have lost just three of the 13 league encounters in front of their own supporters this campaign. Samp will also be encouraged by the fact that in the reverse fixture in October they held Inter to a 1-1 draw in Milan.

Returning To Winning Ways

With Inter’s European campaign having been almost deflated beyond repair, the Nerazzurri will turn their attention back onto to the league action. Midweek’s 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munich at San Siro in the first-leg of their last 16 clash in the Champions League means that they are one foot into the waters, with hopes of a treble evaporating fast.

In Serie A, though, Leonardo’s side are going strong and having recovered from a disaster-sewn Rafael Benitez tenure, the Beneamata are in realistic chance of successfully retaining the Scudetto. Last weekend’s 1-0 victory over Cagliari placed them third in the table on 50 points, two points behind Napoli, who are second, and five behind leaders Milan.

The encounter against Sampdoria in Genoa on Sunday evening will also mark the return of striker Giampaolo Pazzini to the club he left in January to join the defending Italian and European champions.

The Italy international forward has been in good form for Inter in 2011 and ahead of the clash enthused on Thursday: "It will be a particularly tough game for me. I had two great years in Genoa. The emotion will be high when I arrive at the ground, let alone get on the pitch.”



Semioli, Pozzi and Tissone are injured for Sampdoria and will miss the visit of Inter.


Samuel, Milito, Cordoba, Thiago Motta, Cambiasso and Ranocchia are injured and are set to miss the trip to Genoa. Maicon is suspended.

Players to watch

A. Poli

Position: Midfielder

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Andrea Poli will start for Sampdoria against Inter and will be an important player in the midfield. Samp have struggle for invention and imagination in the middle of the pitch and upfront since the removal of Antonio Cassano from the squad, but Poli will attempt to change that. The 21-year-old is said to be one of the better young players and he will be the one to watch out for.

G. Pazzini

Position: Attacker

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Giampaolo Pazzini has been a hit since joining Inter from Sampdoria in January with the Italy international striker scoring goals. Pazzini will return to the ground where he established himself as one of the better forwards in Italy and it will indeed be an emotional comeback for the 26-year-old, who will still be inclined to score and lead the Nerazzurri to a victory.

Editor's Prediction

Sampdoria are struggling for points but the Genoese side have a strong record at home. Inter lost to Bayern Munich in midweek in Milan and this could affect them psychologically. A draw in Genoa could be final outcome.

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