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  • January 13, 2013
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Sampdoria - AC Milan Preview: Rossoneri hope to bounce back from Coppa disappointment

Sampdoria - AC Milan Preview: Rossoneri hope to bounce back from Coppa disappointment

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Juventus dispatched Massimiliano Allegri's men with an extra-time victory to deny them a place in the semis, and Milan will have to recover quickly against a resurgent Samp

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

SAMPDORIA

 Romero
Gastaldello, Palombo, Costa
De Silvestri, Krsticic, Obiang, Poli, E'rribia
Eder, Icardi
AC MILAN

Abbiati
Abate, Mexes, Zapata, De Sciglio
Flamini, Montolivo, Nocerino
Boateng
Robinho, El Shaarawy

Having picked up a priceless victory away at Juventus in their first fixture of 2013, easing relegation worries, Sampdoria coach Delio Rossi is expected to make just one, enforced change to his line-up. Gaetano Berardi is suspended after picking up a red card in Turin, and he will be replaced on the right by Lorenzo De Silvestri. Young Argentine striker Mauro Icardi repaid his employers' faith in him in declining to release the teenager for the South American Under-20 Championship with a double, and will again lead the line alongside Eder.

Milan, meanwhile, are ready to ring the changes after crashing out of the Coppa Italia at the quarter-final stage on Wednesday, at the hands of Juventus. Marco Amelia, Francesco Acerbi, Urby Emanuelson and Massimo Ambrosini are all likely to drop to the bench, while Robinho could start in Genoa after failing to make an appearance in midweek.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Sampdoria recorded their first win in five games, and only their sixth of the season, with an impressive 2-1 comeback triumph at the expense of Juventus in their last fixture.
  • The victory, inspired by two goals from 19-year-old forward Emanuel Icardi (pictured, right), lifted the Genoese team up to 14th in the Serie A standings, easing relegation worries.
  • The side's last two home games have ended in disappointment for the local supporters, as Samp went down to Lazio (0-1) and Udinese during a run of three straight defeats.
  • AC Milan began the 2012-13 season with defeat at home to Sampdoria, downed by a single goal from Andrea Costa. The Rossoneri have lost a total of six matches so far in Serie A, and lie in seventh place.
  • Disappointment at going out of the Coppa Italia to Juve was alleviated by another goal-scoring appearance from Stephan El Shaarawy. The young striker has netted 17 times in the current season, including an impressive 14 in just 18 games in Serie A.
  • El Shaarawy can expect an interesting reception from home fans when he steps out at Stadio Luigi Ferraris. The forward began his career at Sampdoria's bitter rivals Genoa, debuting at the age of 16 before moving to Milan in 2011.

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Available Squads
22Sergio RomeroGoalkeeper
3Andrea CostaDefender
29Lorenzo De SilvestriDefender
28Daniele GastaldelloDefender
21Marcelo EstigarribiaMidfielder
14Pedro ObiangMidfielder
16Andrea PoliMidfielder
17Angelo PalomboMidfielder
10Nenad KrsticicMidfielder
23EderStriker
9Mauro IcardiStriker
1Angelo Da CostaGoalkeeper
-Tommaso BerniGoalkeeper
-Paolo CastelliniDefender
30Shkodran MustafiDefender
15Simon PoulsenDefender
-Jonathan RossiniDefender
25RenanMidfielder
-Gianni MunariMidfielder
23Fernando TissoneMidfielder
21Roberto SorianoMidfielder
-Andelko SavicStriker
32Christian AbbiatiGoalkeeper
2Mattia De SciglioDefender
5Philippe MexesDefender
17Cristian ZapataDefender
-Kevin Constant Midfielder
9Kevin-Prince BoatengMidfielder
18Riccardo MontolivoMidfielder
13Massimo AmbrosiniMidfielder
78M'Baye NiangStriker
-Bojan KrkicStriker
92Stephan El ShaarawyStriker
14Marco AmeliaGoalkeeper
59GabrielGoalkeeper
15Francesco AcerbiDefender
20Ignazio AbateDefender
-Bakaye TraoréMidfielder
20Mathieu FlaminiMidfielder
8Urby EmanuelsonMidfielder
-Antonio NocerinoMidfielder
-RobinhoStriker
Players to Watch
Mauro Icardi
Mauro Icardi
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Mauro Emanuel Icardi Rivero Fonseca Nacimiento, to give the youngster's exhaustive full name, followed the Lionel Messi route from Rosario to a teenage apprenticeship in Barcelona; and the striker is proving more explosive in front of goal with every game he plays. Home fans will be hoping of a repeat of a spectacular double strike that handed Samp victory over Juve.
Christian Abbiati
Christian Abbiati
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 32
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Just three clean sheets in the first 19 games of Serie A 2012-13 tell the story of a Milan defence that is unsettled and disorganised. The 35-year-old Abbiati has seen and won everything with the Rossoneri, and the responsibility of whipping the at-times shambolic back line into shape will fall onto his experienced shoulders.
Prediction
Sampdoria are on a high after grabbing a wholly unexpected victory over Juve, and will be hopeful of causing another upset against an unsettled Milan defence. The visitors, however, also have something to prove, and should run out narrow winners over a side whose home form leaves much to be desired.
Editor's Prediction
Milan 2

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