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  • November 27, 2010
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  • • Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, Genova
  • Referee: P. Mazzoleni
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Serie A Preview: Sampdoria - Milan

Serie A Preview: Sampdoria - Milan

The Rossoneri face a tricky trip to Genoa as they continue to maintain pole position in the league...

Back To Winning Ways

Sampdoria appeared to be struggling without talisman Antonio Cassano as they went four competitive matches without a win and failed to score in any one of them. Things appeared to be bleak for the Blucerchiati but last weekend they bounced back in enthralling style as they won 3-2 against Lecce at the Via del Mare.

Italy international striker Giampaolo Pazzini turned on the style in Lecce as he scored a brilliant hat-trick, finding the winner just two minutes from normal time. The win lifted Samp to eighth in the league standings on 19 points from 13 matches, just one behind Italian and European champions Inter, who are sixth.

However, Domenico Di Carlo's side will have to maintain that momentum if they want to enhance their chances of finishing in a European spot at the end of the season. On Saturday evening Samp welcome league leaders and in-form Milan and will have to be especially careful about how they approach the game. Samp have already lost at the Marassi in the league and have won just twice, so in no way will they head into this game as favourites.

Consolidating The Lead


Milan have been going from strength to strength in Serie A as they still lead the table. Last weekend's narrow 1-0 win against Fiorentina thanks to an ingenious goal from star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic coupled with results elsewhere saw the Rossoneri maintain pole position as they are three points clear of Lazio on 29 points from 13 matches.

The victory over the Viola at San Siro was the former Italian and European champions' fourth league win in a row and eighth in nine games. Massimiliano Allegri's side stretched their imperious league form to Europe too in midweek as they qualified for the first knockout stage of the Champions League with an easy 2-0 win against Auxerre in France, with Ibrahimovic and Ronaldinho etching their respective names on the scoresheet.

A win in Genoa for Milan is very much probable especially given that they have won four of their six league matches on the road. The Diavolo are also the joint second top scorer in the division and with Ibra in red-hot form and the defence too starting to look more compact, they will be confident of at least maintaining their three-point advantage at the top of the table.


TEAM NEWS

Sampdoria


Zauri, Semioli, Palombo, Padalino and Obiang are out injured for the home side. Pazzini and Marilungo will be the two strikers in a flat 4-4-2 formation.

Milan


Pato, Inzaghi, Oddo, Pirlo and Antonini are unavailable for the trip to Genoa because of injuries. Robinho could start alongside Ibrahimovic in attack in a 4-3-1-2 system that will see Ronaldinho relegated to the bench.

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G. Pazzini

Position: Attacker

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Giampaolo Pazzini scored a brilliant hat-trick last weekend and the Italy international striker will be the key player upfront for the Genoa-based side. With Cassano out, Pazzini will once again be the fulcrum of Samp's attack. The Rossoneri can leave gaps at the back, which will play into the Italian's advantage.

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TEAM NEWS

Sampdoria


Zauri, Semioli, Palombo, Padalino and Obiang are out injured for the home side. Pazzini and Marilungo will be the two strikers in a flat 4-4-2 formation.

Milan


Pato, Inzaghi, Oddo, Pirlo and Antonini are unavailable for the trip to Genoa because of injuries. Robinho could start alongside Ibrahimovic in attack in a 4-3-1-2 system that will see Ronaldinho relegated to the bench.

Milan will be the favourites for this fixture as they are in red-hot form but Sampdoria will be fired up after their win last weekend. This promises to be an enthralling match but don't expect too many goals. A win for the Rossoneri is likely but one suspects that Samp may just craft a draw.

Sampdoria 1-1 Milan


Giampaolo Pazzini scored a brilliant hat-trick last weekend and the Italy international striker will be the key player upfront for the Genoa-based side. With Cassano out, Pazzini will once again be the fulcrum of Samp's attack. The Rossoneri can leave gaps at the back, which will play into the Italian's advantage.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is scoring week in week out at the moment and he will again be aiming to add to his tally. Ibra scored one of the best goals against Fiorentina last weekend in their 1-0 victory and he will be the targetman for the Diavolo on Saturday.


TEAM NEWS

Juventus

Buffon, Legrottaglie, Rinaudo, Grygera, De Ceglie, Martinez and Amauri are out of the fixture because of injuries. Del Neri will deploy his favoured 4-4-2 formation that will have Iaquinta and Quagliarella as the two strikers. Sissoko and Felipe Melo will be the two defensive midfielders in a double-pivot system.

Fiorentina

Frey, Montolivo, Jovetic, Zanetti, Mutu and Natali will miss the trip to Turin as they are injured while Kroldrup and Gulan are suspended. Gilardino will be the lone striker upfront in a 4-2-3-1 system.

Juventus are unbeaten for weeks now and have also looked strong at home. Even though this will be a very fierce match, the Bianconeri will be the favourites as they have a superior squad. However, Juve have shown vulnerability at the back and are likely to concede a goal.

Juventus 3-1 Fiorentina

Milos Krasic scored one of the best individual goals against Genoa last weekend and the Serbia international will once again be the key player for the Old Lady. Krasic is gradually becoming the 'New Pavel Nedved' for Juventus and his runs, pace and trickery down the right flank will be crucial.

Juan Manuel Vargas will be Fiorentina's Milos Krasic as his work down the flank will help stretch the Juventus defence. Del Neri's fullbacks are average at best and given Vargas' pace and shooting abilities as well as his calibre to drill in accurate crosses, the Peruvian will be significant in ripping apart the Juve backline.

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Z. Ibrahimovic

Position: Attacker

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is scoring week in week out at the moment and he will again be aiming to add to his tally. Ibra scored one of the best goals against Fiorentina last weekend in their 1-0 victory and he will be the targetman for the Diavolo on Saturday.

Editor's Prediction

Milan will be the favourites for this fixture as they are in red-hot form but Sampdoria will be fired up after their win last weekend. This promises to be an enthralling match but don't expect too many goals. A win for the Rossoneri is likely but one suspects that Samp may just craft a draw.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Sampdoria

Milan

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Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

UC Sampdoria SAM
UC Sampdoria Sampdoria
Draw
AC Milan MIL
AC Milan Milan
89%

Top 3 Predictions

UC Sampdoria SAM
0 - 2
AC Milan MIL
UC Sampdoria SAM
1 - 2
AC Milan MIL
UC Sampdoria SAM
0 - 3
AC Milan MIL

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