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Serie A Preview: Inter - Sampdoria

Serie A Preview: Inter - Sampdoria

The Nerazzurri would be hoping to garner maximum points against Serie A's in-form side.....

Kick-Off: Saturday, February 20, 2010, 20:45 CET.
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan.

Recovering From The 'Slump'

At one point Inter looked like they had wrapped up the Scudetto but in recent times the Nerazzurri have allowed rays of hopes to creep into their main challengers'' dungeons. Where the Italian champions should be 11 points clear at the top of the table in Serie A, they are actually seven points ahead in pole position.

Much of that has to do with the fact that Inter have failed to win in their last two games in the Italian top flight. First they were held by Parma last week and then dropped two points against Napoli in Naples when they failed to score and were held to a 0-0 draw.

Taking on an in-form Sampdoria side wouldn't be easy especially with Inter keeping an eye on next week's Champions League showdown with Chelsea.

Back Into Top Gear

Sampdoria appear to have finally slained their own demons as they have marvelously recovered from their slump in form. At the moment the Genoa-based side are fifth in the Serie A table with 39 points from 24 matches, level on points with fourth-placed Napoli.

Samp have won their last four games in the Italian top flight and are the in-form team in Italy. Wins against Udinese and Atalanta were followed by victories over Siena and Fiorentina and although Luigi del Neri's side's away form isn't very good, they wouldn't be scared of taking on Inter at San Siro.


FORM GUIDE


Inter

February 14 v Napoli (A) - DREW 0-0 (Serie A)

February 10 v Parma (A) – DREW 1-1 (Serie A)

February 7 v Cagliari (H) - WON 3-0 (Serie A)

February 3 v Fiorentina (H) - WON 1-0 (Coppa Italia)

January 28 v Juventus (H) - WON 2-1 (Coppa Italia)

Sampdoria

February 13 v Fiorentina (H) - WON 2-0 (Serie A)

February 7 v Siena (A) - WON 2-1 (Serie A)

January 31 v Atalanta (H) - WON 2-0 (Serie A)

January 24 v Udinese (A) - WON 3-2 (Serie A)

January 17 v Catania (H) - DREW 1-1 (Serie A)

 

TEAM NEWS

Inter

Chivu, Balotelli and Materazzi are out with injuries but thankfully for Inter there are no other injury or suspension worries. Dejan Stankovic is back after suffering in recent weeks with injury but he is likely to start on the bench.

Probable Lineup (4-3-1-2): Julio Cesar, Maicon, Lucio, Samuel, Santon; Zanetti, Cambiasso, Muntari; Sneijder; Milito, Eto'o

Sampdoria

Castellazzi, Antonio Cassano and Pozzi are unavailable for the trip while Ziegler and Rossi are struggling with injuries.

Probable Lineup (4-4-1-1): Storari, Zauri, Gastaldello, Lucchini, Ziegler; Semioli, Palombo, Poli, Guberti; Tissona; Pazzini

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Goran Pandev (Inter)

The Macedonian international has been sensational for Inter since signing for them in January and has three goals and two assists to his credit in seven games in Serie A. It looks likely that he will be on the bench for the game against Sampdoria but should either Diego Milito or Samuel Eto'o misfire, then he would be called to action. Pandev could be a handful for the Samp defence.

Giampaolo Pazzini (Sampdoria)

Pazzini has scored 12 goals and provided two assists in 24 Serie A games so far and has recovered his form and scoring touch in recent weeks. Pazzini would be employed as the lone striker against Inter on Saturday evening and although the Nerazzurri have one of the best defensive unit in entire Europe, they could find themselves in sticky situations if they allow the Italian a free run of the park.

 

PREDICTION

It should be a very interesting game and very competitive too. Inter have a brilliant home record but Samp are on a great run of form at the moment, so something has to give in at the moment. Inter would have an eye on their Champions League encounter with Chelsea in midweek, so the visitors could find themselves in a position to take home a win from Milan.

Inter 2-2 Sampdoria

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