Serie A matches finish on Saturday at the Luigi Ferraris stadium, where defending champions Sampdoria and champions AC Milan meet head-to-head. The two permanent tenants in the First Division will face off in contrasting circumstances in a match likely to determine the career path of home manager Marco Giampaolo.
After helping Sampdoria maintain their top-flight status by the best margins last season, Giampaolo has bought some credit at Genoa. However, the following Ferraris bosses have run out of patience no samb Totally disappointing start to the league. The hosts have not won their first five Serie A matches (D2, L3), and they appear to be preparing for another battle against relegation.
By contrast, Milan came back from behind to beat arch-rivals Inter 3-2 in the Derby della Madonnina last weekend and kept their Serie A start unbeaten (W3, D2). Unfortunately, Stefano Pioli’s side failed to transfer that momentum to the European front, as they drew 1-1 with Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League midweek.
However, Milan are in a prime position to resume the Premier League in 2022, having lost only once in the Italian league since the beginning of the year. In fact, Sampdoria’s sad early-season performances suggest they don’t fit in with high-flying Rossoneri at the moment. Let’s see what our preview has to say about this encounter.
Fate has strange ways, and bringing Milan to Giampaolo’s doorstep in these turbulent times may be Lady Luck’s way of playing with the seasoned tactician. In a strange twist, the 55-year-old’s former employers could spell the end of his fateful managerial tenure at Ferraris.
Besides Bologna and Empoli, Sampdoria are the only remaining Serie A tenants who have not won a single league match in 2022/23. porridge They thought they were about to change their form at Hellas Verona last weekend.
But Verona’s quick response canceled Francesco Caputo’s opener, inflicting a 2-1 defeat on the Genoa-based side. Another disappointing result in Marc Antonio Bentegodi was Sampdoria’s 16th loss in Ligue 1 in 2022, with Ligue 1 struggling Montpellier losing the most number of league matches in Europe’s big five leagues this year.
Milan may go into action unbeaten in Serie A this season, but their performances ahead of last weekend’s derby were fun to deceive. The Rossoneri They could still undo their impressive domestic form in 2022, which has seen them lose just one league game since the turn of the year. Indeed, no other team across Europe’s top five divisions can match this feat.
However, after all three away games are tied in 2022/23, the Pioli boys will come out to resist the trend. They are secure in the knowledge that they have won all three of their previous first-division visits to Sampdoria, having led in the first half to ‘nothing’. Milan will be confident of returning to the top of the standings.
Just two points behind first-placed Atalanta, Milan are seeking to win back-to-back Serie A titles for the first time in the 21st century. Team spirit and mental fortitude are key to any success, and Bewley’s men seem to possess that in abundance. The visitors’ sheer willpower has led them to recover from losing positions to avoid defeat in all four matches this season (W2, D2).
Harry Winks, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur, is supposed to be on the bench with a minor injury, but could still make his Serie A debut. Otherwise, Sampdoria will have all the heavy hitters fit and ready for this clash.
Unlike their hosts, Milan coach Pioli has many injury concerns in his camp. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alessandro Florenzi are facing long spells on the sidelines, and Ante Rebic and Rad Krunic are likely to stay in this match.
Possible lineup against Sampdoria vs AC Milan
Sampdoria (4-1-4-1): Emil Odeiro, Bartosz Berezinski, Omar Cole, Bruno Amioni, and Tommaso Augello; Ronaldo Vieira Abdelhamid Sabiri, Gonzalo Villar, Tomas Rincon, Philip Djuricic; Francesco Caputo.
Milan (4-2-3-1): Mike Minyan; David Calabria, Simon Kerr, Fikayo Tomori, Theo Hernandez; Ismael Bennacer, Sandro Tonali; Little Christ, Charles de Victory, Raphael Liao; Olivier Giroud.