Inter vs Sampdoria –Romelu Lukaku marking his return from injury to complete the scoring against Viktoria Plzeň on Wednesday (W 4-0) capped a fine week for Inter Milan after they also put four past Fiorentina on Saturday in a 4-3 victory. With a last 16 place in the UEFA Champions League secured, Inter CEO Beppe Marotta intriguingly admitted that their 2022/23 budgets were drawn up with them anticipating a third place group finish and dropping into the UEFA Europa League!
If they’ve exceeded expectations in Europe, they’ve fallen a little short domestically where they trail the Serie A (SA) leaders having made their worst 11-game start (W7, L4) since 2016/17 – a season in which they ominously finished seventh and failed to qualify for Europe! Coincidentally, that season was also the last time they lost a home H2H to Sampdoria (2-1), though they did beat them 3-0 here to conclude last season’s SA programme.
Sampdoria are fighting hard to move out of the relegation zone, and their 1-0 win over Cremonese last time out finally saw them break their SA duck for the season (W1, D3, L7). “We had to win and we found the way,” Sampdoria manager Dejan Stanković said afterwards, and also insisted his sides “willingness, sacrifice and even luck” were rewarded in the end.
Inter vs Sampdoria – Betting Analysis
That was their first away league win since March (D2, L6), so better form on the road is needed if Sampdoria are to avoid a relegation battle, although moving off the foot of the table thanks to the Cremonese win should give them a confidence boost. However, after losing five consecutive H2Hs at the San Siro, chances are that another elusive SA away victory won’t arrive here.
Key battle: Lautaro Martínez completed Inter’s scoring in two of the last three H2Hs here, on each occasion firing past goalkeeper Emil Audero, who conceded an average of 0.67 goals per game across Sampdoria’s last three SA fixtures.