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Sampdoria vs. Milan Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
27 July 2020
Wednesday 29 July
Stadio Luigi Ferraris – Serie A
Milan have their eye on fifth place as they travel to face an in-form Sampdoria side on Wednesday evening. Samp are safe from the relegation battle and will be looking to lay down a marker for next season in their final fixtures.
This fixture has been low-scoring of late, with the meeting earlier this season at San Siro ending goalless.
Ronaldo Viera and Lorenzo Tonelli could both return for Wednesday’s game having struggled with injury of late. Gaston Ramirez may have to be content with a position on the bench, as Manolo Gabbiadini is in fine form, and Claudio Ranieri may look to stick with a four-man midfield.
Ismail Bennacer will return to the Milan line-up on Wednesday having served his yellow-card suspension, although Theo Hernandez, Andrea Conti and Alessio Romagnoli are all likely to miss the remainder of the season through injury which should see Matteo Gabbia and Diego Laxalt continue on the left side of defence.
Sampdoria vs. Milan Predictions, Preview and Predictions
Claudio Ranieri has dragged Sampdoria clear of relegation, but they face a tough mid-week opponent in Milan.
The Rossoneri have been in red-hot form since lockdown ended with the best form in the league over the past six games. However, an inconsistent over the course of the season has left Milan well out of the rice for Champions League football, with little more than pride to play for over the remaining few games.
Stefano Pioli has over-achieved his objectives, and was rewarded with a long-term contract as Milan manager, having expected to vacate his post over the summer. With the deal now done, the coach will have to show that he is up to the task, with Wednesday’s trip to Sampdoria evidencing the holes in the squad.
Despite sitting well below the visitors in the league table, Claudio Ranieri’s side have been in solid form themselves, and, having spent much of the season routed to bottom of the table, could now come close of last season’s impressive points tally. Whereas the visit of Milan been cause for concern, the absence of Romagnoli and Hernandez deprives Pioli’s side of their best defender and a key offensive outlet.
With the veteran Fabio Quagliarella having established a firm partnership with Manolo Gabbiadini up front, Ranieri should be able to exploit Milan’s weaker back-line. Whether they can keep the likes of Ante Rebic and Zlatan Ibrahimovic out at the other end however, remains to be seen.
Both teams to score 1.66
Milan are at their best when they get on the front foot but have issues in defence, so look for goals at both ends in this fixture.
Over 2.5 goals scored 1.62
Whilst not typically a high-scoring fixture, both teams are in good form going forward and are weak defensively.