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Sampdoria v Milan: Preview, TV Schedule, & How to Watch the Coppa Italia Online

Milan start their 2019 Coppa Italia campaign away from home

AC Milan v UC Sampdoria - Serie A Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

Match: Sampdoria v AC Milan

Date: 12 January 2019

Time: 18.00 CET, 12:00 PM Eastern, 17.00 UTC

Venue: Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genoa, Italy

How To Watch: ESPN+ in the United States; , StarTimes World Football & StarTimes App in Nigeria and much of Africa; Kayo Sports, ; beIN Sports 2 & beIN Sports Connect in France; RAI Due & RAI Play in Italy; Sport TV3 in Portugal; TeleClub Sport Live in Germany; BT Sport ESPN & BT Sport Live in the UK & Ireland; ; and in DirectTV Sports, DirecTV Play Deportes in the Caribbean, Argentina and South America.

See livesoccertv for more information or if you don’t see your country listed.

Milan will take on Sampdoria later today in the Coppa Italia, with Sampdoria perhaps debuting a old friend. Manolo Gabbindini returned to the blucerchiati from time in the Premier League with Southampton.

Milan might also have a “new” face in the lineup, with Ivan Strinic included in the squad after coming back from a career, and life, threatening heart condition that was spotted by the medical staff at Milan.

Last year, Milan went all the way to the finals of the Coppa Italia, and will play in the Super Coppa in Saudi Arabia next week. Sampdoria and Milan, however, are locked into a battle for the European places in the Serie A table, with Milan sitting in fifth place on 31 points and Sampdoria is in 7th place with 29 points, two points and two spots behind the Rossoneri.

This match, however, will be the first one after the winter break, meaning that while Milan might want to give some of the fringe players a chance to prove themselves, it could also give an opportunity for the first team regulars to get some match fitness back after a few weeks off. Expect a few first team regulars with a dash of fringe players thrown in, so don’t read too much into any inclusions or exclusions in this match.

Whatever team goes down early might be tempted to switch off, figuring that a run in the league would be more important, so it will be important to get on the board first. As long as Milan can get an early goal and stay on top, they should be able to replicate something resembling the 3-2 win over Sampdoria from earlier in the season.