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Match Preview: Sampdoria vs Milan Form, H2H and Players To Watch

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Stefano Pioli takes on Claudio Ranieri.

UC Sampdoria v AC Milan - Serie A Photo by Paolo Rattini/Getty Images

With a difficult schedule and multiple games for AC Milan, league action immediately returns with a trip to the Luigi Ferraris. After a 4–2 victory against Celtic, Milan will have a lot to think about having huge ups and downs against foreign teams but will want to keep their unbeaten run domestically.

Sampdoria comes into this game winless in the last 5, but all runs must come to an end eventually.

Previous H2H

Sampdoria 1 Milan 4

Milan 0  Sampdoria 0

Sampdoria 1   Milan 0

Sampdoria 0  Milan 2

Milan 3   Sampdoria 2

Form Guide (all competitions)

Milan: D, W, D, W, W

Sampdoria: D, L, L, L, D

Injuries have started to pile up for the Red and Black, with multiple first-team regulars out, and key names including Kjaer and Ibrahimovic leading that list. Sampdoria have proven in recent games against Milan, that it’s never easy to get all 3 points, but they are also without some big names and Keita Balde missing. Expect this to be a difficult game, and one where other names need to step into the spot light.

Players to Watch

Candreva

Well known to Milan fans, the former Inter player has been involved in the bright spots of Sampdoria's play, adding 3 assists and 1 goal. He has always been a player to step up against Milan, and one to certainly watch out for. Donnarumma will need to be ready for long-range attempts.

Theo Hernandez

It will be essential for Milan to push forward and pressure Sampdoria in their common 4–4–2 formation. Theo will be tasked with linking with the forward line, making pulsating runs and causing problems.

Quagliarella

5 goals in a struggling team tells the entire story. He has been consistently a threat in front of goal over the past few seasons and with Milan missing a key part of their defence, this will be an ongoing battle mentally until the final whistle. Romagnoli and Gabbia will need to be alert for simple movements that can lead to goals.

Prediction: Sampdoria 1 — 2 Milan