In the first round of Serie A, Sampdoria will host AC Milan, the “red and black army”.
Last season, Sampdoria’s overall performance showed an upward trend and ended in 9th place in the league.The team scored 52 goals and conceded 54 in 38 rounds last season. The attacking side was impressive, but the defensive side conceded too many goals.
Sampdoria have increased their recruitment efforts in the summer window, bringing in a number of midfielders from Inter, Brescia and Chievo, but the team’s main player, Jankto, also left this summer. Although the overall strength of the team has increased, there are still some potential problems in the defensive side.
Sampdoria have recently won 3 straight games, with 2 warm-up matches before the season, beating Piacenza and Verona, both with 0 goals conceded.
Sampdoria’s most recent match, against lower division side Alessandria in the Coppa Italia, saw the team dominate on the pitch, with 56% possession and 18 shots and 6 on target. After coming from behind, the team won 3-2 thanks to goals from three men – Quagliarella, Gabbiadini and Tolsby – and extended their winning streak.
AC Milan, who topped the table for a long time last season, were overtaken by city rivals Inter Milan and finished second in the league as the season progressed.
AC Milan have made a number of changes to their squad in the summer window, with the departure of Chiarhanoglu and Donnarumma, the bringing in of Giroud from Chelsea, and a number of quality players from teams such as Lille, Brescia and Monaco. It has also been reported that the Red and Blacks will bring in Bakayoko, Pellegrini etc. to further strengthen the squad.
AC Milan have played 5 warm-up matches before the start of the season, with 2 wins and 3 unbeaten draws. However, it is worth noting that the team’s record against the top 5 league teams (Real Madrid, Valencia, Nice) was mediocre, scoring 1 goal and conceding 1 in 3 games. The team’s strength has not grown significantly over the course of the tournament.
In addition, Ibe, the core of the team, is still injured and will not be able to play for a short period of time, which has a big impact on the overall strength of the team.
In the past encounters between the two teams, Sampdoria have won 3, drawn 3 and lost 4 of their last 10 matches against AC Milan, which is not a significant gap.
In recent times, Sampdoria have won 3 consecutive matches, but they have faced mostly lower-ranked teams, while AC Milan’s new season has seen a lot of changes in their squad, and it is still unknown to what extent the team has gelled. From the current attitudes of all parties, there is no clear preference, so we should be wary of Sampdoria grabbing points at home in this match.
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