After securing the bragging rights in the Milan derby last week, Serie A football returns for Inter as they lock horns with lowly Sampdoria today at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.
Inter reinvigorated their top-4 pursuit after all of the results fell their way in the last weekend and they capitalised over a lack-lustre Milan to move second in the table.
Though they have faced an underwhelming time in the defensive department this season, conceding 26 a total up until now, they have kept 3 clean sheets in their last six matches since the turn of the year. It will be a crucial match for the Nerazzurri as they will look to close the gap with league leaders Napoli and also cement their top-four charge.
Meanwhile, Sampdoria will aim to gain momentum in their stride to climb out of the relegation zone when they face Inter today. They are winless in their last 6 matches in all competitions and has scored the lowest amount of goals (10) this Serie A season.
If the Ligurian side can pull off a draw at home today, they will go unbeaten for the first time since last April.
Sampdoria are yet to register a win at home this season and they will aim to shrug off their home woes soon.
Results from their last five matches in all competitions
D L L L L
W W W W W
Striker Lautaro Martinez will aim to continue his six-game scoring streak in the league and will become the first player since Alessandro Altobelli in 1983 to do so.
Manager Simone Inzaghi should have a fully fit squad for the match, however, Joaquin Correa may be out of the squad due toa recent thigh overload.
As for Sampdoria, they will be without Mehdi Leris, who received his 10th booking of the season and now is set to be suspended today. Ignacio Pussetto and Abdelhamid Sabiri are out with long term injuries.
Sampdoria (3-4-3): Audero; Amione, Nuytinck, Murru; Zanoli, Cuisance, Winks, Augello; Djuricic; Gabbiadini, Lammers
Inter (3-5-2): Onana; Skriniar, Acerbi, Bastoni; Darmian, Barella, Brozovic, Calhanoglu, Dimarco; Martinez, Lukaku
Trambak Bhattacherjee | GIFN