Sampdoria vs AC Milan is one of the highlights of the Serie A calendar and the clubs meet in the league for the first time this season on Sunday. Sampdoria finished 10th in Serie A last season and will be hoping to build on that finish in this campaign. Since returning from Serie B in 2011/12, the best finish Sampdoria have achieved is 7th place and they will be hoping to match that or better this season.
Considering their outlay on players during the summer, the target for AC Milan must be the top four and a Champions League place. Anything outside of this will be considered a poor season.
Sampdoria start this match unbeaten in Serie A this season and a win here will make it a great start to their 2017/18 campaign.
Having struggled towards the end of last season, a good start was important and Sampdoria won their first two league games. The first win came at home against Benevento and the second was an excellent away victory at Fiorentina.
Since the win at Fiorentina, Sampdoria have picked up two draws, one at Torino which was 2-2 and the other at Hellas Verona, which was a disappointing 0-0 draw.
Sampdoria have a game in hand on AC Milan because their match with Roma was postponed due to adverse weather conditions and a win in this game would leave them 1 point behind their opponents with that match still to play.
AC Milan Form
AC Milan start the weekend in 4th place in the Serie A table and will be aiming to keep pace with Napoli and Juventus at the top by winning this game.
They made a good start to the season, defeating Crotone 3-0 away from home on the opening weekend and then defeating Cagliari 2-1 at the San Siro. However, the trip to Lazio soon gave AC Milan something to think about as they went down 4-1 in the capital.
Despite the shock of that heavy defeat, AC Milan recovered well to defeat Udinese 2-1 and SPAL 2-0, both of which were at home.
Although AC Milan have a good record against Sampdoria and have not lost in their previous 6 away league meetings they have won only 1 of their last 8 away Serie A games.
Sampdoria only have one man on the treatment table and that’s Dodo so will be close to full strength. They are expected to play in a 4-3-1-2 formation with Gaston Ramirez providing the link between midfield and attack.
AC Milan will travel without the injured trio of Andrea Conti, Luca Antonelli and Riccardo Montolivo. They are expected to continue with three at the back for this game and Leonardo Bonucci will be the man guiding the defence.
Top Betting Tips
AC Milan have a decent record against Sampdoria but have been struggling away from home in Serie A games. When on their game, Sampdoria are tough to beat at home and this match could easily finish level. The draw is 11/4 at Bet365. There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 4 of the last 5 meetings between the teams and we could be in for another low scoring affair in this match. Under 2.5 goals is 6/5 with Bet365. Use the free bets you can find here.
Sampdoria failed to make the breakthrough in Verona during the week and will want to get back to scoring ways. The 1-1 correct score is 7/1 with William Hill. More Uk bookies you can find here.