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Inter Milan vs Sampdoria: Match Preview

Matchday 38 with a Scudetto possibly on the line

UC Sampdoria v FC Internazionale - Serie A Photo by Loris Roselli/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Here we are, 37 long matchdays have passed, with plenty of other competitions in between. It has had the usual ups and downs that Interisti are accustomed to, but a couple of trophies have made things worth it, especially after devastating personnel losses before the season. Now on the last matchday, Inter still have a chance to snatch the Scudetto out from under the noses of rivals Milan. The pressure will be on for both teams as their matches begin simultaneously on Sunday.

Cagliari Calcio v FC Internazionale - Serie A Photo by Luigi Canu/LiveMedia/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Inter have recovered from the loss to Bologna with three consecutive league wins and a victory in the Coppa Italia final. The 3-1 win over relegation battling Cagliari showed a very confident and composed team that looks ready to do their part to keep the pressure on Milan, who face Sassuolo in their final match.

Simone Inzaghi will have a full squad at his disposal. No injuries or suspensions as Inter look to close out their season with at least a win and at most a historic domestic treble.

UC Sampdoria v ACF Fiorentina - Serie A Photo by Danilo Vigo/LiveMedia/NurPhoto via Getty Images

After a rough season, Sampdoria have pushed to the finish line to secure Serie A security. Their last match, a 4-1 thumping of Fiorentina, mathematically sealed their spot in the top flight of Italian football with 36 points, at least five clear of the battling teams at the bottom.

Manager Marco Giampaolo will be without Omar Colley, Manolo Gabbiadini, and Inter loanee Stefano Sensi, who is injured again (go figure). While Inter have not won at the Marassi in two seasons, Sampdoria have not won at the Meazza since 2017, hopefully a good sign for Inter as they host the Blucerchiati.

Previous Results

2-2 (A) - 12/9/2021

2-1 (A) - 6/1/2021

Predicted Starting XIs

Predicted starting lineups via Gazzetta dello Sport

Prediction: Inter 3-2 Sampdoria

While Inter know what they need, Sampdoria will not make it easy. Teams love to come to the San Siro when the hosts have something on the line and make their lives much harder than they should be (see Inter-Empoli 2019). However, Inter should get the job done. It will be up to Sassuolo to cause Milan enough problems to shift the title race to Inter at the finish line. Maybe we will get our Aguero 2012 moment.

Regardless, it has been a fun season, even if it has not been an easy watch at times. It’s been an honor to get to write about it for everyone here to read. Thanks to all of you for making writing these articles such a rewarding effort, regardless of result.

Sempre Forza Inter!