It has been a frantically intense Serie A title race this season, with reigning champions Inter and AC Milan continuously trading places, but it’s Stefano Pioli’s Rossoneri who are currently in the box seat for the Scudetto, leading the charge heading into the final gameweek knowing a result will seal the deal.
Simone Inzaghi will be heavily lamenting that 2-1 defeat to Bologna last month, in which stand-in ‘keeper Ionut Radu produced a howler to gift Nicola Sansone a late winner — and Milan a leg up in the title race. The Italian coach will now be praying Sassuolo can do them a favour in their final match against Milan.
At one stage, Sampdoria seemed in desperate trouble near the relegation zone, but three results in their last four games has lifted them clear of the bottom three, with mid-season appointment Marco Giampaolo producing exceptional work to confirm Blucerchiati‘s Italian top-flight status.
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Inter vs Sampdoria match stats
Inter have cultivated a reputation for their slick style of play, but Inzaghi’s side have more than a few strings to their bow. One of their best route’s to goal this campaign has come from the skies. Inter have, not only taken more corners than any other club in Serie A this season (245) — only three teams have cleared the 200-corner mark (Inter, Roma, Atalanta) — but they have also scored the most headers (19).
Despite his status as more of a fox-in-the-box, Lautaro Martinez has actually scored four headed goals this campaign, level with team-mate Edin Dzeko for the most netted by an Inter player. In fact, the Argentine marksman has registered 49 shots on target in Serie A in 2021/22, the third-most of any player, behind only Ciro Immobile (59) and Dusan Vlahovic (53).
Sampdoria and Inter met in the third match of the Serie A season, with the hosts claiming the first points off the Scudetto holders in a 2-2 draw. At the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Federico Dimarco broke the deadlock, before Maya Yoshida restored parity just 15 minutes later in the first half. Lautaro Martinez bagged on the stroke of half time, but just two minutes after the restart, Sampdoria equalised once again, this time through Tommaso Augello.