Italy: Serie A
Match start: 12:30 (GMT+2)
Since the time of total sell out of the best Milan football players headed by Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimović 5 years had passed. And after its 3rd final place in spring 2013 the sevenfold champion of Europe had withdrawn itself into the shadows of Juventus, Roma, Napoli, Inter and Lazio and even didn’t manage to come close to the zone of the Champions League (6th and 10th positions).
But now the fans of the most honored Italian club in the 62 years history of the main UEFA tournament lifted in spirits. The team of Vincenzo Montella having won 4 matches out of 5 last matches over Crotone (3:0), Cagliari (2:1), Udinese (2:1) and SPAL (2:0) is now in the group of leaders being behind Juventus and Napoli only with 3 points.
Milan (the head coach Vincenzo Montella)
The only defeat Rossoneri had suffered in the 3rd round against Lazio (4:1). And after such humiliating fiasco Vincenzo had absolutely changed the tactical places of the players from classical 4-3-3 on more universal 3-5-2. And here is the way the optimal squad of the sevenfold champion of Europe looks like:
D. Donnarumma – Musacchio (Zapata), Bonucci, Romagnoli – Abate (Calabria), Kessié, Biglia, Bonaventura (Çalhanoğlu), Rodriguez – Kalinić, Silva (Suso);
Sampdoria (the head coach Marco Giampaolo)
The blue and whites team of Genoa had a good starting. Let us remind that the match of the 3rd round Sampdoria – Roma was cancelled because of bad weather and will be held on the 13th of December. That is why Samp has one fewer game than the opponent.
But despite this fact after the wins over Benevento (2:1) and Fiorentina (2:1) and two draws during the last rounds against Torino (2;2) and Verona (0:0) the team of Marco Giampaolo has gained 8 points and now takes the 8th line of the tournament bracket being behind the zone of Euro Cups with 3 points.
It is useless to recollect the statistics of previous matches of current opponents at the Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris. Last summer Milan spent €200 000 on club strengthening and is rather competitive rival as it was in the era of Arrigo Sacchi, Fabio Capello, Carlo Ancelotti. Bookmakers consider guests to be the favorite of this match. And there are no reasons to doubt this fact.
Sampdoria – 3.50, draw – 3.75, Milan – 2.00;
Milan (Asian handicap 0) - odds 1.47 5Dimes