Our prediction for this Serie A match:
Sinisa Mihajlovic will return to Genoa for the second time this season, hoping to end the winless run of his current team. The Serbian tactician is under heavy pressure, especially after the defeat against the Old Lady in the previous round. This is why Miha hopes his charges will repeat the success from the Coppa Italia in December and will go storming to attack, since Milan cannot afford any more mistakes. Sampdoria are on a seven-game winless run against the Rossoneri, i Blucerchiati accomplished their last home triumph over San Siro outfit exactly six years ago. La Samp have been blowing hot and cold at Stadio Luigi Ferraris in recent matches, but their last performance against Udinese could serve as a perfect recipe on how to approach their forthcoming opponents, thus arresting the negative trend. Taking under consideration current forms of both teams, it is hard to predict the final outcome, but we are tempted to back the visitors in what should be a narrow win for the team from Lombardy.
Highlighted Player (Mario Balotelli):
Mario Balotelli is a controversial footballer who played for both Inter and Milan in the past. The Italian attacker, who was born on 12 August, 1990, started his senior career at Lumezzane and in 2007 he signed a contract with the Nerazzurri.
After scoring 20 goals in 59 league appearances with Inter, he moved to Manchester City in 2010. Super Mario spent three seasons at the Etihad Stadium and he returned to Serie A in 2013, signing a deal with Inter’s fiercest rivals Milan this time out. Balotelli scored 26 goals in 43 league games with the Rossoneri, but in the summer of 2014 he signed for Liverpool for a fee of £16 million.
The Italian attacker is well known for his powerful shoot, but he often struggles to control his volatile temper. Super Mario impressed at the 2012 European Championship finals and he helped Italy make it to the final of the tournament. However, Spain proved to be a big catch for the Azzurri in the title game.
Highlighted Team (Sampdoria):
Sampdoria is an Italian football club from Genoa which is currently playing in the highest Italian football division: the Serie A. The club colours of Sampdoria are blue and white and is known under the nickname Blucerchiati. Sampdoria host it’s home games in the Stadio Luigi Ferraris which is located in Genua. Interesting detail is that their biggest city rival Genoa is playing their home games in Stadio Luigi Ferraris as well.
In the past Sampdoria was playing in the Serie B and Serie A on and off. After the big successes in the end of the eighties the club became a stable team in the Serie A. Sampdoria managed to win the Scudetto once in 1991, the Coppa Italia 4 times in 1985, 1988, 1989 and 1994 and the Europe Cup II in 1990.
There are a lot of important players in football history that played for Sampdoria such as: Seedorf, Gullit, Mancini, Poli, Vieri, Zenga, Falcone, Karembeu, Vialli, Klinsmann and Veron.