Inter were really unlucky not to win last round away at Bologna. They were caught off guard early in the game (conceded in minute 12) and not even 62% possession could help them take all points. Bologna withdrew in own half and defended in numbers.
Defender Ranocchia fulfilled his suspension and will return to add extra safety. Winger Nagatomo suffered a knock last round and most likely will miss this game. His replacement will be Uruguayan Alvaro Pereira, player of a similar quality.
Central defender Samuel is still out injured, but a back line Ranocchia – Rolando – Juan is pretty solid.
Opponents Sampdoria changed coach recently. Newly appointed Mihajlovic also changed the system. Sampdoria went from a defense in 3 (with all defenders concentrated in the center) to a classic defense in 4. At first sight this may be an improvement but analyzing deeper we could see how defenders are uncomfortable being so close to one another. They step on each other’s toes.
Some time is needed for Sampdoria to fully adjust. Of course, in order to add a defender an offensive player was benched, reducing the attacking power. On short term this change in system will lead to bad results, on long term it remains to be seen. But until the transition phase is over Sampdoria are sure victims.
Guests will miss key midfielder Krsticic who got a straight red last round.
After the wrong step Inter should get back to winning days, especially against a comfortable opponent. Inter -1 (with money back in case of a victory by just 1 goal) at 8/13 from Bet365 could be used with confidence in accumulators.