Sampdoria vs Inter Milan, preview: Delayed match likely matters little

Giuseppe Bellini

While Inter Milan could still secure a spot in next season's Europa League, Sampdoria are almost certain to finish lower mid-table. There's nothing much to play for except pride in this one.

Inter's trip to Sampdoria last month was postponed on account of torrential rains, so now they have honor of being the first course on a Champions League match day. Save for supporters of both sides, there's likely to be little attention played to this game.

After spending last season in Serie B, Samp have more or less secured safety, sitting ten points above the relegation zone. Despite their inconsistent form, it's extremely unlikely that they'll face a collapse that would lead them into danger, particularly with their tendency to stifle big clubs. With a lower-mid-table finish likely, it's tough to get excited about 'Doria matches right now.

Of course, an Inter match still attracts plenty of attention, although without the name attached, it's tough to think of many who would even bother scrutinizing -- unless it's fans of the Europa League. The nerazzurri have fallen to seventh place, even with AS Roma. They're just two points above Catania and three behind Lazio, who are currently in the final Europa League position.

Just like Sampdoria, Inter are troubled by inconsistent form. Andrea Stramaccioni just hasn't figured out how to best manipulate his squad to one capable of truly challenging for the Champions League, much less the scudetto. His over-reliance on veterans like Walter Samuel, Esteban Cambiasso and Diego Milito means that when the old guard are missing, Inter tend to stumble. They've had their moments of glory this season, but it's probably time for them to simply turn their attention to next year, building toward the future rather than relying on the past.

Sampdoria Injuries and Suspensions

Andrea Costa (injured); Eder (suspended)

Inter Milan Injuries and Suspensions

Joel Obi, Diego Milito, and Gabi Mudingayi (injured); Esteban Cambiasso (suspended)

Match Date / Time: Wednesday, April 3 at 6:30 p.m. local, 12:30 p.m. ET

Venue: Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genoa

TV: Sky Calcio 1, ESPN UK, BeIN Sport, BeIN Sport en Español

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