Sampdoria vs. Inter Milan Predictions & Serie A Soccer Picks

Nikki Adams

Sunday, March 22, 2015 4:13 PM GMT

Sunday, Mar. 22, 2015 4:13 PM GMT

Italy Serie A betting heats up this weekend as Inter Milan descend on Sampdoria. Odds makers serve up a coy soccer betting line, tighter than an accountant's wallet.

Sampdoria vs. Inter Milan Set Tightly On Soccer Odds Board
The Seria A enters the round of 28 and on the sports betting floor the clash between Sampdoria and Inter Milan practically stands out. Odds makers have rolled out a rather tight soccer betting market, trading the hosts as the notional favourites at +163 and the visitors at +175, all while the draw is matched at +225. Is there cause for such a tight soccer odds, or is this just a case of where reputation overcomes reality?

 

Serie A Table and Outlook
Overall, Inter Milan are sat in eighth place in the table, but their record is a subpar 9-10-8 and 37 points. They gap between Inter Milan and league-leading Juventus amounts to 27 points, just to illustrate the gap in quality and depth in Italy's top flight league.

Sampdoria are sat in sixth place with an 11-12-4 mark and 45 points. Home form is a positive 6-7-0 this season; most notably, they are undefeated through 13 games. Inter Milan's road form, by comparison, is just 4-6-4 on the season and includes solely wins against lesser opponents.

 

Inter Milan Marginal Underdogs
Keep in mind when preparing your soccer picks that Inter Milan descends on Sampdoria this Sunday, just days after being eliminated from Europa League R16 by Wolfsburg. It's a short turnaround between European commitments and domestic action this week, but the Nerazzuri must adjust quickly. Their top-flight form leaves much to be desired in recent weeks and if they don't bounce back they could fall out of Italy's top ten.

Inter Milan were dismissed by Wolfsburg 5-2 on aggregate, a relatively inexperienced side in European club competition mind. It's a huge disappointment for the storied Italian club. Probably, still agonisingly fresh in their minds after falling to the German highflyers 2-1 at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza before their loyal fans.

Compounding their disappointment is a recent dip in Serie A form, which could be down to juggling commitments on both fronts. Still, it's worrisome.  And with the season fast approaching the business end, it's going to be incumbent upon them to finish strong.

As it is, the Nerazzuri are winless in their last three games (home and away) in Serie A, comprised of 1-0 loss to Fiorentina and back-to-back draws to Napoli (2-2) and Cesena (1-1). The last time they beat a top-half-of-the-table side was November, when they beat Genoa 3-1, albeit at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.

Those soccer bettors hoping to back Inter Milan as the +175 underdogs at Sampdoria will struggle to find a comparable road win of note. Simply because there isn't one this season against a top-tier opponent. The best they could muster up was the draw, which they accomplished at Napoli, Juventus and Torino, just to name a few.

 

Sampdoria Notional Favourites
Sampdoria  must be feeling a bit snubbed by the odds makers as the notional favourites trading at +163. Consider they are riding a three-game winning streak ahead of this clash and haven't lost a game at home all season long, one would expect them to be the indisputable favourites or close to it. Let's not forget, Inter's road form leaves much to be desired.

While two of those wins were against lesser sides, they are coming off a 2-0 away win over Roma in the last lap around Serie A., which has to wonders for their confidence. What's more, Sampdoria are competing for a European qualifying spot in Italy. They are currently sixth in the table but level on points with Fiorentina and a win over Inter Milan on Sunday could see them leapfrog into fifth.

 

Match Betting Tips: 
The soccer betting market is down to reputation rather than the current reality in Serie A. Fact of the matter is Inter Milan are simply not playing up their potential. Some would go so far as to suggest they are one foot on the beach already, planning their summer escapes rather than looking to finish the season strong. Technically, they have nothing to play for anymore. They are almost ten points behind the pace-setting Top 6 and, given current form, unlikely to catch up. All that and more have us looking towards Sampdoria on our soccer picks as the tempting +163 bet to win at home. Sampdoria has the incentive to win and the form to underscore their Serie A soccer odds.

Soccer Free Picks: Sampdoria +202 to win outright from Pinnacle Sports

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