Inter - Fiorentina Preview: The Viola will look to add to Inter's home woes
Vincenzo Montella's side came close to ending Juventus' unbeaten run midweek, but it is a different record they will hoping to ensure continues for the Nerazzurri on Sunday
By William Shand
Juan, Ranocchia, Samuel
Roncaglia, Tomovic, Rodriguez
Pasqual, Valero, Pizarro, Romulo, Cuadrado
Inter will look to follow up their Wednesday night victory over Chievo by securing their first home win of the season. Following their shock defeat to Siena, Andrea Stramaccioni altered his team’s formation, opting to field a three-man central defence en route to a 2-0 victory. Buoyed by this success, he will now deploy it against a more accomplished outfit.
Stramaccioni is unlikely to rotate his team and although the absence of Wesley Sneijder will undoubtedly be a huge blow, they have Antonio Cassano, who scored as a substitute against the Flying Donkeys, to partner Diego Milito upfront.
McDonald Mariga, Dejan Stankovic and Rodrigo Palacio are unavailable due to injury, although Christian Chivu is fit again, having just failed to recover in time for the Nerazzurri’s previous fixture.
After a highly accomplished performance against Juventus, the Viola will look to cause trouble for another of Serie A’s giants. So impressive were Vincenzo Montella’s side against the reigning champions that a draw could be seen as two points lost rather than one gained.
On the back of this performance - and with Alberto Aquilani and Mounir El Hamdaoui still unavailable due to injury - the Italian coach will name an unchanged side as he looks to gain all three points against an Inter team which has been anything but convincing at home.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
In last season’s corresponding fixture, Inter beat Fiorentina 2-0.
Antonio Cassano leads Inter’s scoring charts with 3 goals in 5 appearances. With two of these appearances coming from the bench, resulting in an average of a goal every 97 minutes.
Inter were founded in 1908 and won their first league title 2 years later.
Fiorentina currently lie sixth in Serie A, having only lost once this season.
Of Fiorentina’s 26 senior players, 17 of them only joined the club this summer.
Fiorentina have won 2 Serie A titles, the last of which came in the 1968-69 season.
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