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  • 26 October 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia, Bergamo
  • Referee: P. Valeri
  • • Attendance: 23000
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Atalanta - Inter Preview: Claudio Ranieri's men aiming to build on Chievo victory

Atalanta - Inter Preview: Claudio Ranieri's men aiming to build on Chievo victory

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Both sides will aim to pick up from where they left off on Sunday and continue their winning runs by bagging another three points in Bergamo on Wednesday


PROBABLE LINEUPS

ATALANTA

Consigli
Masiello, Capelli, Lucchini, Peluso
Schelotto, Cigarini, Padoin, Bonaventura
Moralez
Denis
INTER

Julio Cesar
Maicon, Lucio, Chivu, Nagatomo
Zanetti, Motta, Stankovic
Sneijder
Zarate, Milito
Atalanta have made quite a stir since returning to Serie A this season, winning four out of seven matches and, even more impressively, would be joint second with Lazio if not for their six-point deduction.

Coach Stefano Colantuono has a settled squad at his disposal for the visit of Inter, with Adriano Ferreira Pinto and Thomas Manfredini being the hosts' only absentees, meaning they should be unchanged from the side that beat Parma 2-1 on Sunday.

Meanwhile for their Milanese opponents, Claudio Ranieri is forced to manage without squad members Andrea Ranocchia, Andrea Poli, Philippe Coutinho, Diego Forlan and Walter Samuel, who are all out with various injuries.

However, the ex-Roma boss will have been extremely pleased by the way his team dug out an important three points against Chievo at the weekend, and will look to sustain their new-found form by promoting Diego Milito and Dejan Stankovic to the line-up, in favour of Esteban Cambiasso and Giampaolo Pazzini.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Atalanta have won just one of their last 12 meetings with Inter, but the Coppa Italia holders have been victorious only once in their last four visits to Bergamo.
  • The hosts have lost just once this season; a 3-1 reverse at Roma, and remain unbeaten at home so far, winning two and drawing one.
  • Argentine pair German Denis and Maxi Moralez have scored eight of Atalanta's 10 league goals this season, bagging four each.
  • Meanwhile, Inter have lost three of their last four trips away from home this campaign, with the win at Bologna the only exception.
  • In addition, they have conceded in all of their last nine Serie A fixtures away from home.
  • The last six Serie A meetings between these sides have been fiery encounters, with three red cards being brandished; two for Atalanta and one for Inter.

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Available Squads
47Andrea ConsigliGoalkeeper
-Stefano LucchiniDefender
-Daniele CapelliDefender
-Federico PelusoDefender
-Andrea MasielloDefender
-E. SchelottoMidfielder
10Giacomo BonaventuraMidfielder
11Maximiliano MoralezMidfielder
21Luca CigariniMidfielder
20Simone PadoinMidfielder
19Germán DenisStriker
78Giorgio FrezzoliniGoalkeeper
6Gianpaolo BelliniDefender
17Carlos CarmonaMidfielder
-Nadir MinottiMidfielder
11Manolo GabbiadiniStriker
-Guido MarilungoStriker
-Simone TiribocchiStriker
1Julio CésarGoalkeeper
4Javier ZanettiDefender
33LúcioDefender
13MaiconDefender
26Cristian ChivuDefender
55Yuto NagatomoDefender
10Dejan StankovicMidfielder
10Wesley SneijderMidfielder
5Esteban CambiassoMidfielder
22Diego MilitoStriker
10M. ZárateStriker
-Luca CastellazziGoalkeeper
-Iván Ramiro CórdobaDefender
2JonathanDefender
8Thiago MottaMidfielder
20J. ObiMidfielder
11Giampaolo PazziniStriker
-Luc CastaignosStriker
Players to Watch
Maximiliano Moralez
Maximiliano Moralez
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The diminutive No.10 has been one of the finds of the season after completing a move to Atalanta over the summer, scoring two sets of braces and forging a deadly partnership with fellow countryman German Denis in attack. His electric movement, low centre of gravity and eye for goal could give Inter a whole host of problems in defence if he is given the opportunity to do damage.
Wesley Sneijder
Wesley Sneijder
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Inter welcomed back their talismanic Dutchman against Chievo on Sunday, and he repaid their faith with an inspirational display, providing a deft assist for Thiago Motta's winner and showcasing his imaginative approach frequently. With Sneijder now getting back in his stride, Atalanta must mark him out of the game to have any chance of preventing Claudio Ranieri's side from getting onto the scoresheet.
Prediction
It should be a tight encounter in northern Italy, with a share of the spoils arguably the most expected outcome. However, there is potential for a free-flowing exhibition at the Azzurri d'Italia, with both sides possessing some of the league's most creative players in the final third, so it remains to be seen how effectively their supply lines are serviced.
Editor's Prediction
Inter 1

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