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  • 30 April 2011
  • • 17:00
  • • Stadio Dino Manuzzi, Cesena
  • Referee: P. Valeri
  • • Attendance: 16000
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Cesena - Inter Preview: Leonardo’s side look to improve defensive record away from home

Cesena - Inter Preview: Leonardo’s side look to improve defensive record away from home

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Serie A holders will look to keep their crown for at least another week by claiming all three points, but they have conceded five goals in their last two away matches




PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Cesena (4-3-3): Antonioli; Ceccarelli, Pellegrino, Von Bergen, Lauro; Caserta, Gorobsov, Parolo; Jimenez, Malonga, Giaccherini.

Cesena


Cesena coach Massimo Ficcadenti will be without the services of some key players for the clash against the defending champions on Saturday. Captain Giuseppe Colucci will miss the match through suspension while Ivan Fatic, Felipe and Erjon Bogdani are all injured.

Inter (4-3-1-2): Castellazzi; Maicon, Ranocchia, Lucio, Nagatomo; Zanetti, Cambiasso, Kharja; Sneijder; Pazzini, Eto'o.

Inter Milan


Luca Castellazzi will start between the posts for Inter on Saturday after Julio Cesar was banned for his red card against Lazio last weekend. Ivan Cordoba is out for the season with a knee injury, while Leonardo will not be able to call on Dejan Stankovic or Thiago Motta, as both will miss out through their respective knocks.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • Cesena's last win over Inter in Serie A came in March 1975.
  • The Seahorses have never beaten Inter at the Stadio Dino Manuzzi.
  • Cesena are unbeaten in their last four matches at home (W2, D2).
  • The Serie A newboys fell to Inter 3-2 in their first meeting of the season.
  • Inter have two wins in their last five games away from San Siro (W2, D1, L2).
  • The defending champions have conceded five goals in their last two away matches.
  • Javier Zanetti has completed the most passes in Serie A this season - 1575.
  • Inter have scored two or more goals in six straight away matches against Cesena.

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Available Squads
-Francesco AntonioliGoalkeeper
-Maurizio LauroDefender
25Steve von BergenDefender
16Maximiliano PellegrinoDefender
-Luca CeccarelliMidfielder
-Marco ParoloMidfielder
7Paolo SammarcoMidfielder
-Fabio CasertaMidfielder
23Emanuele GiaccheriniMidfielder
17L. JiménezMidfielder
19Igor BudanStriker
-Alex CalderoniGoalkeeper
-Yohan BenalouaneDefender
-Nicolas Martin GorobsovMidfielder
-Luigi PiangerelliMidfielder
-Erjon BogdaniStriker
-D. MalongaStriker
10Stephen AppiahMidfielder
-Luca CastellazziGoalkeeper
55Yuto NagatomoDefender
33LúcioDefender
23Andrea RanocchiaDefender
13MaiconDefender
9Samuel Eto'oStriker
5Esteban CambiassoMidfielder
8Thiago MottaMidfielder
4Javier ZanettiDefender
19Goran PandevStriker
22Diego MilitoStriker
-Paolo OrlandoniGoalkeeper
23Marco MaterazziDefender
26Cristian ChivuDefender
20J. ObiMidfielder
-McDonald MarigaMidfielder
-Houssine KharjaMidfielder
11Giampaolo PazziniStriker
Players to Watch
L. Jiménez
L. Jiménez
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 17
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The former Inter man will be eager to punish his old side on Saturday. Jimenez has six goals to his name this season and will want to add to his personal tally against a leaky Inter back line.
Samuel Eto'o
Samuel Eto'o
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The 30-year-old ended his goal drought last weekend and it turned out to be the winner against Lazio. He scored in the first fixture against Cesena in January and expect more of the same from the Cameroon hitman on Saturday.
Prediction
Inter are coming off a gutsy 2-1 victory over Lazio last weekend and should do just enough to dispose of Cesena on Saturday.
Editor's Prediction
Cesena 1
Inter 2

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