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  • 9 March 2012
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  • • Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi, Verona
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Chievo - Inter Preview: Ranieri's toiling side desperate to end losing run against Flying Donkeys

Chievo - Inter Preview: Ranieri's toiling side desperate to end losing run against Flying Donkeys

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The Nerazzurri travel to Verona on Friday with manager Claudio Ranieri desperate for victory after seeing his side fail to win any of their last nine games in all competitions


PROBABLE LINE-UPS

CHIEVO


Sorrentino
Sardo, Andreolli, Acerbi, Drame
Luciano, Bradley, Hetemaj
Sammarco
Pellissier, Thereau
INTER


Julio Cesar
Maicon, Lucio, Samuel, Nagatomo
Zanetti, Palombo, Cambiasso
Sneijder
Forlan, Milito

The hosts tackle the Nerazzurri without Nikola Gulan as the Fiorentina-owned midfielder is still suffering from a muscle problem, however Sergio Pellissier will return to the side after the former Torino forward served his suspension in last weekend's draw with Juventus.

Inter will go into Friday's clash without the services of Andrea Ranocchia, with the former Genoa defender still nursing a muscle strain, while Fredy Guarin's calf injury is likely to delay the Colombian's debut until the clash with Juventus at the end of the month.

However, Maicon and Ricardo Alvarez should feature, after the South American duo returned to full training this week.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Chievo have won two of their last three Serie A clashes.
  • The Flying Donkeys have only lost two of their last seven home games in Serie A.
  • Only the bottom two clubs, Novara and Cesena, have scored less goals than the hosts have this term.
  • Inter have both won and lost 11 times this season.
  • Ranieri's men have failed to win any of their last seven league games.
  • Along with Palermo and Cesena, the visitors have drawn the least amount of games in Serie A this season.
  • The Nerazzurri have both scored and conceded 36 times this campaign.

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Available Squads
1Stefano SorrentinoGoalkeeper
6Marco AndreolliDefender
15Francesco AcerbiDefender
21Nicolas Sebastien FreyDefender
-Boukary DraméDefender
4Michael BradleyMidfielder
7Paolo SammarcoMidfielder
-LucianoMidfielder
-Luca RigoniMidfielder
31Sergio PellissierStriker
-Cyril ThereauStriker
1Christian PuggioniGoalkeeper
12Bostjan CesarDefender
3Dario DainelliDefender
18R. CruzadoMidfielder
56Perparim HetemajMidfielder
-Davide MoscardelliStriker
43Alberto PaloschiStriker
1Julio CésarGoalkeeper
4Javier ZanettiDefender
33LúcioDefender
13MaiconDefender
-Walter SamuelDefender
55Yuto NagatomoDefender
10Dejan StankovicMidfielder
10Wesley SneijderMidfielder
16Andrea PoliMidfielder
10Diego ForlánStriker
22Diego MilitoStriker
-Luca CastellazziGoalkeeper
26Cristian ChivuDefender
5Esteban CambiassoMidfielder
20J. ObiMidfielder
6Marco FaraoniDefender
11Giampaolo PazziniStriker
10M. ZárateStriker
Players to Watch
Cyril Thereau
Cyril Thereau
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
3 0 0 0
The former Anderlecht star has been in great form for the Flying Donkeys this season, with the forward currently leading the scoring charts for his side with six in all competitions, and with three in his last six league appearances, he will be raring to go for the visit of the Nerazzurri.
Diego Milito
Diego Milito
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 22
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Argentina international has been in excellent form for the visitors this term, and after netting a stunning equaliser in last week's draw with Catania, he will be hoping to net a winning goal this time.
Prediction
With the hosts in decent form going into Friday's clash, coupled with Inter's ongoing struggles, a draw seems the most probable outcome, but it may not be enough to keep Ranieri in charge.
Editor's Prediction
Chievo 2
Inter 2

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