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  • 1 October 2011
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Inter – Napoli Preview: Claudio Ranieri aiming to maintain perfect start

Inter – Napoli Preview: Claudio Ranieri aiming to maintain perfect start

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The hosts will look to continue their winning ways under their new coach when they lock horns with their southern rivals at San Siro on Saturday


PROBABLE LINEUPS

INTER

Julio Cesar
Nagatomo, Lucio, Samuel, Chivu
Zanetti, Cambiasso, Obi
Forlan
Zarate, Milito
NAPOLI

De Sanctis
Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Aronica
Maggio, Inler,
Gargano, Dossena
Hamsik, Pandev
Lavezzi


Claudio Ranieri will be without the services of influential midfielders Wesley Sneijder, Dejan Stankovic and Thiago Motta who are all out injured. Maicon, Ivan Cordoba and Emiliano Viviano are still sidelined with knee problems while Andrea Poli is not yet ready to feature for the first team. Andrea Ranocchia is suspended for picking up a red card against Novara. Giampaolo Pazzini will have to pass a late fitness test to face Napoli on Saturday.

Walter Mazzarri will be unable to call on his star striker Edinson Cavani, who limped off in the second half of the Champions League win over Villarreal midweek with an ankle injury. Defender Miguel Britos and midfielder Blerim Dzemaili will also miss the crunch class at San Siro.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Inter are unbeaten in their last 14 Serie A matches at San Siro.
  • The Nerazzurri have won two games in a row in all competitions since Ranieri replaced Gian Piero Gasperini as coach.
  • Napoli have failed to score in two of their first four Serie A encounters this season.
  • The Coppa Italia holders beat Walter Mazzarri's men 3-1 at San Siro before playing out a 1-1 draw at the San Paolo during the 2010-11 campaign.
  • The southern Italians have only win in their last five league games away from home (W1 D1 L3).
  • Inter have scored 10 goals in their last five home Serie A matches (W4 D1 L0).

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Last Five Matches
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
1Julio CésarGoalkeeper
13MaiconDefender
33LúcioDefender
-Walter SamuelDefender
26Cristian ChivuDefender
4Javier ZanettiDefender
5Esteban CambiassoMidfielder
11Ricardo ÁlvarezMidfielder
20J. ObiMidfielder
11Giampaolo PazziniStriker
10Diego ForlánStriker
-Luca CastellazziGoalkeeper
55Yuto NagatomoDefender
10Dejan StankovicMidfielder
10CoutinhoMidfielder
4Sulley MuntariMidfielder
10M. ZárateStriker
-Luc CastaignosStriker
26Morgan De SanctisGoalkeeper
14Hugo CampagnaroDefender
-Paolo CannavaroDefender
-Salvatore AronicaDefender
11Christian MaggioMidfielder
88Gökhan InlerMidfielder
23Walter GarganoMidfielder
18Camilo ZúñigaDefender
17Marek HamsikMidfielder
21Ezequiel LavezziStriker
19Goran PandevStriker
22Antonio RosatiGoalkeeper
3Andrea DossenaDefender
-Ignacio FideleffDefender
21Federico FernándezDefender
17Mario SantanaMidfielder
-Cristian Gabriel ChávezMidfielder
9Giuseppe MascaraStriker
Players to Watch
M. Zárate
M. Zárate
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Argentine forward came off the bench to score the winner midweek in Moscow and will look for more of the same against Napoli. He will be counted on to provide the firepower up front if Pazzini fails to recover in time for the encounter on Saturday.
Goran Pandev
Goran Pandev
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 19
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The pride of Macedonia will be eager to score against his parent club as he looks to silence his many critics in the San Siro stands. The scoring load will fall upon the shoulders of the 28-year-old in the absence of Cavani.
Prediction
Ranieri's appointment seems to have stabilised Inter and they will continue to climb up the Serie A table with a crucial win over Napoli.
Editor's Prediction
Inter 3
Napoli 1

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