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  • 11 September 2010
  • • 17:00
  • • Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
  • Referee: C. Brighi
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Serie A Preview: Inter - Udinese

Serie A Preview: Inter - Udinese

The Nerazzurri will look to bounce back...

Returning to winning ways

Italian and European champions Inter's season appeared to have got off to a good start when they came from behind to defeat Roma in the Italian Super Cup but since then things have not looked rosy for the Beneamata. Defeat to Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup was followed by a 0-0 draw with Bologna away from home in their opening game of the new league season.

However, Rafael Benitez's side will look forward to making their home debut in Serie A this campaign with a win. The Nerazzurri are very strong at the San Siro and indeed should be the favourites for a victory.

Inter supremo Massimo Moratti has already expressed his faith in Benitez despite a mediocre start to the season but the Spaniard should know that he has to take care of the fans too who after achieving tremendous success under Jose Mourinho for the past two years will not hold their patience for too long.

Looking for an upset

Udinese had a poor away record in Serie A last season and they commenced the new Serie A campaign on a low note as well. The Bianconeri went down 1-0 to Genoa at home in their opening game of the league campaign.

A win against Inter in Milan is not very much possible but having watched  Bologna hold the Nerazzurri to a 0-0 draw at home just under two weeks back, indeed the Udine-based side will be buoyant of garnering three points.

Midfielder Gokhan Inler  stated,"I have nothing to say, Udinese want to win in Milan. Everything else is not a concern. I think just about working hard.

“Everyone will give their best, we expect a tough match, because Inter will do everything in their power to win and you must expect their best. But we also want to win and will try to conquer the three points."

TEAM NEWS

Inter

Thiago Motta is out with injury but Benitez will have the rest of his squad available.

Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1): Julio Cesar, Maicon, Lucio, Samuel, Chivu; Zanetti, Cambiasso; Eto'o, Sneijder, Pandev; Milito

Udinese

Coda, Ferronetti, Basta and Denis are out while Isla is suspended.

Probable Lineup (3-4-2-1): Handanovic, Zapata, Benatia, Domizzi; Pinzi, Inler, Asamoah, Pasquale; Sanchez, Floro Flores; Di Natale

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Available Squads
1Julio CésarGoalkeeper
4Javier ZanettiDefender
33LúcioDefender
-Walter SamuelDefender
26Cristian ChivuDefender
9Samuel Eto'oStriker
5Esteban CambiassoMidfielder
10Wesley SneijderMidfielder
17McDonald MarigaMidfielder
7Jonathan BiabianyStriker
22Diego MilitoStriker
-Luca CastellazziGoalkeeper
23Marco MaterazziDefender
3Davide SantonDefender
10CoutinhoMidfielder
-Iván Ramiro CórdobaDefender
27Goran PandevStriker
4Sulley MuntariMidfielder
1Samir HandanoviçGoalkeeper
17Cristian ZapataDefender
4Mehdi BenatiaDefender
11Maurizio DomizziDefender
66Giampiero PinziMidfielder
88Gökhan InlerMidfielder
22Kwadwo AsamoahMidfielder
26Giovanni PasqualeDefender
9Alexis SánchezStriker
83Antonio Floro FloresStriker
10Antonio Di NataleStriker
22Emanuele BelardiGoalkeeper
20Matěj VydraStriker
-Almen AbdiMidfielder
7BaduMidfielder
-Gabriele AngellaDefender
-Bernardo CorradiStriker
11Juan CuadradoMidfielder
Players to Watch
Wesley Sneijder
Wesley Sneijder
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Dutchman will aim to create chances for his team’s strikers from the midfield and will be crucial in dictating the rhythm of the match. The Ballon d’Or candidate needs to take this game by the scruff of its neck so that the visitors are crippled from early on.
Antonio Di Natale
Antonio Di Natale
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
2 2 0 0
Di Natale was Serie A’s top scorer last season and the Italy international will have to be at his best against Inter. The Beneamata do have a very strong defence but their wall can be breached as Atletico Madrid exhibited in the UEFA Super Cup.

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