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Serie A

  • 25 April 2012
  • • 14:00
  • • Stadio Communale Friuli, Udine
  • Referee: L. Banti
  • • Attendance: 18000

Udinese - Inter Preview: Fruliani look to end Stramaccioni's unbeaten run in Champions League shoot-out

Udinese - Inter Preview: Fruliani look to end Stramaccioni's unbeaten run in Champions League shoot-out

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The Nerazzurri will be hoping to keep their dreams of reaching Europe's elite club competition alive when they visit the Zebrette at the Stadio Friuli in Serie A



Benatia, Danilo, Domizzi
Basta, Pinzi, Pazienza, Asamoah, Pasquale
Di Natale

Julio Cesar
Maicon, Lucio, Ranocchia, Nagatomo
Cambiasso, Stankovic
Obi, Alvarez, Zarate
Udinese go into Wednesday's visit of Inter with the absences of Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu and Andrea Coda, while Mauricio Isla has been ruled out for the rest of the season. Gelson Fernandes, meanwhile, is suspended following his yellow card in the goalless draw with Chievo over the weekend.

As a result, Maurizio Domizzi, Giovanni Pasquale, Gianpiero Pinzi and Gabriel Torje will come in for Coda, Pablo Armero, Fernandes and Paulo Barreto in Francesco Guidolin's starting XI.

As for Inter, Walter Samuel is not expected to return until the penultimate match of the season, while Castaignos is dealing with a hamstring injury and will miss out on the trip to the Friuli. Also, Javier Zanetti and Cristian Chivu are to take late fitness tests prior to the match.

Consequently, Andrea Ranocchia, Yuto Nagatomo and Dejan Stankovic are ready to come in to take the places of Zanetti, Andrea Poli and Diego Forlan on Wednesday.

  • Udinese have picked up only one win in their last eight encounters (W1, D4, L3).
  • The Zebrette have suffered only one loss in their 16 Serie A matches at the Stadio Friuli this season.
  • Guidolin's men have been held scoreless five times in the past 10 games.
  • Inter are unbeaten (W2, D2) since Andrea Stramaccioni replaced Claudio Ranieri and have scored nine goals during that span.
  • The Nerazzurri have secured only one win in their last seven league matches away from San Siro.
  • Inter have found the back of the net on just 16 occasions in 18 fixtures away from home.

Players to watch

A. Di Natale

Position: Attacker

Games: 7

  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
The Italian continues to produce year in, year out for the Zebrette. The 34-year-old has 20 Serie A goals to his name again this season and will need to find the back of the net on Saturday if Udinese hope to pick up three precious points.

D. Milito

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
The Argentine has scored 17 league goals since the winter break and is firing on all cylinders at the moment. His 20-goal tally is good enough for second spot in the Serie scoring charts and he will look to fire the Nerazzurri all the way to a Champions League spot.

Editor's Prediction

Udinese are mired in a slump at the moment but are still a very tough nut to crack at home, while Inter have had problems on the road all season. This is a big match for both teams and they will each take a share of the spoils when everything is said and done at the Friuli.

Last Five Matches

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Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Udinese Calcio UDI
Udinese Calcio Udinese
FC Internazionale Milano INT
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Top 3 Predictions

Udinese Calcio UDI
1 - 2
FC Internazionale Milano INT
Udinese Calcio UDI
0 - 2
FC Internazionale Milano INT
Udinese Calcio UDI
2 - 1
FC Internazionale Milano INT