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  • 7 April 2013
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Inter-Atalanta Preview: Injury-riddled Nerazzurri looking to build on midweek win

Inter-Atalanta Preview: Injury-riddled Nerazzurri looking to build on midweek win

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Andrea Stramaccioni is running out of attacking options as he chases third spot, but La Dea have one of the poorest defensive records in Serie A

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

INTER

Handanovic
Ranocchia, Samuel, Juan Jesus
Zanetti, Kovacic, Cambiasso, Pereira
Guarin
Cassano, Rocchi
ATALANTA

Polito
Raimondi, Stendardo, Canini, Grosso
Giorgi, Cigarini, Biondini, Bonaventura
Livaja, Denis
As if losing Diego Milito for the rest of the season wasn’t enough, late this week Inter learned that striker Rodrigo Palacio—who scored twice against Sampdoria on Wednesday—could miss up to three weeks after picking up a muscle injury.

Midfielder Dejan Stankovic, who has barely featured this campaign, remains sidelined with an ankle problem while Gaby Mudingayi, Luca Castellazzi and Joel Obi are all long-term injury concerns for Andrea Stramaccioni.

The Inter coach will, however, have Esteban Cambiasso available for selection after the Argentine served a one-match ban against Sampdoria, and Walter Samuel—who was rested midweek—will slot back into the centre of defence.

Atalanta striker Marko Livaja, on loan from Inter, will regain his spot in the attack after missing last weekend’s scoreless draw with Sampdoria due to disciplinary reasons. But defender Stefano Lucchini and goalkeeper Andrea Consigli are suspended and will be replaced by Michele Canini and Ciro Polito, respectively.

Boss Stefano Colantuono will also be without defender Gianpaolo Bellini, who has an adductor problem, and striker Guido Marilungo, who is recovering after suffering a serious cruciate ligament injury. 

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • With both Diego Milito and Rodrigo Palacio sidelined, Inter’s highest scorer in Serie A is Antonio Cassano with seven goals.
  • Of Inter’s six remaining matches only one (Napoli) is against a side higher than them in the table.
  • Inter’s 2-0 win over Sampdoria represented just their second clean sheet in 10 Serie A matches.
  • Inter last beat Atalanta in April 2010. Since then the two sides have drawn twice, with Atalanta winning their previous match this season in November.
  • Atalanta are presently 16th in Serie A, but had they not been handed a two-point deduction as a result of last season’s corruption scandal they would be 14th in the Italian top flight.
  • German Denis, 31, leads Atalanta in both goals (12) and assists (4) this season.

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Available Squads
1Samir HandanoviçGoalkeeper
23Andrea RanocchiaDefender
-Walter SamuelDefender
11Á. PereiraDefender
5Juan JesusDefender
4Javier ZanettiDefender
10Mateo KovačićMidfielder
13Fredy GuarínMidfielder
5Esteban CambiassoMidfielder
9Tommaso RocchiStriker
99Antonio CassanoStriker
27Vid BelecGoalkeeper
30Pablo CarrizoGoalkeeper
6Matías SilvestreDefender
-Simone PasaDefender
55Yuto NagatomoDefender
-E. SchelottoMidfielder
11Ricardo ÁlvarezMidfielder
17Zdravko KuzmanovicMidfielder
-Marco BenassiMidfielder
-Francesco ForestaStriker
-Matteo ColombiStriker
-Ciro PolitoGoalkeeper
2Guglielmo StendardoDefender
4Lionel ScaloniDefender
-Michele CaniniDefender
27Cristiano Del GrossoDefender
10Giacomo BonaventuraMidfielder
17Carlos CarmonaMidfielder
21Luca CigariniMidfielder
77Cristian RaimondiDefender
-Davide BiondiniMidfielder
19Germán DenisStriker
78Giorgio FrezzoliniGoalkeeper
4Matteo ContiniDefender
28Davide BrivioDefender
-Michele FerriDefender
8Ivan RadovanovicMidfielder
17Luigi GiorgiMidfielder
-Riccardo CazzolaMidfielder
-Marko LivajaStriker
9James TroisiStriker
21Franco BrienzaStriker
-Giuseppe De LucaStriker
17Facundo ParraStriker

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