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  • February 5, 2012
  • • 22:00
  • • Stadio Olimpico, Roma
  • Referee: A. De Marco
  • • Attendance: 33000
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Serie A Preview: Roma - Inter

The two sides have both failed to impress in their last two league matches, only picking up one point each - who will get back on track this weekend?


PROBABLE LINEUPS

ROMA

Stekelenburg
Rosi, Juan, Heinze, Taddei
Gago, De Rossi, Pjanic
Totti
Borini, Lamela

INTER

Julio Cesar
Maicon, Lucio, Samuel, Chivu
Zanetti, Poli, Cambiasso, Nagatomo
Pazzini, Milito


After their disappointing 4-2 defeat to Cagliari, the positive news for Roma is that both influential midfielder Daniele De Rossi and powerful striker Pablo Daniel Osvaldo have rejoined their team-mates in training and while the former Espanyol man is still at least 10 days away from returning, De Rossi may be in the starting XI versus the Nerazzurri, though his presence has yet to be confirmed. If the 2006 World Cup winner is still sidelined, Fabio Simplicio will take his place.

Meanwhile, the host's coach Luis Enrique looks set to pick Juan ahead of Simon Kjaer in the battle for the centre-back spot alongside Gabriel Heinze and up front Fabio Borini, who has been finding his feet lately, will continue in the absence of the aforementioned Osvaldo. Defensive duo Marco Cassetti and Nicolas Burdisso remain sidelined, along with back-up goalkeeper Gianluca Curci.

For Inter, Wesley Sneijder had assured his fans on Twitter he wanted to make the game after suffering a minor knock during the 4-4 draw with Palermo but he and Ricky Alvarez have not made the matchday squad, meaning Giampaolo Pazzini should partner in-form Diego Milito up front once again.

Youngster Andrea Poli may pip new signing Angelo Palombo to a place in midfield while another winter arrival, Fredy Guarin, will not be available for approximately 20 days. Veteran striker Diego Forlan could be available to coach Claudio Ranieri over the next couple of weeks, but will certainly not be ready for the clash in Rome and Dejan Stankovic's achilles problem continues to keep the Serbian out of the line up.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Roma have only beaten the Nerazzurri twice in their last eight attempts in all competitions.
  • Borini has scored four goals in his last seven matches in all competitions.
  • The Giallorossi have conceded 11 goals in 10 matches when playing at home this season.
  • Inter have won just a single Serie A match this season when Sneijder has started, a 1-0 victory over Chievo Verona.
  • Ranieri resigned from his post as Roma coach last February with this being the first time he will face his former side as Inter boss.
  • After his quadruple against Palermo, Milito became the first Inter player to score four goals in one match since Christian Vieri in 2002.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Roma

Internazionale

Wins
2
1
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

AS Roma ROM
AS Roma Roma
Draw
FC Internazionale Milano INT
FC Internazionale Milano Internazionale
37%
55%

Top 3 Predictions

AS Roma ROM
0 - 2
FC Internazionale Milano INT
AS Roma ROM
1 - 2
FC Internazionale Milano INT
AS Roma ROM
2 - 1
FC Internazionale Milano INT

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