Inter - Verona Preview: Nerazzurri look to bounce back in cup clash

Andrea Stramaccioni's side were beaten 1-0 by Lazio on Saturday thanks to a Miroslav Klose strike, and will hope to return to winning ways in the Coppa Italia last 16 on Tuesday


Ranocchia, Samuel, Juan
Zanetti, Gargano, Palacio, Nagatomo
Milito, Cassano

Cacciatore, Moras, Maietta, Fatic,
Jorginho, Bacinovic, Hallfredsson,
Taleb, Cacia, Bojinov

With the two sides plying their trade in separate divisions, this game should, on paper, be little more than a routine victory for Tuesday's hosts.

But cup competitions have a nasty habit of springing surprise results and given Inter's defeat to Lazio on Saturday, there will at least be a little hope in the visitors' dressing room that a shock can be pulled off.

Midfielder Esteban Cambiasso limped off during the second-half of that game and is unlikely to be risked in this one, while Cristian Chivu could return after a recent injury absence and bolster Andrea Stramaccioni's defensive options as he decides whether or not to stick with a three-man rearguard.

  • Defeat to Lazio on Saturday leaves Inter in second spot in Serie A and allowed leaders Juventus to extend their lead to seven points.
  • The average age of Andrea Stramaccioni's squad is a youthful 26 years old.
  • The Nerazzurri were beaten 2-0 by Napoli at the quarter-final stage of last season's competition.
  • Tuesday's encounter will be the first time the two sides have faced one another since 2002. On that occasion Inter ran out 3-0 winners.
  • Verona currently lie in third spot in Serie B with 36 points from 19 games - nine points behind leaders Sassuolo.
  • Striker Daniele Cacia is the visitors' top goalscorer this season. The 29-year-old has found the back of the net 10 times and set up a further five goals for his team-mates.