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May 6, 2012 2:45 PM EDT
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza — Milano
Referee:‬ N. Rizzoli‎
Attendance:‬ 43000‎
 
14′ Diego Milito
Zlatan Ibrahimovic 44′ (PG)
53′ (PG) Diego Milito
80′ (PG) Diego Milito
 
87′ Maicon
 

Serie A Preview: Inter - AC Milan

A slip-up from the champions could hand the Serie A title to Juventus while the Nerazzurri's chances of qualifying for the Champions League also remain in the balance.

By Adam Scime

Diego Milito - Inter (Getty Images)
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  PROBABLE LINE-UPS

INTER

Julio Cesar
Maicon, Lucio, Samuel, Nagatomo
Guarin, Cambiasso, Zanetti
Sneijder, Alvarez
Milito
AC MILAN

Abbiati
Abate, Nesta, Mexes, Bonera
Nocerino, Van Bommel, Muntari
Boateng
Cassano, Ibrahimovic

Inter will look to maintain its chances of reaching third place by rebounding from the midweek loss to Parma and have been boosted by the return of captain Javier Zanetti. The 38-year-old has missed the last three matches with a leg injury, but is set to return for the all-important Derby della Madonnina.

However, the Argentine's comeback coincides with the loss of Dejan Stankovic, who will require surgery to repair an Achilles tendon issue and will miss the rest of the season. Energetic Colombian midfielder Fredy Guarin is expected to take the Serbian's place in the starting XI. Defender Cristian Chivu and striker Luc Castaignos remain absent due to injury.

The biggest dilemma for coach Andrea Stramaccioni awaits in the attacking third, where Mauro Zarate and Ricky Alvarez are in contention to join Wesley Sneijder and Diego Milito in the line-up.

For AC Milan, hope of defender Thiago Silva being ready to feature have reportedly been dashed, so veteran Alessandro Nesta is expected to partner Philippe Mexes at center back. Right-back Ignazio Abate and midfielder Mark van Bommel should return after being rested against Atalanta.

Meanwhile, coach Massimiliano Allegri will choose either Antonio Cassano or Robinho to partner current Serie A top-scorer in 2011-12 Zlatan Ibrahimovic in attack, with Kevin-Prince Boateng in a supporting role behind the two strikers.

Former Inter man Clarence Seedorf is expected to miss out once again, along with long-term absentees Alexandre Pato and Filippo Inzaghi.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Inter suffered its first loss in seven matches under new boss Stramaccioni on Wednesday in a 3-1 defeat against Parma at the Tardini.
  • The Nerazzurri have the edge over the course of all Serie A fixtures between the two sides (W57 D49 L49).

  • Diego Milito has struck three times in five top-flight matches against the Rossoneri since joining Inter from Genoa in 2009, including the winner when the sides last met in January.

  • Inter currently sit three points behind Napoli and Udinese in the race for third place in Serie A and the last Champions League qualifying spot.
  • AC Milan has the most prolific attack in Serie A this season, having scored 70 goals in 36 matches.
  • The last 14 derbies have not ended in a draw, the last stalemate coming in October 2004.
  • Allegri's side are on a three-match winning streak and cut the gap to league leaders Juventus down to a point by defeating Atalanta 2-0 on Wednesday night with goals from Sulley Muntari and Robinho.

  • Eight players have been sent off in the last seven derbies between the city rivals, five for Inter and three for AC Milan.


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Last Five Matches
Inter
Apr 19, 2014Parma 0 - Inter 2SR-A
Apr 13, 2014Sampdoria 0 - Inter 4SR-A
Apr 5, 2014Inter 2 - Bologna 2SR-A
Mar 31, 2014Livorno 2 - Inter 2SR-A
Mar 27, 2014Inter 0 - Udinese 0SR-A
Milan
Apr 19, 2014Milan 3 - Livorno 0SR-A
Apr 13, 2014Milan 1 - Catania 0SR-A
Apr 7, 2014Genoa 1 - Milan 2SR-A
Mar 29, 2014Milan 3 - Chievo 0SR-A
Mar 26, 2014Fiorentina 0 - Milan 2SR-A
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Available Squads
30Julio CésarGoalkeeper
4Javier ZanettiDefender
33LúcioDefender
13MaiconDefender
25Walter SamuelDefender
55Yuto NagatomoDefender
10Wesley SneijderMidfielder
11Ricardo ÁlvarezMidfielder
13Fredy GuarínMidfielder
19Esteban CambiassoMidfielder
22Diego MilitoStriker
12Luca CastellazziGoalkeeper
-Iván Ramiro CórdobaDefender
17Angelo PalomboMidfielder
23Andrea RanocchiaDefender
20Joel ObiMidfielder
11Giampaolo PazziniStriker
9Mauro ZárateStriker
32Christian AbbiatiGoalkeeper
13Alessandro NestaDefender
20Ignazio AbateDefender
25Daniele BoneraDefender
33Mario YepesDefender
17Mark van BommelMidfielder
4Sulley MuntariMidfielder
-Antonio NocerinoMidfielder
9Kevin-Prince BoatengMidfielder
10Zlatan IbrahimovicStriker
7RobinhoStriker
1Marco AmeliaGoalkeeper
5Philippe MexesDefender
2Mattia De SciglioDefender
8Gennaro Ivan GattusoMidfielder
10Alberto AquilaniMidfielder
7Maxi LópezStriker
99Antonio CassanoStriker
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