Serie A Preview: Inter Milan - Genoa
Andrea Stramaccioni's side is desperate to close the gap on Juventus with a win over the relegation threatened Rossoblu.
By Ben McAleer
Nagatomo, Samuel, Ranocchia, Pereira
Alvarez, Gargano, Zanetti
Canini, Granqvist, Sampirisi
Rossi, Tozser, Bertolacci, Antonelli
Inter heads into the encounter with the knowledge that only a win will suffice against Genoa, with league leader Juventus away at Cagliari on Friday night.
Head coach Andrea Stramaccioni will be without key midfield duo Esteban Cambiasso and Freddy Guarin, though, with the former injured and the latter suspended. The Nerazzurri boss is likely to revert back to a similar starting XI that succumbed to defeat against Lazio last week, following the 2-0 Coppa Italia win over Hellas Verona in midweek.
Genoa is suffering a contrasting change in fortunes to its Serie A counterpart and currently finds itself in 19th place, just two points above last-place Siena. Gli Salami head coach Luigi Delniri will be without pivotal pairing Felipe Seymour and Emiliano Moretti, with the two players ruled out through suspension.
Delniri is expected to name a similar line-up to the one that secured a point at home to fellow relegation rivals Torino, with Mario Sampirisi and Daniel Tozser tipped to replace the aforementioned duo.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Inter secured maximum points the last time these two teams met at San Siro, in an enthralling 5-4 encounter.
- Diego Milito (pictured, right) netted a hat-trick in that game and will be looking to add to his eight goals this season.
- The Nerazzurri have won more points away from home than Milan during the campaign.
- Genoa has failed to pick up a positive result against Inter the last six times the two teams have met, losing four Serie A games and two Coppa Italia clashes.
- The 29 goals Gli Salami have conceded this season are the third worst in Serie A, with only Pescara and Cagliari shipping more.
- Only five of 17 league goals scored by Genoa this year have come away from the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.
Top 3 Predictions
Inter 2-0 Genoa
- 19.83 %
Inter 3-0 Genoa
- 15.5 %
Inter 3-1 Genoa
- 14.64 %
|Serie A (SR-A)||Aug 25, 2013||Inter 2 - Genoa 0|
|Serie A (SR-A)||May 12, 2013||Genoa 0 - Inter 0|
|Serie A (SR-A)||Dec 22, 2012||Inter 1 - Genoa 1|
|Serie A (SR-A)||Apr 1, 2012||Inter 5 - Genoa 4|
|Italy - Coppa Italia (ITAC)||Jan 19, 2012||Inter 2 - Genoa 1|
|Dec 8, 2013||Inter 3 - Parma 3||SR-A|
|Dec 4, 2013||Inter 3 - Trapani 2||ITAC|
|Dec 1, 2013||Inter 1 - Sampdoria 1||SR-A|
|Nov 24, 2013||Bologna 1 - Inter 1||SR-A|
|Nov 9, 2013||Inter 2 - Livorno 0||SR-A|
|-||Raffaele Di Gennaro||Goalkeeper|
|-||Moro Al Hassan||Midfielder|
|-||Said Ahmed Said||Striker|
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