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  • March 3, 2013
  • • 9:00 AM
  • • Stadio Angelo Massimino, Catania
  • Referee: M. Bergonzi
  • • Attendance: 14000
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Serie A Preview: Catania-Inter

Serie A Preview: Catania-Inter

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Andrea Stramaccioni’s injury-riddled side will be desperate for a return to the win column when it visits Stadio Angelo Massimino.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

CATANIA

Andujar
Alvarez, Rolin, Spolli, Marchese
Lodi, Biagianti
Izco, Gomez, Castro
Bergessio
INTER

Handanovic
Zanetti, Juan, Chivu, Pereira
Gargano, Kovacic, Cambiasso
Guarin
Palacio, Cassano

If results don’t go its way this weekend, Inter could find itself as low as seventh in the table with only 11 rounds to play. Of course, it can prevent such a slide down the standings with a win at Catania on Sunday.

The Nerazzurri come into their 27th match of the season just a point back of fourth-placed AC Milan and three adrift of Lazio and the Champions League places. But having taken just six points from 18 since mid-January, they’re in desperate need of a turnaround and will looking for some big performances this weekend.

It won’t help that coach Andrea Stramaccioni has a handful of injuries and suspensions to worry about ahead of kick off.

Top-scorer Diego Milito is out for the rest of the season after sustaining a cruciate ligament against Cluj in the Europa League, and defender Walter Samuel remains sidelined with an Achilles problem.

Add the suspensions of Yuto Nagatomo and Andrea Ranocchia, and Stramaccioni will have to recall Alvaro Pereira at left back and move Cristian Chivu into central defense.

Catania boss Rolando Maran has his own disciplinary issues coming into Sunday, what with Nicola Legrottaglie and Giuseppe Bellusci both suspended.

The Sicilians will also be without winger Pablo Barrientos, who has a muscle problem, and midfielder Fabio Sciacca, who is recovering from knee surgery.


  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Inter has won just two of their last 11 Serie A matches - against 15th-place Chievo and second-from-bottom Pescara.
  • With Milito out of the picture, Antonio Cassano (pictured, right) and Rodrigo Palacio are Inter’s highest active goalscorers, with seven goals apiece in Serie A. Fredy Guarin is next with four.
  • Cassano is third in the Serie A assist table with eight. Marek Hamsik has 11 assists and Borja Valero nine.
  • Catania has lost just once in 2013 — a stretch of eight matches.
  • Only Juventus, Napoli and Lazio — the top three sides in Serie A — have better defensive records than Catania so far this season.
  • Catania has lost just one of its last three matches against Inter  and beat the Nerrazzurri 2-1 the last time it faced them on this ground.

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Last Five Matches
Catania
May 18, 2014Catania 2 - Atalanta 1SR-A
May 11, 2014Bologna 1 - Catania 2SR-A
May 4, 2014Catania 4 - AS Roma 1SR-A
Apr 27, 2014Verona 4 - Catania 0SR-A
Apr 19, 2014Catania 2 - Sampdoria 1SR-A
Inter
May 18, 2014Chievo 2 - Inter 1SR-A
May 10, 2014Inter 4 - Lazio 1SR-A
May 4, 2014Milan 1 - Inter 0SR-A
Apr 26, 2014Inter 0 - Napoli 0SR-A
Apr 19, 2014Parma 0 - Inter 2SR-A
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Available Squads
21Mariano AndújarGoalkeeper
3Nicolás SpolliDefender
5Alexis RolínDefender
15Giovanni MarcheseDefender
22Pablo ÁlvarezDefender
10Francesco LodiMidfielder
13Mariano Julio IzcoMidfielder
19Lucas CastroMidfielder
27Marco BiagiantiMidfielder
9Gonzalo BergessioStriker
-Alejandro GómezMidfielder
1Alberto FrisonGoalkeeper
-Giuseppe MessinaGoalkeeper
-Alessandro PotenzaDefender
-Blazej AugustynDefender
4Sergio AlmironMidfielder
-Francesco Fabio SciaccaMidfielder
10Adrian RicchiutiMidfielder
11Amidu SalifuMidfielder
26KekoStriker
-Edgar ÇaniStriker
-Souleymane DoukaraStriker
1Samir HandanoviçGoalkeeper
4Javier ZanettiDefender
26Cristian ChivuDefender
11Á. PereiraDefender
5Juan JesusDefender
-Ezequiel SchelottoMidfielder
11Ricardo ÁlvarezMidfielder
13Fredy GuarínMidfielder
17Zdravko KuzmanovicMidfielder
5Walter GarganoMidfielder
9Tommaso RocchiStriker
30Pablo CarrizoGoalkeeper
-Raffaele Di GennaroGoalkeeper
-Simone PasaDefender
15Ibrahima MbayeDefender
2JonathanDefender
10Dejan StankovicManager/Coach
10Mateo KovačićMidfielder
5Esteban CambiassoMidfielder
-Marco BenassiMidfielder
8Rodrigo PalacioStriker
-Matteo ColombiStriker

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