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March 6, 2011 2:00 PM GMT
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Serie A Preview: Inter - Genoa

Leonardo's men are now in genuine contention of the Scudetto and will be confident of mustering maximum points...

By Subhankar Mondal

Andrea Ranocchia - Inter (Getty Images)
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PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Inter: Julio Cesar; Maicon, Lucio, Ranocchia, Chivu; Zanetti, Thiago Motta, Stankovic; Sneijder; Pazzini, Eto'o

Inter Milan


Genoa: Eduardo; Mesto, Kaladze, Dainelli, Moretti; Rafinha, Milanetto, Kucka, Rossi; Paloschi, Palacio

Genoa


DID YOU KNOW?
 
  • Inter climbed to second place in the table in Serie A at the end of Week 27 and now have 53 points, five fewer than league leaders Milan.
  • Since Leonardo took over on Christmas Eve, the defending Italian and European champions have lost just twice in the league - to Udinese and Juventus.
  • The Nerazzurri have accomplished seven successive league victories at home and have lost just once at San Siro in Serie A all season.
  • Inter have scored the most number of goals in the league this campaign along with Milan and Udinese (49). The Beneamata have the best scoring record at home with 32 goals in 13 matches.
  • Inter have not lost in their last eight encounters with Genoa in Serie A.
  • Genoa have outreached the grasp of relegation and have established themselves as an also-ran in Serie A this campaign. With 35 point from 27 matches, the Grifoni are tenth in the table, ten points above the dropzone and 11 points off a Europa League slot.
  • The Rossoblu have conceded only nine goals on the road this season in Serie A, the lowest in the division. They have also scored nine goals in 14 away matches.
  • The defeat to Catania last weekend put an end to Genoa's four-game unbeaten run, their longest since February 2010.
  • Davide Ballardini's side's last six away games have yielded just five goals.
  • Genoa hold the record of the lowest number of goals scored of the first 13 teams in the Italian first division this season (25).


LAST MEETING



January 12, 2011: Inter 3-2 Genoa


Inter hosted Genoa in the round of 16 in the Coppa Italia in the second week of January. Leonardo had taken over the coaching responsibilities a few days back and the Nerazzurri were given a scare. Samuel Eto'o gave the defending Italian and European champions a 15th minute lead and doubled it just before half-time.

However, Houssine Kharja, now at Inter, halved the deficit from the penalty spot in the early minutes of the second-half but minutes later McDonald Mariga restored the Beneamata's two-goal advantage.

A very late goal from Giuseppe Sculli threatened to take the match into extra-time but Inter held on for a 3-2 win.


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Last Five Matches
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
30Julio CésarGoalkeeper
26Cristian ChivuDefender
23Andrea RanocchiaDefender
33LúcioDefender
13MaiconDefender
10Dejan StankovicMidfielder
8Thiago MottaMidfielder
4Javier ZanettiDefender
10Wesley SneijderMidfielder
11Giampaolo PazziniStriker
29Samuel Eto'oStriker
12Luca CastellazziGoalkeeper
23Marco MaterazziDefender
55Yuto NagatomoDefender
77McDonald MarigaMidfielder
-Houssine KharjaMidfielder
19Goran PandevStriker
10CoutinhoMidfielder
-EduardoGoalkeeper
24Emiliano MorettiDefender
3Dario DainelliDefender
-Kakhaber KaladzeDefender
16Giandomenico MestoMidfielder
-Marco RossiMidfielder
13RafinhaMidfielder
33Juraj KuckaMidfielder
29Abdoulay KonkoDefender
8Rodrigo PalacioStriker
43Alberto PaloschiStriker
-Alessio ScarpiGoalkeeper
13Luca AntonelliDefender
11Bosko JankovicStriker
-Mauro BoselliStriker
-Omar MilanettoMidfielder
4ChicoDefender
Players to Watch
Wesley Sneijder
Wesley Sneijder
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Wesley Sneijder has looked good, creative, supportive and inventive since his return from injury and scored a fantastic free-kick against Sampdoria last weekend. Against Genoa at San Siro the Netherlands international midfielder will aim to carry on his good run of form and inspire the Beneamata to a win.
Marco Rossi
Marco Rossi
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Inter have conceded an obscene number of goals under Leonardo and Genoa's Marco Rossi will hope to add further damage to that. Rossi will aim to do for Genoa what Sneijder will attempt to achieve for Inter - create chances for his strikers and see to that the Nerazzurri defenders are always on the tenterhooks.
Probable Lineups
Julio César 30
Cristian Chivu 26
Andrea Ranocchia 23
Lúcio 33
Maicon 13
Dejan Stankovic 10
Thiago Motta 8
Javier Zanetti 4
Wesley Sneijder 10
Giampaolo Pazzini 11
Samuel Eto'o 29
Eduardo 0
Emiliano Moretti 24
Dario Dainelli 3
Kakhaber Kaladze 0
Giandomenico Mesto 16
Marco Rossi 0
Rafinha 13
Juraj Kucka 33
Abdoulay Konko 29
Rodrigo Palacio 8
Alberto Paloschi 43
Prediction
Inter have a formidable record at home and with Genoa having nothing to play for, the Nerazzurri should garner the points with little trouble.

Editor's Prediction
Inter 2
Genoa 0
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