Coppa Italia preview: Inter - Roma
Inter have a 1-0 advantage heading into the second-leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final with Roma on Wednesday night at San Siro
Julio Cesar; Maicon, Materazzi, Lucio, Chivu; Zanetti, Cambiasso, Kharja, Coutinho; Pazzini, Eto'o
Inter coach Leonardo will welcome Yuto Nagatomo back into the fold as the Japan international has recovered from flu. Wesley Sneijder and Dejan Stankovic trained apart from the rest of the squad and will not feature while Andrea Ranocchia is suspended.
Doni; Cassetti, Burdisso, Juan, Riise; Pizarro, De Rossi; Perrotta, Simplicio, Vucinic; Borriello
Roma coach Vincenzo Montella is without a host of players, including captain Francesco Totti who is serving the last match of his ban for chopping down Mario Balotelli in the cup final last year. Taddei is also suspended, while Matteo Brighi is out for the season after fracturing his fibula at the weekend against Milan.
Simone Perrotta and Daniele De Rossi are able to feature for the visitors as their three-match bans in Serie A do not affect their Coppa Italia eligibility.
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- Inter have won 12 straight Serie A games at San Siro.
- The world champions have scored 35 goals at home in their last 12 matches.
- Inter beat Roma 1-0 in the Coppa Italia final last season at the Stadio Olimpico.
- Leonardo's men have kept a clean sheet in their last two cup games.
- Roma have picked up 13 points from their last five away matches.
- The Lupi have scored 10 goals in the last five encounters away from home.
- Roma have conceded 32 goals on the road.
- The capital club's heaviest away defeat this season was 5-1 against Cagliari.
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Top 3 Predictions
FC Internazionale 2-0 Roma
- 20.11 %
FC Internazionale 1-2 Roma
- 12.67 %
FC Internazionale 2-1 Roma
- 12.49 %
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Mar 1, 2014||Roma 0 - FC Internazionale 0|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Oct 5, 2013||FC Internazionale 0 - Roma 3|
|Italy - Coppa Italia (ITAC)||Apr 17, 2013||FC Internazionale 2 - Roma 3|
|Italy - Coppa Italia (ITAC)||Jan 23, 2013||Roma 2 - FC Internazionale 1|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Jan 20, 2013||Roma 1 - FC Internazionale 1|
|Apr 13, 2014||Sampdoria 0 - FC Internazionale 4||ITA1|
|Apr 5, 2014||FC Internazionale 2 - Bologna 2||ITA1|
|Mar 31, 2014||Livorno 2 - FC Internazionale 2||ITA1|
|Mar 27, 2014||FC Internazionale 0 - Udinese 0||ITA1|
|Mar 23, 2014||FC Internazionale 1 - Atalanta 2||ITA1|
|3||John Arne Riise||Defender|
|16||Daniele De Rossi||Midfielder|
|-||Fabio Henrique Simplicio||Midfielder|
The 26-year-old has three goals in his last two games but is still looking to open up his Coppa Italia account for Inter. The Italy striker will be eager to put Roma to the sword on Wednesday night.
The 28-year-old striker will need to pick up the slack with Francesco Totti out through suspension. He will be entrusted to supply the goals as Roma look to overturn a 1-0 deficit.
Inter have been unbeatable at San Siro under the guidance of Leonardo and the defending Coppa Italia champions are a good bet to extend their impressive domestic home winning streak against Roma on Wednesday.
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