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September 17, 2011 7:45 PM BST
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza — Milano
Referee:‬ P. Mazzoleni‎
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Serie A Preview: Inter v Roma

Both teams fell to surprising defeats last weekend and will look to pick up their first points of the new campaign in a vital encounter at San Siro on Saturday

Wesley Sneijder - Inter (Getty Images)
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PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Inter (4-3-1-2): Julio Cesar; Jonathan, Ranocchia, Lucio, Nagatomo; Zanetti, Cambiasso, Obi; Sneijder; Pazzini, Forlan.


Gian Piero Gasperini will be without a plethora of players for the clash against Roma. Emiliano Viviano, Maicon and Ivan Cordoba are all nursing knee injuries while Andrea Poli, Cristian Chivu and Thiago Motta will miss out due to various bumps and bruises.

Roma (4-3-3): Stekelenburg; Rosi, Burdisso, Heinze, Cassetti; Perrotta, De Rossi, Pjanic; Borriello, Totti, Borini



Brazilian defenders Juan and Cicinho will miss the clash at San Siro through injury while Juan Angel is suspended for receiving his marching orders in the loss to Cagliari last weekend. Summer signing Erik Lamela is recovering from an ankle injury but could make the bench on Saturday.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Inter have won 13 straight Serie A matches at San Siro.
  • The Nerazzurri have not lost their first two league encounters since 1983.
  • Gasperini's men have conceded five goals in the last two games in all competitions.
  • Inter beat Roma 5-3 at the Giuseppe Meazza last season.
  • Roma have lost two out of their last three Serie A openers following the 2-1 setback to Cagliari last weekend.
  • The capital city side were awarded the most penalties in the league last season (13).
  • Roma kept 14 clean sheets last term.
  • The Giallorossi collected 10 points from their last five road games to end the 2010-11 campaign.


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Available Squads
30Julio CésarGoalkeeper
33LúcioDefender
23Andrea RanocchiaDefender
25Walter SamuelDefender
55Yuto NagatomoDefender
4Javier ZanettiDefender
19Esteban CambiassoMidfielder
10Wesley SneijderMidfielder
20Joel ObiMidfielder
10Diego ForlánStriker
22Diego MilitoStriker
12Luca CastellazziGoalkeeper
2JonathanDefender
-Matteo BianchettiDefender
4Sulley MuntariMidfielder
11Giampaolo PazziniStriker
9Mauro ZárateStriker
-Luc CastaignosStriker
1Maarten StekelenburgGoalkeeper
14Simon KjaerDefender
-Nicolas BurdissoDefender
11Rodrigo TaddeiMidfielder
20Simone PerrottaMidfielder
16Daniele De RossiMidfielder
15Miralem PjanicMidfielder
7David PizarroMidfielder
10Francesco TottiStriker
17Pablo Daniel OsvaldoStriker
31Fabio BoriniStriker
1Bogdan LobonţGoalkeeper
20G. HeinzeDefender
-Marco CassettiDefender
-Aleandro RosiMidfielder
5Fernando GagoMidfielder
-Bojan KrkicStriker
22Marco BorrielloStriker
Players to Watch
Javier Zanetti
Javier Zanetti
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 4
Games Goals YC RC
9 0 0 0
The indefatigable 38-year-old will need to make sure his men don't capitulate under the pressure on Saturday evening as a loss could see the top brass pull the plug on the Gasperini experiment. He must lead by example in what amounts to a must-win game for the home side.
Francesco Totti
Francesco Totti
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
22 7 0 0
No Totti, no party. The captain must step to the fore against the Nerazzurri and deliver a win for new coach Luis Enrique to steady the ship in the capital city.
Prediction
This is a pivotal encounter for both teams as they are coming off shock defeats in the last seven days. Roma usually play Inter tough and will leave the hosts reeling with a slender victory at San Siro on Saturday evening.
Editor's Prediction
Inter 1
Roma 2
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Ciro Immobile Ciro Immobile
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Torino
20 0
Luca Toni Luca Toni
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Hellas Verona
18 2
Carlos Tévez Carlos Tévez
Striker
Juventus
18 1
Gonzalo Higuaín Gonzalo Higuaín
Striker
Napoli
17 5
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
Striker
Inter
15 0