Serie A Preview: Inter v Juventus
The league leaders will make the short trek to San Siro to renew hostilities with the Nerazzurri in the Derby d’Italia on Saturday
Maicon, Lucio, Chivu, Nagatomo
Zanetti, Cambiasso, Stankovic
Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini
Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio
Inter coach Claudio Ranieri will be without the services of first-choice goalkeeper Julio Cesar, who suffered a thigh strain in the 1-1 draw with Atalanta on Wednesday. Defenders Andrea Ranocchia and Walter Samuel are ruled out of the crunch clash due to muscle problems, while Diego Forlan is still nursing a leg injury. Thiago Motta picked up a muscle injury and will also miss the match.
Juventus boss Antonio Conte will also be missing No. 1 as Gianluigi Buffon is still out with a shoulder injury he picked up in training last week. Emanuele Giaccherini is nearing a return but won't be back in time to face Inter, while Milos Krasic was left out against Fiorentina on Tuesday for tactical reasons and could suffer the same fate against the Nerazzurri at the weekend.
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- Inter have two wins in their last five games (W2 D1 L2) and have conceded seven goals during that span.
- The Nerazzurri have only picked up one Serie A victory at home this season.
- The San Siro side's last league victory over Juve came on April 16, 2010.
- Juventus are undefeated on their road travels this term (W1 D2) but have only scored two goals during that stretch.
- Antonio Conte's men have failed to score in only one of their first eight Serie A encounters.
- The Turin outfit have lost only once in their past four league matches against Inter (W2 D1 L1).
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Top 3 Predictions
FC Internazionale 9-0 Juventus
- 26.8 %
FC Internazionale 2-1 Juventus
- 11.52 %
FC Internazionale 0-2 Juventus
- 11.38 %
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Sep 14, 2013||FC Internazionale 1 - Juventus 1|
|Guinness International Champions Cup (ICC)||Aug 6, 2013||Juventus 1 - FC Internazionale 1|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Mar 30, 2013||FC Internazionale 1 - Juventus 2|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Nov 3, 2012||Juventus 1 - FC Internazionale 3|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Mar 25, 2012||Juventus 2 - FC Internazionale 0|
|Dec 4, 2013||FC Internazionale 3 - Trapani 2||ITAC|
|Dec 1, 2013||FC Internazionale 1 - Sampdoria 1||ITA1|
|Nov 24, 2013||Bologna 1 - FC Internazionale 1||ITA1|
|Nov 9, 2013||FC Internazionale 2 - Livorno 0||ITA1|
|Nov 3, 2013||Udinese 0 - FC Internazionale 3||ITA1|
|-||Iván Ramiro Córdoba||Defender|
|11||Paolo De Ceglie||Defender|
|-||Alessandro Del Piero||Striker|
The Nerazzurri look like a completely different side when the Netherlands international is healthy and he will need to be at his creative best if the San Siro giants hope to upend the league leaders on Saturday.
The Italy international has been sensational in the early part of the 2011-12 campaign and has been one of the steals of the summer. The veteran has pulled the strings in midfield and will be eager to defeat his old rivals at the weekend.