Serie A Preview: Inter v Cagliari
The Nerazzurri will look to distance themselves from the relegation zone when they welcome the Sardinian outfit to San Siro on Saturday
Jonathan, Samuel, Ranocchia, Zanetti
Cambiasso, Thiago Motta, Stankovic
Pisano, Canini, Ariaudo, Agostini
Biondini, Conti, Nainggolan
Nene, Thiago Ribeiro
Inter boss Claudio Ranieri will be without the services of defenders Maicon, Yuto Nagatomo and Lucio, with the latter picking up a knee injury in training on Friday, while Cristian Chivu is suspended.
Sulley Muntari picked up a knock on international duty during the week and could sit out the encounter at San Siro.
New Cagliari coach Davide Ballardini will be missing pint-sized playmaker Andrea Cossu and influential defender Davide Astori due to injury. Moestafa El Kabir will also miss the match due to injury.
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- Inter have scored only two goals in Serie A action at San Siro in the 2011-12 campaign.
- The Nerazzurri have picked up just one win in their last five league matches, losing three and drawing the other.
- Claudio Ranieri's side have kept only one clean sheet in their last seven domestic games.
- Cagliari's last win over Inter came in 1995 at the Stadio Sant'Elia.
- Davide Ballardini's men are winless in their last five matches with three draws and two defeats.
- The Sardinians have scored seven goals in five encounters on the road this season.
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Top 3 Predictions
FC Internazionale 2-0 Cagliari
- 22.73 %
FC Internazionale 9-0 Cagliari
- 16.49 %
FC Internazionale 3-0 Cagliari
- 11.68 %
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Sep 29, 2013||Cagliari 1 - FC Internazionale 1|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Apr 14, 2013||Cagliari 2 - FC Internazionale 0|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Nov 18, 2012||FC Internazionale 2 - Cagliari 2|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Apr 7, 2012||Cagliari 2 - FC Internazionale 2|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Nov 19, 2011||FC Internazionale 2 - Cagliari 1|
|Dec 8, 2013||FC Internazionale 3 - Parma 3||ITA1|
|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|
|-||Iván Ramiro Córdoba||Defender|
The playmaker has blown hot and cold for Inter this season as the club currently languish in 17th place. The Nerazzurri are tough to beat when Sneijder is at the top of his game and Ranieri will be hoping the Dutchman can string together some good performances, starting on Saturday against Cagliari.
The no-nonsense captain will be hoping to pour more misery on the Coppa Italia holders at the weekend. The fearless midfielder will lead by example as his side aim to snap a five-game winless run.
Inter should take care of business against the struggling Sardinians at San Siro with Pazzini and Sneijder scoring in a comfortable win.