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November 19, 2011 5:00 PM GMT
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza — Milano
Referee:‬ A. Damato‎
Attendance:‬ 56000‎
 
54′ Thiago Motta
60′ Coutinho
 

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

Inter celebrating (Getty Images)
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PROBABLE LINE-UPS
INTER

Castellazzi
Jonathan, Samuel, Ranocchia, Zanetti
 Cambiasso, Thiago Motta, Stankovic
Sneijder
Pazzini, Milito
CAGLIARI

Agazzi
Pisano, Canini, Ariaudo, Agostini
Biondini, Conti,
Nainggolan
Ekdal
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.

DID YOU KNOW?
  • 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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Available Squads
30Julio CésarGoalkeeper
2JonathanDefender
23Andrea RanocchiaDefender
25Walter SamuelDefender
4Javier ZanettiDefender
10Dejan StankovicMidfielder
8Thiago MottaMidfielder
19Esteban CambiassoMidfielder
10CoutinhoMidfielder
11Giampaolo PazziniStriker
9Mauro ZárateStriker
12Luca CastellazziGoalkeeper
-Iván Ramiro CórdobaDefender
16Andrea PoliMidfielder
20Joel ObiMidfielder
-Marco FaraoniDefender
11Ricardo ÁlvarezMidfielder
22Diego MilitoStriker
-Michael AgazziGoalkeeper
14Francesco PisanoDefender
-Michele CaniniDefender
-Lorenzo AriaudoDefender
33Alessandro AgostiniDefender
-Davide BiondiniMidfielder
5Daniele ContiMidfielder
20Albin EkdalMidfielder
23Radja NainggolanMidfielder
18NenêStriker
-Thiago RibeiroStriker
25Vlada AvramovGoalkeeper
13Simone GozziDefender
24Gabriele PericoDefender
-Rui SampaioMidfielder
-P. CeppeliniMidfielder
-Joaquin LarriveyStriker
23Víctor IbarboStriker
Players to Watch
Wesley Sneijder
Wesley Sneijder
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

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.

Daniele Conti
Daniele Conti
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 5
Games Goals YC RC
28 4 13 2

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.

Prediction

Inter should take care of business against the struggling Sardinians at San Siro with Pazzini and Sneijder scoring in a comfortable win.

Editor's Prediction
Inter 2
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