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April 7, 2012 2:00 PM BST
Stadio Nereo Rocco — Trieste
Referee:‬ M. Guida‎
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Cagliari - Inter Preview: Nerazzurri look to make it two wins in a row under Stramaccioni

The Beneamata will be hoping to inch closer to a European place when they pay a visit to the Stadio Nereo Rocco in Trieste to face the Sardinians on Saturday

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Ekdal, Conti, Nainggolan
Thiago Ribeiro, Pinilla

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Poli, Cambiasso, Stankovic
Zarate, Milito, Forlan

Cagliari coach Massimo Ficcadenti will be unable to call on Daniele Dessena who is out for the season, while Rui Sampaio will also miss the encounter, but Davide Astori is ready to return to the fold.

Saturday's match will be played in Trieste because the Stadio Sant'Elia is unavailable due to a dispute between the club and the city's local council over renovation work at the stadium.

Meanwhile, Inter boss Andrea Stramaccioni will once again be without the services of influential duo Maicon and Wesley Sneijder, who are nursing knee and groin injuries respectively. Luc Castaignos will also miss out on Saturday's festivities due to a thigh problem.

Veteran goalkeeper Luca Castellazzi will deputise for Julio Cesar who picked up a red card last weekend against Genoa, while Lucio is also suspended. Ricky Alvarez is nearing a return but is not yet ready to rejoin the first team.

  • Cagliari have won four out of their last five matches at home, outscoring their opponents 12-5 in the process.
  • The Sardinians have kept two clean sheets in their last three encounters.
  • Ficcadenti's men have failed to score in 14 of their 30 Serie A matches this season.
  • Inter have lost four out of their last five Serie A games away from San Siro and have been outscored 8-2 during that span.
  • The Nerazzurri have conceded 10 goals in their last five league matches.
  • Stramaccioni's side have lost eight games by a one-goal margin this term.

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Available Squads
-Michael AgazziGoalkeeper
13Davide AstoriDefender
14Francesco PisanoDefender
-Michele CaniniDefender
33Alessandro AgostiniDefender
23Radja NainggolanMidfielder
5Daniele ContiMidfielder
7Andrea CossuMidfielder
20Albin EkdalMidfielder
-Thiago RibeiroStriker
51Mauricio PinillaStriker
25Vlada AvramovGoalkeeper
-Lorenzo AriaudoDefender
24Gabriele PericoDefender
-Nicolas BoviMidfielder
-Joaquin LarriveyStriker
23Víctor IbarboStriker
12Luca CastellazziGoalkeeper
4Javier ZanettiDefender
23Andrea RanocchiaDefender
25Walter SamuelDefender
26Cristian ChivuDefender
10Dejan StankovicMidfielder
13Fredy GuarínMidfielder
19Esteban CambiassoMidfielder
10Diego ForlánStriker
22Diego MilitoStriker
9Mauro ZárateStriker
-Paolo OrlandoniGoalkeeper
-Iván Ramiro CórdobaDefender
17Angelo PalomboMidfielder
55Yuto NagatomoDefender
16Andrea PoliMidfielder
20Joel ObiMidfielder
11Giampaolo PazziniStriker
Players to Watch
Daniele Conti
Daniele Conti
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 5
Games Goals YC RC
27 4 13 2
The combative captain wears his heart on his sleeve for the island outfit and has chipped in with four goals from midfield this season. The 33-year-old will need to be at his best if Cagliari hope to spring a surprise over the Nerazzurri.
Diego Milito
Diego Milito
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 22
Games Goals YC RC
14 2 0 0
The Argentine has struggled at times this season but still leads the team in scoring with 17 Serie A goals. The veteran striker has hit the back of the net six times in his last six games, including a hat-trick last weekend, and will look to lead the charge against the Sardinians on Saturday.

Inter picked up three valuable points in Andrea Stramaccioni’s debut last weekend and should do just enough to make it two wins in a row under the new Italian coach.

Editor's Prediction
Inter 2
Top Scorers
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Ciro Immobile Ciro Immobile
19 0
Carlos Tévez Carlos Tévez
18 1
Gonzalo Higuaín Gonzalo Higuaín
17 5
Luca Toni Luca Toni
Hellas Verona
17 2
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
15 0