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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Thiago Ribeiro, Pinilla
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Poli, Cambiasso, Stankovic
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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.
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- 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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Top 3 Predictions
Cagliari 1-3 FC Internazionale
- 16.58 %
Cagliari 0-2 FC Internazionale
- 14.07 %
Cagliari 0-3 FC Internazionale
- 13.9 %
|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||Cagliari 2 - Genoa 1||ITA1|
|Dec 1, 2013||Cagliari 2 - Sassuolo 2||ITA1|
|Nov 25, 2013||Roma 0 - Cagliari 0||ITA1|
|Nov 10, 2013||Cagliari 2 - Torino 1||ITA1|
|Nov 3, 2013||Hellas Verona 2 - Cagliari 1||ITA1|
|-||Iván Ramiro Córdoba||Defender|
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.
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.
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