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Inter - Siena Preview: Stramaccioni looking to maintain unbeaten start as coach

The new Nerazzurri boss is hoping to continue his undefeated start against an in-form Bianconeri side dreaming of a top-half finish

By Alex Mott

Andrea Stramaccioni - Inter
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Julio Cesar
Zanetti, Lucio, Samuel, Chivu
Stankovic, Obi, Cambiasso
Alvarez, Milito, Zarate
Vitiello, Terzi, Rossettini, Del Grosso
Giorgi, Vergassola, Gazzi, Brienza
Destro, Larrondo

In just his third game in charge, Inter coach Andrea Stramaccioni will be without the influential duo of Maicon and Wesley Sneijder, who miss out with knee and groin injuries respectively.

In better news, goalkeeper Julio Cesar returns after his suspension, as does centre-back Lucio for the same reason. Nigerian midfielder Obi looks likely to replace Freddy Guarin in a central three, while up front Ricky Alvarez is back from his recent injury lay-off, and should replace Diego Forlan.

Siena boss Giuseppe Sannino looks set to make three changes from the team that beat Atalanta 2-1 on Saturday. Both full-backs are set to swap, with Andrea Rossi and Matteo Contini being replaced with Roberto Vitiello and Cristiano Del Grosso. In midfield, Franco Brienza is back, and could start instead of Paolo Grossi on the left side of midfield.

  • Inter are unbeaten against Siena in Serie A.
  • In the previous 15 meetings between the two sides, only once have the Nerazzurri failed to score.
  • Should Stramaccioni's side lose, though, they will equal the club's record for home defeats in a single season with six.
  • Siena have won five of their last seven Serie A fixtures.
  • This has been the Robur's best Serie A campaign having never picked up 39 points at this stage of the season before.
  • The Tuscans' have only conceded 32 goals so far this term, their lowest ever at this stage of the campaign.
  • The return fixture back in November ended with Inter winning 1-0.

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Available Squads
30Julio CésarGoalkeeper
4Javier ZanettiDefender
25Walter SamuelDefender
26Cristian ChivuDefender
10Dejan StankovicMidfielder
11Ricardo ÁlvarezMidfielder
19Esteban CambiassoMidfielder
20Joel ObiMidfielder
22Diego MilitoStriker
9Mauro ZárateStriker
12Luca CastellazziGoalkeeper
23Andrea RanocchiaDefender
55Yuto NagatomoDefender
13Fredy GuarínMidfielder
16Andrea PoliMidfielder
11Giampaolo PazziniStriker
10Diego ForlánStriker
79Gianluca PegoloGoalkeeper
-Roberto VitielloDefender
27Cristiano Del GrossoDefender
19Claudio TerziDefender
-Emanuele PesoliDefender
8Simone VergassolaMidfielder
10Gaetano D'AgostinoMidfielder
15Francesco BolzoniMidfielder
-Daniele ManniniMidfielder
22Mattia DestroStriker
23Franco BrienzaStriker
1Zeljko BrkicGoalkeeper
17Nicola BelmonteDefender
4Matteo ContiniDefender
14Alessandro GazziMidfielder
-Paolo GrossiMidfielder
-Alessio SestuMidfielder
11Pablo GonzálezStriker
Players to Watch
Diego Milito
Diego Milito
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 22
Games Goals YC RC
14 2 0 0
The Argentine forward has been Serie A's top scorer since the turn of the year, and with him in such fine form, expect goals galore. The former Genoa man has been the constant positive in an otherwise topsy-turvy season for the Nerazzurri, and the Siena back line could be looking at a long night trying to stop the 32-year-old.
Mattia Destro
Mattia Destro
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 22
Games Goals YC RC
18 13 4 0
The Italian youngster has caught the eye of most of the peninsula's big club's this season, and it's easy to see why. The 21-year-old has been in fine form, scoring eight goals and contributing to many more with his constant movement and turn of pace.
Under their new coach Inter have been adventurous in attack, and expect that to continue on Wednesday. The team's South American triumvarite up front has produced goals recently, and Siena, despite their current good run of form, look unlikely to cope.
Editor's Prediction
Inter 3
Siena 1
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
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