Coppa Italia Preview: Inter - Genoa
With both sides coming off impressive wins in Serie A, the Grifoni will be hoping to cause an upset on the San Siro pitch on Thursday evening
By Adam Scime
Zanetti, Lucio, Ranocchia, Chivu
Faraoni, Poli, Thiago Motta, Obi
Mesto, Granqvist, Marchiori
Rossi, Biondini, Kucka, Constant
Pratto, Gilardino, Jankovic
Following the 1-0 win over city rivals AC Milan, Inter boss Claudio Ranieri is likely to employ plenty of alterations as the Nerazzurri start their Coppa Italia campaign at the last 16 phase.
Goalkeeper Julio Cesar, who trained apart from the squad on Monday, will be replaced by Luca Castellazzi. Meanwhile, Italy international Andrea Ranocchia should stand in for one of Lucio or Walter Samuel at centre-back and youngsters Davide Faraoni, Andrea Poli, and Joel Obi may all be given space in midfield.
Wesley Sneijder could once again be on the bench but Diego Forlan's presence remains in doubt after he felt discomfort to the quadricep of his right leg during training.
Mauro Zarate, whose loan spell with the Nerazzurri could already be coming to an end, is likely to start alongside Diego Milito after Giampaolo Pazzini was left out of the matchday squad. Dejan Stankovic remains sidelined for two months with an achilles problem.
Meanwhile, new Genoa boss Pasquale Marino has a bit of a defensive crisis with Cesare Bovo, Kakhaber Kaladze, Dario Dainelli and Luca Antonelli all sidelined, so teenager Alberto Marchioni will get a chance to impress at centre-back. Hard-working captain Marco Rossi will feature in midfield since he is suspended for the weekend trip to Palermo, but star striker Rodrigo Palacio will be rested after returning from injury to score the winner against Udinese last Sunday.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- Inter have been in the Coppa Italia final six of the last seven years, winning the trophy on four of those occasions, including when they defeated Palermo 3-1 to lift the trophy last season.
- Diego Milito (twice) and Thiago Motta both had successful spells with Genoa before joining Inter in the summer of 2009.
- The hosts are on a hot streak, having won six consecutive matches, only conceding one goal during that time.
- Genoa were defeated by the Nerazzurri at the same stage (Round of 16) and same venue (The Giuseppe Meazza) last season by a score of 3-2.
- Overall, the Rossoblu have lost four consecutive matches against Inter, last earning a 0-0 draw in March 2010.
- The Grifoni have already played two times in the Coppa Italia this season, earning a 4-3 victory over Nocerina and also beating Bari 3-2 in extra time.
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Top 3 Predictions
FC Internazionale 2-0 Genoa
- 23.27 %
FC Internazionale 3-0 Genoa
- 14 %
FC Internazionale 3-1 Genoa
- 10.73 %
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Jan 19, 2014||Genoa 1 - FC Internazionale 0|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Aug 25, 2013||FC Internazionale 2 - Genoa 0|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||May 12, 2013||Genoa 0 - FC Internazionale 0|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Dec 22, 2012||FC Internazionale 1 - Genoa 1|
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|Mar 9, 2014||FC Internazionale 1 - Torino 0||ITA1|
|Mar 1, 2014||Roma 0 - FC Internazionale 0||ITA1|
|Feb 23, 2014||FC Internazionale 1 - Cagliari 1||ITA1|
|Feb 15, 2014||Fiorentina 1 - FC Internazionale 2||ITA1|
|Feb 9, 2014||FC Internazionale 1 - Sassuolo 0||ITA1|
|-||Iván Ramiro Córdoba||Defender|
The 23-year-old defender has seen himself fall behind veterans Lucio and Walter Samuel in the pecking order at centre-back, and will want to use the opportunity against his former side to prove he deserves to be in consideration for a starting place in upcoming Serie A matches.
A player who has never really lived up to potential throughout his career, the ex-Mallorca man was one of the most impressive players on the pitch during Sunday's 3-2 win over Udinese, scoring with a cracking first-time volley. Having started both matches under new boss Marino thus far, Jankovic's creative influence seems to be coming to the fore.
Despite changing a number of players from the starting XI that was successful against AC Milan, Inter, playing on home soil, should still be too much of a challenge for the Grifoni. Expect Ranieri's side to book a quarter-final date with Napoli as they look to defend their title.
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