Inter - Roma Preview: The Nerazzurri look for their first home win of the season against Zeman's side
The San Siro club will be hoping their supporters can roar them to victory against the Giallorossi in what is sure to be a hotly-contested clash
By Alex Mott
Zanetti, Silvestre, Ranocchia, Nagatomo
Guarin, Gargano, Cambiasso
Piris, Burdisso, Castan, Balzaretti
Marquinho, De Rossi, Pjanic
Lamela, Destro, Totti
Inter will look to follow on from their 3-0 away win at Pescara last Sunday by naming a near unchanged side for the match with Roma.
The only change Andrea Stramaccioni may consider making is bringing in Rodrigo Palacio for Antonio Cassano, after the Italian international exerted himself in the Nerazzurri's Europa League tie against Vasuli on Thursday.
The Milanese giants are still without Samir Handanovic, Dejan Stankovic, Ricky Alvarez and Gabi Mudingayi, but can rely on the talents of Luca Castellazzi in goal, Walter Gargano and Freddy Guarin in midfield and Wesley Sneijder in the hole behind the strikers.
Meanwhile, Roma are sweating on the fitness of Michael Bradley, and could bring in Brazilian midfielder Marquinho for his first start.
Zdenek Zeman may make one more, unforced, change and bring in Mattia Destro for Pablo Osvaldo. The young forward's tireless attitude could be the catalyst for Erik Lamela and Francesco Totti to make their mark on the contest.
Other than that, it should be the same XI that drew 2-2 with Catania last Sunday, as the Czech coach looks for his first win as new Giallorossi boss.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Inter lead by 69 wins to 44 against Roma in Serie A, with the two teams drawing 45 times.
- The Nerazzurri have won more games against the capital club than any other league opponent.
- Under Andrea Stramaccioni, the San Siro club have only failed to score once, and they average 2.3 goals per game.
- Roma have scored 199 goals and conceded 260 against Inter - higher tallies than against any other Serie A team .
- The Giallorossi have not won away at San Siro in five attempts.
- Francesco Totti completed the joint-most dribbles in Italy's top flight last weekend with six.
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Top 3 Predictions
FC Internazionale 2-0 Roma
- 16.91 %
FC Internazionale 1-2 Roma
- 15.45 %
FC Internazionale 2-1 Roma
- 11.51 %
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Mar 1, 2014||Roma 0 - FC Internazionale 0|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Oct 5, 2013||FC Internazionale 0 - Roma 3|
|Italy - Coppa Italia (ITAC)||Apr 17, 2013||FC Internazionale 2 - Roma 3|
|Italy - Coppa Italia (ITAC)||Jan 23, 2013||Roma 2 - FC Internazionale 1|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Jan 20, 2013||Roma 1 - FC Internazionale 1|
|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|
|3||Iván Rodrigo Piris||Defender|
|16||Daniele De Rossi||Midfielder|
|17||Pablo Daniel Osvaldo||Striker|
What more is there to say about this man? The Argentina international is only behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo with goals in 2012, and if Inter are to do well in this game, he will have to show the same striking instincts he's shown all year.
This could be a make-or-break season for the youngster. He showed flashes of his brilliance last year, but if he's to prove he is more than potentially a world class player, then it's games against the likes of Inter where he has to step up to the plate.
Expect goals in this clash between two sides who are not known for their tight defences. With Diego Milito on red-hot form and Mattia Destro out to prove a point, I can see both forwards bagging a couple of goals as they exploit the weak links of Nicolas Burdisso and Andrea Ranocchia.
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