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Serie A

  • September 23, 2012
  • • 14:00
  • • Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
  • Referee: D. Massa
  • • Attendance: 44000

Inter - Siena Preview: Hosts seek first home scalp

Inter - Siena Preview: Hosts seek first home scalp

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Following their last-gasp point in the Europa League midweek, the Nerazzurri will hope to bring over their heroics for the visit of the winless Tuscans on Sunday


Zanetti, Ranocchia, Samuel, Pereira
Guarin, Cambiasso, Gargano
Sneijder, Cassano
Neto, Paci, Contini
Angelo, D'Agostino, V'ssola, Del Grosso
Ze Eduardo, Calaio

After their dramatic 2-2 draw with Rubin Kazan on Thursday, Inter will look to shuffle their pack as they aim to make it three wins out of four in Serie A.

Having opted to field a relatively youthful team in the Europa League, head coach Andrea Stramaccioni will be sure to recall Wesley Sneijder and Diego Milito into the side on Sunday.

Fredy Guarin is likely to reclaim his place in the middle of the park, while Jonathan is an injury doubt and will surrender the right-back slot to Javier Zanetti.

With Inter already missing 5 players through injury (Dejan Stankovic, Christian Chivu, McDonald Mariga, Joel Obi and Gaby Mudingayi), the Brazilian will be keen to prove he is fit enough for a place on the bench.

Following their gutsy fight-back against Udinese, Siena will be in no mood to meekly surrender. With a full-strength squad at his disposal (the injured Claudio Terzi and Robert Vitiello notwithstanding), coach Serse Cosmi will feel quietly confident about his team’s ability to spring a surprise.

Matteo Contini will be handed a starting place in the back three, allowing Cristiano Del Grosso to be deployed in a wide position. In attack, Ze Eduardo will partner Emanuele Calaio.

  • Inter and AC Milan have yet to win a game at the Giuseppe Meazza this season.

  • Since Andrea Stramaccioni took charge of his first match on April 1st, the Nerazzurri have won two consecutive matches on only two occasions.

  • Diego Milito was the second top scorer in Serie A last year, amassing 24 goals.
  • Siena will be looking to claim their first league win of the season.

  • The average age of the Siena squad is 28.50 years old.

  • Siena were founded in 1904.

Players to watch

D. Milito

Position: Attacker

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At 33 years of age, Diego Milito is still one of the most respected strikers in the world. Coming second only to Zlatan Ibrahimovic in last season's scoring charts, the Argentine has started the season in blistering form with 2 goals in 3 games.

A. Rosina

Position: Attacker

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Having joined on the last day of the transfer window, the 28 year old Italian will be keen to demonstrate his considerable talent to the Siena faithful. Following a 6 month loan to Cesena where he struggled for both form and fitness, Rosina will be determined to prove that he is still the same player that carried the hopes of Torino on his back for several seasons.

Editor's Prediction

Playing three days after a European match is never an easy task, but Inter's squad depth should be enough to see them through in relative comfort. Although the Inter defence seems to be perpetually vulnerable, in Diego Milito and Antonio Cassano they possess a formidable goal threat which should be enough to see them claim their first home win of the season.

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