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Bologna - Inter Preview: The Nerazzurri look to make it five straight wins
Andrea Stramaccioni's side sit just four points adrift of leaders Juventus going into Sunday's game and will hope to put pressure on the Bianconeri against a struggling Rossoblu
By Alec Fenn
Garics, Antonsson, Cherubin, Morleo
Taider, Pazienza, Kone
Ranocchia, Samuel, Juan Jesus,
Zanetti, Gargano, Cambiasso, Nagatomo
Palacio, Milito, Cassano
Eyebrows were raised when the Nerazzurri began the campaign with two defeats inside their opening four games, but since then the club have made steady and efficient progress.
Their turn in fortunes has cast a different look on the Serie A table, and while early pacesetters Juventus and Napoli appeared set for a two-horse race, Andrea Stramaccioni’s side’s surge up the table sees them just four points adrift of top spot ahead of the latest round of fixtures.
Inter face Bologna on a run of four straight victories, but the last time the two teams met it was Stefano Pioli’s side who ran out 3-0 winners.
After a ninth place finish last season the Rossoblu have made a disappointing start to their campaign, with five defeats in eight league fixtures leaving the club in 16th position at the time of writing.
Injuries continue to trouble Sunday’s hosts and they will again be without Diego Perez, Gianluca Curci, Dejan Stojanovic, Cesari Natali, Robert Acquafresca and Henry Gimenez.
The visitors have a crowded treatment room of their own, with Philippe Coutinho, Wesley Sneijder, Christian Chivu and Dejan Stankovic absent once again.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Antonio Cassano is Inter's top goalscorer with five strikes to his name so far this season.
- The Nerazzurri have won three, draw one and lost one of their last five encounters against Bologna.
- Victory on Sunday would make it five consecutive wins for Andrea Stramaccioni's side.
- The San Siro club have a better goalscoring record away from home. They have averaged two goals per game on their travels, in contrast to 1.25 strikes in front of their home support.
- Bologna have won just six of their 28 league games against Sunday's opponents, drawing five times and losing a further 17 matches.
- Former AC Milan striker Alberto Gilardino will be hoping to add to his tally against his former rivals. He has five goals to his name, making him Bologna's top scorer.
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|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Mar 10, 2013||FC Internazionale 0 - Bologna 1|
|Italy - Coppa Italia (ITAC)||Jan 15, 2013||FC Internazionale 3 - Bologna 2|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Oct 28, 2012||Bologna 1 - FC Internazionale 3|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Feb 17, 2012||FC Internazionale 0 - Bologna 3|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Sep 24, 2011||Bologna 1 - FC Internazionale 3|
|May 19, 2013||Bologna 0 - Genoa 0||ITA1|
|May 12, 2013||Parma 0 - Bologna 2||ITA1|
|May 8, 2013||Bologna 0 - SSC Napoli 3||ITA1|
|May 5, 2013||Lazio 6 - Bologna 0||ITA1|
|Apr 27, 2013||Atalanta 1 - Bologna 1||ITA1|
|4||Javier Adelmar Zanetti||Defender|
|25||Walter Adrian Samuel||Defender|
|19||Esteban Matias Cambiasso||Midfielder|
|22||Diego Alberto Milito||Striker|
|11||Ricardo Gabriel Álvarez||Midfielder|
|Esteban Matias Cambiasso|