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December 22, 2012 11:30 AM GMT
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza — Milano
Referee:‬ A. Gervasoni‎
Attendance:‬ 42000‎
 

Inter - Genoa Preview: Nerazzurri look to return to winning ways

Andrea Stramaccioni's side are desperate to close the gap on Juventus with a win over the relegation threatened Rossoblu

By Ben McAleer

Inter
Inter
  PROBABLE LINEUPS


INTER MILAN

Cagliari
 Handanovic
Nagatomo, Samuel, Ranocchia, Pereira
Alvarez, Gargano, Zanetti
Coutinho
Milito, Cassano


GENOA

Juventus
Frey
Canini, Granqvist, Sampirisi
Rossi, Tozser, Bertolacci, Antonelli
Vargas, Immobile
Borriello

Inter head into the encounter in the knowledge that only a win will suffice against Genoa, with league leaders Juventus away at Cagliari on Friday night.

However, head coach Andrea Stramaccioni will be without key midfield duo Esteban Cambiasso and Freddy Guarin, with the former injured and the latter suspended.

The Nerazzurri boss is likely to revert back to a similar starting XI that succumbed to defeat against Lazio last week, following the 2-0 Coppa Italia win over Hellas Verona in midweek.

Genoa are suffering a contrasting change in fortunes to their Serie A counterparts and currently find themselves in 19th position, just two points above bottom placed Siena.

Gli Salami head coach Luigi Delniri will also be without pivotal pairing Felipe Seymour and Emiliano Moretti, with the two players ruled out through suspension.

Delniri is expected to name a similar line-up to the one that secured a point at home to fellow relegation rivals Torino, with Mario Sampirisi and Daniel Tozser tipped to replace the aforementioned duo.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Inter secured maximum points the last time these two teams met at San Siro, in an enthralling 5-4 encounter. 
  • Diego Milito (pictured, right) netted a hat-trick in that game and will be looking to add to his eight goals this season. 
  • The Nerazzurri have won more points away from home than Milan during the campaign.
  • Genoa have failed to pick up a positive result against Inter the last six times the two teams have met, losing four Serie A games and two Coppa Italia clashes.
  • The 29 goals Gli Salami have conceded this season is the third worst in Serie A, with only Pescara and Cagliari shipping more.
  • Only five of 17 league goals scored by Genoa this year have come away from the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.


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Available Squads
1Samir HandanoviçGoalkeeper
4Javier ZanettiDefender
23Andrea RanocchiaDefender
25Walter SamuelDefender
5Juan JesusDefender
11Ricardo ÁlvarezMidfielder
19Esteban CambiassoMidfielder
5Walter GarganoMidfielder
8Rodrigo PalacioStriker
22Diego MilitoStriker
99Antonio CassanoStriker
-Vid BelecGoalkeeper
-Raffaele Di GennaroGoalkeeper
26Matías SilvestreDefender
26Cristian ChivuDefender
11Á. PereiraDefender
2JonathanDefender
77McDonald MarigaMidfielder
24Marco BenassiMidfielder
-Daniel BessaMidfielder
7Marko LivajaStriker
1Sebastien FreyGoalkeeper
13Luca AntonelliDefender
-Michele CaniniDefender
-Mario SampirisiDefender
4Andreas GranqvistDefender
-Marco RossiMidfielder
66Juan VargasMidfielder
-Daniel TozserMidfielder
33Juraj KuckaMidfielder
91Andrea BertolacciMidfielder
9Ciro ImmobileStriker
30Alexandros TzorvasGoalkeeper
32Antonio DonnarummaGoalkeeper
-Luca KrajncDefender
-Alberto MarchioriDefender
-AnselmoMidfielder
-Moro Al HassanMidfielder
-L. MelazziStriker
-Linus HalleniusStriker
-Giammario PiscitellaStriker
-Said Ahmed SaidStriker
Players to Watch
Diego Milito
Diego Milito
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 22
Games Goals YC RC
14 2 0 0
The Argentine has eight goals to his name this season and netted a hat-trick the last time the two teams met at San Siro. He will likely be looking to add to his tally after scoring just once in his last five games.
Andreas Granqvist
Andreas Granqvist
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 4
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The powerful centre-back has been attracting interest from across the continent following a number of dominant performances for Genoa this year. Gli Salami may have conceded 29 goals this season, but he has been a standout performer in a somewhat disappointing campaign.
Prediction
With Genoa having conceded 29 goals already this season, securing a positive result against an Inter side boasting a host of attacking talent may well be too much to ask. I cannot see anything beyond a home with in this one.
Editor's Prediction
Inter 2
Genoa 0
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Ciro Immobile Ciro Immobile
Striker
Torino
20 0
Luca Toni Luca Toni
Striker
Hellas Verona
18 2
Carlos Tévez Carlos Tévez
Striker
Juventus
18 1
Gonzalo Higuaín Gonzalo Higuaín
Striker
Napoli
17 5
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
Striker
Inter
15 0