Inter-Chievo Preview: Floundering Nerazzurri looking to win their third match in 2013
Andrea Stramaccioni is under growing pressure as his side continue to concede goals at an alarming rate, having fallen behind city-rivals AC Milan in the Serie A table
By Jerrad Peters
Silvestre, Ranocchia, Juan Jesus
Schelotti, Zanetti, Gargano, Nagatomo
Frey, Acerbi, Dainelli, Andreolli, Jokic
Guana, Rigoni, Hetemaj
Inter will have to make do without the services of Luca Castellazzi, Walter Samuel, Dejan Stankovic and Gaby Mudingayi, who are all injured.
What's more, Fredy Guarin and Christian Chivu are both suspended, meaning that Matias Silvestre is set to make a rare start at the back. Mateo Kovacic should start behind a front two of Antonio Cassano and Rodrigo Palacio.
Their guests have a shorter injury list. Gennaro Sardo, Boukary Drame and Adrian Stoian will all miss out, but they have no suspension worries.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Inter have kept four successive clean sheets against Chievo.
- Chievo last overcame the Nerazzurri in Verona in November 2010.
- Out of Serie A's top six teams, only Lazio have scored fewer than Inter’s 36 goals so far this season.
- Diego Milito has scored eight Serie A goals so far this season, but has found the net in just one of his last eight.
- Chievo's Alberto Paloschi, who has been on loan in Verona since 2011, has already represented enjoyed two stints at AC Milan and one each at Parma and Genoa, despite being just 23 years of age.
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Top 3 Predictions
FC Internazionale 2-0 Chievo
- 23.5 %
FC Internazionale 3-0 Chievo
- 17.38 %
FC Internazionale 3-1 Chievo
- 11.69 %
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Jan 13, 2014||FC Internazionale 1 - Chievo 1|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Feb 10, 2013||FC Internazionale 3 - Chievo 1|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Sep 26, 2012||Chievo 0 - FC Internazionale 2|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Mar 9, 2012||Chievo 0 - FC Internazionale 2|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Oct 23, 2011||FC Internazionale 1 - Chievo 0|
|Apr 13, 2014||Sampdoria 0 - FC Internazionale 4||ITA1|
|Apr 5, 2014||FC Internazionale 2 - Bologna 2||ITA1|
|Mar 31, 2014||Livorno 2 - FC Internazionale 2||ITA1|
|Mar 27, 2014||FC Internazionale 0 - Udinese 0||ITA1|
|Mar 23, 2014||FC Internazionale 1 - Atalanta 2||ITA1|
|21||Nicolas Sebastien Frey||Defender|
With Wesley Sneijder finally offloaded to Galatasaray and Philippe Coutinho having joined Liverpool in January, it has fallen to the 30-year-old Cassano to produce for Inter. He scored their only goal in last weekend’s 3-1 loss to Siena, and could be key again.
On loan from AC Milan player, Paloschi is currently on loan at Chievo and has tallied seven times in 11 matches for his adopted club so far this season. He scored the Flying Donkey’s only goal last weekend against Juventus and will look to exploit what has been a rather weak Inter back line of late.
Inter have relied on their home form for points this season, and could use a win at San Siro following last weekend’s loss at Siena. Chievo, meanwhile, have some confidence about them and could move into the top half of the table with a win.