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February 10, 2013 7:45 PM GMT
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza — Milano
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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

Diego Milito - Inter-Genoa - Serie A
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  PROBABLE LINEUPS

INTER

Handanvoic
Silvestre, Ranocchia, Juan Jesus
Schelotti, Zanetti, Gargano, Nagatomo
Kovacic
Cassano, Palacio
CHIEVO

Puggioni
Frey, Acerbi, Dainelli, Andreolli, Jokic
Guana, Rigoni, Hetemaj
Paloschi, Thereau

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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Available Squads
1Samir HandanoviçGoalkeeper
4Javier ZanettiDefender
23Andrea RanocchiaDefender
5Juan JesusDefender
55Yuto NagatomoDefender
17Zdravko KuzmanovicMidfielder
19Esteban CambiassoMidfielder
5Walter GarganoMidfielder
8Rodrigo PalacioStriker
22Diego MilitoStriker
99Antonio CassanoStriker
-Vid BelecGoalkeeper
30Pablo CarrizoGoalkeeper
26Matías SilvestreDefender
11Á. PereiraDefender
2JonathanDefender
10Dejan StankovicMidfielder
-Ezequiel SchelottoMidfielder
11Ricardo ÁlvarezMidfielder
9Tommaso RocchiStriker
1Christian PuggioniGoalkeeper
3Dario DainelliDefender
6Marco AndreolliDefender
17Bojan JokicDefender
15Francesco AcerbiDefender
17F. SeymourMidfielder
14Isaac CofieMidfielder
27Luca RigoniMidfielder
56Perparim HetemajMidfielder
43Alberto PaloschiStriker
77Cyril ThereauStriker
18Lorenzo SquizziGoalkeeper
22Samir UjkaniGoalkeeper
31Nikos SpiropoulosDefender
12Bostjan CesarDefender
-Mario SampirisiDefender
21Nicolas Sebastien FreyDefender
-Pavol FarkašDefender
-Paul PappDefender
-LucianoMidfielder
25Kamil VacekMidfielder
31Sergio PellissierStriker
7Gabriel HaucheStriker
Players to Watch
Antonio Cassano
Antonio Cassano
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 99
Games Goals YC RC
29 11 5 0

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.

Alberto Paloschi
Alberto Paloschi
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 43
Games Goals YC RC
30 13 3 0

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.

Prediction

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.

Editor's Prediction
Inter 1
Chievo 1
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