Inter - Bologna Preview: Stramaccioni's men fight with Rossoblu for place in last four
The Nerazzurri welcome Stefano Pioli's side to San Siro for a Coppa Italia quarter-final, as they aim for a semi-final date against either Fiorentina or Roma
By Mohammed Ali
Silvestre, Cambiasso, Chivu
Zanetti, Guarin, Gargano, Pereira
Motta, Antonsson, Portanova, Cherubin
Krhin, Kone, PerezGabbiadini, Diamanti
Inter boss Andrea Stramaccioni is not expected to ring the changes ahead of the Coppa Italia quarter-final against Bologna at San Siro on Tuesday.
18-year-old Marco Benassi made his Serie A debut in the 2-0 win over Pescara on the weekend, though he is set to be replaced by Walter Gargano, as the Nerazzurri seek an extended cup run to alleviate their recent sketchy form.
Wesley Sneijder continues to ponder over a move away from Italy and can be expected to continue his absence from the first team, though Stramaccioni will be hoping his available senior players can see off the Rossoblu and book a place in the final four.
For the visitors, Panagiotis Kone could be preferred to Saphir Taider in midfield, with Alberto Gilardino set to lead the line.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Inter have won the Coppa Italia seven times, with their last triumph coming in 2011.
- Andrea Stramaccioni's men beat Hellas Verona 2-0 to progress to the last eight.
- The club sit fourth in Serie A, with one league win in four, which came on Saturday in a 2-0 victory over Pescara.
- Inter's last home match against Bologna ended in a 3-0 win for the Rossoblu in February 2012.
- Bologna sit 14th in Serie A, following their 4-0 rout of Chievo on Saturday.
- Stefano Pioli's side have beaten Varese, Livorno and cup holders Napoli to progress this far.
- The club have two Coppa Italia titles to their name, with their victories coming in 1970 and 1974.
- The winner of this tie will face Fiorentina or Roma in the semi-final, with the first leg to be played away on 22 January.
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Top 3 Predictions
FC Internazionale 2-0 Bologna
- 17.87 %
FC Internazionale 3-1 Bologna
- 15.48 %
FC Internazionale 2-1 Bologna
- 12.95 %
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Nov 24, 2013||Bologna 1 - FC Internazionale 1|
|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|
|Dec 4, 2013||FC Internazionale 3 - Trapani 2||ITAC|
|Dec 1, 2013||FC Internazionale 1 - Sampdoria 1||ITA1|
|Nov 24, 2013||Bologna 1 - FC Internazionale 1||ITA1|
|Nov 9, 2013||FC Internazionale 2 - Livorno 0||ITA1|
|Nov 3, 2013||Udinese 0 - FC Internazionale 3||ITA1|
|-||Raffaele Di Gennaro||Goalkeeper|
The Argentine has only one goal to his name for Inter since his double against Juventus in early November, and will want to roar back onto the goalscoring trail for the Nerazzurri as they seek further cup success. Milito scored in the win over the Rossoblu earlier this season, and with his predatory instincts and keen eye for goal, he would be a good bet to do so again.
The Italy international struck a double at the weekend to aid Bologna to a 4-0 win over Chievo, and with eight goals in 19 appearances so far for the visitors, he will again be the main man up front as Stefano Pioli's side seek to sprung a Coppa surprise. Gilardino, now on the wrong side of 30, has just one Coppa Italia goal to his name - something that he'll be hoping to change.
The hosts looked rather comfortable at the weekend, and given the importance placed on the Coppa Italia, it is difficult to see Bologna replicating their win here last season. Inter to progress, but only narrowly.
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