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Serie A

  • November 21, 2010
  • • 14:00
  • • Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi, Verona
  • Referee: G. Rocchi
  • • Attendance: 19268

Serie A Preview: Chievo - Inter

Serie A Preview: Chievo - Inter

The Italian champions are in wretched form at the moment which will encourage the Flying Donkeys..

Mid-Table Security

Chievo’s start to the 2010-11 campaign has been brilliant, as instead of fighting against the drop they are sailing in mid-table. The Flying Donkeys are currently stationed in 11th position in the table with 16 points from 12 matches and are five points ahead of the bottom three.

Last weekend Stefano Pioli’s side registered yet another important result as they held Sampdoria to a goalless draw in Genoa. Chievo have a somewhat consistent record of four wins, four defeats and four draws in 12 league fixtures.

At the Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi in Verona too, Chievo have a consistent record, having won two, lost two and drawn two matches in Serie A. However, winning against Inter on Sunday will not be very easy especially as the Nerazzurri are wounded animals after last weekend’s derby win.

Getting Out Of ‘Crisis’

To term Inter’s current malevolent form as ‘crisis’ would perhaps be overstating their wretched run of results, but the Italian and European champions have been severely struggling for quite some time. Last weekend’s defeat to Milan in the Derby della Madonnina pushed the Beneamata to six points off the pace with 20 points from 12 matches.

Club supremo Massimo Moratti has publicly backed coach Rafael Benitez and insists that he has no plans of sacking the Spaniard. However, pressure is increasing on the former Liverpool manager, whose tactics and ability to manage his players have come under scrutiny.

Injuries to key players especially to defenders Walter Samuel and Maicon have had an adverse impact on their game but that can be no excuse for Benitez. Inter have won just one of their last six competitive matches but they will need to garner a win on Sunday to keep themselves in the title race.



Luciano is out for the Flying Donkeys, who are likely to opt for a 4-3-1-2 system that will have Thereau alongside Pellissier in attack and Bogliacino as the creative midfielder just behind them.


Coutinho, Chivu, Mariga, Milito, Muntari, Maicon, Thiago Motta, Obi and Samuel all are out of the trip to Verona. Benitez is likely to deploy a 4-3-1-2 formation that will have Sneijder in the creative midfielder’s role and Eto’o and Pandev as the two forwards. Cordoba will start at right-back again and Santon will occupy the left-back position. is proud to be a premier partner of and as such is pleased to offer exclusive invitations to our users to become a participant in the Alpha launch of the new Click here for your access code for the alpha site - act now as invitations are limited!


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Available Squads
1Stefano SorrentinoGoalkeeper
21Nicolas Sebastien FreyDefender
6Marco AndreolliDefender
12Bostjan CesarDefender
22Andrea MantovaniDefender
4Gelson FernandesMidfielder
27Luca RigoniMidfielder
-Michele MarcoliniMidfielder
21Kevin Constant Midfielder
31Sergio PellissierStriker
-Cyril ThereauStriker
18Lorenzo SquizziGoalkeeper
-Davide MandelliDefender
17Gennaro SardoDefender
-P. GranocheStriker
5Roberto GuanaMidfielder
10Davide MoscardelliStriker
-Mariano BogliacinoMidfielder
-Luca CastellazziGoalkeeper
3Davide SantonDefender
-Iván Ramiro CórdobaDefender
4Javier ZanettiDefender
10Dejan StankovicManager/Coach
5Esteban CambiassoMidfielder
7Jonathan BiabianyStriker
10Wesley SneijderMidfielder
19Goran PandevStriker
9Samuel Eto'oStriker
-Paolo OrlandoniGoalkeeper
-Felice NatalinoDefender
23Marco MaterazziDefender
2Nelson RivasDefender
-Nwankwo ObiorahMidfielder
-Denis AlibecStriker
Players to Watch
Sergio Pellissier
Sergio Pellissier
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 31
Games Goals YC RC
22 1 5 2
Pellissier is Chievo’s talisman and has performed admirably so far this season despite his injury problems. Pellissier will aspire to step up his game against Italy’s strongest side and carve out a memorable victory for Ceo.
Wesley Sneijder
Wesley Sneijder
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Sneijder will have to step up his game and return to form for Inter. The Dutch international playmaker has looked beside himself and his lack of invention and creativity from the midfield has adversely affected Inter’s scoring record. Against Chievo on Sunday Sneidjer will have to redeem himself and take the initiative.

Inter are in wretched form under Benitez while Chievo are doing quite well in respect to their aspirations. The Flying Donkeys will make it very tough for the Italian champions in Verona and one suspects that the match could end in a draw.
Editor's Prediction
Chievo 1
Inter 1

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