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  • May 12, 2013
  • • 11:30
  • • Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, Genova
  • Referee: P. Tagliavento
  • • Attendance: 20000
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Genoa-Inter Preview: Battling Grifone eye Nerazzurri scalp

Genoa-Inter Preview: Battling Grifone eye Nerazzurri scalp

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The resurgent Ligurians could secure survival on Sunday with three points against the out-of-sorts Giuseppe Meazza outfit who will be keen to halt a wretched run of form



Despite a run of five matches without defeat, Genoa coach Davide Ballardini looks set to switch to a 4-1-2-1-2 formation from his tried-and-trusted 3-5-1-1 for the visit of Inter on Sunday.

As a result, two personnel changes from the midweek 0-0 draw with Torino see Emiliano Moretti and Mattia Cassani replaced by Andreas Granqvist and Antonio Floro Flores.

However, the Ligurian side will not be able to call on trio Cristobal Jorquera, Ruben Olivera and Damiano Ferronetti - all of whom have been ruled out for the remainder of the season.

Meanwhile for the Nerazzurri, on the back of an alarming nine losses in their last 12 matches, they also make a series of alterations ahead of their trip to the Marassi, with Ezequiel Schelotto, Simone Pasa and Yuto Nagatomo incoming.

Regarding the club's well-documented list of absentees, Jonathan, Andrea Ranocchia, Gaby Mudingayi, Luca Castellazzi, Rodrigo Palacio, Dejan Stankovic and Walter Samuel are all doubtful and unlikely to be risked.

There is no change, though, for season-ending casaulties Javier Zanetti, Joel Obi, Diego Milito, Ibrahima Mbaye, Walter Gargano and Matias Silvestre, while Alvaro Pereira and Juan Jesus are suspended.


  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Inter are unbeaten in their last 12 Serie A meetings with Genoa, winning eight and drawing four.
  • However, the Nerazzurri have lost each of their last three away league games, scoring just once.
  • Yuto Nagatomo (pictured, right) has netted both his first and last Serie A goal against Genoa, respectively in March and December 2011.
  • Genoa have lost each of their last four home matches against Inter without scoring any goals.
  • Nonetheless, the Rossoblu are unbeaten in their last four home games in Serie A.
  • Striker Ciro Immobile scored his fifth and last league goal in the reverse fixture against Inter.

Players to watch

M. Borriello

Position: Attacker

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The Roma-owned striker has cemented his place in modern Genoa folklore following his impressive goal return in the second half of the season which has proved to be the catalyst behind his team's march to safety. He was similarly instrumental in his first campaign at the club during the 2007-08 season, and with two games to go until his loan spell expires, he will be keen to round off his sophomore term in style.

M. Kovačić

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The January arrival from Dinamo Zagreb has been one of the very few bright spots in what has been a dismal campaign by Inter's usually high standards. Although yet to break his duck in front of goal, Kovacic has looked far older than his tender 19 years, showing frequent glimpses of his undoubted ability on the ball, and should put in another assured performance in the centre of midfield.

Editor's Prediction

They may be one of Serie A's present in-form teams, but Genoa's recovery has seen them pick up more draws than victories - the joint second-highest haul in the division - and that coupled with an Inter side who will be more than happy with a share of the spoils to end their run of defeats means a stalemate should be the order of the day in Liguria.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Genoa

Internazionale

Wins
2
0
3
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Genoa CFC GEN
Genoa CFC Genoa
Draw
FC Internazionale Milano INT
FC Internazionale Milano Internazionale
37%
57%

Top 3 Predictions

Genoa CFC GEN
0 - 2
FC Internazionale Milano INT
Genoa CFC GEN
1 - 2
FC Internazionale Milano INT
Genoa CFC GEN
0 - 8
FC Internazionale Milano INT

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