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  • March 10, 2013
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Inter-Bologna Preview: Must-win game for beleaguered Nerazzurri

Inter-Bologna Preview: Must-win game for beleaguered Nerazzurri

AFP

Andrea Stramaccioni's side were well beaten in the Europa League by Tottenham on Thursday night and go into the game low on confidence and in desperate need of three points

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

   INTER
  Inter
Carrizo
Zanetti, Ranocchia, Chivu, Pereira
Kuzmanovic, Gargano,
Schelotto, Guarin, Alvarez
Rocchi

BOLOGNA


Curci
Garics, Antonsson, Cherubin, Morleo
Taider, Perez
Gabbiadini, Diamanti, C'doulopoulos
Gilardino



Inconsistent in the league and all but out of the Europa League, Inter go into Sunday's clash with Bologna desperate for three points.

But with confidence already low, the Nerazzurri remain hamstrung by an injury crisis that sees no less than seven first team players on the treatment table.

Walter Samuel, Diego Milito, Matias Silvestre, Gaby Mudingayi, Luca Castellazzi, Yuto Nagatomo and Joel Obi all miss out of the clash with Bologna, while first choice goalkeeper Samir Handanovic is suspended, meaning Juan Pablo Carrizzo will make his debut between the posts.

Bologna will be boosted after recording their first back-to-back victories of the season and by the return of centre-back Mikael Antonsson.

Cesare Natali is their only injury-induced absentee and Panagiotis Kone sits the game out through suspension.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Inter have won 11 of their last 13 matches against Bologna.
  • Andrea Stramaccioni's men have won one, lost one and drawn one of their last three games in all competitions.
  • The Nerazzurri are now 12 points adrift of Serie A leaders Juventus.
  • Inter's last league game ended in a dramatic 3-2 victory away to Catania after they had fallen two goals behind.
  • Bologna have lost nine of their last 11 away games in the league.
  • The Rossoblu have won two games in succession for the first time this season, heading into the game.
  • Stefano Pioli's side go into the game sat in 11th spot, 15 points behind Inter.
  • The last game between the two sides ended in a 3-2 extra time win for Inter in the Coppa Italia quarter-final.

Players to watch

J. Zanetti

Position: Defender

Games: 0

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In hard times experienced heads are more vital than ever before and in the shape of the 39-year-old Argentine they do not come much more weathered. If Inter are to pull through their sticky patch, he will have to roll back the years with a commanding display.

A. Diamanti

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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There are few players in the game with a left foot to rival that of the Italy international. Spectacular free kicks and long distance efforts have become a trademark of his game and his delivery from set-pieces will ensure Bologna always have a goalscoring threat up their sleeve.

Editor's Prediction

These could be decisive days for Inter boss Andrea Stramaccioni with rumours circulating regarding his future, but despite their recent struggles they might just sneak this one, with a little help from Bologna's dismal away record.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Internazionale

Bologna

Wins
2
2
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

FC Internazionale Milano INT
FC Internazionale Milano Internazionale
Draw
Bologna FC 1909 BOL
Bologna FC 1909 Bologna
79%
15%

Top 3 Predictions

FC Internazionale Milano INT
2 - 0
Bologna FC 1909 BOL
FC Internazionale Milano INT
3 - 0
Bologna FC 1909 BOL
FC Internazionale Milano INT
2 - 1
Bologna FC 1909 BOL

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