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  • December 10, 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
  • Referee: P. Tagliavento
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Serie A Preview: Inter v Fiorentina

Serie A Preview: Inter v Fiorentina

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The beleaguered Nerazzurri will be desperate for a win when Delio Rossi's men pay a visit to San Siro on Saturday evening


PROBABLE LINE-UPS


INTER


Julio Cesar

Faraoni, Ranocchia, Samuel, Nagatomo
Cambiasso
Alvarez, Poli, Motta, Zarate
Pazzini

FIORENTINA

Boruc
De Silvestri, Gamberini, Natali, Pasqual
Behrami, Montolivo,
Vargas, 
Lazzari
Jovetic, Gilardino


Inter coach Claudio Ranieri received some welcome news as Lucio has recovered from his leg injury earlier than expected. However, Cristian Chivu and Wesley Sneijder will miss the clash on Saturday due to injury while Javier Zanetti is suspended after picking up the first red card of his Serie A career last weekend. Diego Forlan is still nursing an injury and is not yet ready to return to the fold.

Fiorentina boss Delio Rossi does not have too many injury worries but will be without the services of influential defenders Mattia Cassani and Per Kroldrup at the weekend.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Inter have picked up only three wins in 10 home games in all competitions so far this season.
  • The Nerazzurri have scored just five goals in their last five Serie A encounters.
  • Ranieri's men have lost four league games by a one-goal margin this term.
  • Fiorentina have kept seven clean sheets this season, which is second only to Udinese.
  • The Viola are winless on the road this term and have only scored one goal on their Serie A travels.
  • Rossi's side have been held scoreless in three out of their last four games.

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Available Squads
30Julio CésarGoalkeeper
33LúcioDefender
13MaiconDefender
25Walter SamuelDefender
55Yuto NagatomoDefender
8Thiago MottaMidfielder
19Esteban CambiassoMidfielder
10CoutinhoMidfielder
-Marco FaraoniDefender
11Giampaolo PazziniStriker
22Diego MilitoStriker
12Luca CastellazziGoalkeeper
-Iván Ramiro CórdobaDefender
11Ricardo ÁlvarezMidfielder
16Andrea PoliMidfielder
4Sulley MuntariMidfielder
9Mauro ZárateStriker
-Luc CastaignosStriker
31Artur BorucGoalkeeper
5Alessandro GamberiniDefender
14Cesare NataliDefender
23Manuel PasqualDefender
29Lorenzo De SilvestriDefender
66Juan VargasMidfielder
24Gianni MunariMidfielder
21Andrea LazzariMidfielder
85Valon BehramiMidfielder
82Alberto GilardinoStriker
8Adem LjajicStriker
1Neto Goalkeeper
33Matija NastasicDefender
-Houssine KharjaMidfielder
11Amidu SalifuMidfielder
4Marco RomiziMidfielder
2Rômulo Midfielder
9Santiago SilvaStriker
Players to Watch
Giampaolo Pazzini
Giampaolo Pazzini
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
18 2 1 0
The Italy international will be looking to bounce back from his horrendous penalty miss against Udinese last weekend with a goal against the Viola at San Siro on Saturday. Desperately needs to find the back of the net in order to restore some of his lost confidence.
Stevan Jovetic
Stevan Jovetic
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 35
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The 22-year-old leads the Viola in scoring this season with six goals and will need to add to his personal tally if the visitors hope to leave the fashion capital with all three points in the bag. Will keep a makeshift Inter back line on their toes with his ability to run at defenders.
Prediction
Inter need a win to distance themselves from the relegation zone, and while Fiorentina struggle for goals away from home, the Nerazzurri don't have the necessary firepower up front to secure all three points.
Editor's Prediction
Inter 0

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