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  • December 18, 2012
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Inter - Verona Preview: Nerazzurri look to bounce back in cup clash

Inter - Verona Preview: Nerazzurri look to bounce back in cup clash

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Andrea Stramaccioni's side were beaten 1-0 by Lazio on Saturday thanks to a Miroslav Klose strike, and will hope to return to winning ways in the Coppa Italia last 16 on Tuesday

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

INTER

Handanovic
Ranocchia, Samuel, Juan
Zanetti, Gargano, Palacio, Nagatomo
Palacio
Milito, Cassano
VERONA

Andrade,
Cacciatore, Moras, Maietta, Fatic,
Jorginho, Bacinovic, Hallfredsson,
Taleb, Cacia, Bojinov

With the two sides plying their trade in separate divisions, this game should, on paper, be little more than a routine victory for Tuesday's hosts.

But cup competitions have a nasty habit of springing surprise results and given Inter's defeat to Lazio on Saturday, there will at least be a little hope in the visitors' dressing room that a shock can be pulled off.

Midfielder Esteban Cambiasso limped off during the second-half of that game and is unlikely to be risked in this one, while Cristian Chivu could return after a recent injury absence and bolster Andrea Stramaccioni's defensive options as he decides whether or not to stick with a three-man rearguard.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Defeat to Lazio on Saturday leaves Inter in second spot in Serie A and allowed leaders Juventus to extend their lead to seven points.
  • The average age of Andrea Stramaccioni's squad is a youthful 26 years old.
  • The Nerazzurri were beaten 2-0 by Napoli at the quarter-final stage of last season's competition.
  • Tuesday's encounter will be the first time the two sides have faced one another since 2002. On that occasion Inter ran out 3-0 winners.
  • Verona currently lie in third spot in Serie B with 36 points from 19 games - nine points behind leaders Sassuolo.
  • Striker Daniele Cacia is the visitors' top goalscorer this season. The 29-year-old has found the back of the net 10 times and set up a further five goals for his team-mates.

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Available Squads
12Luca CastellazziGoalkeeper
26Cristian ChivuDefender
2JonathanDefender
5Juan JesusDefender
26Matías SilvestreDefender
55Yuto NagatomoDefender
41Joseph DuncanMidfielder
77McDonald MarigaMidfielder
11Ricardo ÁlvarezMidfielder
99Antonio CassanoStriker
8Rodrigo PalacioStriker
-Vid BelecGoalkeeper
-Raffaele Di GennaroGoalkeeper
4Javier ZanettiDefender
23Andrea RanocchiaDefender
15Ibrahima MbayeDefender
25Walter SamuelDefender
11Á. PereiraDefender
13Fredy GuarínMidfielder
5Walter GarganoMidfielder
-Daniel BessaMidfielder
22Diego MilitoStriker
-Marko LivajaStriker
1Rafael Goalkeeper
3Michelangelo AlbertazziDefender
22Matteo AbbateDefender
18Vangelis MorasDefender
22Domenico MaiettaDefender
10Emil HallfredssonMidfielder
21Armin BačinovičMidfielder
-JorginhoMidfielder
-Paolo GrossiMidfielder
8Daniele CaciaStriker
21JuanitoStriker
12NícolasGoalkeeper
-Alessandro BerardiGoalkeeper
-Luca CeccarelliDefender
75Josè CrespoDefender
-Tony HustonDefender
19Alessandro CarrozzaMidfielder
-Carlo Alberto CalvettiMidfielder
-Ansah DerrickMidfielder
-Andrea CoccoStriker
29Valeri BojinovStriker
Players to Watch
Rodrigo Palacio
Rodrigo Palacio
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 8
Games Goals YC RC
2 2 1 0
With Esteban Cambiasso unlikely to feature after limping off during Saturday's game, the Argentine is likely to fill his boots in midfield. A far more offensive-minded player than his compatriot, Palacio could give Inter an additional attacking zest going forward.
Daniele Cacia
Daniele Cacia
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 8
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 0 0
With 10 goals to his name already the 29-year-old is enjoying an impressive season in front of goal. Cacia only joined the club during the summer after an indifferent spell with Lecce, but he has hit the ground running with the Gialloblu and will be eager to help pull off a shock at San Siro.
Prediction
Andrea Stramaccioni insisted he was happy with his side's second-half performance in Saturday's defeat to Lazio and he will remain confident of avoiding a cup shock and advancing to the next round of the competition.
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