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  • October 29, 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
  • Referee: N. Rizzoli
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Serie A Preview: Inter v Juventus

Serie A Preview: Inter v Juventus

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The league leaders will make the short trek to San Siro to renew hostilities with the Nerazzurri in the Derby d’Italia on Saturday


PROBABLE LINE-UPS
INTER

Castellazzi
Maicon, Lucio, Chivu, Nagatomo
Zanetti, Cambiasso, Stankovic
Sneijder
Pazzini, Zarate
JUVENTUS

Storari
Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini
Vidal, Pirlo,
Marchisio
Pepe, Vucinic
Matri

Inter coach Claudio Ranieri will be without the services of first-choice goalkeeper Julio Cesar, who suffered a thigh strain in the 1-1 draw with Atalanta on Wednesday. Defenders Andrea Ranocchia and Walter Samuel are ruled out of the crunch clash due to muscle problems, while Diego Forlan is still nursing a leg injury. Thiago Motta picked up a muscle injury and will also miss the match.

Juventus boss Antonio Conte will also be missing No. 1 as Gianluigi Buffon is still out with a shoulder injury he picked up in training last week. Emanuele Giaccherini is nearing a return but won't be back in time to face Inter, while Milos Krasic was left out against Fiorentina on Tuesday for tactical reasons and could suffer the same fate against the Nerazzurri at the weekend.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Inter have two wins in their last five games (W2 D1 L2) and have conceded seven goals during that span.
  • The Nerazzurri have only picked up one Serie A victory at home this season.
  • The San Siro side's last league victory over Juve came on April 16, 2010.
  • Juventus are undefeated on their road travels this term (W1 D2) but have only scored two goals during that stretch.
  • Antonio Conte's men have failed to score in only one of their first eight Serie A encounters.
  • The Turin outfit have lost only once in their past four league matches against Inter (W2 D1 L1).

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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
-Luca CastellazziGoalkeeper
26Cristian ChivuDefender
33LúcioDefender
55Yuto NagatomoDefender
13MaiconDefender
4Javier ZanettiDefender
5Esteban CambiassoMidfielder
10Wesley SneijderMidfielder
20Joel ObiMidfielder
9Mauro ZárateStriker
11Giampaolo PazziniStriker
-Paolo OrlandoniGoalkeeper
2JonathanDefender
-Iván Ramiro CórdobaDefender
11Ricardo ÁlvarezMidfielder
10Dejan StankovicManager/Coach
-Luc CastaignosStriker
22Diego MilitoStriker
1Gianluigi BuffonGoalkeeper
19Leonardo BonucciDefender
15Andrea BarzagliDefender
3Giorgio ChielliniDefender
26Stephan LichtsteinerDefender
23Arturo VidalMidfielder
21Andrea PirloMidfielder
8Claudio MarchisioMidfielder
7Simone PepeMidfielder
9Mirko VučinićStriker
32Alessandro MatriStriker
30Marco StorariGoalkeeper
11Paolo De CeglieDefender
21Marcelo EstigarribiaMidfielder
11Eljero EliaMidfielder
24Michele PazienzaMidfielder
27Fabio QuagliarellaStriker
-Alessandro Del PieroStriker
Players to Watch
Wesley Sneijder
Wesley Sneijder
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

The Nerazzurri look like a completely different side when the Netherlands international is healthy and he will need to be at his creative best if the San Siro giants hope to upend the league leaders on Saturday.

Andrea Pirlo
Andrea Pirlo
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 21
Games Goals YC RC
30 4 4 0

The Italy international has been sensational in the early part of the 2011-12 campaign and has been one of the steals of the summer. The veteran has pulled the strings in midfield and will be eager to defeat his old rivals at the weekend.

Prediction
The form book counts for nothing when these two bitter rivals meet. Inter will be hoping to hand Juve their first loss of the season but the Old Lady will end up piling more misery on the hosts.
Editor's Prediction
Inter 1

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