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Serie A

  • February 12, 2012
  • • 14:00
  • • Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
  • Referee: C. Russo
  • • Attendance: 21703

Serie A Preview: Inter - Novara

Serie A Preview: Inter - Novara

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The Nerazzurri will be looking to end their three-game winless streak in the league when Emiliano Mondonico's men arrive for their visit to San Siro on Sunday afternoon



Julio Cesar
Zanetti, Lucio, Ranocchia, Nagatomo
Poli, Stankovic, Cambiasso
Pazzini, Milito

Dellafiore, Lisuzzo, Centurioni, Garcia
Morganella, Pesce, Gemiti
Rigoni, Mascara

Inter playmaker Wesley Sneijder returned to training on Wednesday and is available after sitting out the 4-0 loss to Roma last Saturday with a leg injury. The Dutchman should slot in behind strikers Giampaolo Pazzini and Diego Milito.

Dejan Stankovic, Diego Forlan and Ricky Alvarez also trained with the first team during the week and could see the field against Novara.

Nerazzurri boss Claudio Ranieri will not be able to call on new signing Fredy Guarin, who is still nursing a calf injury or Walter Samuel who is struggling with a muscle problem.

Meanwhile, Novara coach Emiliano Mondonico will be without the services of Francesco Marianini, Takayuki Morimoto and Carlo Alberto Ludi due to injury.

  • Inter have conceded eight goals in their last two Serie A games after shipping just two in their previous eight matches.
  • The Nerazzurri are unbeaten in their last five encounters at San Siro, winning four and drawing one.
  • Ranieri's side have the fewest amount of draws, with three in 22 league games.
  • Diego Milito (pictured right) is the home side's top scorer so far this season, with 13 goals in all competitions.
  • Novara have failed to register a victory on the road in their 10 games away from the Stadio Silvio Pioli this term.
  • Mondonico's men have failed to score in 10 of their 22 Serie A matches so far.
  • Novara have kept only one clean sheet this season, the fewest in the league.


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Last Five Matches
Team News
Available Squads
30Julio CésarGoalkeeper
-Iván Ramiro CórdobaDefender
4Javier ZanettiDefender
26Cristian ChivuDefender
10Dejan StankovicManager/Coach
10Wesley SneijderMidfielder
11Ricardo ÁlvarezMidfielder
16Andrea PoliMidfielder
5Esteban CambiassoMidfielder
22Diego MilitoStriker
-Luca CastellazziGoalkeeper
13Andrea RanocchiaDefender
55Yuto NagatomoDefender
17Angelo PalomboMidfielder
20Joel ObiMidfielder
11Giampaolo PazziniStriker
10Diego ForlánStriker
22Samir UjkaniGoalkeeper
3Giuseppe GemitiDefender
4Andrea LisuzzoDefender
-Pablo Hernan DellafioreDefender
2Santiago GarcíaDefender
-Matteo CenturioniDefender
10Marco RigoniMidfielder
-Filippo PorcariMidfielder
8Ivan RadovanovicMidfielder
-Andrea CaraccioloStriker
-Alberto Maria FontanaGoalkeeper
17Michel MorganellaDefender
-Massimo PaciDefender
77Leandro RinaudoDefender
34Gabriel SilvaDefender
22Simone PesceMidfielder
9Raffaele RubinoStriker
Players to Watch
Diego Milito
Diego Milito
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 22
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

The Argentine striker leads the team in scoring with 12 goals and is enjoying a good run with six strikes in his last five games. The veteran will need to continue his hot streak in front of goal if Inter hope to snap their winless run.

Giuseppe Mascara
Giuseppe Mascara
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 46
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The new signing from Napoli scored his first league goal for the club in their 2-1 defeat by Chievo and will be looking to add to his tally at San Siro.

Inter will be looking to exact a measure of revenge after their shock loss to the Serie A new boys earlier in the season and they should be able to take care of business at San Siro on Sunday.

Editor's Prediction
Inter 3
Novara 0

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