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Serie A

  • December 2, 2012
  • • 14:00
  • • Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
  • Referee: M. Bergonzi
  • • Attendance: 41000

Inter - Palermo Preview: Nerazzurri aiming to keep pace with Serie A leaders

Inter - Palermo Preview: Nerazzurri aiming to keep pace with Serie A leaders


Gian Piero Gasperini takes on his former employers for the first time since his sacking last September, and he will be hoping to heap more misery on Andrea Stramaccioni's side



Ranocchia, Samuel, Jesus
Zanetti, Gargano, Cambiasso, Nagatomo
Milito, Palacio
Munoz, Milanovic, Garcia
Morganella, Barreto, Kurtic, Giorgi
Brienza, Dybala, Ilicic

Inter head coach Andrea Stramaccioni will be looking to bounce back from their recent run of poor form and maintain their pursuit of landing a first Serie A title since 2010.

However, the Nerazzurri will have to make do without the suspended Antonio Cassano, while Gaby Mudingayi, Joel Obi, Christian Chivu and Dejan Stankovic all remain sidelined.

The 36-year-old may also look to recall Walter Gargano to the starting XI following Freddy Guarin's poor performance in the 1-0 defeat to Parma last week.

Opposite number Gian Piero Gasperini will take on Inter for the first time since he was removed from his position as head coach last September.

The Palermo boss also has his fair share of problems heading into the encounter, with Nicolas Bertolo, Andrea Mantovani, Steve von Bergen and Abel Hernandez all ruled out through injury.

The Rosanero will also have to make do without the services of suspended duo Massimo Donati and captain and top scorer Fabrizio Miccoli.

  • Inter have not succumbed to defeat in their last nine home games against Palermo in all competitions.

  • Top scorer Diego Milito (pictured, right) has not found the back of the net since hitting a brace during the 3-1 win over Juventus last month.

  • The Nerazzurri have scored at least two goals in eight of their last 10 home games in Serie A.
  • Palermo have not registered an away win in their last 11 Serie A attempts.
  • The Rosanero have also failed to score in seven of their last nine domestic encounters against Inter.

  • Without the goals and assists of the suspended Fabrizio Miccoli, Palermo would be bottom of the league with 10 points.



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Available Squads
1Samir HandanoviçGoalkeeper
4Javier ZanettiDefender
23Andrea RanocchiaDefender
-Walter SamuelDefender
11Á. PereiraDefender
5Juan JesusDefender
5Esteban CambiassoMidfielder
23Walter GarganoMidfielder
8Rodrigo PalacioStriker
22Diego MilitoStriker
-Luca CastellazziGoalkeeper
-Vid BelecGoalkeeper
-Matías SilvestreDefender
33Ibrahima MbayeDefender
55Yuto NagatomoDefender
13Fredy GuarínMidfielder
17McDonald MarigaMidfielder
-Marco BenassiMidfielder
-Joseph DuncanMidfielder
-Andrea RomanòMidfielder
-Marko LivajaStriker
22Samir UjkaniGoalkeeper
6Ezequiel MuñozDefender
25Steve von BergenDefender
2S. GarcíaDefender
3Eros PisanoDefender
17Michel MorganellaDefender
8Edgar BarretoMidfielder
72Josip IličičMidfielder
28Jasmin KurtićMidfielder
9Paulo DybalaStriker
21Franco BrienzaStriker
22Giacomo BrichettoGoalkeeper
99Francesco BenussiGoalkeeper
-Mauro CettoDefender
5Milan MilanovicDefender
-Carlos LabrínDefender
6Edoardo GoldanigaDefender
16Eran ZahaviMidfielder
17Luigi GiorgiMidfielder
20E. ArévaloMidfielder
50Giulio SanseverinoMidfielder
19Igor BudanStriker
Players to Watch
Diego Milito
Diego Milito
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 22
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Argentine may not have netted in three Serie A encounters, but he will need to be on top form if Inter are to return to winning ways.
Paulo Dybala
Paulo Dybala
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
3 1 0 0
The absences of Abel Hernandez and Fabrizio Miccoli through injury and suspension mean 19-year-old Dybala will be expected to lead the frontline at San Siro. He has two goals to his name, despite largely appearing as a substitute this season.
With Fabrizio Miccoli suspended, it will not be a happy return to San Siro for Gian Piero Gasperini. Inter may have only picked up one point in nine, but they are likely to return to winning ways against a Palermo side that remain relegation candidates.
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