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  • September 2, 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
  • Referee: M. Bergonzi
  • • Attendance: 45000
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Inter - Roma Preview: The Nerazzurri look for their first home win of the season against Zeman's side

Inter - Roma Preview: The Nerazzurri look for their first home win of the season against Zeman's side

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The San Siro club will be hoping their supporters can roar them to victory against the Giallorossi in what is sure to be a hotly-contested clash

  PROBABLE LINE-UPS

Inter

Castellazzi
Zanetti, Silvestre, Ranocchia, Nagatomo
Guarin, Gargano, Cambiasso
Palacio, Sneijder
Milito
Roma
Roma
Stekelenburg
Piris, Burdisso, Castan, Balzaretti
Marquinho, De Rossi, Pjanic
Lamela, Destro, Totti


Inter will look to follow on from their 3-0 away win at Pescara last Sunday by naming a near unchanged side for the match with Roma.

The only change Andrea Stramaccioni may consider making is bringing in Rodrigo Palacio for Antonio Cassano, after the Italian international exerted himself in the Nerazzurri's Europa League tie against Vasuli on Thursday.

The Milanese giants are still without Samir Handanovic, Dejan Stankovic, Ricky Alvarez and Gabi Mudingayi, but can rely on the talents of Luca Castellazzi in goal, Walter Gargano and Freddy Guarin in midfield and Wesley Sneijder in the hole behind the strikers.

Meanwhile, Roma are sweating on the fitness of Michael Bradley, and could bring in Brazilian midfielder Marquinho for his first start.

Zdenek Zeman may make one more, unforced, change and bring in Mattia Destro for Pablo Osvaldo. The young forward's tireless attitude could be the catalyst for Erik Lamela and Francesco Totti to make their mark on the contest.

Other than that, it should be the same XI that drew 2-2 with Catania last Sunday, as the Czech coach looks for his first win as new Giallorossi boss.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Inter lead by 69 wins to 44 against Roma in Serie A, with the two teams drawing 45 times.
  • The Nerazzurri have won more games against the capital club than any other league opponent.
  • Under Andrea Stramaccioni, the San Siro club have only failed to score once, and they average 2.3 goals per game.
  • Roma have scored 199 goals and conceded 260 against Inter -  higher tallies than against any other Serie A team .
  • The Giallorossi have not won away at San Siro in five attempts.
  • Francesco Totti completed the joint-most dribbles in Italy's top flight last weekend with six.

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Available Squads
-Luca CastellazziGoalkeeper
4Javier ZanettiDefender
-Matías SilvestreDefender
23Andrea RanocchiaDefender
55Yuto NagatomoDefender
11Á. PereiraDefender
10Wesley SneijderMidfielder
13Fredy GuarínMidfielder
23Walter GarganoMidfielder
22Diego MilitoStriker
99Antonio CassanoStriker
-Vid BelecGoalkeeper
-Matteo CincillaGoalkeeper
-Walter SamuelDefender
5Juan JesusDefender
2JonathanDefender
10CoutinhoMidfielder
5Esteban CambiassoMidfielder
-Joseph DuncanMidfielder
8Rodrigo PalacioStriker
-Marko LivajaStriker
1Maarten StekelenburgGoalkeeper
5Leandro CastánDefender
3Iván Rodrigo PirisDefender
-Nicolas BurdissoDefender
42Federico BalzarettiDefender
16Daniele De RossiMidfielder
24Alessandro FlorenziMidfielder
77Panagiotis TachtsidisMidfielder
18Pablo Daniel OsvaldoStriker
10Francesco TottiStriker
22Mattia DestroStriker
1Bogdan LobonţGoalkeeper
55Tomas ŠvedkauskasGoalkeeper
15MarquinhosDefender
-Alessio RomagnoliDefender
-MarquinhoMidfielder
10Rodrigo TaddeiMidfielder
15Miralem PjanicMidfielder
11Erik LamelaStriker
-N. LópezStriker
-Gadji TalloStriker
Players to Watch
Diego Milito
Diego Milito
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 22
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
What more is there to say about this man? The Argentina international is only behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo with goals in 2012, and if Inter are to do well in this game, he will have to show the same striking instincts he's shown all year.
Erik Lamela
Erik Lamela
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
This could be a make-or-break season for the youngster. He showed flashes of his brilliance last year, but if he's to prove he is more than potentially a world class player, then it's games against the likes of Inter where he has to step up to the plate.
Prediction
Expect goals in this clash between two sides who are not known for their tight defences. With Diego Milito on red-hot form and Mattia Destro out to prove a point, I can see both forwards bagging a couple of goals as they exploit the weak links of Nicolas Burdisso and Andrea Ranocchia.
Editor's Prediction
Inter 2
Roma 2

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