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  • January 27, 2013
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Inter-Torino Preview: Nerazzurri target return to form against improving Granata

Inter-Torino Preview: Nerazzurri target return to form against improving Granata

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Sunday's visitors have not lost in the league in five games but Andrea Stramaccioni's men will be eager to put that run to an end as they try to gain ground in Serie A

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

INTER

Handanovic
Ranocchia, Chivu, Juan Jesus,
Nagatomo, Zanetti, Gargano, Pereira
Guarin,
Palacio, Cassano
TORINO

Gillet
D'Ambrosio, Glik, Rodgriguez, Masiello
Cerci, Brighi, Gazzi, Santana
Barreto, Bianchi


Inter will be without defender Walter Samuel but striker Antonio Cassano could return up front to partner Rodrigo Palacio for the visit of 11th-placed Torino.

Philippe Coutinho, who is rumoured to be on the verge of a move away from San Siro, will not feature, along with Diego Milito and Dejan Stankovic, but Ricky Alvarez is named in the squad.

Torino boss Giampiero Ventura meanwhile is only missing defender Angelo Ogbonna, with Kamil Glik and Guillermo Rodriguez slotting in at centre back and Rolando Bianchi back up front.

Alessio Cerci suffered a minor injury in midweek, but looks set to feature on the wing.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Inter have won eight out of the last nine games against Torino in all competitions.
  • Andrea Stramaccioni's side have conceded more goals at home than any other side in the top six in Serie A.
  • The Nerazzurri have picked up just five points from their last five league games.
  • Torino have not lost since December 9, when they went down 4-2 against Milan.
  • Since then, they have picked up 11 points from a possible 15 to move them into 11th spot in Serie A.
  • Giampiero Ventura (pictured, right) has seen his side lose away from home on just two occasions in Serie A this season - with Torino drawing seven and winning the other two on the road.

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Available Squads
1Samir HandanoviçGoalkeeper
4Javier ZanettiDefender
23Andrea RanocchiaDefender
26Cristian ChivuDefender
5Juan JesusDefender
55Yuto NagatomoDefender
13Fredy GuarínMidfielder
-Gaby MudingayiMidfielder
5Walter GarganoMidfielder
8Rodrigo PalacioStriker
99Antonio CassanoStriker
27Vid BelecGoalkeeper
-Raffaele Di GennaroGoalkeeper
6Matías SilvestreDefender
11Á. PereiraDefender
2JonathanDefender
11Ricardo ÁlvarezMidfielder
-McDonald MarigaMidfielder
5Esteban CambiassoMidfielder
-Marco BenassiMidfielder
-Daniel BessaMidfielder
9Tommaso RocchiStriker
-Marko LivajaStriker
1Jean-François GilletGoalkeeper
-Guillermo RodriguezDefender
-Danilo D'AmbrosioDefender
17Salvatore MasielloDefender
25Kamil GlikDefender
17Mario SantanaMidfielder
11Alessio CerciMidfielder
14Alessandro GazziMidfielder
-Matteo BrighiMidfielder
10Paulo Vitor BarretoStriker
-Riccardo MeggioriniStriker
-Lys GomisGoalkeeper
-Valerio Di CesareDefender
33Pablo CáceresDefender
36Matteo DarmianDefender
4Migjen BashaMidfielder
-Sergio SuciuMidfielder
8Marko BakićMidfielder
20Giuseppe VivesMidfielder
9Valter BirsaMidfielder
9Rolando BianchiStriker
Players to Watch
Rodrigo Palacio
Rodrigo Palacio
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 8
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
With Inter struggling for attacking options, the Nerazzurri's faithful will be looking to Argentine Rodrigo Palacio to take on the side's attacking burden. With just 16 goals at the San Siro in Serie A this season, Andrea Stramaccioni's side are in need of a goal threat, and Palacio will have to be on form if Inter are to secure points from the fixture.
Rolando Bianchi
Rolando Bianchi
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Italian striker is Torino's leading scorer this season but time on the ball - and chances - are likely to be in fairly short supply at San Siro. Inter defender Walter Samuel is out, and Rolando Bianchi could profit and add to his season's tally, particularly given that he should be fresh after returning from suspension.
Prediction
Andrea Stramaccioni's side have endured a rocky patch of form lately, and with a Torino outfit who are in the midst of a fine run - with three wins out of their last four games - this match-up could yet provide one or two surprises. Inter, on the other hand, have won just one in their last four and will be hoping Rodrigo Palacio and Fredy Guarin are on form, with Diego Milito out and Antonio Cassano a doubt.

The loss of Walter Samuel at the back for Inter provides a further boost for Torino, who are likely to be missing only Angelo Ogbonna at the back. And with the return of Rolando Bianchi up front after his suspension, Torino - with seven draws away from home already this season - could secure an eight if they can keep Inter at bay.
Editor's Prediction
Inter 1
Torino 1

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