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  • December 3, 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
  • Referee: A. Gervasoni
  • • Attendance: 56000
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Serie A Preview: Inter v Udinese

Serie A Preview: Inter v Udinese

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Claudio Ranieri’s men will be chasing a third straight Serie A victory, while the Bianconeri can temporarily clinch top spot with three points at San Siro


PROBABLE LINE-UPS
INTER

Julio Cesar
Zanetti, Samuel, Ranocchia, Nagatomo
 Cambiasso, Thiago Motta, Stankovic
Alvarez, Pazzini, Zarate

UDINESE

Handanovic
Benatia, Danilo, Domizzi
Basta, Isla, Pinzi,
Asamoah, Armero
Floro Flores
Di Natale

Inter are likely to be missing key duo Wesley Sneijder and Lucio, with both players nursing muscle strains, while Sulley Muntari and long-term absentee Emiliano Viviano will also sit this match out.

On the plus side for the Nerazzurri, defenders Maicon and Cristian Chivu could return to the squad along with summer signing Diego Forlan, and while none of the trio are expected to start, they could well feature from the bench.

Francesco Guidolin should have a full squad at his disposal for Saturday's encounter, with the only expected change from last week's victory over Roma being the re-introduction of Antonio Floro Flores to the starting line up at the expense of Almen Abdi.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Inter have scored only one less goal than Udinese this season yet are positioned 12 places below the Bianconeri in the table.
  • Inter have lost more than twice the amount of goals Udinese have so far in Serie A.
  • If Inter emerge victorious on Saturday, they will temporarily climb into the top half of the table for the first time this campaign.
  • Udinese have the best defensive record in Serie A, with the Bianconeri conceding only six goals this season.
  • If Udinese win on Saturday night they will have won more games in Serie A than any other side this season.
  • The Bianconeri have won only one game away from home in 2011-12.

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Odds
Team News
Available Squads
1Julio CésarGoalkeeper
4Javier ZanettiDefender
23Andrea RanocchiaDefender
-Walter SamuelDefender
26Cristian ChivuDefender
8Thiago MottaMidfielder
-Ricardo ÁlvarezMidfielder
5Esteban CambiassoMidfielder
6Marco FaraoniDefender
11Giampaolo PazziniStriker
22Diego MilitoStriker
-Luca CastellazziGoalkeeper
-Iván Ramiro CórdobaDefender
55Yuto NagatomoDefender
10Dejan StankovicMidfielder
16Andrea PoliMidfielder
10M. ZárateStriker
-Luc CastaignosStriker
1Samir HandanoviçGoalkeeper
5DaniloDefender
-Dušan BastaDefender
4Mehdi BenatiaDefender
27Pablo ArmeroDefender
-Damiano FerronettiDefender
33Mauricio IslaDefender
22Kwadwo AsamoahMidfielder
-Gabriel TorjeMidfielder
66Giampiero PinziMidfielder
10Antonio Di NataleStriker
30Daniele PadelliGoalkeeper
26Giovanni PasqualeDefender
26L. EkstrandDefender
7BaduMidfielder
-Thierry DoubaiMidfielder
-Diego FabbriniStriker
83Antonio Floro FloresStriker
Players to Watch
Ricardo Álvarez
Ricardo Álvarez
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The young Argentine has been in great form for the Nerazzurri in the past few weeks, after making a slow start to the season. The former Velez Sarsfield playmaker assisted Philippe Coutinho's winner against Cagliari a fortnight ago, before scoring his first goal for the club in the Champions League clash with Trabzonspor. After another decent outing in last week's victory over Siena, he will be raring to go on Saturday evening.
Antonio Di Natale
Antonio Di Natale
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
2 2 0 0
The captain is the heart and soul of the Bianconeri, and yet again is the club's highest scorer this term with nine goals in 11 league appearances. With an oppurtunity to fire his side to the summit of Serie A, the former Empoli forward will be gunning for the Nerazzurri.
Prediction
Inter have started to find form in the past few weeks, recording succesive league victories for the first time this campaign, and with the Bianconeri's poor away form this season, a slender victory for the hosts could be on the cards on Saturday night.
Editor's Prediction
Inter 2

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