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  • September 11, 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Renzo Barbera, Palermo
  • Referee: C. Brighi
  • • Attendance: 36000
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Serie A Preview: Palermo - Inter

Serie A Preview: Palermo - Inter

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Gian Piero Gasperini will be looking to open up his reign as Inter coach with a win at the Renzo Barbera on Sunday night, and should have enough to secure the start he wants


PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Palermo (4-4-2): Tzorvas; Pisano, Silvestre, Cetto, Balzaretti; Alvarez, Barreto, Migliaccio, Ilicic; Hernandez, Micoli


Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini sacked coach Stefano Pioli and his entire staff before the season even kicked off. Star players Javier Pastore, Salvatore Sirigu, Cesare Bovo and Mattia Cassani all left the club in the summer. Adam Simon and Luca Di Matteo will miss the clash due to injury.

Inter (3-4-3): Julio Cesar; Ranocchia, Samuel, Lucio; Nagatomo, Cambiasso, Sneijder, Zanetti; Forlan, Milito, Zarate



The Gian Piero Gasperini era will begin at Inter on Sunday with the 53-year-old unable to call on Maicon, Thiago Motta, Emiliano Viviano, Ivan Cordoba and Cristian Chivu, who are all sidelined with various injuries. Diego Forlan and Mauro Zarate will likely make their Serie A debuts for the Nerazzurri on Sunday.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Palermo have beaten Inter only once in their last 22 Serie A meetings.
  • The Sicilians had the fewest draws in the league last year (5).
  • The Renzo Barbera club kept only six clean sheets last season.
  • Palermo finished the 2010-11 campaign winning four out of their last six games.
  • Inter scored a league-high 69 goals in Serie A last season.
  • The San Siro outfit have not lost to Palermo in their last 11 Serie A meetings.
  • The Nerazzurri beat Palermo to lift the Coppa Italia in May.
  • Inter averaged 1.82 goals a game last year.

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Available Squads
30Alexandros TzorvasGoalkeeper
3Eros PisanoDefender
-Matías SilvestreDefender
42Federico BalzarettiDefender
8Giulio MigliaccioMidfielder
-E. ÁlvarezMidfielder
8Edgar BarretoMidfielder
7Francesco Della RoccaMidfielder
72Josip IličičMidfielder
11Abel HernándezStriker
10Fabrizio MiccoliStriker
99Francesco BenussiGoalkeeper
22Andrea MantovaniDefender
-Mauro CettoDefender
23Nicolás BertoloMidfielder
16Eran ZahaviMidfielder
30Afriyie AcquahMidfielder
51Mauricio PinillaStriker
30Julio CésarGoalkeeper
33LúcioDefender
25Walter SamuelDefender
4Javier ZanettiDefender
2JonathanDefender
55Yuto NagatomoDefender
10Dejan StankovicManager/Coach
5Esteban CambiassoMidfielder
9Mauro ZárateStriker
22Diego MilitoStriker
10Diego ForlánStriker
-Paolo OrlandoniGoalkeeper
13Andrea RanocchiaDefender
10Wesley SneijderMidfielder
11Ricardo ÁlvarezMidfielder
20Joel ObiMidfielder
11Giampaolo PazziniStriker
-Luc CastaignosStriker
Players to Watch
Abel Hernández
Abel Hernández
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Uruguay forward will be counted on to provide the scoring punch up front as the hosts look to kick off the season in positive fashion against their illustrious opponents.
Wesley Sneijder
Wesley Sneijder
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Dutchman was linked all summer with a move to Manchester United but remained with the San Siro giants and will pull the strings in midfield in a new formation under the guidance of a new coach.
Prediction
The Renzo Barbera is never an easy place to pick up points but the hosts lost a plethora of players in the summer transfer window. Inter will do enough to pick up three points in Gasperini's coaching debut.
Editor's Prediction
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