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  • April 19, 2011
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Coppa Italia preview: Roma - Inter

Coppa Italia preview: Roma - Inter

Two old rivals will lock horns in the first-leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome

PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Roma: Doni; Cassetti, Burdisso, Juan, Riise; Pizarro, De Rossi; Taddei, Perrotta, Vucinic; Totti

Roma


Inter: Julio Cesar; Maicon, Ranocchia, Lucio, Nagatomo; Zanetti, Cambiasso, Stankovic; Sneijder; Milito, Pandev

Inter Milan


DID YOU KNOW?
 
  • Roma lost 1-0 to Inter in the Coppa Italia final last year at the Stadio Olimpico.
  • Francesco Totti has seven goals in the last five games.
  • Roma have been awarded the most penalties in Serie A this season (11).
  • The capital club have lost their last two matches at home.
  • Inter have lost four of their last five games in all competitions.
  • Samuel Eto'o hasn't scored in his last seven matches overall.
  • The Serie A titleholders have conceded 12 goals in their past five encounters.
  • Leonardo's side have lost their last three matches on the road in all competitions and have been outscored 7-1 during that span.

LAST MEETING


February 6, 2011: Inter 5-3 Roma


Samuel Eto’o netted a brace to guide Inter past Roma in an eight-goal thriller at San Siro. Wesley Sneijder opened the scoring in the early going before Fabio Simplicio levelled proceedings ten minutes later.

Inter then took control of the game with Eto’o scoring on either side of the half-time interval before Thiago Motta extended the lead to 4-1 over the ten-man visitors.

However Roma refused to wilt and mounted a comeback scoring two goals in six minutes to pull within a goal before Cambiasso sealed it for the champions late on.

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Last Five Matches
Odds
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Available Squads
32DoniGoalkeeper
3J. RiiseDefender
4JuanDefender
-Nicolas BurdissoDefender
-Marco CassettiDefender
9Mirko VučinićStriker
16Daniele De RossiMidfielder
20Simone PerrottaMidfielder
7David PizarroMidfielder
10Rodrigo TaddeiMidfielder
88Marco BorrielloStriker
1Bogdan LobonţGoalkeeper
-Paolo CastelliniDefender
-Simone LoriaDefender
-Fabio Henrique SimplicioMidfielder
-Matteo BrighiMidfielder
-Aleandro RosiMidfielder
-Jérémy MenezMidfielder
1Julio CésarGoalkeeper
55Yuto NagatomoDefender
23Andrea RanocchiaDefender
33LúcioDefender
13MaiconDefender
10Dejan StankovicMidfielder
5Esteban CambiassoMidfielder
4Javier ZanettiDefender
10Wesley SneijderMidfielder
22Diego MilitoStriker
27Goran PandevStriker
-Luca CastellazziGoalkeeper
23Marco MaterazziDefender
26Cristian ChivuDefender
20J. ObiMidfielder
17McDonald MarigaMidfielder
-Houssine KharjaMidfielder
11Giampaolo PazziniStriker
Players to Watch
Francesco Totti
Francesco Totti
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The club legend has been in sensational form recently finding the back of the net for fun in the last five games. The veteran will be eager to extend his goal streak to six matches and take a first-leg lead against Inter in the process.
Samuel Eto'o
Samuel Eto'o
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The goals have dried up for Samuel Eto’o and it’s no coincidence that Inter have gone into a downward spiral recently. The Coppa Italia is the only piece of silverware that is realistically available to be won and the Cameroon hitman must rediscover his scoring touch if Inter are to lift the Italian cup once again this season.
Prediction
Both teams are coming off disappointing losses and will likely miss out on their major objectives this season. Inter will look to defend their Coppa Italia crown but their back line has been porous and Roma will take advantage in a high scoring affair.

Editor's Prediction
Roma 3
Inter 2

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