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  • January 20, 2013
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Olimpico, Roma
  • Referee: D. Orsato
  • • Attendance: 37000
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Roma-Inter Preview: High stakes at Stadio Olimpico

Roma-Inter Preview: High stakes at Stadio Olimpico

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The pair go into the clash desperate for victory to serve their own respective interests, as the Giallorossi cling on to a top-six spot and Andrea Stramaccioni's men chase Juventus

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

ROMA

Juventus
Goicoechea
Piris, Marquinhos, Castan, Balzaretti
Pjanic, De Rossi, Florenzi
Lamela, Destro, Totti
INTER


 Handanovic
Ranocchia
, Chivu, Juan Jesus
Zanetti, Guarin, Gargano, C'biasso, Pereira
Rocchi, Palacio

Just a matter of weeks into 2013 and Inter head into Sunday's clash in the knowledge they cannot afford any more slip-ups if they are to keep pace with Serie A leaders Juventus.

Seven points separate fourth-placed Nerazzurri and the Bianconeri, while Roma lie just six adrift of Andrea Stramaccioni's side as they bid to cement their place in the top-six.

Both sides secured their place in the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia in midweek - the Giallorossi grinding out a 1-0 win over Fiorentina, while Inter needed extra time to see off Bologna - meaning they will also face one another three days later in the first leg.

The hosts will be without Pablo Osvaldo, Maarten Stekelenburg and Alessio Romagnoli through injury, while the visitors have a lengthy injury list to contend with, as Dejan Stankovic, Luca Castellazzi, Yuto Nagatomo, Ricky Alvarez, Walter Samuel, Antonio Cassano and Coutinho all miss out.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Inter have endured an inconsistent start to 2013, losing to Udinese, beating Pescara and scraping past Bologna in the Coppa Italia.
  • Andrea Stramaccioni's side have been hampered by an extensive injury list that sees seven first team players absent through injury - including Antonio Cassano (right).
  • Inter and Roma will face one another in the semi-final of the Coppa Italia in midweek.
  • Roma currently sit in sixth spot in Serie A, six points behind Inter but just a point in front of seventh-placed AC Milan.
  • Erik Lamela and Pablo Osvaldo are the club's two joint-top goalscorers, both having struck 10 times.
  • Zdenek Zeman's side are the top scorers in Serie A with 43 goals, but they have also conceded 34 times.

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Available Squads
-M. GoicoecheaGoalkeeper
15MarquinhosDefender
5Leandro CastánDefender
3Iván Rodrigo PirisDefender
42Federico BalzarettiDefender
4Michael BradleyMidfielder
16Daniele De RossiMidfielder
24Alessandro FlorenziMidfielder
11Erik LamelaStriker
18Pablo Daniel OsvaldoStriker
10Francesco TottiStriker
1Bogdan LobonţGoalkeeper
1Maarten StekelenburgGoalkeeper
-DodôDefender
-Nicolas BurdissoDefender
-MarquinhoMidfielder
-Rodrigo TaddeiMidfielder
15Miralem PjanicMidfielder
20Simone PerrottaMidfielder
77Panagiotis TachtsidisMidfielder
22Mattia DestroStriker
1Samir HandanoviçGoalkeeper
4Javier ZanettiDefender
23Andrea RanocchiaDefender
26Cristian ChivuDefender
11Á. PereiraDefender
5Juan JesusDefender
55Yuto NagatomoDefender
13Fredy GuarínMidfielder
23Walter GarganoMidfielder
8Rodrigo PalacioStriker
-Marko LivajaStriker
-Vid BelecGoalkeeper
-Raffaele Di GennaroGoalkeeper
-Matías SilvestreDefender
2JonathanDefender
-Gaby MudingayiMidfielder
-McDonald MarigaMidfielder
5Esteban CambiassoMidfielder
20J. ObiMidfielder
-Marco BenassiMidfielder
-Joseph DuncanMidfielder
-Daniel BessaMidfielder
9Tommaso RocchiStriker
Players to Watch
Francesco Totti
Francesco Totti
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 1 0
Who says you cannot teach an old dog - or a footballer of maturing years - new tricks? The 36-year-old Totti remains as much a driving force at the Olimpico as he has ever been and his experience could be key to unlocking the Inter defence on Sunday.
Javier Zanetti
Javier Zanetti
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 4
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
While the hosts will hope Francesco Totti turns back the clock and produces some of his timeless magic, Inter have a dependable veteran of their very own. The 39-year-old has been excellent of late, often operating in central midfield, and he will be relishing another battle in the middle of the park.
Prediction
Both sides love to score goals and with a draw no good to either team. Expect an entertaining affair and two very busy goalkeepers.
Editor's Prediction
Roma 2
Inter 2

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