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  • November 27, 2011
  • • 14:00
  • • Stadio Comunale Artemio Franchi - Montepaschi Arena, Siena
  • Referee: A. De Marco
  • • Attendance: 11000
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Serie A Preview: Siena v Inter

Serie A Preview: Siena v Inter

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Claudio Ranieri's stuttering visitors will be aiming for back-to-back wins for the first time this campaign by securing victory against the Bianconeri


PROBABLE LINEUPS

SIENA


Brkic
Vitiello, Rossettini, Terzi, Del Grosso
Mannini, Gazzi, D'Agostino, Brienza
Larrondo, Destro


INTER

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

Giuseppe Sannino's side will face Inter without top scorer Emanuele Calaio, who is missing with a calf problem but could return for next week's clash with Bologna.

The home side will also be without midfielders Simone Vergassola and Paolo Grossi, both of whom are not expected to return to action until mid-December. The pair are suffering from muscle tears.

The visitors, meanwhile, are set to be without Wesley Sneijder, who is still suffering from the thigh problem that forced him to pull out of the win over Cagliari.

Coach Claudio Ranieri will also be without key South American trio Lucio, Maicon and Diego Forlan. Lucio has an adductor muscle strain, while the latter pair are suffering from hamstring and thigh injuries, respectively. Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari will also miss out with a knee problem.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Siena have conceded fewer goals this season than traditional giants AC Milan, Roma and Inter.
  • Giuseppe Sannino's men have only lost once at home this season.
  • Draws are the most frequent outcome of the Bianconeri's fixtures this season, as they have shared the spoils in five of their 11 matches.
  • Inter have won only three of the 10 games they have played in Serie A this season.
  • Only four teams in the division have conceded more goals than Claudio Ranieri's side so far.
  • On average, the Nerazzuri are conceding 1.7 goals a game in Serie A in the current campaign.

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Available Squads
1Julio CésarGoalkeeper
4Javier ZanettiDefender
23Andrea RanocchiaDefender
-Walter SamuelDefender
55Yuto NagatomoDefender
10Dejan StankovicMidfielder
8Thiago MottaMidfielder
11Ricardo ÁlvarezMidfielder
5Esteban CambiassoMidfielder
11Giampaolo PazziniStriker
10M. ZárateStriker
-Luca CastellazziGoalkeeper
-Iván Ramiro CórdobaDefender
3Luca CaldirolaDefender
16Andrea PoliMidfielder
20J. ObiMidfielder
22Diego MilitoStriker
-Luc CastaignosStriker
Players to Watch
Gaetano D'Agostino
Gaetano D'Agostino
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The influential midfielder has been in good form for the Bianconeri this season since joining the club in the summer. The former Udinese star has already netted two goals, including a well-taken penalty in last week's 2-2 draw with Atalanta. The playmaker's solid form has not gone unnoticed, with talk of an international recall surfacing and another good performance againt the current world champions would do his chances no harm.
Coutinho
Coutinho
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Brazilian youngster put in an impressive performance in last week's victory over Cagliari, scoring his side's second goal and looking dangerous with every touch of the ball. The former Vasco Da Gama playmaker featured from the bench in midweek but is expected to start against Siena, and will be hoping he can again prove that he can challenge Wesley Sneijder for his place in the side upon the Dutchman's return to fitness.
Prediction
After the morale-boosting victory over Cagliari last weekend, the visitors will go into this game with more confidence. With an opportunity to secure back-to-back victories for the first time this season, Inter should emerge triumphant.
Editor's Prediction
Siena 1
Inter 2

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