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  • February 3, 2013
  • • 14:00
  • • Stadio Comunale Artemio Franchi - Montepaschi Arena, Siena
  • Referee: D. Doveri
  • • Attendance: 9000
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Siena-Inter Preview: Nerazzurri cannot afford to drop more points against bottom-placed Robur

Siena-Inter Preview: Nerazzurri cannot afford to drop more points against bottom-placed Robur

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Sunday's visitors were beaten 2-0 in the reverse fixture earlier this season, and will be keen to get their revenge against a team which has lost seven of their last eight games

  PROBABLE LINEUPS
SIENA
AC Milan
Pegolo
Terlizzi, Paci, Felipe
Angelo, Vergassola, Della Rocca, Rubin
Rossina, Reginaldo
Bogdani
INTER
Roma
Handanovic
Ranocchia, Juan Jesus, Chivu
Schelotto, Gargano, Cambiasso, Nagatomo
Guarin
Cassano, Palacio


Siena have few injury worries to contend with, as striker Nicola Pozzi (muscle strain) is the only player out of action for this weekend's clash at the Artemio Franchi.

Bianconeri centre-back Neto looks set to move to Zenit St Petersburg, so new signing Christian Terlizzi is likely to be preferred in defence. Head coach Giuseppe Iachini will be without midfielder Francesco Valiani due to suspension.

Inter boss Andrea Stramaccioni has a far lengthier injury list, however, and is without Luca Castellazzi (shoulder), Walter Samuel (Achilles), Dejan Stankovic and Gaby Mundingayi (Achilles).

New signing Ezequiel Schelotto should be fit enough to slot straight into first-team action at right midfield. Antonio Cassano will be paired with Rodrigo Palacio up front for the Nerazzurri, with top goalscorer this season Diego Milito (knee) still not fully fit to start.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Inter have only won one of their last seven matches in all competitions. The last time Stramaccioni's men won away from home in the league was November 3, at Juventus Stadium.

  • Antonio Cassano (pictured, right) has seven assists in Serie A this campaign, leaving him fourth overall behind Marek Hamsik, Francesco Totti and Borja Valero.

  • The Nerazzurri are currently top of the fair play table, with 45 yellows and two red cards in their 22 games to date. They topped last year's table, too.
  • Siena won the last clash 2-0 against the Milan-based side at San Siro - Simone Vergassolo and Valiani were the goalscorers in that unexpected triumph.

  • Iachini's team have won just the one game in their last five matches, which came against Sampdoria; their other eight Serie A games ended in defeat.

  • Inter sit fourth in the division on 40 points, while the Bianconeri are rooted to the bottom of the league with just 14 points.

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Available Squads
79Gianluca PegoloGoalkeeper
-Mariano de Almeida AngeloDefender
17Nicola BelmonteDefender
19FelipeDefender
-Massimo PaciDefender
-Matteo RubinDefender
8Simone VergassolaMidfielder
7Francesco Della RoccaMidfielder
-Alessio SestuMidfielder
20Innocent EmegharaStriker
-Alessandro RosinaMidfielder
12Simone FarelliGoalkeeper
3Bruno UviniDefender
-Christian TerlizziDefender
-Jorge TeixeiraDefender
7Francesco ValianiMidfielder
-Valerio VerreMidfielder
15Francesco BolzoniMidfielder
-Daniele ManniniMidfielder
-Michele PaolucciStriker
-Erjon BogdaniStriker
23ReginaldoStriker
17Salvador AgraStriker
1Samir HandanoviçGoalkeeper
4Javier ZanettiDefender
13Andrea RanocchiaDefender
26Cristian ChivuDefender
5Juan JesusDefender
55Yuto NagatomoDefender
13Fredy GuarínMidfielder
-Ezequiel SchelottoMidfielder
17Zdravko KuzmanovicMidfielder
8Rodrigo PalacioStriker
99Antonio CassanoStriker
27Vid BelecGoalkeeper
-Raffaele Di GennaroGoalkeeper
-Matías SilvestreDefender
11Á. PereiraDefender
2JonathanDefender
11Ricardo ÁlvarezMidfielder
5Walter GarganoMidfielder
-Marco BenassiMidfielder
10Mateo KovačićMidfielder
9Tommaso RocchiStriker
Players to Watch
Simone Vergassola
Simone Vergassola
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 8
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Bianconeri captain scored the first of the two goals which downed Inter at the Giuseppe Meazza earlier this season. On home turf he will need to put in a fine performance in the heart of midfield to prevent Stramaccioni's men condemning Siena to their eighth defeat in nine Serie A clashes.
Ezequiel Schelotto
Ezequiel Schelotto
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
16 4 2 0
Expected to start on the right of a four-man midfield, the former Atalanta star will be keen to prove he was a good purchase on his debut in an Inter shirt. In truth he could not have plumped for a more ripe opposition for the picking, considering Siena's woeful recent record.
Prediction
Inter have not been in good form and have struggled to turn draws into wins. However, against the team which are rooted to the foot of Serie A, the Nerazzurri should have a fair amount of joy, especially with the attackers at their disposal and potentially new signings out to make an impression.
Editor's Prediction
Siena 0
Inter 3

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