Kick-Off: Sunday, May 16, 15:00 CET.
Stadio Artemio Franchi, Siena.
Stadio Artemio Franchi, Siena.
Goodbye Serie A
Siena have already been relegated from Serie A and except pride have nothing to play for on the final day of the season. The side from Tuscany are currently second from bottom with 31 points from 37 matches.
At one point Siena looked doomed and set to finish rock bottom but in the second half of the 2009-2010 campaign they made a late surge towards salvation. However, the Robur eventually failed in their bid to survive in the Italian top flight.
Nevertheless, Siena will be looking to finish the season with a flourish and at least get a point against Italian giants Inter at home on Sunday afternoon.
Fifth Successive Scudetti
A win for Inter on Sunday afternoon will hand them their fifth successive Scudetti. At the moment the Nerazzurri are in pole position in Serie A with 79 points from 37 matches, two points clear of second-placed Roma.
A win for Jose Mourinho's side will also mean that they would have completed the domestic double. Inter defeated Roma 1-0 in the Coppa Italia final and a victory over Siena away from home will secure them a domestic league and Cup double.
Next weekend Inter travel to Madrid to take on Bayern Munich in the Champions League final and will be keen to accomplish a historic treble. However, Inter are likely to be without star midfielder Wesley Sneijder for the game against Siena and even if the Dutch international playmaker does make the squad, the recently injured former Real Madrid medio will start on the bench.
May 9 v Fiorentina (A) - DREW 1-1 (Serie A)
May 2 v Palermo (H) - LOST 2-1 (Serie A)
April 25 v Udinese (A) - LOST 4-1 (Serie A)
April 18 v Catania (A) - DREW 2-2 (Serie A)
April 11 v Bari (H) - WON 3-2 (Serie A)
May 9 v Chievo (H) - WON 4-3 (Serie A)
May 5 v Roma (N) - WON 1-0 (Coppa Italia)
May 2 v Lazio (A) - WON 2-0 (Serie A)
April 28 v Barcelona (A) - LOST 1-0 (Champions League)
April 24 v Atalanta (H) - WON 3-1 (Serie A)
Parravicini and Pegolo are out while Codrea, Tziolis, Maccarone and Ekdal are struggling for fitness.
Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1): Curci, Rosi, Cribari, Malago, Del Grosso; Vergassola, Ekdal; Jajalo, Ghezzal, Maccarone; Calaio
Santon and Cordoba are out. Sneijder, Muntari, Thiago Motta, Samuel, Arnautovic, Materazzi, Balotelli and Cambiasso are reportedly struggling with injuries.
Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1): Julio Cesar, Maicon, Materazzi, Samuel, Zanetti; Cambiasso, Motta; Eto'o, Stankovic, Balotelli; Milito
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Massimo Maccarone (Siena)
Maccarone has done all he could to help Siena survive the battle against relegation from Serie A but he has failed. However, the former Middlesbrough striker will be looking to end the season on a winning note and will be keen to score against Inter on the final day of the 2009-2010 season.
Diego Milito (Inter)
The Argentine international striker scored against Roma in the Coppa Italia final and displayed a fine performance against Chievo last weekend, scoring his side's third goal. Milito, placed 150th in the Castrol Rankings, has been sensational for Inter this campaign in all competitions and he will confident of scoring yet again in the league.
Siena might be relegated but they do have some amazing players upfront. However, Inter have a strong defensive unit and although Sneijder might not start, the Nerazzurri should be confident of bagging all three points on Sunday afternoon and of winning the Scudetto.
Siena 1-3 Inter
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