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January 20, 2013 2:45 PM EST
Stadio Olimpico — Roma
Referee:‬ D. Orsato‎
Attendance:‬ 37000‎
 
22′ (PG) Francesco Totti
Rodrigo Palacio 45+1′

Serie A Preview: Roma - Inter

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

By Alec Fenn

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  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 heads into Sunday's clash in the knowledge it cannot afford any more slip-ups if it is to keep pace with Serie A leader Juventus.

Seven points separate fourth-placed Nerazzurri and the Bianconeri, while Roma lies just six adrift of Andrea Stramaccioni's side as it bids to cement its place in the top six.

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

The host 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 has endured an inconsistent start to 2013, losing to Udinese, beating Pescara and scraping past Bologna in the Coppa Italia.
  • Andrea Stramaccioni's side has 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 semifinal of the Coppa Italia in midweek.
  • Roma currently sits 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 is the top scorer in Serie A with 43 goals, but it has also conceded 34 times.


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Head to Head
Italy - Serie A ‎(SR-A)‎ 2014-03-01 Roma 0 - Inter 0
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Italy - Serie A ‎(SR-A)‎ 2013-10-05 Inter 0 - Roma 3
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Italy - Coppa Italia ‎(ITAC)‎ 2013-04-17 Inter 2 - Roma 3
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Italy - Coppa Italia ‎(ITAC)‎ 2013-01-23 Roma 2 - Inter 1
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Italy - Serie A ‎(SR-A)‎ 2013-01-20 Roma 1 - Inter 1
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Last Five Matches
Roma
2014-04-19Fiorentina 0 - Roma 1SR-A
2014-04-12Roma 3 - Atalanta 1SR-A
2014-04-06Cagliari 1 - Roma 3SR-A
2014-04-02Roma 4 - Parma 2SR-A
2014-03-30Sassuolo 0 - Roma 2SR-A
Inter
2014-04-19Parma 0 - Inter 2SR-A
2014-04-13Sampdoria 0 - Inter 4SR-A
2014-04-05Inter 2 - Bologna 2SR-A
2014-03-31Livorno 2 - Inter 2SR-A
2014-03-27Inter 0 - Udinese 0SR-A
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
-M. GoicoecheaGoalkeeper
15MarquinhosDefender
5Leandro CastánDefender
3Iván Rodrigo PirisDefender
42Federico BalzarettiDefender
4Michael BradleyMidfielder
16Daniele De RossiMidfielder
24Alessandro FlorenziMidfielder
11Erik LamelaMidfielder
17Pablo Daniel OsvaldoStriker
10Francesco TottiStriker
1Bogdan LobonţGoalkeeper
1Maarten StekelenburgGoalkeeper
3DodôDefender
-Nicolas BurdissoDefender
-MarquinhoMidfielder
11Rodrigo TaddeiMidfielder
15Miralem PjanicMidfielder
20Simone PerrottaMidfielder
-Panagiotis TachtsidisMidfielder
22Mattia DestroStriker
1Samir HandanoviçGoalkeeper
4Javier ZanettiDefender
23Andrea RanocchiaDefender
26Cristian ChivuDefender
11Á. PereiraDefender
5Juan JesusDefender
55Yuto NagatomoDefender
13Fredy GuarínMidfielder
5Walter GarganoMidfielder
8Rodrigo PalacioStriker
7Marko LivajaStriker
-Vid BelecGoalkeeper
-Raffaele Di GennaroGoalkeeper
26Matías SilvestreDefender
2JonathanDefender
16Gaby MudingayiMidfielder
77McDonald MarigaMidfielder
19Esteban CambiassoMidfielder
20Joel ObiMidfielder
24Marco BenassiMidfielder
41Joseph DuncanMidfielder
-Daniel BessaMidfielder
9Tommaso RocchiStriker
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Ciro Immobile Ciro Immobile
Striker
Torino
20 0
Luca Toni Luca Toni
Striker
Verona
18 2
Carlos Tévez Carlos Tévez
Striker
Juventus
18 1
Gonzalo Higuaín Gonzalo Higuaín
Striker
Napoli
17 5
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
Striker
Inter
15 0