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November 21, 2010 2:00 PM GMT
Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi — Verona
Referee:‬ G. Rocchi‎
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Serie A Preview: Chievo - Inter

The Italian champions are in wretched form at the moment which will encourage the Flying Donkeys..

By Subhankar Mondal

Bostjan Cesar - Chievo-Cesena - Serie A (Getty Images)
Mid-Table Security

Chievo’s start to the 2010-11 campaign has been brilliant, as instead of fighting against the drop they are sailing in mid-table. The Flying Donkeys are currently stationed in 11th position in the table with 16 points from 12 matches and are five points ahead of the bottom three.

Last weekend Stefano Pioli’s side registered yet another important result as they held Sampdoria to a goalless draw in Genoa. Chievo have a somewhat consistent record of four wins, four defeats and four draws in 12 league fixtures.

At the Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi in Verona too, Chievo have a consistent record, having won two, lost two and drawn two matches in Serie A. However, winning against Inter on Sunday will not be very easy especially as the Nerazzurri are wounded animals after last weekend’s derby win.

Getting Out Of ‘Crisis’


To term Inter’s current malevolent form as ‘crisis’ would perhaps be overstating their wretched run of results, but the Italian and European champions have been severely struggling for quite some time. Last weekend’s defeat to Milan in the Derby della Madonnina pushed the Beneamata to six points off the pace with 20 points from 12 matches.

Club supremo Massimo Moratti has publicly backed coach Rafael Benitez and insists that he has no plans of sacking the Spaniard. However, pressure is increasing on the former Liverpool manager, whose tactics and ability to manage his players have come under scrutiny.

Injuries to key players especially to defenders Walter Samuel and Maicon have had an adverse impact on their game but that can be no excuse for Benitez. Inter have won just one of their last six competitive matches but they will need to garner a win on Sunday to keep themselves in the title race.


TEAM NEWS

Chievo

Luciano is out for the Flying Donkeys, who are likely to opt for a 4-3-1-2 system that will have Thereau alongside Pellissier in attack and Bogliacino as the creative midfielder just behind them.

Inter

Coutinho, Chivu, Mariga, Milito, Muntari, Maicon, Thiago Motta, Obi and Samuel all are out of the trip to Verona. Benitez is likely to deploy a 4-3-1-2 formation that will have Sneijder in the creative midfielder’s role and Eto’o and Pandev as the two forwards. Cordoba will start at right-back again and Santon will occupy the left-back position.


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Last Five Matches
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
1Stefano SorrentinoGoalkeeper
21Nicolas Sebastien FreyDefender
6Marco AndreolliDefender
12Bostjan CesarDefender
22Andrea MantovaniDefender
4Gelson FernandesMidfielder
27Luca RigoniMidfielder
-Michele MarcoliniMidfielder
21Kevin Constant Midfielder
31Sergio PellissierStriker
77Cyril ThereauStriker
18Lorenzo SquizziGoalkeeper
-Davide MandelliDefender
17Gennaro SardoDefender
-P. GranocheStriker
5Roberto GuanaMidfielder
10Davide MoscardelliStriker
-Mariano BogliacinoMidfielder
12Luca CastellazziGoalkeeper
3Davide SantonDefender
-Iván Ramiro CórdobaDefender
33LúcioDefender
4Javier ZanettiDefender
10Dejan StankovicMidfielder
19Esteban CambiassoMidfielder
7Jonathan BiabianyStriker
10Wesley SneijderMidfielder
19Goran PandevStriker
29Samuel Eto'oStriker
-Paolo OrlandoniGoalkeeper
-Felice NatalinoDefender
23Marco MaterazziDefender
2Nelson RivasDefender
-Nwankwo ObiorahMidfielder
-Denis AlibecStriker
-ManciniMidfielder
Players to Watch
Sergio Pellissier
Sergio Pellissier
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 31
Games Goals YC RC
21 1 3 1
Pellissier is Chievo’s talisman and has performed admirably so far this season despite his injury problems. Pellissier will aspire to step up his game against Italy’s strongest side and carve out a memorable victory for Ceo.
Wesley Sneijder
Wesley Sneijder
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Sneijder will have to step up his game and return to form for Inter. The Dutch international playmaker has looked beside himself and his lack of invention and creativity from the midfield has adversely affected Inter’s scoring record. Against Chievo on Sunday Sneidjer will have to redeem himself and take the initiative.
Probable Lineups
Stefano Sorrentino 1
Nicolas Sebastien Frey 21
Marco Andreolli 6
Bostjan Cesar 12
Andrea Mantovani 22
Gelson Fernandes 4
Luca Rigoni 27
Michele Marcolini 0
Kevin Constant 21
Sergio Pellissier 31
Cyril Thereau 77
Luca Castellazzi 12
Davide Santon 3
Iván Ramiro Córdoba 0
Lúcio 33
Javier Zanetti 4
Dejan Stankovic 10
Esteban Cambiasso 19
Jonathan Biabiany 7
Wesley Sneijder 10
Goran Pandev 19
Samuel Eto'o 29
Prediction

Inter are in wretched form under Benitez while Chievo are doing quite well in respect to their aspirations. The Flying Donkeys will make it very tough for the Italian champions in Verona and one suspects that the match could end in a draw.
Editor's Prediction
Chievo 1
Inter 1
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