Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(59) 39 Goals 26 (52)
(37) 22 Assists 28 (41)
(6.7) 7 Average Ratings 7 (6.7)
27.9 Average Age 30.7
182.3 Average Height (cm) 181
(0.9) 1.1 Shots pg 1.1 (1.1)
(45%) 47% Aerial Duel Success 51% (50%)
(0.7) 0.7 Dribbles pg 0.9 (1.1)
(1.8) 1.7 Tackles pg 1.5 (1.9)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Serie A.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Willians Out 6.27
Paulo Barreto Out 6.18
Giampiero Pinzi Out 6.92
Emmanuel Badu Out 6.55
Mehdi Benatia Out 7.46
Player Reason Status Rating
Ricardo Álvarez Out 6.9
Gaby Mudingayi Out 6.4
Philippe Coutinho Out 6.45
Luca Castellazzi Out 6.66
Yuto Nagatomo Out 6.68
Joel Obi Out 6.95
Dejan Stankovic Out 6.22
Andrea Ranocchia Out 7.45
Wesley Sneijder Out 7.29

Team News

  • Badu and Benatia will be unavailable as they have been called up for the African Cup of Nations.
  • Angella will replace the Moroccan defender, while the club just bought Merkel to add options to the midfield.
  • The former Milan player will probably go straight into the team against Internazionale.
  • Ranocchia is suspended, so Matias Silvestre may play in the three-man back line.
  • Guarin is likely to play between midfield and attack, leaving one of Palacio and Cassano out.
  • The latter is favoured to start alongside Milito.

Prediction

  • Udinese's comeback subsided a little due to two draws after two victories, but they are still in good form and they should be able to cover for the absentees that will be away on international duty.
  • Inter dropped points late in 2012 and let Lazio climb into second place, while Juventus built a gap at the top. Stramaccioni has to deal with the fact that Inter will have to struggle for a Champions League spot until the end, while a title challenge seems pretty distant.
  • Both sides will have at least five men in the midfield, which will make play-making pretty hard in the middle of the park. Therefore, whoever wins the battles on the flanks should be able to create the best goal-scoring chances. Inter may have to field a third forward to get good attacking width, but losing balance will be the price for such a strategy.
Prediction:
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