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Jan 17, 2015 at 5pm UK at Stadio Carlo Castellani
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Preview: Empoli vs. Inter Milan

Sports Mole previews Inter Milan's trip to Tuscany to take on Empoli in Serie A.

Roberto Mancini has the opportunity to extend Inter Milan's unbeaten run in Serie A to five matches when his side take on Empoli on Saturday.

A 3-1 victory over Genoa last weekend was enough to take Inter up to ninth in the table, just one point behind fierce rivals AC Milan as the two Italian giants still desperately attempt to turn their respective seasons into a success.

Mancini has been busy welcoming new arrivals this month as he looks to build his squad at San Siro, with Xherdan Shaqiri completing his move from Bayern Munich last week to join fellow January signing Lukas Podolski.

Shaqiri was an unused substitute in the win over Genoa, and he may have to settle for a place on the bench once again as the Swiss midfielder looks to reach full fitness with his new club.

Inter are likely to field an unchanged side as they look to close the gap on the sides bidding to secure European football for next season.

Empoli head into the match just three points above the relegation zone, and they will be looking for their first win in six league games.

Empoli:

Form in Serie A: DDDDDL
Form in all competitions: WDDDDL

Possible starting lineup: Sepe; Hysaj, Rugani, Barba, Mario Rui; Croce, Valdifiori, Vecino; Verdi; Maccarone, Pucciarelli

Inter Milan:

Form in Serie A: LLWDDW
Form in all competitions: DWDLDW

Possible starting lineup: Handanovic; Campagnaro, Vidic, Andreolli, D'Ambrosio; Medel, Guarin; Palacio, Hernanes, Podolski; Icardi

Sports Mole says: 1-2


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Lukas Podolski of FC Internazionale Milano sits on the bench during the Serie A match between Juventus FC and FC Internazionale Milano at Juventus Arena on January 6, 2015
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2Napoli98101931625
3Inter Milan1063126121421
4Roma106131810819
5Atalanta BCAtalanta105321812618
6Lazio105232017317
7Juventus104331413115
8Fiorentina105051313015
9SassuoloSassuolo104241413114
10Hellas VeronaHellas Verona103342219312
11Bologna93331519-412
12Empoli104061420-612
13Torino103251211111
14Udinese102531214-211
15Sampdoria102351420-69
16VeneziaVenezia10226817-98
17SpeziaSpezia102261223-118
18Genoa101451522-77
19Salernitana102171022-127
20CagliariCagliari101361222-106

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