MX23RW : Friday, January 18 00:35:30
Sep 24, 2014 at 7.45pm UK at ​San Siro
Inter Milan
2-0
AtalantaAtalanta BC
Osvaldo (40'), Hernanes (87')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Preview: Inter Milan vs. Atalanta BC

Sports Mole previews the Serie A clash between Inter Milan and Atalanta, who have beaten the Italian giants on their last two visits to the San Siro.

Inter Milan have scored 13 goals in winning their last two home games, so it may be with some trepidation that Atalanta make the trip to the San Siro on Wednesday.

Walter Mazzarri's side smashed seven past Sassuolo last weekend, a fortnight after hitting six against Icelandic minnows Stjarnan in the Europa League.

Inter's home comforts have not been enough to see them keep up with early pacesetters Juventus and Roma, and two draws, the latest of which came at Palermo on Sunday, has critics already doubting their title credentials.

Atalanta's visit to the capital comes three days prior to a match with Serie A champions Juventus, and so Stefano Colantuono cannot really afford to rotate his squad if he hopes to pick up some unlikely points.

Richmond Boakye and German Denis are expected to keep former Manchester City striker Rolando Bianchi on the bench, but Marco D'Alessandro may be dropped in favour of Alejandro Gomez in midfield.

Inter have plenty of options in the centre of the park, including Fredy Guarin, who has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League and is being tipped to leave Inter in the January transfer window.

The Colombian could be partnered by Hernanes, who was dropped at the weekend, and Gary Medel, who left Cardiff City to join the Italian giants in the summer after an impressive World Cup campaign with Chile.

Southampton flop Dani Osvaldo has scored twice since joining on loan and should continue to lead their line.

Inter have not won any of their last three home matches against Atalanta and lost this fixture 2-1 last season.

Recent form

Inter: DWWDWW

Atalanta: LWDW

Possible starting lineups

Inter: Handanovic; Juan Jesus, Andreolli, Dodo, Ranocchia; Medel, Guarin, Kovacic, Hernanes; Osvaldo, Icardi

Atalanta: Sportiello; Biava, Zappacosta, Benalouane, Drame; D'Alessandro, Carmona, Estigarribia, Cigarini; Boakye, Denis

Sports Mole says: 1-0

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Juventus19172038112753
2Napoli19142337172044
3Inter Milan19123431141739
4Lazio199552821732
5AC Milan198742620631
6Roma1986534241030
7Sampdoria198563223929
8Atalanta BCAtalanta1984739271228
9Torino196942419527
10Fiorentina196852518726
11Parma197481723-625
12SassuoloSassuolo196763032-225
13CagliariCagliari194871725-820
14Genoa195592535-1020
15Udinese194691623-718
16SPALSPAL1945101527-1217
17Empoli1944112237-1516
18Bologna1927101529-1413
19FrosinoneFrosinone1917111237-2510
20AC Chievo VeronaChievo1918101435-218

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