Inter vs Udinese preview

May 18, 2013
By: Nemanja Lazarevic

Udinese vs InterInter may be out of the race for Europa League places, but they can prevent their rivals Udinese from qualifying for Europe by beating them at Meazza.

That will be no easy task since their opponents are on a seven-match winning streak at the moment and are very motivated to get the job done in Milan.

This season cannot end soon enough for the Nerazzurri, who have been unable to meet pre-season expectations mostly due to unbelievable injury crisis.

Up until a couple of months ago, Andrea Stramaccioni’s side were in the driving seat for the final Europa League berth, but then came five defeats in six league games and their top 5 bid was effectively over.

The goalless draw at Stadio Luigi Ferraris helped Inter end the dismal run of results, but it remains to be seen whether they can end the season with a win.

Home win pays 3.50 (5/2) at 888sport, but with the Nerazzurri severely weakened and having nothing to play for, I wouldn’t recommend backing them here.

Antonio Cassano was unfortunate to fracture his hand in the first game since his return from injury, but the good news is Rodrigo Palacio could play some part.

In the absence of better solutions, Ricky Alvarez and Tommaso Rocchi will continue in attack, while Andrea Ranocchia is doubtful.

Probable starting line-up (3-5-2): Handanovic – Ranocchia, Cambiasso, Juan Jesus – Nagatomo, Kuzmanovic, Kovacic, Guarin, Pereira – Alvarez, Rocchi.

European dreams are riding on this game for Udinese, but the team have got to be congratulated for being in this position in the first place.

Francesco Guidolin’s side have largely excelled despite being predicted a difficult season and they need just three points to seal Europa League berth.

Udinese may be two points in front of Lazio at the moment, but the Biancocelesti have better head to head record, meaning the Zebrette need to win at Meazza if they want to be masters of their own destiny.

That won’t be an easy task, but given that the Friulani have won their last seven matches in Serie A, there is certainly value in odds of 2.25 (5/4) offered at William Hill.

Francesco Guidolin has some problems ahead of the trip to Milan as both Antonio Di Natale and Luis Muriel have picked up injuries in the victory over Atalanta.

Both should be in contention, but while the Colombian is set to start, the 22-goal veteran striker is likely to be handed a place on the bench.

Probable starting line-up (3-5-1-1): Brkic – Bentia, Danilo, Domizzi – Basta, Allan, Pinzi, Gabriel, Pereyra – Zielinski – Muriel.

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