Inter Milan, the nominal "home" side in the first Derby della Madonnina of the season, head into the match without Dejan Stanković, McDonald Mariga, Wesley Sneijder, and Cristian Chivu. None of these injuries should be surprising to the nerazzurri faithful, as Inter's been without all, with the exception of Sneijder, in the starting lineup this season.
And a lack of Sneijder probably won't harm the side, either. His injury during the match against Chievo Verona simply gave Antonio Cassano the opportunity to start up top with Diego Milito -- and who wouldn't want Cassano playing in a derby against the side he left during the summer?
Andrea Stramaccioni is sticking with a back three, a system that saw his team beat Fiorentina and Chievo, as well as a younger version overturn Neftçi. In fact, he's using the exact same team that earned the 2-1 victory against the Viola last weekend.
Inter Milan Starting XI (3-5-2): Samir Handanović; Andrea Ranocchia, Walter Samuel, Juan Jesus; Yuto Nagatomo, Walter Gargano, Esteban Cambiasso, Javier Zanetti, Philippe Coutinho; Antonio Cassano, Diego Milito
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