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Wednesday October 31 2012
Line-ups: Inter-Sampdoria

Antonio Cassano faces his former teammates this evening as Inter welcome Sampdoria to San Siro looking for a sixth straight win, but switch to 4-3-3.

The Nerazzurri are on stunning form with five consecutive Serie A victories and want to keep up the momentum ahead of Saturday’s Scudetto showdown with Juventus.

Samp, meanwhile, had started the campaign so strongly and crumbled spectacularly with four consecutive defeats.

Impressive defender Juan Jesus sits out a ban, joining the injured Wesley Sneijder, Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Stankovic, Cristian Chivu and MacDonald Mariga.

Cassano returns to the starting XI after he missed the Bologna match with neck pain, completing the trident attack with Rodrigo Palacio and Diego Milito.

After several weeks of using a three-man defence, Andrea Stramaccioni has changed again to a 4-3-3 with Alvaro Pereira acting as an unusual full-back.

The Blucerchiati miss Nicola Pozzi, Nenad Krsticic, Enzo Maresca and Pedro Obiang, but goalkeeper Sergio Romero and defender Andrea Costa are back from suspension.

Maxi Lopez has also shaken off an injury, but only starts from the bench.

Inter: 1 Handanovic; 4 Zanetti, 23 Ranocchia, 25 Samuel, 31 Pereira; 16 Mudingayi, 21 Gargano, 14 Guarin; 8 Palacio, 99 Cassano, 22 Milito
Inter bench: 12 Castellazzi, 27 Belec, 6 Silvestre, 11 Alvarez, 19 Cambiasso, 41 Duncan, 44 Bianchetti, 55 Nagatomo, 88 Livaja

Sampdoria: 22 Romero; 13 Berardi, 28 Gastaldello, 35 Rossini, 3 Costa; 11 Munari, 12 Tissone, 16 Poli; 2 Estigarribia, 21 Soriano, 23 Eder
Sampdoria bench: 32 Berni, 5 Renan, 7 Castellini, 8 Mustafi, 10 Maxi Lopez, 15 Poulsen, 19 De Silvestri, 29 Juan Antonio, 93 Savic, 95 Falcone, 98 Icardi

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