Livorno - Inter
With two wins in a row under new boss Serse Cosmi, the question is can Livorno stop the juggernaut that is Italian champions Inter.
The Amaranto proved their victory over Roma on Sunday wasn’t a fluke by beating a resurgent Atalanta 1-0 on Wednesday night. They are now off the foot of the table and just a point away from safety, although few will give them a chance against Inter.
However, it’s fair to say Cosmi will offer Jose Mourinho a different challenge to what he is used to in the Italian top flight. Beneath the baseball cap and the gravel voice there is a really talented tactician who led Perugia into Europe not too long ago.
Cosmi is famous throughout Italy for leading Perugia to their first victory at San Siro against Milan. Can he guide Livorno to a similar feat at home to Inter? The smart money definitely says no. Inter have recovered a number of players from injury and are approaching full strength as demonstrated on Thursday night.
The Nerazzurri raced to a 4-0 lead against Palermo, practically making sure of their four point lead at the top of Serie A. However, Palermo mounted a thrilling second half comeback, bringing the score back to 4-3 before Diego Milito came off the bench to secure the points for Inter by scoring a fifth.
That will give Livorno some hope, although the return of Eto’o and Milito means Inter are once again at full strength in the final third of the pitch.
Keep an eye on: Antonio Candreva (Livorno) – One of the brightest talents in the Italian game, the 22-year-old Candreva is a versatile little playmaker, who can sit in front of the defence or behind the strikers. His creative instincts will be crucial in deciding whether the Amaranto remain in the top flight.
Last five in Serie A: Livorno (L D L W W) Inter (W L W W W)
Last season: Livorno 2-2 Inter
(Preview taken from footballitalia.net)