JOHN KRETLOW - Friday, March 9, 2012
Michael Bradley looks set to man Chievo Verona's midfield as the Flying Donkeys host Inter in Friday night Serie A action.
Bradley and Chievo will look to build on an impressive performance a week ago as they earned an invaluable road point against Juventus. The task will not be any easier against Inter, even though the Nerazzurri had been wildly inconsistent and disappointing this term.
Inter has not won a match in Serie A play since the 21st of January, and have mustered a mere two points in their last seven outings.
Despite the unimpressive string of results, Inter head coach Claudio Ranieri can still field a team with plenty of firepower and big names. In addition to the oft-injured Diego Forlan and Wesley Sneijder, who have underwhelmed when not out of action, look for leading scorer Diego Milito, 13 goals in the Serie A, to pose a constant threat to the Chievo backline.
Chievo come into Friday night's affair unbeaten in three, amassing seven points over that stretch. Mimmo di Carlo's boys are sitting in 10th place with 34 points, just six shy of the preseason mark set to maintain their 1st division status.
If Chievo can conjure up a little more magic and get a victory in front of their home fans on Friday, they would overtake the Nerazzurri on goal difference.
Kickoff is set for 8:45 local time in the Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi in Verona.