Last stretch of scudetto race 2010 is upon us and the Serpenti [Inter Milan] risk relinquishing pole position to the Lupi [Roma].Inter definitely on a high after winning both their quarter-final matches against CKSA Moscow in Champions Leagues this month, must now face current cup holders FC Barcelona come the semis.

Back to Scudetto Hopes

Our leaders have few injury concerns this weekend, short late substitute Davide Santon and Brazilian midfielder Thiago Motta. No problem here as Chivu and Muntari are available to deputize in Motta’s place and away the serpent slithers. Fiorentina on the other hand, Inter’s round 33 hosts, are not so lucky.

The Viola are going to be short suspended Adrian Mutu, and injured Cristiano Zanetti, Alessandro Gamberini and Vlada Avramov, with late edition to the list of Juan Vargas.  Vargas is a player shown to be indispensable this season.  The South American has been struggling with an unshakable ankle problem for several weeks and will be a huge loss.

Mentored mid-week by tactician Prandelli, the home squad will be as ready as can be expected however the Fiorentina manager has openly admitted to reporters his team is,

“set to face one of the strongest teams in Europe with players of extraordinary technical ability.” 

Title rivals Roma and Milan don’t play until Sunday and have the benefit of knowing results from Inter’s Saturday fixture. Both debutantes have winnable home games against Atalanta and Catania respectively.

Obviously dropping of the scudetto shoe is yet to be a foregone conclusion, even as Inter owner Morratti warns of his displeasure . Much is expected of Fiorentina from all corners.

Finally, head to head results do not favor our Viola hosts, unable to best Inter Milan in their last seven fixtures, eight if you include the most recent Coppa Italia defeat beginning of February this year.  My money is on Inter to hold off the wolves.

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