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Serie A Preview: Inter v Roma

Created on Oct. 03, 2013 11:40 AM EST

Serie A table-toppers Roma will be looking to extend their 100 per cent start to the season when they travel to Inter on Saturday.

Rudi Garcia's side have won all six of their Serie A games this season, conceding just one goal in the process, but their hosts are also unbeaten.

Walter Mazzarri has guided his men to four wins and two draws so far, a run that leaves them fourth in the table, four points behind Roma.

With the leaders having set such a high bar for themselves in the opening weeks of the season, optimism is rife and new arrival Gervinho is confident that they can challenge for the title.

"We can win the Scudetto," he told Corriere dello Sport.

"The team is playing very well and we are compact and determined. We have set ourselves the objective of winning Serie A and we won't be satisfied until we achieve that."

Under the stewardship of Andrea Stramaccioni, Inter struggled to a ninth-place finish in Serie A last summer, and even though they appear to be on the right track after a close-season of upheaval, they are not thinking about a title tilt.

Defender Hugo Campagnaro told Sky: "It's too early to talk about the Scudetto.

"You need to play the entire first round of matches before you can see how the league is taking shape.

"So far, however, we have shown that we can handle playing against anyone, even the sides who were at the top last season."

As well as boasting the division's meanest defence, Roma are also the Italian top-flight's leading scorers with 17 goals.

Inter, meanwhile, followed up a commendable win over Fiorentina with a draw at Cagliari and they go into the weekend in good form.

Roma's recent record in this fixture gives them the edge, having won four and lost none of their last six meetings, a run that includes two victories at San Siro last season.

Unlike last season, Inter are enjoying an almost injury-free campaign, while they are seeing players return from spells out, such as Diego Milito (knee).

Christian Chivu (foot) is expected to miss another few weeks of action and Javier Zanetti (Achilles tendon) could be out until December.

Garcia has a few more injuries to contend with. Adem Ljajic (sciatic nerve) is doubtful, while Maicon (thigh), Michael Bradley (ankle) and Mattia Destro (knee) will definitely not be involved.

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