Here are some fun facts and figures on tonights game at Olimpico in Turin, Where Torino hosts Inter for the first round of Serie A 2014/2015.
Torino, no home win against the Nerazzurri since 1994:
The last 10 meetings in Piedmont have seen one draw (last season) and – before that – nine consecutive wins for Inter. The last time the Granata beat Inter was on 27 February 1994. Poggi and Cois with the goals in a 2-0 win.
Toro unbeaten in 12 competitive matches
The hosts are unbeaten in a dozen matches in all competitions, a run stretching back to last season. Their sequence comprises eight wins and four draws. The last time the Granata succumbed to defeat was at Roma on 25 March.
Torino 371 minutes without conceding
Ventura’s men haven’t conceded since Rebic found the net in the 79th minute of Fiorentina 2-2 Torino on 18 May. The remaining 11 minutes of that match, plus four clean sheets in this season’s Europa League (0-3 and 4-0 over Brommapojkarna, 0-0 and 1-0 over Split) mean that Padelli hasn’t conceded in 371 minutes.
Torino v Inter in Week 1: Granata yet to win and yet to score
Torino play Inter on the opening weekend of the season for the fifth time in their history. The Nerazzurri have won three and drawn one of the previous four matches, with the Granata failing to score in any of those games. Inter won 1-0 in Milan in 1942 thanks to a goal from Demaria. The 1957 meeting in Milan ended goalless. Inter won 2-0 in Turin in 1994, before a 1-0 home victory in 2002.
Mazzarri set to pick up points for the 400th time in his career
Walter Mazzarri has taken points from 399 games in his time as a coach: he has 225 wins and 174 draws from his 565 total matches in charge of Acireale, Pistoiese, Livorno, Reggina, Sampdoria, Napoli and Inter. He registered his first points as a coach on 23 September 2001 as Acireale drew 1-1 away at Puteolana in Serie C2.
Mazzarri, more games in Serie A than anyone else
Walter Mazzarri has more appearances than any other coach in Serie A at the start of the 2014/15 campaign: he has been in the dugout for 373 matches, recording 149 wins, 116 draws and 108 defeats.
Ventura has only beaten Mazzarri once, 11 years ago.
Mazzarri’s teams always on target The two coaches have faced off on 10 occasions in the past. Giampiero Ventura has just one win to his name (in the first meeting between the coaches, Cagliari 4-1 Livorno on 18 October 2003, Serie B), three have ended level and Mazzarri has prevailed in the remaining six. Mazzarri’s sides have also scored in all 10 of the two coaches’ previous meetings, finding the net 23 times in total.
Ventura never on winning side and his teams always concede
Giampiero Ventura will meet Inter as a coach for the 13th time in his career tonight. He has never emerged on the winning side against the Nerazzurri, drawing five and losing seven. Inter have scored in every one of their dozen meetings, hitting 31 goals in the process. Interestingly, Ventura’s Serie A debut came against the Nerazzurri on 13 September 1998 as Cagliari held Inter to a 2-2 draw at the Stadio Sant’Elia.
Mazzari has only lost once to Torino but his teams have always conceded in Turin
Walter Mazzarri has played Torino 12 times, winning six, drawing five and losing one. Mazzarri’s sides have conceded at least once in his six games at Torino, letting in 10 in total. Mazzarri was due to meet Torino in the 2003/04 Coppa Italia when he was in charge of Livorno: the match ultimately didn’t go ahead and both sides went out following protests against the expansion of Serie B to 24 teams.