InterStats Preview – Inter vs Atalanta: Can Inter Return To Winning Ways?
Inter are have won 4 of their last 6 games against Atalanta including last season’s 7-1 thrashing of the Nerazzurri from Bergamo. Inter currently sit 3rd in the Serie A, are still unbeaten and are 5 points behind league leaders Napoli, who have played 1 more match than the Nerazzurri. Atalanta have failed to win their last 5 away games and Inter are undefeated in their last 14 serie A matches, including 5 wins in 6 home games this season. Below Sunday’s match is previewed using whoscored.com for what seems to be a character and reaction test for the Nerazzurri after their home draw against Torino two weeks ago.
Inter are averaging almost 2 goals per game, accumulating 23 goals from 12 serie A fixtures this season. Inter have made an average of 15.7 shots per game whilst Atalanta on the other hand have made 13.9 shots per game, resulting in 19 goals with an average of 1.6 goals per game. Intriguingly, Gasperini’s team have scored in each of their away games this season but they haven’t scored more than once in any of those games. Bryan Cristante, the former Milan midfielder, is surprisingly the club’s top scorer in the Serie A this season with 4 goals. Meanwhile at Inter, one name has been running the show for three seasons now – Mauro Icardi. He has 11 goals this season which makes up 48% of the Nerazzurri’s goals this season.
Inter have conceded 9 goals in total this season in the Serie A of which 5 of those goals have come at home at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. Those 5 goals have come in the Nerazzurri’s last 3 home games. Inter have faced an average of 12.8 shots per game at home whilst Atalanta have conceded 10 goals away, conceding 10.8 shots per game. Atalanta have also failed to keep a clean sheet each time they have set their feet outside of Bergamo this season.
Moving the ball:
Inter’s attacking moves come mostly from the right flank whereas the entire creativity of Atalanta’s team rests on the shoulders of Alejandro Gomez, who plays on the left flank. Inter have an average ball possession rate of 53.5% Atalanta’s 54.8%. Inter have completed 8 dribbles per game with Candreva leading the charts for the Nerazzurri here by completing 1.7 dribbles per game. Atalanta have completed 10.8 dribbles per game with Gomez as chief orchestrator – 3.3 dribbles per game. Inter have an 85.2% pass accuracy per game against Atalanta’s 82.4%.
WhoScored Rating Leaders:
Ivan Perisic (7.56), Mauro Icardi (7.46) and Milan Skriniar (7.26) are statistically Inter’s best three performers this season. Perisic is the team’s leading assist provider with 5 assists, 4 of which are to the team’s leading goalscorer Icardi. Atalanta’s top three highest rated players are Alejandro Gomez (7.68), Jospi Ilicic (7.3) and Rodrigo Tolói (7.28).
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