The best defence versus the best attack in this weekend’s Derby d’Italia as 1st place Inter travel to the Allianz Stadium in Turin to lock horns with Juventus who are sitting below at 3rd. After Napoli’s loss last weekend, the nerazzurri are the only unbeaten side in the league and have won 14 of their last 17 Serie A matches including a 5-0 thumping of Chievo Verona last sunday. Below tonight’s match is previewed using WhoScored.com for Serie A Match Of The Week between Inter and Juventus.
Inter can boast of attacking fluidity with 33 goals this season, averaging 2.2 goals per game from 16.4 shots per game. Spalletti’s boys have scored 21 goals from open plays, 7 from set pieces, 4 penalties, and just one counter attack goal. Compare to Juve’s 28 goals from open plays, 8 from set pieces, 2 from the spot, 2 own goals and only one counter attack goal, aggregating 41 goals. Inter have scored 13 goals on their travels. Mauro Icardi is the team’s hitman with 16 goals while his countryman Paulo Dybala is topping the chart at Juve with 12 goals.
Inter have the best defence in the league (along with Roma & Napoli) with 10 goals conceded from 12.2 shots per game. Juve have let in 14 goals from from 9.5 shots per game they have faced this season. Inter are the only side in the league yet to concede a goal from set piece and have also kept the most clean sheets with 7, averaging 10 interceptions per game and 15.3 tackles per game. D’Ambrosio averages the most tackles per game with 2.4 while Gagliardini averages the most interceptions per game with 1.5 per game. Juve have average 12.7 tackles per game and 11.9 interceptions per game this season. Miranda, who is back from suspension, averages the most block per game with 1.1 while his partner Skriniar averages the most clearances per game with 4.9.
Moving the ball:
The Nerazzurri averaged the most crosses per game and through ball per game with 26 and 2 respectively. Inter have completed 8 dribbles per game, Candreva leading the log with 1.7 dribble per game and he also has the most key passes per game – 3.1. Juventus have completed 12.2 dribbles per game, with Dybala averaging 2.6 dribbles per game. Inter average 47 long balls per game as well as 499 short passes per game. They have also recorded an average possession of 54% per game and 85.3% pass accuracy per game. The old lady on the other hand have 56.7% average possession per game and 87.2% pass accuracy per game. Borja Valero have average the most passes per game with 64.4 while Skriniar has the best pass success percentage with 91.3. Both Inter and Juve attacking plays are from the flanks with the right side dominating the left side 38-34% in the case of Inter while it is completely opposite at Juve with the left side leading the charge 36-35%.
WhoScored Rating Leaders
Perisic (7.69), Icardi (7.64) and Skriniar (7.38) are still Inter’s best three performers statistically this season. Icardi is the league’s top scorer with 16 goals, while Candreva holds the most assist in the division with 6. Dybala (7.96), Higuain (7.54) and Pjanic (7.33) are Juve’s are the three best rated Juve players this season.
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