After 16 games unbeaten Inter took a U-turn and falling to pieces: losing two consecutive matches in serie A. Adding insult to injury they also were eliminated in the Coppa Italia Quarter finals by cross city rivals Milan. Inter will a chance to make amends with their fans on Saturday evening when they welcome an In-form Lazio side to Stadio Giuseppe Meazza for the final match of the year, hoping to end the year on a positive note. Using whoscored.com stats to preview a match that looks more presentable as a champions league first leg play off, between 3rd place Inter and 5th place Lazio.
Inter have average 1.9 goals per game from 16.3 shots per game compare to Lazio’s 2.5 goals per game from 14.1 shots per game. The Nerazzurri goals seems to have dried up in recent weeks as they have managed only 1 goal in their last 3 Serie A games (1 goal in 5 games in all competitions). Inter have scored 34 goals in serie A this season: 22 from open plays, 7 from set piece, 4 from the spot, and 1 counter attack goal. They will faced an attack that has delivered 43 goals, second best after Juve. Ciro Immobile is their top scorer with 16 goals, just a goal behind Inter’s Mauro Icardi.
Luciano Spalletti’s boys are yet to concede from set piece and still remain the only side in the league yet to received a red card this season. Inter have conceded 12.2 shots per game resulting to 14 goals against Lazio’s 22 goals conceded from 13.4 shots per game. The Nerazzurri have average 15.6 tackles per game and 10.1 interceptions per game. With D’Ambrosio out of this fixture through injury, Skriniar leads the rank with the most tackles per game – 2.2. He also averages the most clearances per game and blocks per game (with Miranda out of the game) with 4.8 and 0.6 respectively. Gagliardini averages 1.5 interceptions per game.
Moving the ball:
Inter have recorded 54.6% average possession and 85.2% pass accuracy versus Lazio’s 50.5% average possession and 83.4% pass accuracy. Creativity has been Inter’s major problem lately even though Candreva is in the league’s top 5 players that have created the most chances. The Nerazzurri have 8.3 dribbles per game. They also have 496 short passes per game, 49 long balls per game, 28 crosses per game and only 1 through ball per game.
Whoscored Rating Leaders:
Inter’s best three performers statistically still remain Perisic (7.49), Icardi (7.43) and Skriniar (7.33). Icardi is the league’s capocannoniere while Candreva notch the highest assist – 8. Lazio’s top rated performers are Luis Alberto (7.83), Immobile (7.63) and Milinkovic-Savic (7.49). Luis Alberto is the most improved player in the league and statistically he is the best rated player this season.
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