Fresh from a much needed break, the reinvigorated Inter side will be hoping to reignite their early season form, which saw them top of the table at some point, as they welcome their direct Champions League rivals, Roma, to the stadio Giuseppe Meazza, in search for their first win in 5 games. Sunday’s game is previewed using WhoScored.com stats for a match that provides a chance for Inter to achieve a double Serie A win over Roma for the first time since 1998/99 season.
With just 2 goals in the last 5 games it is clear as the sunny day that the Nerazzurri are having problems in the offensive area. Averaging 1.8 goals from 15.8 shots per game compared to 2.2 goals from 16.4 shots per game in their first 15 games. Roma’s conversion rate looks even worse, 1.6 goals per game from 18.4 shots per game. Inter have racked up 35 goals, 5 more than their opposition: 22 goals from open plays, 8 from set piece, 4 from the spot and only 1 from counter attack. Roma haven’t scored any goal from counter attack this season and Dzeko still remain their top scorer with 9 goals. Icardi has 18 goals while Candreva has the most assists in the league with 8
The 3rd best defensive side against the 2nd defensive team in the league. The Nerazzurri have conceded 15 goals from 12.7 shots per game allowed. Roma have let in 14 goals from 13.8 shots per game. Luciano Spalletti’s men have average 15.9 tackles per game and 10.5 interceptions per game. D’Ambrosio averages the most tackles per game with 2.6 while Gagliardini has 1.5 interceptions per game. Skriniar have made 5.1 clearances per game while partner Miranda has 1.1 block per game. The Giallorossi have made 14.1 tackles per game and 11.9 interceptions per game.
Moving the ball:
40% of the Nerazzurri’s attacking plays are from the right flank. Candreva runs the show, putting in an average of 2.6 crosses per game. He also has the most dribbles per game and key passes per game with 1.7 and 3.1 respectively. Inter have 54.2% average possession and 85.3% pass accuracy versus Roma’s 57% average possession and 84.7% pass accuracy. Borja Valero average 63 passes per game while Skriniar has the best pass success percentage with 91.5%. The Giallorossi offensive plays are mostly from the left hand side – 42%, and Kolarov has the most cross per game with 1.8.
WhoScored.com’s Rating Leaders:
Perisic (7.46), Icardi (7.36) and Skriniar (7.32) are the Nerazzurri’s best rated players while Kolarov (7.70), Dzeko (7.43) and Nainggolan (7.19) are Roma’s top three rated performers.
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