Nothing but a ho-hum performance from the Nerazzurri in recent games, gracing in top 4 at this period is basically due to their early season run. Inter will be banging on the derby spirit for an improved performance and better result against City arch rivals Milan on Sunday night. The Nerazzurri are currently leading the Serie A derby stats with 62 wins to 51, 54 ending in draws. Below Sunday’s game is previewed using whoscored.com for a great tug of war in terms of City bragging rights between in form Milan and the out of form Inter.
Inter have scored 42 goals this season; 24 goals from open play, 12 from set piece, 4 from the spot and 1 apiece from counter attack and own goal. The Nerazzurri have average 1.6 goals per game from 15.1 shots per game. Inter have scored just 15 goals on their travels this season. Meanwhile Milan on the other hand have average 1.4 goals per game from 17 shots per game resulting to the 37 goals they scored so far; 70% (21) of their goals are from open plays, 4 from set piece, 2 from counter attack and penalty, and just 1 from own goal. Mauro Icardi tops the Nerazzurri scoring chart with 18 goals while the quick rising youngster Cutrone and Suso tie at 6 goals for the Rossoneri.
Inter have let in 21 goals from 11.9 shots per game compare to Milan’s 30 goals conceded from 10.8 shots per game. The Nerazzurri have managed just one clean sheet in their last 7 games. Luciano Spalletti’s men have made 16.4 tackles per game and 10.8 interceptions per game. D’Ambrosio and Gagliardini have average 2.9 tackles per game and 1.5 interceptions per game respectively. Skriniar average 4.7 clearances per game while his partner Miranda have 1 block per game. Milan have 15.5 tackles per game and 9 interceptions per game. Lucas Biglia have average 2 tackles per game for the Rossoneri while Bonucci have 1.6 interceptions per game.
Moving the ball:
Inter have 54.5% average possession and 85.4% pass accuracy against Milan’s 54.4% average possession and 84.4% pass accuracy. Majority of Inter’s attacking plays comes from the right hand side – 40%, with Candreva leading the battalion with 2.2 crosses, 2.6 key passes and 8 assists to his name, 34% is from the left flank while the remaining 26% is through the middle. Milan also attack mostly via the right side, 39%, and 32% from the left side with 29% coming through the middle. The Nerazzurri have 492 short passes per game, 48 long balls per game, 28 crosses per game and 1 through ball per game. Spaniard maestro Borja Valero have orchestrated 64.9 average passes per game with a 91.3% pass success (only Skriniar has a better stat with 91.5%).
Whoscored Rating Leaders:
Perisic (7.34), Skriniar (7.29) and Icardi (7.27) are Inter’s best performers this season while Suso (7.29), Bonaventura (7.06) and Calhanoglu (6.89) are the Rossoneri’s top rated players in the league
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