Though their fate is no longer in their own hands, the Nerazzurri have to operate under the influence of Italian expression “non mollare mai” or “never give up” to lift their spirits for a spot in next season’s Champions League, as they face struggling a Udinese side, a team currently on a 13 game winless run, including 11 losses. Inter are 4 points adrift of the two teams from Rome after a controversial Derby d’Italia loss last weekend. Sunday’s early kickoff is previewed using whoscored.com statistics.
The Nerazzurri have found the back of the net 58 times, averaging 1.7 goals per game from 14.7 shots per game. Adding to this, Inter have been ruthless in front of goal lately – 8 goals in their last 3 games. Meanwhile Udinese have average 1.3 goals per game from 11.4 shots per game, yielding 46 goals in total. Inter’s top hitman remains the evergreen captain Mauro Icardi, currently 27 goals and with a goal in each of his last three games. Kevin Lasagna, who is fond of scoring against the Milanese clubs, is the top scorer for the Fruili based team.
Inter have conceded 26 goals from 11.5 shots per game. They currently hold record for the second best defensive side in the league and Udinese is one of those two teams (the other being Juve) to break Spalletti’s wall three times in a single match this season. Udinese have conceded 59 goals from 13.8 shots per game. Interestingly, Udinese have conceded at least two goals in each of their last 12 serie A matches. The Nerazzurri have made 16.5 tackles per game and 10.9 interceptions per game. With Gagliardini and D’Ambrosio absent, Santon has 1.4 interception per game while Skriniar has 2.3 tackles per game but in the last five games Brozovic have made the most successful tackles in Serie A with 25. Udinese have average 16.5 tackles per game and 12.4 interceptions per game.
Moving the ball:
Inter have coordinated 54.6% average possession and 85.6% pass accuracy. Udinese on the other side have 46.2% average possession and 77.9% pass accuracy. Inter have 9.2 dribbles per game with highest digits belonging to the Brazilian maestro Rafinha – 2.1 dribbles per game. Candreva have anchored 8 assists (highest with Perisic), he also has 2.2 key passes per game and 1.8 crosses per game.
Whoscored rating leaders:
The top three rated players for Inter hasn’t changed: Perisic (7.37), Icardi (7.29) and Skriniar (7.24). Udinese’s best three players are Adnan (7.12), Lasagna (6.88) and Rodrigo de Paul (6.83)
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