Fiorentina v Inter, match No.81

Fiorentina and Inter have squared up in Florence 80 times before today. The hosts have claimed victory on 28 occasions, Inter 18 times and there have been 34 draws.

Fiorentina: one win in last 22 against Nerazzurri

Fiorentina have managed a single victory over Inter in these two sides’ last 22 meetings: on 8 February 2006 the Viola made home advantage count to win 2-1 at the Franchi. In the other 21 games in this period, there have been 17 Nerazzurri triumphs and four draws. There have been 15 competitive fixtures played since the Viola’s last victory, with 12 Inter wins and three draws.

No goalless draws for Inter in 29 games – last time in Florence

Inter are one of only two sides (the other being Roma) yet to play out a goalless stalemate in the 2012/13 Serie A campaign. The Nerazzurri’s last 0-0 came 29 league matches ago on 22 April 2012 – away to Fiorentina!

Cambiasso’s purple patch

Esteban Cambiasso has scored more goals against Fiorentina than any other team since arriving in Italy: five of his 47 total strikes have come against the Viola.

Nicola Rizzoli to officiate

Nicola Rizzoli from the Bologna section is to oversee proceedings this evening. Fiorentina’s record with this referee reads W6, D8, L9 while Inter’s is W17, D4, L6.

Montella v Stramaccioni

The only previous encounter between these two coaches saw Andrea Stramaccioni’s Inter overcome Vincenzo Montella’s Fiorentina 2-1 at the San Siro on 30 September 2012.

Montella’s previous with Inter

Vincenzo Montella is meeting Inter for the sixth time in his coaching career, his record standing at W1, D2, L2. The Nerazzurri scored in all five of those games, seven goals in all. As a player, Montella faced Inter 19 times in competitive fixtures (17 in Serie A and two in the Coppa Italia). He ended up on the winning side on four occasions, drawing six times and losing nine. Montella put the ball past Nerazzurri keepers 12 times in those 19 games, making Inter his joint favourite target along with Fiorentina.

Stramaccioni unbeaten against Fiorentina

Andrea Stramaccioni is unbeaten in his only two previous matches against Fiorentina, having registered one win and one draw.