#InterStats Preview – Inter Vs Genoa: Nerazzurri Close To Seventh Heaven
The Nerazzuri train doesn’t look like its braking after six consecutive wins including wins against direct rivals Fiorentina, Milan and Lazio. The Beneamata host Genoa this afternoon at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, three days after the Grifone lost to Milan on the same ground. The Nerazzurri have won 9 of their last 10 home games against the Rossoblu in all competitions.
Inter have scored in each of their last 6 games and Mauro Icardi has scored 6 goals in his last 4 games. The Biscione are well known for their goals coming late in the games with 7 of their last 16 goals coming in the last 15 minutes. Inter have scored 4 headed goals and only Cagliari have scored more with 5.
Krzysztof Piatek is Serie A’s leading goalscorer and has scored 56% of Genoa’s goals, but he has been barren in the last 3 games, and 7 of his 9 goals have all come in the first half. The Rossoblu have at least scored one goal in each of their last 5 games. Interestingly, Genoa have scored the same number of goals as Inter this campaign.
Inter have conceded the least number of goals in the league, with 6. They have not let in a single goal in the first half in their home fixtures this season. Not only are they defensively organized, they are highly disciplined with only 17 yellow cards and 0 red, the least number of cards in the league. The Nerazzurri have an average of 15.3 tackles and 8.9 interceptions per game respectively with Marcelo Brozovic having made 3.2 tackles per game while Miranda has made 2.2 interceptions per game.
Genoa have conceded the most goals before half time, 12, and they also have the second worst defensive record on the road, 13. The Grifone have conceded 19 goals in total and their best defensive player statistically, Domenico Criscito will miss this game through suspension.
Moving the ball:
Inter have kept an average ball possession of 55.7%, the second highest after Juventus, after their convincing victories against Milan and Lazio. Marcelo Brozovic has completed the most passes per game, 86.1, and long balls, 8.1 per match, in Italy. Inter have made the most crosses per game in league with 31 and the Nerazzurri’s passing accuracy lies at 85.7% with Milan Skriniar having the best pass completion ratio with 93.5%.
As opposed to Inter, Genoa are very shy at keeping possession, just an average of 46.9% per game. So it is very likely they will sit back and peg on counters.
Whoscored rating leaders:
The top three players for Inter are the same ones it has been for weeks, with the only change being that Icardi, on 7.31, has relegated Perisic on 7.12, to third spot, with Brozovic on 7.35)is still occupying the number 1 spot.
Meanwhile, Piatek, 7.41, Criscito, 7.25, and Kouamé, 7.21, are the best rated performers for Genoa this term.
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