MILAN - Ahead of the new year, the Nerazzurri will face Lazio in their final match of 2017. In collaboration with Opta, here are the statistics for the match tomorrow at 18:00 CET at the Stadio Meazza.
PREVIOUS MEETINGS IN MILAN
Lazio have only won nine times away at Inter in Serie A (24 draws, 41 defeats), two of these latest wins have come in the past five matches at the Stadio Meazza.
The Nerazzurri have scored in their last 13 home matches against Lazio in Serie A (29 goals overall).
For the fourth season in a row, Inter vs. Lazio will be played in December. Each side has won one and drawn one of the past three match-ups.
After going unbeaten in the opening 16 matches this season (12 wins and four draws), Inter have lost their last two. The Nerazzurri haven’t lost three straight Serie A matches since May.
Inter have only scored one goal in their last five games in the league and Coppa Italia.
Lazio are the side who have scored in the most consecutive matches (16) in Serie A this season. They’ve scored 43 so far with an average of 2.7 per game.
The 43 goals scored by Lazio at this point represents a record for them after 17 matches in Serie A.
Inter have the second best home points tally (22, only behind Juventus) while Lazio have the second best away points tally (22, only behind Napoli).
Inzaghi’s team have picked up 36 points from 17 matches. Lazio have never won more at this stage of the season in Serie A.
Despite recent setbacks, Inter are on 40 points from 18 matches and that’s their best start since the 2009-10 season when 42 points was the total.
Inter are the team who have scored the most headed goals this season (seven, level with Chievo). Lazio are the team who have conceded the fewest (one, level with Roma).
Inter are the team who have scored the most goals inside the area with a percentage of 94 percent, 32 from 34 goals scored.
Inter (12 goals) and Lazio (11 goals) are the teams who scored the most in the final 15 minutes of matches in this Serie A season.
Along with Juventus, Lazio have scored the most goals in the second half of matches with 25.
Along with Milan and Sassuolo, Lazio are one of the three sides yet to concede in the opening 15 minutes. On the other hand, Inter have the best defence in the opening half hour with just two goals conceded.
Inzaghi’s team are top for goals from dead balls with 15, including six penalties.
On the other hand, Inter are the side who have conceded the fewest from dead balls with two, both from the penalty spot.
Inter are the side who have made the most crosses (385) and won the most corners (143) in this Serie A season.
Lazio have the highest conversion rate in the league, finding the net with 22.5 percent of their shots (excluding rebounds).
Lazio are the side who have scored the most goals through defenders with nine.
Inter are the team who have used the fewest players this season with 19.
No side has had more penalties for (seven) or against (six) than Lazio this season. The Biancocelesti have only missed once from the spot (Immobile vs. Bologna) and Strakosha saved one against Juventus.
The match at the Meazza will see the league’s top scorers go head to head: Mauro Icardi (17) and Ciro Immobile (16 goals).
Icardi is the player to have scored the most goals in home games in Serie A this season (12), while Immobile has scored the most goals away from home (nine).
Immobile (30) and Icardi (27, like Mertens), are the players who have scored the most goals in Serie A in 2017.
Since his arrival at Inter, Icardi has scored four goals in four home matches in the league against Lazio.
Meanwhile, Immobile has scored only two goals against Inter in Serie A (from six matches), the last one coming in 2013 for Torino
Only Antonio Candreva (eight) has provided more assists than Immobile (seven) this season - they are then followed by Ivan Perisic and Luis Alberto with six.
Candreva - 41 goals in 151 Serie A appearances with Lazio from 2012 to 2016 - is the player to have taken the most shots this season (35) without scoring.
Candreva (59) and Luis Alberto (49) are the two players to have created the most chances for their teammates this season.
So far in Serie A, only Insigne and Dzeko have been involved in more goalscoring chances than Ivan Perisic, of which he has had 62 shots and also created 43 chances.
Matias Vecino scored his first Serie A brace against Lazio, coming for Fiorentina back in May 2016.
Only Dzeko and Immobile (4) have struck the woodwork more times than Vecino (3) in Serie A this season.
Felipe Anderson’s first Serie A brace also came in this fixture, playing against Inter at the Meazza in December 2014.
Behind any Napoli players, Borja Valero is top in the list of passes completed this season (1170). Jorginho, Koulibaly and Hamsik are the only players ahead of him.
Samir Handanovic was at Lazio during the second half of the 2005-06 campaign, making one appearance in Serie A.
Among the goalkeepers with at least 10 appearances in the league this season, only Alisson has a better save rate higher than Handanovic (77 percent).
This Saturday will see Handanovic make his 200th league appearance for Inter. (385 in total, currently on 199 appearances with the Nerazzurri.)
Meanwhile, Ivan Perisic has made 99 Inter appearances in all competitions.
As for other Inter goalkeepers, Tommaso Berni made six appearances for the Biancocelesti from 2006 to 2011.
The two previous Serie A clashes between Luciano Spalletti and Simone Inzaghi came in the Rome derby and saw them both earn one win apiece.
Spalletti has faced Lazio on 23 occasions in Serie A, with the Inter coach recording 10 wins, 10 defeats and three draws.
Meanwhile, Simone Inzaghi has a negative record in Serie A against Inter, picking up one win in May 2016, which was then followed by two defeats last season.
REFEREE AND DISCIPLINE
Gianluca Rocchi will be making his 222nd appearance in Serie A during his eighth season. This year he has refereed Lazio on two occasions, against both Milan and Roma.
Rocchi has already officiated a match between Inter and Lazio in Serie A, coming back in December 2006 with the Nerazzurri winning 2-0 at the Olimpico.
In total, Inter have won 12 out of their 27 matches refereed by Rocchi (9L, 6D).
As for Lazio, they’ve only won 13 out of 31 matches refereed by Rocchi (6L 12 D).
Inter are the only team not to have had a player sent off this season.
Lazio: Lucas Leiva.