MILAN - Following our emphatic Coppa Italia victory, Inter are now preparing to make their Serie A return at San Siro. In view of our upcoming match vs. Sassuolo, we’ve teamed up with Opta to provide you with all the relevant stats and trivia.
Inter have triumphed over Sassuolo in four of their last 11 meetings in Serie A, two of these by a 7-0 scoreline. So far, two of the Neroverdi’s three-heaviest defeats in Serie A have been against the Nerazzurri.
Inter have won 1-0 in three of their last four games in Serie A (the only draw being at home against Chievo in December). As for the teams currently in Serie A, Inter have recorded the longest streak without a 0-0 draw. They’ve played 25 matches since their last goalless tie, then coming against Atalanta in April 2018. Inter have won all of their last seven home games in Serie A, not conceding in six. The Nerazzurri have not kept seven consecutive Serie A clean sheets at home since April 2010.
So far this season, Inter are joint-top with Cagliari in terms of headed goals (seven). Their last headed goal was against Roma at the Olimpico, while they haven’t struck at home since November against Frosinone. This season, no other team has scored more goals from crosses than Inter: 10, which is six more than Sassuolo. The Nerazzurri have also attempted the most crosses (432) and corners (147) this season.
Mauro Icardi has scored four goals in eight Serie A matches against Sassuolo, including his first Nerazzurri hat-trick back in September 2014 during a 7-0. Icardi has scored nine goals in Serie A so far. During the first half of 2017-18, he scored 17 (50 percent of the team’s total), while he bagged 14 during this same spell in 2016-17. The last time he scored as few goals was during the first half of a campaign was in 2015-16 (eight).
During the opening period of this year’s campaign, Inter’s Matteo Politano (96 appearances and 20 goals for Sassuolo in Serie A) made 19 Nerazzurri appearances, scoring two goals and providing three assists. During the same period of last season, he scored three goals and provided three assists in 17 appearances.
Stefan de Vrij scored in his last home game against Sassuolo in Serie A, coming during a 6-1 win for Lazio in October 2017. Meanwhile, Lautaro Martinez, who made his Serie A debut during the first half of this season, has so far played a part in four goals (three goals and one assist) in six league appearances at San Siro.
Ivan Perisic hasn’t scored in his last seven Serie A appearances at the Meazza (his last goal coming against Torino in August). Among those with at least six appearances, Marcelo Brozovic has the highest average of completed passes over 90 minutes (106). Samir Handanovic is the goalkeeper with the highest percentage of saves in Serie A so far. With 10, he also has the highest number of clean sheets, which is at least three more than anyone else in Serie A.