MILAN - The match to kick off the Nerazzurri’s 2020 will be the 147th Serie A encounter between Inter and Napoli. Inter hold the better record with 64 wins over the Neapolitans’ 46, with 36 draws completing the balance. Below you can find all of the statistics compiled in collaboration with Opta for matchday 18 of Serie A, kick-off for which is scheduled for 20:45 CET on Monday 6 January at the San Paolo.
PREVIOUS ENCOUNTERS BETWEEN NAPOLI AND INTER
Of the 36 draws which have come between Inter and Napoli, 17 have ended with clean sheets for both sides, the most frequent result between the two teams from games in Serie A.
No player currently in the squad has ever scored at against Napoli at San Paolo in an Inter shirt in a top-flight game.
Inter boast the best defence in the league with just 14 goals conceded from their 17 games played, having kept clean sheets in three of their last five Serie A matches after conceding at least one in all of the previous seven.
The Nerazzurri have lost just one of their last 13 Serie A away games (10W, 2D), losing 4-1 to Napoli in their final away game of last season. Napoli have won just one of their last five league games against teams at the top of the table at the start of that gameweek (1D, 3L).
No team have found themselves behind in fewer games than Inter so far this season (four), with Napoli having been trailing at some point in double the amount of games.
Inter and Cagliari are the two teams to have scored the most headers so far this Serie A season (seven), with Napoli just behind on six. Despite the side from Naples having attempted 58 more shots than Inter this Serie A (341 vs. 283), they have scored nine goals less so far in the league this season (27 vs. 36).
Both sides have been most prolific in the opening 15 minutes of games, with no other team having scored more goals than Inter or Napoli in the first quarter of an hour of games so far this league campaign (both on three).
Inter (57) and Napoli (62) are the two teams to have conceded the fewest shots on target in the league so far.
The four players with the most passes attempted in this Serie A all play for Inter or Napoli: Brozovic (1161), Skriniar (1123), Ruiz (1067) and Zielinski (1050). Our Croatian’s next start will be his 150th for Inter as well his 150th appearance in Serie A.
Romelu Lukaku has scored the most goals (eight) from his first eight away appearances in Serie A out of any player since the era of three points for a win. The Belgian has scored twelve goals in the league so far, only two Serie A debutants have done better after 17 games for Inter: Stefano Nyers in the 1948/49 season and Giuseppe Meazza in the 1929/30 season (a debutant because it was the first year that Serie A was one single league).
Lautaro Martínez sits third in the Serie A rankings for shots taken (64), only behind Ronaldo (79) and Immobile (65).
Napoli are one of just three sides against whom Stefan de Vrij has scored more than one goal in the Italian top flight (two, with the same figure against Sampdoria and Torino).
Inter are one of just two sides (along with Genoa) against whom Arkadiusz Milik has played more than three games in Serie A without ever scoring (four games).
Lazio (six) are the only side against which Callejòn has scored more goals than he has against Inter in Serie A (four).
This is the first encounter in Serie A between Conte and Gattuso as coaches. The record between the two as players is perfectly balanced, with two wins apiece and two draws in their six encounters from their playing days.
Gennaro Gattuso has failed to win in all three of his games against Inter as a coach: one draw and two defeats for the current Napoli Coach.
Antonio Conte has won three of his seven Serie A encounters with Napoli as a coach, with two draws and two defeats to complete the picture.