MILAN - Inter are currently putting in their final preparations to face Ivan Juric’s Hellas Verona on matchday 31 of the ongoing league campaign, with kick-off for the game scheduled for 21:45 CEST tonight at the Stadio Bentegodi.
NUMBERS AND STATISTICS
Tonight's game will be encounter number 58 between the two sides, with the past record seeing the Nerazzurri well out in front with 33 wins compared to Hellas Verona’s four, while 20 of the fixtures have ended in a stalemate. Conte’s side arrive at the game on 64 points in the table after 19 wins, seven draws and four defeats, having scored 63 and conceded 31 along the way.
THE FACT SHEET
Inter are unbeaten in their last 17 games against Verona in Serie A (14W, 3D), the Nerazzurri’s longest ongoing winning streak against any opponent currently in the competition. The last meeting between the two sides ended in a 2-1 win for Inter at San Siro earlier this season, as Conte’s side turned the game on its head thanks to a finish from Vecino and Barella’s first-ever goal in Nerazzurri colours.
ANTONIO CONTE'S PRE-MATCH WORDS
“We’re putting the game against Bologna behind us and preparing for the game against Verona. In times like these, the fact that our next game is so soon is actually a positive, because we’ll certainly still be feeling a bit of bitterness and disappointment, but at the same time you have to focus on your next match, which in this case is a big fixture against a very strong side in Hellas Verona. We’re preparing for this game like any other, looking to get to know the smallest details about our opponents: their strengths, their weaknesses, where we’ll have to excel and where we’ll have to be more careful. It’s important that all of our players know full well what sort of game we’re going to be playing.”
Hellas Verona come into this game against Inter after an away loss to Brescia, preceded by a win over Parma and a draw against Sassuolo. Juric’s side netted three goals in each of these two positive results, but failed to score in their last league outing. The Gialloblu sit on 42 points in the table after eleven wins, nine draws and ten defeats, with 37 goals scored and 36 conceded. Verona have been especially strong at home this season, having won 27 points from 15 games at the Bentegodi in Serie A - this is their highest number of points won at home at this stage of the campaign since the 2001/02 season.
HELLAS VERONA VS. INTER, SUSPENSIONS AND THOSE WALKING THE TIGHTROPE
Inter: Bastoni (1), D'Ambrosio (1)
THOSE ONE AWAY FROM SUSPENSION
Verona: Lazovic, Rrhamani, Verre
Inter: de Vrij, Gagliardini, Godín, Vecino
These two coaches have only ever met in Serie A once in the past, their sole encounter coming in the reverse fixture earlier this season. Antonio Conte has never lost to Verona as a coach, with a record of two wins and a draw.
Assistants: Passeri, Lo Cicero.
Fourth Official: Ros.
VAR and VAR Assistant: Orsato, Cecconi.
WHAT’S UP NEXT
After tonight's trip to face Hellas Verona, the Nerazzurri’s next engagement will be against Torino at 21:45 CEST on Monday 12 July.
Here’s our full fixture list (all times CEST):
Monday 13 July, 21:45 Inter vs. Torino
Thursday 16 July, 21:45 SPAL vs. Inter
Sunday 19 July, 21:45 Roma vs. Inter
Wednesday 22 July, 21:45 Inter vs. Fiorentina
TBC Genoa vs. Inter* (between Friday 24 and Monday 27 July)
TBC Inter vs. Napoli* (between Tuesday 28 and Thursday 30 July)
Sunday 2 August, 21:45 Atalanta vs. Inter **(in accordance with internal regulation and dependent on the situation, the ten games on the final matchday of the season may not all be played at the same time).
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