MILAN - Antonio Conte’s Inter are back on the road for the second time since football’s return, their first seeing a comeback win over Parma. This time, the Nerazzurri will be in action at the Bentegodi in Verona, kick-off for the game set for 21:45 CEST on Thursday 9 July.
In collaboration with Opta, we’ve prepared all of the best numbers, facts, statistics and past results on matchday 31 in Serie A. Here they are:
Thursday’s game will be the 58th encounter between these two sides, with the record showing 33 Nerazzurri wins, 20 draws and four victories for Hellas Verona, who haven’t won three points against Inter in Serie A since 1992 (three draws and 14 losses since that date).
OUR PAST VISITS TO THE BENTEGODI
Verona’s four league wins over Inter have all come at home, with the remaining 24 games ending in 15 wins for the Nerazzurri and nine draws. The Gialloblu have conceded at least two in each of their last seven home games against Inter in Serie A, failing to score themselves in three of these games.
Only Atalanta (34) have earned more points on the road than Inter this season (32). What’s more, no team have conceded fewer goals than the Nerazzurri away from home (15). Conte’s side come into this game on 64 points in the standings, having won 19, drawn seven and lost four, scoring 63 and conceding 31 along the way.
Verona have come away with 27 points from their 15 home games so far this season, their best total in this statistic since the 2001/02 season. Juric’s side have won five of their last six home games in the league (one loss), scoring at least two in every one of these wins. They’ve conceded twelve goals in their last six outings, after conceding just three overall in the preceding six games.
Since the return of Serie A, no team has scored more goals than Inter in the league (14, level with Sassuolo). Looking at the same period, the Nerazzurri have also registered the highest average possession from their games (61.8%), as well as the highest average number of passes made in the opposition area (an average of 38 per game).
Verona are one of just three sides, the others being Lazio and Sampdoria, not to have dropped a single point after being in a leading position in a home league match; for the team from the Veneto, it’s been eight out of eight wins once they’ve taken the lead at the Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi. Verona (eleven) and Atalanta (16) are also the only two teams to have more than ten goals scored by substitutes.
In the last five seasons, only three players have scored 20 goals or more in two separate seasons in Europe’s Top 5 Leagues: Romelu Lukaku (20 in this Serie A and 25 with Everton in 2016/17), Cristiano Ronaldo and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Belgian striker could become the first player ever to score 13 away goals in his debut season in the Italian top flight since the three-point win was introduced. Along with this, Lukaku has scored each of his last four league goals in home matches, although his previous four had all come away from home.
Playing Verona always seems to bring the best out of Inter midfielder Borja Valero in Serie A: the Spanish playmaker has scored four goals in seven games against the Gialloblu.
Giampaolo Pazzini is one of the players to have played for both sides, having played 50 matches and scored 16 Serie A goals for Inter. Federico Dimarco, Marco Faraoni, and Eddie Salcedo all also represented the Nerazzurri, although the final of this trio never made a Serie A appearance at the Club.
Ivan Juric and Antonio Conte have faced each other just once in Serie A, and it was the Nerazzurri Coach who prevailed. In total, Conte has faced the Gialloblu three times in Serie A, with two wins and a draw.
Ivan Juric has overseen five games as a coach against Inter in Serie A, emerging with one win and four defeats.
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