MILAN – After Monday’s win over Torino, it’s now time for Antonio Conte’s side to get back on the pitch, with the Nerazzurri returning to action tonight against SPAL at 21:45 CEST for matchday 33 in Serie A.
NUMBERS AND STATISTICS
This will be the 38th encounter between the two sides in the league, with the record reading 26 wins for the Nerazzurri, four for the side from Ferrara and seven draws to complete the picture. Conte’s side go into the game on 68 points in the table - their best tally at this stage after 32 games since 2008/09 (74) - 20 wins, eight draws and four defeats, with the Nerazzurri scoring 68 and conceding 34 along the way.
FUNFACTS: HEADED GOALS AND GOALSCORERS
Diego Godín’s goal against Torino was Inter’s 16th headed finish so far this season, and marked the 18th different goalscorer of this campaign. The Nerazzurri have never had more different players score in a single season (equalling the 19 from 2007/08).
ANTONIO CONTE'S WORDS
“We need to take care in this game, with the right attitude and determination from the off. We’re facing a team lower down in the league table, but let’s not forget that playing against teams like Inter can be great motivation, so we’ll need to be careful. Our approach, determination, enthusiasm and desire to keep playing well and to win will be really important.”
SPAL come into the game on the back of an away defeat to Genoa. Di Biagio's team have taken a total of 19 points so far in the league (five wins, four draws and 23 defeats). They've scored 23 goals and conceded 58.
Antonio Giua from Olbia will referee SPAL vs. Inter, assisted by Alassio and Gori. Abbattista will serve as the game's fourth official. VAR: Doveri, Assitant VAR: Di Lorio.
SPAL VS. INTER, SUSPENDED AND AT RISK OF SUSPENSION
Inter: Godín (1)
ONE AWAY FROM SUSPENSION
SPAL: Di Francesco, Valdifiori, Vicari
Inter: de Vrij, Gagliardini, Valero, Vecino
Antonio Conto won his only previous meeting with SPAL in Serie A as a coach.
Luigi Di Biagio played 117 games for Inter, scoring 13 goals in Serie A. The current SPAL boss played most of his top-flight games for the Nerazzurri.
After the game agains SPAL, the Nerazzurri head to the capital to take on Roma on Sunday 19 July at 21:45 CEST.
Here is the complete list of scheduled fixtures:
Roma vs. Inter | Sunday 19 july, 21:45 CEST
Inter vs. Fiorentina | Wednesday 22 July, 21:45 CEST
Genoa vs. Inter | Saturday 25 july, 19:30 CEST
Inter vs. Napoli | Tuesday 28 July, ore 21:45 CEST
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