MILAN – On Thursday at 20:45 CET, Inter and Parma face off at the Tardini on matchday 25 in Serie A. This is the 54th meeting between the two sides in the top flight of Italian football with a record of 21 wins for Inter, 16 draws and 16 Gialloblù victories.
In spite of the current point difference between the two, Parma should never be written off; this especially goes for games at the Tardini where Inter have won six, drawn six and lost 14. This trend has been slightly reversed since Parma’s return to the top flight; the Crociati have lost three of their last four Serie A home games against Inter (W1), as many defeats as they recorded in the previous 22 at home against the Nerazzurri.
Inter are unbeaten in their last four against Parma (W2, D2), the Nerazzurri’s longest run against the Crociati since 2010 (seven in that case). After the 2-2 in October, Inter and Parma could draw both fixtures in a Serie A season for the first time since 2004/05.
Inter go into this fixture after a win against Genoa that put the Nerazzurri on 56 points at the top of the table. The Nerazzurri also boast the best attack in the league and the second-best defence (60 goals for, 24 against. Inter haven’t conceded in their last three Serie A away games; you have to go back to 2012 for the last time the Nerazzurri kept four consecutive clean sheets away from home in the competition. Meanwhile, in the three-points per win era, Inter have only taken at least 56 points after 24 games on three occasions.
Roberto D’Aversa’s team currently sit on 15 points in the table and are at the exact opposite end of the attacking charts to Inter; Parma have scored just 19 goals this season, making them the worst attack in the division. The Crociati also have the second-worst defence (47 goals conceded), behind only Crotone.
Parma have picked up just eight points at home this season; their second-worst total at home at this point of a Serie A campaign after 2014/15 when the Ducali were relegated.
Romelu Lukaku has scored a total of 58 goals in all competitions in an Inter shirt. Since he joined the Nerazzurri in 2019/20, only two players in one of Europe’s Top-5 leagues have scored more, Lewandowski (89) and Ronaldo (63).
Alessandro Bastoni played 24 games and scored one goal in the 2018/19 season while wearing the Parma shirt: from 2018/19 to today, the Nerazzurri defender is the only Italian player born after 1/1/1999 to have made at least 20 appearances in each of the last three Serie A championships (24 with Parma 2018/19, 25 with Inter 2019/20, 21 with Inter 2020/21).
Nicolò Barella made his Serie A debut against Parma in May 2015.
Yann Karamoh made his Serie A debut wearing the Inter shirt (17 league appearances) - in his only match against the Nerazzurri in the competition he scored a goal and provided an assist, in the 2-2 draw in October 2019.
Antonio Conte has come up against Parma ten times in Serie A: there have been six wins, four draws, and no defeats for the current Inter Coach.
SUSPENDED AND CAUTIONED
Parma: Bruno Alves, Gagliolo, Kucka
Inter: Barella, Bastoni, Brozovic, Lukaku