MILAN – After coming from behind to beat Fiorentina at the Stadio Franchi in midweek, Inter are back on home soil on Saturday evening, with Atalanta the visitors in Serie A Week 6.
Simone Inzaghi's side go into the game on 13 points after four wins and a draw, while Gian Piero Gasperini's team have 10 points.
Saturday's 18:00 CEST kick-off will be the 121st Serie A meeting between the two sides. The Nerazzurri have won 64 of those, with 32 draws and 24 defeats.
The last nine league fixtures have yielded four wins, four draws and just one defeat for Inter, with five clean sheets in the process.
The spoils have been shared in four of the last seven encounters – as many as in the previous 14.
Inter are unbeaten against Atalanta in the last two seasons (W2, D2) – the only Serie A outfit Gasperini's side have not beaten in that time.
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Inter have failed to score in just one of their last nine home games against Atalanta in the league, averaging exactly two goals per game over that period.
Atalanta have lost five of their last seven visits to the Meazza in Serie A, drawing the other two (two goals for, 14 against).
The last three San Siro meetings produced just three goals, after 10 were scored in the two games prior to that.
Inter have scored in each of their last 24 league games, equalling the previous record set in 1950. A goal against Atalanta would set a new longest scoring run since the start of a unified Serie A (1929).
Inzaghi's men boast the league's best attack with 18 goals from their first five fixtures and have scored at least two in each of their last 10 games, with 35 total goals in that period.
Only once have the Nerazzurri scored at least twice in 11 back-to-back matches in Serie A – in 1943.
In 2021, Inter have won more home games (14) than any other team in the top five European leagues, netting 46 goals in the process for an average of 3.3 per game.
The Nerazzurri are enjoying their longest run of consecutive home league wins (18). The last time they failed to win at the Meazza was a 2-2 draw with Parma in Week 6 of last season.
After victories at Torino and Salernitana, Atalanta will be aiming to start the league campaign with three away wins for only the second time in their history, having first done so in 2019/20.
Inter are the first team in Serie A history to have 11 different scorers in their opening five games.
In the last three seasons (since 2019/20), Inter have scored more headed goals (40) than any other team in the top five European leagues, with six already in the current campaign.
Simone Inzaghi's side have earned six points from losing positions this season, second only to Lazio (eight).
Since August, the Nerazzurri have netted five times from set-pieces (three from corners, one from a free kick and one from a throw-in) – no team has scored more.
No team has conceded fewer goals from open play than Atalanta (two) in the current campaign.
Edin Dzeko, who has four league goals to his name so far, has scored six times against Atalanta in Serie A. He's only scored more against Bologna (seven). If he finds the net on Saturday, it will be his 50th Serie A goal at home in his 100th Serie A appearance on home soil.
Lautaro Martínez has scored twice against Atalanta in Serie A, with one of those coming the first time he faced them at the Meazza in the league (1-1 in January 2020).
Joaquin Correa has struck twice in his last three Serie A starts against Atalanta in Serie A, all while playing for Lazio.
Stefan de Vrij is one match away from making his 100th Serie A appearance in a Nerazzurri shirt. That would make him the fifth player to reach the century mark since his first season with the club (2018/19), after Samir Handanovic, Lautaro Martínez, Milan Skriniar and Marcelo Brozovic.
Alexis Sanchez's next game in Serie A will be his 150th in the Italian top flight.
Alessandro Bastoni made his Serie A debut with Atalanta under Gian Piero Gasperini: a 1-0 win over Sampdoria in January 2017.
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