Inter will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the Serie A standings when they face Roma at San Siro on Friday evening.
Antonio Conte’s side currently sit one point clear of Juventus, but could stretch that to four ahead of I Bianconeri’s meeting with high-flying Lazio on Saturday.
Having dropped points just twice all season, Inter will certainly come into this one feeling confident, although they will know far better than to assume that Roma will not put up a fight.
The visitors are locked in a battle for Champions League qualification. Roma currently sit fifth, but there are three teams who are separated by as many points, so they cannot afford to take their foot off the gas pedal.
In anticipation of the game, ?Opta have put together a whole host of stats for you to know ahead of kick off, so let’s get into it.
The history books make predicting this one fairly tricky. ?Inter and Roma have drawn their last three ?Serie A meetings, and they have only ever drawn four consecutive meetings once, which came back in 1967.
However, Inter have not always had the best of times against Roma at San Siro, winning just three of their last 14 league home games against I Giallorossi – the last of which came back in 2015.
Two Sides in Elite Form
Both Inter and Roma have been in immense form as of late, so it should come as no surprise to see the two teams up towards the top of the Serie A standings.
They have both won five of their last six league games – only Lazio have a better record across that period, having won all six of their matches.?
No Serie A fixture has produced a total of 500 goals as of yet, but Inter vs Roma could be the first to do so.
The two sides have fired a combined 499 goals during meetings with one another in the past, so just one strike would make it the first to hit the milestone.?
Inter’s tally of 12 wins from their first 14 league games is ?a stunning club record, and they could become just the second different team to manage at least 13 wins from their opening 15 matches.
?Juventus did so back in 1949/50, 2005/06, 2013/14 and 2018/19, but Inter could soon add their name to the list.
For Juventus, the success of that 2013/14 season was down to current Inter boss Antonio Conte. He won 12 of his opening 14 matches that year and repeated the feat this time around, making him the first Serie A manager to do so with two different sides.
Roma (12) and Inter (11) are the two teams with the most goals from set piece situations this season; I Nerazzurri are also the team with the fewest goals conceded from set pieces, having allowed just one goal from such scenarios.
Not only do the two sides love a set piece, they also love scoring early. Inter (12) and Roma (nine) are the two teams to score the most goals during the first 30 minutes of play this year.
Inter have already matched their total for goals in that period from last season, and there is still a whole lot of football left to be played.
Since the start of October, Inter’s Lautaro Martínez has managed 12 Serie A goals – a tally which is only bested by Lazio’s Ciro Immobile (14).?
Roma will hope to bring their own goal threat in Edin Džeko. The Bosnian has been involved in six goals at San Siro (three goals and three assists), which is his best return at any away stadium in Italy.
Confirmed Inter Lineup
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