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Preview: Inter – Udinese

Inter Milan survived a draw against Juventus last weekend to remain the only unbeaten side in Serie A (SA). This weekend, they host a revitalised Udinese side looking to make up for the lost time and points, making this a tricky encounter.

 

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

It may look like clutching at straws, but Inter were stretched in the midweek Coppa Italia fixture by Serie C side Pordenone Calcio with the SA leaders needing penalties to go through. With their lead at the top (one point over Napoli) after 16 games threadbare, the hosts will need to keep winning to maintain their lead.

Udinese’s current position (13th) may not give goosebumps to their supporters, but they are on a three-match winning run in all competitions. In these matches, they have scored 13 goals while conceding none! The arrival of Massimo Oddo at the helm has certainly worked wonders!

However, it won’t be easy against the hosts who have the best defensive record in the league (ten goals in 16 games). This season, they have seven clean sheets (44%) and have shipped more than one goal only twice (13%).

It gets better for Inter at home with seven wins out of eight (88%), five clean sheets (63%), 20 goals scored (avg. of 2.5 per game) and only five conceded (avg. of 0.63 per game) make them almost invincible! Only Torino were able to go from the San Siro this season with a point.

Another interesting trend has been that Inter have scored 36% of their goals (12 out of 33) after the 75th minute while Udinese have conceded 13% of their goals (three out of 24) in the final quarter. Keep an eye when the clock is winding down!

Udinese’s renaissance started in the last couple of rounds away from home. But, history says that Inter have had an upper hand over the visitors. The hosts have won all five of their previous encounters (scoring 16 goals and conceding five). The last time Udinese defeated Inter at the San Siro was back in 2014.

 

Missing players

Inter: Z. Vanheusden (knee injury), J. Mario (doubtful)

Udinese: G. Angella (doubtful).