MILAN – Inter bring the first half of the season to a close away in Udine on Saturday 23 January at 18:00 CET; Antonio Conte’s Nerazzurri, after the win against Juventus, go into matchday 19 in second place on 40 points.
Saturday’s game will be the 95th meeting between the two sides. Inter have beaten Udinese 47 times, drawn 26 and lost 21. The Nerazzurri’s ascendency in the fixture has only been confirmed of late as Inter have won nine of their last eleven games against the Bianconeri (1D, 1L) in the league, keeping five clean sheets. Should they fail to score, Udinese would equal the top flight’s record for the longest run without a goal against the same opponent.
RECORD IN UDINE
Udinese have taken just a single point in their last seven home games against Inter in Serie A (6L); among teams faced at least twice at home since 2013/14, Inter are the side, against whom the Friuli-based outfit have taken the least points.
Inter sit in second place on 40 points in the league after a victory over Juventus, thanks to goals from Vidal and Barella – their twelfth win in Serie A this season. The Nerazzurri have the best attack in Serie A, having scored 45 goals in their first 18 games this season (only Bayern Munich have more in the current campaign in one of Europe’s Top-5 leagues with 48). The last time the Nerazzurri did better since the league has consisted of 20 teams was back in 1951/52 (48 goals in 19 games).
With 17 points from 18 games, Udinese are currently sat in 15th in the table with a record of four wins, five draws and nine defeats. They have scored 20 goals and conceded 28. Luca Gotti’s side go into this fixture after a draw against Atalanta.
The last meeting between the two sides was decided by Romelu Lukaku, who has more goal involvements in Serie A (12G, 3A) than any other Inter player this season.
Nicolò Barella has scored six league goals this season; the last Italian midfielder at Inter to score more in a single season was Nicola Berti in 1988/89 (seven goals in the Record Scudetto year).
Samir Handanovic and Alexis Sánchez are among the exes of the fixture, both of whom made their Serie A debuts in an Udinese shirt; the Slovene played 182 league games with the Fruili-based outfit, the Chilean made 95 appearances.
Marcelo Brozovic’s first goal away from home in Serie A was scored against Udinese in December 2015; the Croat has scored twice in total against the Bianconeri and also bagged two assists in a single Serie A game for the first time in the meeting in May 2018 (the second was against Roma on 10 January).
Arturo Vidal, who got on the scoresheet last time out, has not scored in two consecutive Serie A matches since January 2016 (against Atalanta and Roma).
This will be the second meeting in Serie A between Antonio Conte and Luca Gotti, after the Nerazzurri’s victory in the second half of last season. The Inter boss has won eight of his nine matches against Udinese as a coach, drawing the other one.