MILAN – Inter will be back playing in front of their home crowd at San Siro tonight as Genoa come to town in Week 15 of Serie A.
Here's a full statistical breakdown of tonight's contest at the Meazza, compiled in collaboration with our friends at Opta:
Inter and Genoa have crossed paths 96 times before in Serie A: the Nerazzurri are ahead on 48 victories to 19, with 29 draws.
The record is evenly balanced over the last six games however, with two draws and two home wins apiece.
Nevertheless, Genoa have registered two wins out of the last three encounters. Prior to that, Inter had picked up points in 14 consecutive fixtures against the Ligurian side. Genoa have failed to find the net in eight out of the last 14 matches against Inter, while the Nerazzurri have hit five on three occasions over the same period.
The most common scorelines between these two outfits are 0-0 and 1-1, both of which have occurred 11 times.
RECORD IN MILAN
Inter have hosted Genoa 48 times, with the Rossoblu winning four matches, drawing ten and losing 34. The last time Genoa took home three points against the Nerazzurri was in March 1994. Since then, there have been six Inter wins and three draws.
Inter have notched 16 goals in their last five home encounters against Genoa in Serie A: an average of 3.2 per game.
The Nerazzurri have only managed to score one goal in 11 of the 14 matches so far this season.
After defeat against Fiorentina and a draw versus Juventus, Inter found some form at San Siro again with two wins on the bounce against Roma and Frosinone.
Genoa have managed only one victory in their last six league matches, with three draws and two defeats along the way. Gianpiero Gasperini's side are yet to win away from home this season (three draws and four defeats). The last time the Rossoblu took three points back to Liguria was in May against Atalanta.
Inter share the best defensive record with Napoli (nine goals conceded overall) and are the only team not to concede from a header this season. Roberto Mancini's team share another record with Napoli: neither side has let in a goal from outside the area in Serie A 2015-16.
Only Chievo Verona (zero) have scored less than Inter (one) in the first half hour's worth of play in 2015-16. The Nerazzurri are yet to score in the opening fifteen minutes in the first 14 matches.
It's a completely different story at the other end of the match, with only Juventus (six) scoring more than Inter and Genoa (five each) in the last quarter of an hour's play in matches this season.
No side has conceded less than Genoa in the first 30 minutes of games with two, while Inter have let in the fewest in the second half with five.
The Rossoblu have conceded the most goals from set pieces in 2015-16: seven from corners and indirect free-kicks.
Only AC Milan have a worse shots-on-target percentage than Genoa: 34% of the Rossoneri's efforts hit the target with the Rossoblu two ahead on 36%.
Mauro Icardi has had a shot every 61 minutes on average this season, whereas last year he tried his luck once every 29 minutes. Nevertheless, Icardi has excellent previous form against Genoa. He scored his first-ever goal in Serie A against the Rossoblu – in the Genoa Derby on 18 November 2012 – and has notched three strikes in five encounters in total, including two out of the last two fixtures.
Inter's last seven strikes have come from seven different players: Gary Medel, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Jonathan Biabiany, Icardi, Jeison Murillo, Marcelo Brozovic and Adem Ljajic.
Ljajic netted his first Inter strike last time out against Napoli (his 30th in Serie A). The Serbian forward hadn't been among the goals for 20 games previously, stretching back to when he was playing for Roma against Cagliari on 8 February 2015. The youngster has the best chances-created rate this season – one opportunity every 18 minutes of play – out of players who have set up at least two shooting opportunities.
Ljajic has bagged three assists overall, two in one match against Frosinone. In Frosinone v Genoa, Rossoblu winger Darko Lazovic also set up two goals (the most so far in Serie A).
After scoring three in the first two matches, Stevan Jovetic hasn't hit the back of the net in eight appearances, although the Montenegrin has supplied two assists in his last three games.
Genoa will notice Leonardo Pavoletti's absence tomorrow. Since he arrived at Genoa in February, Gasperini's team have won 55% of games at a rate of 1.9 points per match with the former Sassuolo striker on the pitch, but only 18.2% and 0.8 points without him.
Serge Gakpe has scored three times in 2015-16, coming on every occasion after a Pavoletti goal.
Diogo Figueiras got himself on the scoresheet in the defeat against Carpi – the first goal in Serie A for the former Sevilla man.
Among players to have attempted at least 15 runs with the ball, Diego Perotti has had the most success, beating his opposite number on average once every 23.38 minutes. This puts him above Juventus's Juan Cuadrado (23.58) and Palermo's Franco Vazquez (23.77). Perotti will be back against Inter after missing a game through suspension. He has hit the back of the net just once this season: a penalty against Udinese. Three of the Argentine's five Serie A goals have come from the spot.
Nicolas Burdisso hasn't netted for 79 back-to-back games in Serie A, stretching back to December 2012 against AC Milan. This is his longest dry spell since he's been playing in Italy (in total the Argentine defender has ten goals in 250 appearances). Burdisso actually made his debut in the Italian top flight and scored his first goal when he was at Inter. Overall, he featured in 93 games and scored four league goals for the Nerazzurri.
Rodrigo Palacio spent three seasons at Genoa – his first club in Italy – picking up 90 appearances and 35 strikes. Since he moved to Inter, the Argentine international has scored three goals in five games against his former employers, including two goals in two games in 2014-15.
Goran Pandev is another player to have pulled on both shirts. The Macedonian was at Inter from 2009 to 2011, playing 46 times and hitting the back of the net on five occasions. However, Pandev only managed two strikes in 14 league encounters against Inter.
Andrea Ranocchia also used to feature for Genoa. In 2010/11, he played 16 games and scored twice for the Rossoblu.
Inter brought Genoa winger Diego Laxalt to Italy, but the Uruguayan didn't pick up a single appearance for the Nerazzurri.
Jonathan Biabiany notched his first goal in Serie A against Genoa, on 6 December 2009 while playing for Parma.
Both Armando Izzo and Nemanja Vidic scored their one and only Serie A goals in this fixture in January 2015 last season.
Yuto Nagatomo has bagged three goals in six outings against the Ligurian side in the Italian top division, he hasn't scored more against any other team.
Fredy Guarin's Serie A debut came against Genoa in April 2012.
Samir Handanovic has the best shots-saved percentage in the league, deflecting 85% of attempts on his goal.
THE MEN IN THE DUGOUT
Gasperini is coming up against Inter for the 12th time as a coach. His record against the Nerazzurri reads two wins in 11 contests, with three draws and six losses. Gianpiero presided over just three league matches as Nerazzurri coach in 2011, racking up a draw and two defeats.
The last game between these two sides was Roberto Mancini's first-ever defeat against Genoa as a coach in Serie A. Previously the Nerazzurri boss had overseen two wins and a draw against the Rossoblu.
Mancini and Gasperini have faced each other four times already in their coaching careers. Roberto is ahead on two wins to one and there has been a single draw.
REFEREE AND DISCIPLINE
Piero Giacomelli will be officiating his 59th game in Serie A tomorrow and his seventh of the season.
Inter have come across Giacomelli twice before: a home draw with Cagliari in 2012 and a home loss against Atalanta in 2014.
Giacomelli has taken charge of six Genoa games, with the Ligurian side emerging victorious just once against AC Milan at San Siro last April. Two draws and three defeats complete the picture.
The home team picks up three points 50% of the time with Giacomelli in the middle – 29 wins from 58 games.
Inter have committed the least number of fouls this season (175), while Genoa (250) have given away the second most behind Chievo Verona.
Genoa have received the most red cards in 2015-16 across all five major European leagues with seven.
Inter: Nagatomo (1 match).
Genoa: Pavoletti (3 matches).
ONE BOOKING AWAY FROM SUSPENSION
Inter: Kondogbia, Medel, Melo.