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    27.02.2016 14:00 - in: Serie A S

    Inter away form analysis

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    Inter’s trip to Turin marks their 14th away day of the Serie A season. Juventus.com tracks the trends to have formed over their previous 13 fixtures on the road
    Rocky ride since Naples

    Unbeaten on their travels for the first three and a half months of the season, Inter boasted the best away form in Serie A with 14 points from six matches.

    However, since falling to their first loss on the road against Napoli on 30 November, Roberto Mancini’s men have picked up just eight points from their last seven away fixtures, including a crushing 3-0 defeat to inter-city rivals Milan on 31 January and a 2-1 reverse at the hands of Fiorentina on their most recent excursion.

    Indeed, you have to track back to 6 January and the first match since the Christmas break to recall their very last win outside the San Siro walls, a 1-0 victory at Empoli.

    Goalie greatness

    Inter boast the joint third-best defensive record on the road, conceding 1.1 goals on average – level with Bologna and Sassuolo and inferior only to Juventus (0.6) and Napoli (0.9).

    Playing a huge role in keeping the goals against tally down has been no other than Samir Handanovic. The Slovenian stopper has saved a greater proportion of shots coming his way than any other keeper (79 per cent), while blocking the fourth highest number of opposition efforts – 88, a significant amount for a team sitting fifth in Serie A.

    A major reason why Handanovic is being kept so busy is that Mancini’s men let their hosts hit the target 4.8 times per game – more often than any of the top nine teams for away form this term.

    Solitary strikes

    If Inter have scored an average 1.4 goals per game this term on their travels it is largely thanks to their 4-0 win against Udinese and 3-3 draw with Hellas Verona.

    Away supporters of the Nerazzurri have predominantly celebrated just the solitary strike from their side this season, the 2-1 triumph against Carpi the only other occasion in which they have managed to beat the opposition keeper more than once.

    Wing wizards

    The fact that Inter like to attack down the wings should be no secret. Their average of 18.5 crosses whipped into the box away from home represents the second most in Serie A after only Lazio’s 22.2.

    Meanwhile, their 5.8 corners won per away game is also inferior solely to Stefano Pioli’s Biancocelesti (6.2).

    Over the course of their second most recent away day, against Hellas Verona (see diagram to the left), it’s evident how the Nerazzurri focused the majority of their attacks down the flanks, especially down the right-hand side, where Yutu Nagatomo, Marcelo Brozovic and Rodrigo Palacio were the main operators.

    Eye on Icardi

    Mauro Icardi is Inter’s leading marksman on their travels this term with six goals, the most recent of which came in the aforementioned 3-3 draw in Verona. The Argentine also notched his only brace of the campaign while on the road, during the 4-0 thumping of Udinese in December.

    The Bianconeri backline would also be well advised to keep close tabs on Icardi’s compatriot and strike partner Palacio, who has the most assists to his name away from home (three) and also Serbian wide forward Adem Ljajic, who has fashioned the highest number of scoring opportunities outside the San Siro this season (22). 

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