MILAN – Today’s game at the Stadio Friuli will be the 89th meeting between
Udinese and Inter. The first recorded game dates back to 1950/51. 44 games have
been played at the home of the Bianconeri, the same number as in Milan. The
Nerazzurri have had the better of things, winning 41, there have been 29 draws
and the men from Friuli have come out on top on 18 occasions. Inter have scored
133 goals to Udinese’s 86.
Luca Banti (born in Livorno on 27 March 1974, first game in Serie A on 29 May
2005) will take charge of his 103rd match in the top flight, with the home side
winning 48, 27 draws and 27 away wins. He has given 17 penalties and 28 red
cards. In this season’s Serie A Banti has already officiated 16 times, with 3
home wins, 10 draws, and 3 away wins. He has awarded 3 penalties and 3 red
cards. He has taken charge of Inter 13 times in the past (9 wins, 3 draws, 1
defeat) and Udinese 11 times (7 wins, 2 draws and 2 defeats). The referee from
Tuscany has twice refereed Inter this season, against Genoa (a win), and
Lecce (a defeat).
Francesco Guidolin will take on Inter for the 29th time. Inter have
won 16 of the previous encounters, 6 have been draws, while the coach from Castelfranco Veneto
has masterminded 6 victories.
Udinese have made the fewest substitutions of any side in Serie A this
season, 79 from a possible 96.
Udinese have lost just one of their last 18 home games, a 2-1 win for AC
Milan on 11 February 2012. They have won 12 and drawn 5 of the other 17.
Totò Di Natale and Diego Milito go head-to-head in battle between two of the 5 best marksmen in Italian football in 2012. The Nerazzurri striker is currently top, with the Udinese captain fifth.
Inter have won 4 and drawn 3 of their last 8 competitive games, but on the road they’ve picked up just one win in their last 8 (in Verona against Chievo).