MILAN – Inter host Cesena at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in a 15:00 kick-off this afternoon. It will be the 13th meeting between these two sides in Milan and the 28th overall since they first clashed in the 1973/74 season. Past results are stacked heavily in Inter’s favour: 16 wins, 9 draws (3 at home) and 2 defeats (1 at home and 1 away). The stats provided by Football Data in Florence also reveal that the Nerazzurri have scored twice as many goals as Cesena (44 versus 22), with more goals in Cesena (24 scored, 13 conceded) than in Milan (20-9).
Today’s referee will be Andrea Romeo of the Verona refereeing section. He will be overseeing his 76th Serie A fixture, his 6th with Inter and 18th with Cesena. The 41-year-old match official will be taking charge of his 17th league fixture in the current campaign. With him in charge, home sides have won 43 times (12 this year), there have been 19 draws (3) and 13 away victories (just 1 in 2011/12). Romeo has awarded 27 penalties in Serie A (8 this season) and produced 17 red cards (5 this term).
Mario Beretta has beaten Inter just once in 12 attempts: in 2006, when he was in charge of Parma. In his other 11 games against the Nerazzurri he has drawn 4 times and lost 7. The Milan-born coach tends to draw a lot of games (22) in April, a month in which his teams have won and lost an equal number of matches (13).
Inter have tasted defeat just once in their last 10 competitive fixtures, losing 2-0 away to Juventus on 25 March. The other 9 games In that period have produced 5 wins for Inter and 4 draws.
Diego Milito has reached 20 league
goals in a single season for the sixth time in his career. He
previously managed it in 2003/04 (Racing Club, Argentine first
division, 8 goals + Genoa, Serie B, 12; total 20) 2004/05 (Genoa,
Serie B, 21), 2006/07 (Real Saragoza, Spanish first division, 23),
2008/09 (Genoa, Serie A, 24), 2009/10 (Inter, Serie A, 22). Milito is Italy’s joint top scorer in 2012 with 17 goals since the new year, the same number as Napoli’s Cavani.
Francesco Antonioli is one of the keepers that Mauro Zarate has scored against most often in competitive fixtures while playing in Italy: 3 of his 35 total goals.
With the penalty awarded to Genoa on 22 April, Inter have now had 10 penalties given against them in 34 matches this season. This not only means the Nerazzurri are the side with the most penalties against them in the 2011/12 Serie A campaign – tied with Cesena – it also sets a new club record in a single Serie A season since the start of a unified top flight in Italy: Inter’s previous record of 9 penalties was established in 1985/86.
Cesena are without a league win since 15 January, when they overcame Novara 3-1 at the Stadio Manuzzi. They have racked up 7 draws and 9 defeats in the 16 matches since then – their worst run of the season.
Cesena have lost more points in the second period than any other team in Serie A 2011/12: compared to their half-time scorelines, they are 8 points worse off after 90 minutes.
Cesena are one of the two Serie A 2011/12 sides with the fewest different scorers: just 10, the same as Bologna. The 10 Cesena players to get their names on the scoresheet are Candreva, Del Nero, Eder, Guana, Iaquinta, Mutu, Parolo, Pudil, Rennella and Santana.