MILAN – This evening sees Parma v Inter at the Stadio Ennio Tardini, kick-off 20:45. With three games to go Andrea Stramaccioni‘s Inter side take on a team which – according to Football Data – haven’t conceded at home for 234 minutes (the last opponent to score in Parma was Lazio’s Lionel Scaloni on 31 March). Roberto Donadoni‘s Gialloblu have also picked up 15 points from a possible 18, with 4 straight wins (3 coming on the road). They’re just one win away from equalling the club record set in 1999/2000.
Tonight’s game is the 53rd meeting between the two sides, and the 27th in Parma. The first meeting dates back to 1960/61 in the Coppa Italia. The teams didn’t meet in Serie A until 1990/91. The Nerazzurri have had the better of things (22 wins to Parma’s 15) but the side from Emilia-Romagna are ahead at the Stadio Tardini. Parma have won 13 and drawn 7, while Inter’s 6 wins have yielded just 25 goals, compared to 41 for their opponents. The sides have played each other once at a neutral venue, in Verona in 2000/01 to decide who qualified for the Champions League. Inter won 3-1 that night, 23 May, as Roberto Baggio put in a wonderful performance.
Daniele Orsato will officiate his 91st game in Serie A, and his 16th of this season. The referee from Schio, 36, has seen the home side come out on top in the majority of the games he’s been in charge of, the hosts winning 45 and the visitors 24. That seems to have changed this season however, as the away team have won 7 to the home side’s 6, while only two games have ended all square. In the top flight the official has shown 25 red cards (only 1 this season) and awarded 23 penalties (3 this term). This is the 17th time the Nerazzurri will play with Orsato as referee and they have won 11, drawn 3 and lost 2. This season they lost to Catania and won the first derby with Orsato as the man in charge.
Roberto Donadoni, the Parma coach, takes on Inter for the sixth time. He’s come up against them when in charge of Livorno, Napoli and Cagliari. He’s never drawn against the Nerazzurri and in his previous encounters the home side have always run out winners. Thus far Donadoni has one win, while Inter have won 4 inflicting the former Italy and AC Milan midfielder’s heaviest defeat as a coach, 5-0 in Milan against Livorno. Donadoni has won 2, drawn 6 and lost on 12 occasions in the month of May, with an average of 0.6 points per game. Football Data’s statistics point to November and April as his two most successful months, with 1.78 and 1.68 respectively.
Finally a Dejan Stankovic stat. Parma are the Serb’s favourite opposition in Serie A. He’s scored 6 of his 76 goals in Italy against them, only against AC Milan has the midfielder been as successful.