VERONA – (in collaboration with Football Data Firenze) Chievo Verona and Inter will be facing each other at the Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi for the 10th time tonight, since their first meeting in the 2001/02 season. There have been 2 victories for the hosts, 3 draws and 4 Nerazzurri wins. Inter have notched up 14 goals (at least one in very game) against Chievo’s 10. The referee, Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni, will be overseeing a match involving the Gialloblù for the 15th time, and Inter for the 6th time. It marks his 79th appearance in Serie A and his 13th of the season.
Inter haven’t won in their last 9 matches and haven’t scored away from home for 486 minutes, whereas Chievo haven’t lost in their last 3 (their last defeat was on 13 February) and are one game away from their record unbeaten run (4 matches).
Mimmo Di Carlo will make his 100th appearance in the Chievo dugout this evening against Claudio Ranieri (606 matches in his coaching career), the man he faced – and lost to – in his first game in charge of the Verona-based side on 9 November 2008. Ranieri’s teams have always scored against Di Carlo’s teams, while Di Carlo has never beaten Inter and has conceded in every match against them.
The Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi has been starved of goals this year, seeing fewer goals than any other Serie A ground. At home Chievo Verona have the third best defensive record (after AC Milan and Udinese) and the second worst attack.
Walter Samuel has netted 3 of his 23 league goals against Chievo, making them his preferred ‘target’, while for Giampaolo Pazzini March is the month in which he has scored the most goals throughout his career (13).
Chievo and Inter are joint second in the league table for penalties conceded: 6 each. Only Genoa (with 8) have had more spot kicks awarded against them this term.