League leaders Inter will host Udinese this Saturday as they look to maintain their lead at the top of Serie A.
The Nerazzurri have yet to lose a game this season in the league, winning 12 and drawing four. One of those draws came last Saturday, as they were unable to beat third-placed Juventus away from home.
Udinese head into the game 13th in the Serie A league table, seven points above the relegation places, but with a game-in-hand. Massimo Oddo’s side have hit some form though after winning their last three games, two of those wins came in the league, while the other was an emphatic 8-3 victory over Perugia in the fourth round of the Coppa Italia.
In a fixture that has largely been dominated by Inter, the recent head-to-head record has been more even between the two teams. From the last 10 fixtures, Udinese have managed to win three times and draw one. One of those victories was particularly memorable as they managed to win 5-2 away from home back in 2013.
The Little Zebras stormed to a 2-0 lead in the first 10 minutes with goals from Giampiero Pinzi and Maurizio Domizzi. But Inter struck back in the 12th minute when Juan Jesus managed to squeeze a low strike past Udinese goalkeeper Zeljko Brkic.
However, the away side pulled away quickly again, with two goals coming either side of half-time. Antonio Di Natale’s fantastic curled effort from the left-hand side of the box and Gabriel Silva’s chip over the goalkeeper saw Udinese take a 4-1 advantage.
A 63rd minute strike from Inter’s Tommaso Rocchi gave his side some hope, but that only lasted a few minutes until a mistake from the home side’s defense allowed Luis Muriel to score Udinese’s fifth goal and seal the game.