Italian Serie A Opta Facts - 20th - 21st November
Statistics and facts to help your football betting are available every week at William Hill courtesy of Opta Sportsdata, Europe's leading provider of sports performance statistics.Midweek fixtures (20-21 December 2011)
Atalanta v Cesena
Cesena have scored just one goal in their previous six league meetings with Atalanta, drawing twice and losing four times.
Atalanta have won all three of their previous home games against Cesena in Serie A.
The Nerazzurri have shared the points in their last five league fixtures.
Atalanta are unbeaten at home so far in the league, securing three wins and four draws.
No team has scored more than one goal away at Bergamo this season.
Cesena have not drawn a game in the last seven league matches, picking up three wins and suffering four defeats.
Cesena have won 1-0 in two of their last three away matches, versus Bologna and Palermo, and also lost 0-2 at Juventus.
Cesena have scored just two goals away from home in Serie A this season; only Palermo and Fiorentina have netted fewer.
Adrian Mutu has scored 99 Serie A goals, three of which have come against Atalanta.
Atalanta striker German Denis is top of the scoring charts after netting a goal against Fiorentina last Saturday; his 11th of the season.
Bologna v Roma
Roma are unbeaten in seven games against Bologna in Serie A, thanks to four wins and three draws.
In the last two meetings at the Dall'Ara stadium, the Giallorossi have won without conceding a single goal.
Marco Di Vaio has scored seven goals against Roma in the league, a tally that he has only scored more than against Udinese (nine) and Fiorentina (eight).
Bologna have won only once in their last six league matches - at home v Siena (1-0).
Francesco Totti has attempted the most shots without scoring in Serie A this season, 19.
The Captain is only three goals away from Gunnar Nordhal's record of 210 goals with the same team in Serie A.
Marco Di Vaio (4) and Gaston Ramirez (3) have scored seven of Bologna's last nine goals.
Daniele De Rossi has attempted the most successful long passes (157) in Serie A this term.
Francesco Totti has supplied two goal assists in Roma's last two games.
Cagliari v Milan
The last time that Cagliari won versus Milan was back in October 1998; 1-0 at home. Since then, they've suffered 13 defeats and played out four draws.
Milan have failed to score at the Sant'Elia stadium just once in their last seven league visits there (in October 2008).
Cagliari have won just once in their last 10 league games (away at Catania, 1-0).
The Sardinian club have won only their first game of the season at home, v Novara. This has been followed by five draws and one defeat.
Cagliari have scored just one goal in their last six home league matches.
The Rossoneri are unbeaten in the last 10 Serie A fixtures; all of which they have scored at least two goals, except in the goalless draw away at Fiorentina.
Milan have been awarded a penalty in each of their last four matches and in five of the last six overall in Serie A; all of which have been converted by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Antonio Nocerino has already scored six league goals this season. He had netted only seven in his previous 149 Serie A appearances.
Alexandre Pato has netted just one goal in his last 11 Serie A games; this coming at home versus Chievo.
Inter v Lecce
The Nerazzurri are unbeaten against Lecce in eight league games, picking up six wins and two draws.
Lecce have scored just one goal in their last six league games versus Inter.
Inter have won 13 and lost one of their 14 previous meetings at the San Siro against Lecce in Serie A; scoring 30 goals and conceding five.
Inter have won five of their last six Serie A games and have not conceded a goal in their last three.
Claudio Ranieri's team won their last home game versus Fiorentina but have not been able to win two consecutive games at the San Siro yet this season.
Lecce have scored seven goals in their last three league games, but have collected just one point.
The team from Puglia have conceded nine goals in their last three league away matches.
Diego Milito has scored three goals in his two previous appearances versus Lecce in Serie A.
Lazio v Chievo
Lazio have won only once versus Chievo at the Olimpico in Serie A: they have lost three times and shared the points in five.
Four of the last five games in Rome between these two sides have ended in a draw.
Sergio Pellissier has scored six league goals against Lazio; his personal high.
Lazio have collected seven points in their last three games, scoring seven goals in the process.
The Biancocelesti have won the most points after conceding the first goal in Serie A this season, 13.
Lazio have lost only one of the seven Serie A games played at the Olimpico so far this term; 0-1 v Juventus.
The win against Cagliari was Chievo's first in four games.
Chievo have won once in seven away games this term (2-1 at Catania), losing five.
Lazio are the only Serie A team yet to concede a goal in the last 15 minutes of a game this season.
Chievo have scored the most goals from substitutes this season in Serie A (5).
Napoli v Genoa
In the last three Serie A meetings between these two sides, there have been only two goals scored (two 1-0 Napoli wins).
Prior those three games, Genoa had won five consecutive times against Napoli in the top flight.
The last time that Napoli scored more than two goals versus Genoa at home in Serie A was back in 1957, 4-0.
Walter Mazzarri's team have won only one of their last seven league games, 4-2 versus Lecce, losing twice and drawing four times.
Napoli have conceded eight goals in their last three home league fixtures. They had shipped just three in their previous five.
Genoa have not shared the points in their last eight league matches, picking up four wins and as many defeats.
Before winning at Siena, the Grifoni had mustered just one point in five away games (2-2 v Juventus).
Lucas Pratto scored his first Serie A goal against Bologna. The Argentinean has been involved in three of the last five goals scored by Genoa, scoring one goal and picking up two assists.
Alberto Malesani has never won against Walter Mazzarri in Serie A (three defeats and two draws)
Novara v Palermo
There have been only 12 previous meetings between thes two sides in he top-flight: Novara winning four times (all at home), Palermo six.
The Rosanero have won at Novara only once, it was a 4-3 in April 1953.
Novara have won once in the last 12 league games, losing seven of these matches.
The newly-promoted team have failed to keep a clean sheet so far this season.
The only two wins for Novara came at the Silvio Piola stadium versus Inter and Parma.
Palermo have not scored a single goal in their last three league outings and have won just a single point.
The Sicilian team have yet to score their first away goal of the season.
Novara have conceded the most shots on target to their opponents (86).
Parma v Catania
Parma are unbeaten in Serie A versus Catania, picking up two wins and two draws.
Parma have not won in their last four league games and have drawn the last three.
At home, the "Ducali" have not lost in their last four matches, securing two wins followed by two draws, including the entertaining 3-3 v Lecce last Sunday.
Catania have lost twice on their travels this season, winning once and sharing the points four times.
In the only game that Catania did not concede a goal away, they won the three points (1-0 at Lecce).
Sebastian Giovinco has already scored three league goals versus Catania, he has only done better against his former club Juventus (four).
Giovinco has won more penalties than any other player in Serie A this term (3).
Five of Francesco Lodi's seven goals in Serie A have come from a direct free kick.
In the game versus Lecce last Sunday, Graziano Pellè has scored his first goal in Serie A after 22 appearances.
Siena v Fiorentina
In their 12 previous encounters in Serie A, Fiorentina have won six times to Siena's three.
Siena have never scored more than one goal versus Fiorentina in Serie A.
On the last occasion that these two sides met in the top flight, the Viola won 5-1 at home.
Siena have lost their last four league games, while failing to score a single goal.
Siena have not won in six games and have mustered just one point in the process.
Fiorentina have won just one game in their last six; 3-0 at home v Roma.
The Viola have not won away from home since April (2-1 v Cagliari). Since then they have picked up three draws and suffered six defeats, including the last four matches played away from home.
Gilardino & Co have netted just one goal in their last seven away fixtures.
Against Atalanta, Alberto Gilardino found the back of the net for the first time after nine league goalless appearances.
Udinese v Juventus
In the last four seasons the balance between these two sides in the league is absolutely even, with both teams winning once each every season.
Udinese, however, have won only two of their last home encounters with Juventus in Serie A.
Udinese are unbeaten in four games - securing three wins and one draw; away at Lazio in their last game.
Udinese are the only Serie A team with a 100% home record so far this season.
In the seven games played at the Froiuli Stadium, Francesco Guidolin side have conceded only two goals.
Juventus are the only Serie A side still unbeaten this term, nine wins and six draws.
The Old Lady have drawn their last two away league fixtures and have drawn four of the last six games away from Turin.
Udinese (nine) and Juventus (seven) are the sides to have kept the most clean sheets in the Italian top flight this season.
These two managers have crossed each other only once in Serie A, when Antonio Conte was at Atalanta and won 3-1 the game versus Guidolin's Parma.
Francesco Guidolin has won only five of his 23 previous league meetings with Juventus.