Serie A Opta Facts - 16-17 March
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WEEK 28 - 16-17 March
Bologna v Chievo
The head to head record in Serie A between Bologna and Chievo is perfectly even: five wins each and five draws.
At the Dall'Ara, Bologna have won four times and lost just once against Chievo, with two draws rounding off the record.
Chievo have always scored at Bologna in the top-flight, but only once more than one goal.
Bologna have lost just one game in 2012: the Felsinei would be third in the Serie A table behind AC Milan and Napoli, taking into account only the games played this calendar year.
Chievo have not scored more than one goal per game over the last six match-days of Serie A.
Chievo have already shipped 10 headed goals, a league joint-high, shared with Novara.
Chievo ‘keeper Stefano Sorrentino has already saved three penalties in this campaign, more than any other Serie A goalkeeper.
Chievo have scored just two goals from set pieces (one from a corner, one from a penalty) - a Serie A-low.
Bologna are unbeaten in the 12 games when Acquafresca or Di Vaio have scored (seven wins and five draws).
Cagliari v Cesena
Cesena are unbeaten in Serie A against Cagliari (six wins and nine draws, including the 1-1 in the reverse fixtures at the Manuzzi).
Only against Bologna (seven), have Cesena won more games than against Cagliari in the top-flight.
Prior to the 1-1 in the reverse fixture, the Sardinians had failed to score in six meetings against Cesena.
In Sardinia, Cesena have beaten Cagliari twice, with five draws completing the record (three 0-0).
Cagliari have lost their last three league games, conceding 11 goals; the last time they lost four in a row was at the end of last season.
Cesena have won just one game since the start of 2012, picking up just one point from the last six match-days.
Cesena haven't scored a single goal in their last four league fixtures.
Away from home, Cesena have taken just one point from their last seven games.
Cesena have the worst attack (16 goals scored) and the lowest percentage of shots on target (36.5%) and conversion rate (6.6%) in this Serie A campaign.
Against Napoli, Larrivey scored his first Serie A hat-trick, taking his total goal tally for the season to seven; more than the total he managed over the previous three seasons.
Catania v Lazio
Catania have never scored more than a single goal in their last 10 meetings against Lazio in Serie A (eight overall).
After remaining unbeaten for nine home games against Lazio, Catania lost the last time they hosted the Biancocelesti at the Massimino 4-1, last April.
However, after Sampdoria and Genoa, Lazio are the side with the most defeats at the Massimino in Serie A (seven).
Hernanes has scored in two of the last three games he has played against Catania; Lazio have always won when "the Prophet" has scored this term (eight times).
Catania have the best form in the last five Serie A match-days: three wins and two draws.
The Sicilians are on a run of three consecutive home wins, against Genoa, Novara and Fiorentina.
Only Chievo, back in November, have managed to score more than a single goal at the Massimino this season.
Lazio have not shared the points in the last 11 match-days (six wins and five losses), and have scored in each of their last 10 games.
Lazio have conceded nine goals in their last three games on the road.
Francesco Lodi has already scored eight goals in this campaign, all from dead ball situations (six penalties, two direct free-kicks).
Lazio have had the most headed shots so far (64); Miroslav Klose has scored the joint-most headed goals (four, alongside Igor Budan).
Fiorentina v Juventus
These two sides have met 145 times in Serie A: 66 wins for the Old Lady, 31 for the Viola and 48 draws.
Over their last 20 meetings, Fiorentina have beaten Juventus just once, 3-2 in Turin in March 2008.
Juventus are unbeaten in their last seven meetings against Fiorentina (three wins for the Bianconeri, four draws).
Over these last seven fixtures, the Viola have never scored more than a goal per game.
Six of the last nine meetings in Florence have ended as draws, three Juve wins complete the record.
Juventus have already scored 234 goals against Fiorentina in Serie A, more than any other opponent.
The Viola have won just once over the last six match-days, losing four times.
Against Fiorentina, Claudio Marchisio scored the first of his 16 goals in Serie A, on 24th January 2009.
Juventus are still unbeaten in this campaign, though they have drawn the most games (14); only Brest in Ligue 1 have drawn more games (15) amongst the top-5 European leagues.
Antonio Conte's side have shared the points in six of their last seven league fixtures, including the last four; the last time they drew five in a row in Serie A was in May 2009.
Juventus have found the net with just one of their last 60 shots in this competition.
Inter v Atalanta
Inter have won 57 of their 101 previous meetings with Atalanta in the top-flight, losing 19 times and drawing 25.
Atalanta have lost more games against Inter than against any other Serie A opponent, conceding also the most goals against the Biscione (181).
Inter have scored in each of their last 27 meetings against Atalanta in the league.
Atalanta have won just one of their last 13 games against Inter in Serie A.
At the San Siro, the hosts have beaten Atalanta on the last six occasions they have met in the top-flight.
By beating Chievo, Inter ended a negative run of seven winless games; Claudio Ranieri's side also kept their first clean sheet after eight games.
At home, Inter are still winless in four games (two losses, two draws).
Atalanta are unbeaten in their last six games (two wins and four draws), and have conceded just two goals in the process.
However, away from home Stefano Colantuono's side have won just one of their last nine games, drawing the last two 0-0 with Novara and Udinese.
Giampaolo Pazzini, a product of the Atalanta youth ranks, has already scored six goals against the Bergamaschi, only against Lecce has he scored more so far in Serie A.
Lecce v Palermo
This will be the 10th meeting between these two sides in Serie A: the Rosanero lead by five wins to two.
The record over their last five meetings sees the Sicilians unbeaten (three wins, two draws), and scoring 14 goals (2.8 per game).
Lecce have taken more points on the road (15) than at home (10) so far in this campaign.
At home, Lecce have won the joint-fewest points with Novara, and have conceded the most goals (21).
However, Lecce are unbeaten in their last five home games in this competition (two wins and three draws).
Palermo remain the only side yet to win a game away from home this season in Serie A.
The Sicilians have lost their last three games against Siena, AC Milan and Roma, and have conceded a total of 17 goals over the last seven match-days.
Lecce have conceded the most goals before half time so far (23).
Guillermo Giacomazzi has already scored three goals in Serie A against Palermo, his favourite opponent along with Udinese.
Lecce have completed the most dribbles so far in this campaign (273); Colombian Cuadrado has managed the most dribbles in Serie A this term (85).
Parma v AC Milan
This will be the 42nd meeting between these two sides in Serie A: the Ducali are on target for their 10th win against AC Milan, there have been 21 wins for the Rossoneri so far.
At the Tardini the Rossoneri lead by eight wins to seven, with five draws rounding off the record.
AC Milan have won their last three games against Parma, with the Ducali able to beat the Rossoneri only once in their last 15 meetings.
Parma are winless in their last six games (four draws and two losses), and have won just one of their last seven at home.
AC Milan are on a run of three consecutive away wins against Udinese, Cesena and Palermo, and have scored an average of three goals per game in the process.
AC Milan have won the most games away from home (nine), and collected the most points on the road (29).
Massimiliano Allegri's side boast the best goals to shots ratio in Serie A this season (17%).
Sebastian Giovinco has already won four penalties this term, a Serie A-record.
In the reverse fixture, Antonio Nocerino scored his only hat-trick in Serie A: this is already his most prolific Serie A campaign (nine goals, only Ibrahimovic has netted more for the Rossoneri).
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has already scored nine goals against Parma, only against Palermo has he bagged more in Serie A.
Roma v Genoa
This will be the 90th meeting between these two sides in Serie A: the Giallorossi lead by 37 wins to 31, with 21 draws completing the form.
Genoa have beaten Roma more often than any other Serie A opponent.
However, the Grifoni have won just seven of their 44 previous visits to Roma, with the hosts having the better on 31 occasions at the Olimpico.
The last eight meetings between these two sides have always been won by the home side.
Roma have scored in each of their last nine meetings against Genoa: 19 goals, on average 2.1 per game.
Roma are unbeaten in their last nine fixtures with Genoa at the Olimpico, and have won each of the last five.
Genoa have only managed to score more than one goal at Roma just once in their last 31 visits.
Luis Enrique's side have lost just one of their last eight home fixtures (the derby against Lazio), winning five times in the process.
Genoa have drawn their last three games, after a run of three consecutive defeats: in fact the Liguri are winless in their last six games.
Away from home, Genoa have managed to win just one of their last 12 games, losing nine times and conceding 21 goals in their last six fixtures.
Genoa have the worst defence of this competition (48 goals conceded, 32 of which have come away from home).
Fabio Borini has scored seven goals in his last seven starts for Roma in the league.
Genoa have already faced seven penalties in this campaign - a record in this Serie A season.
Siena v Novara
The 1-1 draw of the reverse fixture is the only previous meeting between these two sides in Serie A.
Giuseppe Gemiti has made the most crosses from open play so far this season (174).
Siena have notched up three wins in a row, scoring an average of three goals per game.
At home, the Tuscans have not conceded more than one goal over their last seven games (four wins, two draws and one defeat).
Novara got back to winning ways last Sunday against Udinese, after a run of three league games in which they had taken just one point in total.
Away from home, Novara have won just once this season, at the San Siro against Inter, and have managed to score more than a single goal only in their away debut against Chievo, back in September.
Novara have the second-worst defence (46 goals conceded) and the second-worst attack (22 scored) this season in Serie A.
Novara have scored the fewest goals in the first half this season (only four).
Siena have attempted the fewest shots so far in this competition (215).
Udinese v Napoli
This will be the 60th meeting between these two sides: Napoli lead by 20 wins to 15, with 24 draws completing the record.
Napoli have won only four times at the Friuli, with 11 wins for the hosts and 14 draws rounding off the form.
Napoli's 2-0 win in the reverse fixture ended a run of three consecutive wins for Udinese against the Partenopei in the top-flight.
Udinese have had the better of Napoli in the last two games played at home, with Antonio Di Natale scoring a hat-trick on both occasions.
Francesco Guidolin's side have won just one of their last six games, and failed to score in the last two.
At home, Udinese have drawn 0-0 in their last two games, and are winless since February 1st (2-1 against Lecce).
However, Udinese still have the best home record of this competition (33 points), and have the second-best defensive record, behind AC Milan (only seven goals conceded).
Napoli have the second-best defensive record on the road, only 12 goals conceded away from the San Paolo.
Napoli have won their last five games (two of which have been away from home), scoring on average 2.8 goals per game.
Ezequiel Lavezzi scored one of his three braces in Serie A against Udinese: he has bagged five goals in total against the Friulani, more than against any other Serie A opponent.