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Craig Porter 10th Apr 2009 - 7:10

Italian Serie A Opta Facts: 11 April

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Bologna v Siena

  • Bologna are unbeaten in their five confrontations with Siena in the top flight; however the Rossoblu have taken all three points on only one occasion, with four draws completing the record.
  • Each of the last three meetings between these two sides in Serie A has ended with the same scoreline: 1-1.
  • Marco Di Vaio is the current Serie A joint-top scorer with 19 goals, including one against Siena in the 1-1 draw earlier this season.
  • Sinisa Mihajlovic’s men have lost five of the last six fixtures in the league, picking up only four points in their last nine match days.
  • Siena have lost six of their last eight games on the road, without scoring a single goal in the process.
  • Marco Giampaolo’s players have not managed to win after going behind this term, suffering 14 defeats and one draw on the 15 occasions in which they have gone behind so far in the league.
  • The only previous meeting between Sinisa Mihajlovic and Marco Giampaolo was the draw in the reverse fixture of the current season.

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Chievo v AC Milan

 

  • AC Milan have won each of their last four Serie A fixtures against Chievo, scoring nine goals and conceding only two in the process.
  • This fixture will see the team with the most penalties awarded this term (AC Milan, nine) playing against the team that has given away the most (Chievo, nine).
  • Five games without a loss (three wins and two draws) has allowed Chievo to go seven points clear of the relegation zone.
  • AC Milan have conceded only one goal in their last four Serie A games, notching up three wins and a draw in the process.
  • The reverse fixture at the San Siro back in November was decided by a Kakà penalty. The Brazilian striker has already scored three goals against Chievo in the top flight, but has failed to score in his last seven league matches, since the 7th of February.
  • The Rossoneri have scored the most goals from open play this season in Serie A (37), and boast the best passing accuracy so far (82.2%).
  • Chievo are the joint-most booked side in Serie A this term, with 85 yellow cards so far.
  • Carlo Ancelotti is unbeaten in his three previous meetings with Domenico Di Carlo in the top flight: in the head to head there has been one win to the Rossoneri manager and two draws.

 

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Fiorentina v Cagliari

 

  • The last two Serie A meetings between Fiorentina and Cagliari were won by the Sardinians; previously the Viola came out on top on three consecutive occasions, with the last draw in this fixture coming back in March 2006.
  • Cagliari have scored only three goals in their last six Serie A matches, enough to win by a one goal-margin against Bologna and Catania, and draw with Torino and Chievo. A defeat against Genoa completes this record.
  • Cesare Prandelli’s side have attempted the most shots this term in the league (441).
  • Cagliari’s midfielder, Michele Fini, has directly assisted the most goals in the league this season (10).
  • Viola striker Alberto Gilardino has already scored 16 goals this term in Serie A. with eight of those coming in the last 15 minutes of play - a league high.
  • The only previous meeting between the two managers in the top division was won by Cagliari’s Massimo Allegri in the reverse fixture back in November.

 

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Genoa v Juventus

 

  • The last time Genoa managed to beat Juventus in the top flight was back in 1991/92 (a 2-1 win at the Marassi); since then, the Old Lady have taken all three points in seven of the following 10 meetings, including the last four.
  • Genoa have scored only one goal in their last four meetings with Juve in Serie A.
  • The Grifoni are on a three-match winning streak in the league, and have not conceded a single goal in the process.
  • Claudio Ranieri’s players have scored 11 goals in the last three match days of Serie A.
  • While Juve have scored the most goals from direct free kicks in the league this season (five, four from Alex Del Piero), Genoa are yet to score from such a position this term.
  • 80% of Genoa’s goals (32 out of 40) have been scored during the second half this season; 15 of these goals have come during the last 15 minutes of play (a league high), while 16 were netted by Diego Milito, who is yet to score in the first half.
  • Juventus have scored the most headed goals so far this term (17).
  • Each of the three previous meetings between Claudio Ranieri and Giampero Gasperini in Serie A has ended with a win to current Bianconeri manager.

 

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Inter Milan v Palermo

 

  • Palermo have managed all three points against Inter on only four occasions in the 43 previous encounters between these two sides in Serie A so far; their last win over the Nerazzurri came back in September 2005 (a 3-2 win at the Barbera).
  • Four consecutive wins in the last four match days has allowed Inter to consolidate their position at the top of Serie A, and stretch their lead over second placed Juventus to nine points.
  • The Nerazzurri have kept the most clean sheets so far this term (15, four of which have come in the last four rounds).
  • José Mourinho’s side boast both best attack (55 goals scored) and defence (21 conceded) this term.
  • In Inter’s 2-0 win in the reverse fixture back in November, Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the current league joint top-scorer with 19 goals, scored both of his side’s goals.
  • No Serie A side has scored more goals than Inter from corner kicks (nine).
  • Inter are the only Serie A side yet to give away a penalty this season; the Nerazzurri conceded their last goal from the penalty spot back in September 2007, the longest run in Europe’s five biggest leagues (England, Italy, Spain, France and Germany).
  • Palermo are the only Serie A side to have won all of the games in which they have taken the lead so far this season (14).
  • The only previous meeting between the two managers was Inter’s 2-0 win in the reverse fixture this season at the Barbera.

 

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Lazio v Roma

 

  • Next Saturday will see the 130th Rome derby in the top flight: in the head to head the Giallorossi lead by 43 wins to 32, with 54 draws so far.
  • Lazio approach this derby on the back of three consecutive defeats in Serie A, having failed to score a single goal in this period.
  • Roma’s win over Bologna in the last round ended a four game winless run in the league, and allowed Francesco Totti & co. to keep their dream of qualifying for the next Champions League alive.
  • Luciano Spalletti’s players have attempted the most shots on target in the league this term (178), though Lazio boast the best shooting accuracy (48.6%).
  • Roma have had the most players sent off so far in the league (nine), despite having conceded the fewest fouls (475).
  • Roma’s captain, Francesco Totti, is on target for his seventh goal against Lazio in Serie A; on the other hand, Lazio’s Tommaso Rocchi will be eager to score his fourth to Roma.
  • Luciano Spalletti and Delio Rossi have already met 13 times in the top flight: Roma’s manager leads by seven wins to four in the head-to-head, with two draws completing the record.

 

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Lecce v Sampdoria

 

  • Lecce’s 3-1 win back in May was their only win against Sampdoria in the 12 meetings between the sides since 1991.
  • Lecce have picked up only one point from the last five occasions in which they have hosted Sampdoria in the league, conceding at least three goals on three of those.
  • The team from Salento have managed only two points in the last eight match days of Serie A.
  • Sampdoria have been highly inconsistent and unpredictable in 2009: they have recorded four wins, as many defeats and five draws in 13 rounds.
  • Luigi De Canio’s players have attempted the fewest shots on target this term in the league (101).
  • The Blucerchiati have won 644 fouls so far, a league high.
  • Lecce have conceded 50 goals so far, a league high.
  • All of the three meetings played so far between Gigi De Canio and Walter Mazzarri in the top flight have ended in draws.

 

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Napoli v Atalanta

 

  • Napoli’s last win in the league came back in January (1-0 away to Catania); since then, the Partenopei have lost seven games and drawn five in the ensuing 12 Serie A match days.
  • Napoli have been the worst side of the second part of the season so far: in the last 11 match days alone they would be bottom of the table with five points, in light of five draws and six defeats.
  • Napoli have drawn their last three games, since new manager Roberto Donadoni was appointed at the club to replace Edy Reja.
  • Atalanta are in a rut too, having won only once in their last six Serie A fixtures.
  • Alongside Lecce, Atalanta have been awarded only one penalty so far this term: a league joint-low.
  • Roberto Donadoni and Gigi Del Neri have one win each against each other, with no draws so far in the top flight.

 

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Reggina v Udinese

 

  • Reggina’s 1-0 win against Udinese at the Friuli in the reverse fixture back in November remains their only success away from home this season so far.
  • Reggina’s last win in the league came back in November (3-1 against Atalanta); since then, the Amaranto have suffered eight defeats and shared the points nine times in the league, dropping to the bottom of the table.
  • Pasquale Marino’s side have managed only one win in their last seven league games, and lost their last two against Genoa and Inter.
  • Nevio Orlandi’s players have scored the fewest goals in the competition so far (22).
  • Reggina have conceded the most goals from direct free kicks this term: six.
  • The team from Calabria have won only three of the 10 games in which they have taken the lead this season, drawing five times and losing twice, making this the worst record in the league so far.
  • The only previous meeting between the two managers in the top flight was won by Reggina manager Nevio Orlandi.

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Torino v Catania

 

  • Torino are unbeaten in the 11 occasions on which they have hosted Catania so far in the top flight, thanks to six wins and five draws in the process.
  • The reverse fixture back in November was decided by a virtuoso display from Catania striker Giuseppe Mascara who netted a hat-trick in the match.
  • The Granata have lost their last four league matches in a row, conceding seven goals and scoring only one in the process.
  • Catania have managed only one away win this season in Serie A - in the derby against Palermo. Walter Zenga’s side are yet to win away from Sicily this term (six draws and eight defeats), and have not scored more than one goal in any of their away league matches.
  • Only 33.7% of the shots attempted by Catania this term have been on target, a league low.
  • The Granata are yet to score their first goal from a set-piece situation this term.
  • Torino have conceded the most fouls in this competition so far: 662.
  • This will be the first ever meeting between managers Giancarlo Camolese and Walter Zenga.

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