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Rupert Wyman 12th May 2011 - 14:49

Italian Serie A Opta Facts - 14th-15th May

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Bari v Lecce

  • This will be the 14th derby of Puglia in the top-flight: Bari lead by five wins to three, five draws complete the record.
  • Bari have had the better in three of their last four league meetings with Lecce, including in the reverse fixture at the Via del Mare (1-0).
  • Lecce have won at Bari's ground only once in six meetings, the hosts have won three times.
  • Bari are on a run of four consecutive defeats in Serie A: they have now lost 23 games in this campaign, more than any other side.
  • Should they lose against Lecce, Bari would end this campaign with only 12 points at home, only Treviso (10) have picked up fewer points on their own soil (2005/06) since Serie A has had 20 teams.
  • Lecce have won only one of their last six games in this competition.
  • This meeting will see the league's worst attack (Bari, 23 goals scored), come up against the worst defence (Lecce, 62 conceded).

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Catania v Roma

  • Catania have won only one of their last 13 games against Roma in Serie A.
  • However, the Sicilians are unbeaten in their last three games at home against Roma (two draws and a win).
  • Catania have picked up only one point from their last four league meetings with Roma, in their last meeting at the Massimino in September 2009 (1-1).
  • Having won their last two games, Catania are safe from relegation with two match-days to go; the Sicilians will play in the top-flight for the sixth consecutive season in 2011-12.
  • Catania have won five of their last six games at home, losing only against Lazio (1-4) in this period.
  • Roma have taken seven points from their last three games and 13 from their last five on the road.
  • Roma have scored two or more goals in each of their last four games away from home in Serie A.
  • Francesco Totti has scored only one goal in five previous meetings against Catania in Serie A.
  • The Giallorossi have already scored 11 goals from penalties this season - a league-high.

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Cesena v Brescia

  • After losing to Catania last Sunday, Brescia are relegated to Serie B just 11 months after promotion to Serie A.
  • The only previous meeting between these two sides in Serie A was Cesena's 2-1 win at the Rigamonti in the reverse fixture.
  • Cesena have won three of their last four games in this campaign, losing the other (2-1) against Inter after having taken the lead.
  • Cesena have not conceded a goal in these three wins.
  • Defeat against Inter ended Cesena's run of of four consecutive unbeaten games at home in the league.
  • Brescia have picked up only two points from their last five league games.
  • Away from home, Brescia have won only one game this season, back in September against Chievo; since then the Rondinelle have collected only six draws and 10 defeats.
  • Cesena have scored only three headed goals this season, a league-joint low with Bari and Sampdoria.

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Chievo v Udinese

  • Udinese are unbeaten in their last four meetings with Chievo in the league (two wins, two draws).
  • However, Chievo have kept a clean sheet in five of the eight occasions they have hosted Udinese in Serie A.
  • Chievo have not reapeted the same result for two consecutive games over the last 10 match-days of Serie A; should this continue, they won't share the points with Udinese, after their 2-2 draw with Juventus last Monday.
  • At home, Chievo have picked up seven points from their last three games, and conceded only one in their last five games.
  • Udinese have not registered a draw in the last 10 match-days of this campaign (six wins and four defeats).
  • Udinese have lost two of their last three fixtures on the road, but are still the most prolific side away from home (36 goals scored).
  • Udinese boss Francesco Guidolin has lost only two of his previous 11 meetings with Chievo in the top-flight.

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Fiorentina v Bologna

  • This will be the 120th meeting between these two sides in the top-flight: Fiorentina lead by 44 wins to 36, 39 draws complete the record.
  • Bologna have managed to beat Fiorentina only once in their last eight meetings in Serie A, the last time this game was played at the Artemio Franchi in January 2010.
  • Prior to that defeat, Fiorentina were unbeaten in nine consecutive games at home against Bologna.
  • Fiorentina have scored exactly one goal in their last five games at home against Bologna in the league.
  • Fiorentina have lost only two games in the last 11 match-days of the Serie A, against the two sides from Milan.
  • Bologna are winless in their last seven games (five defeats), and have failed to scored in their last five.
  • Alberto Malesani's side have lost their last three games on the road, scoring only once in this period.

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Lazio v Genoa

  • Lazio are unbeaten in their last six Serie A games against Genoa, winning four.
  • Genoa have had the better in only one of their last 13 games with Lazio: 2-1 at the Olimpico in January 2008.
  • Lazio have lost their last three league games, against Inter, Juventus and Udinese.
  • Before losing with the Old Lady, the Biancocelesti were unbeaten at home in seven games (six wins and a draw).
  • Genoa have won three of their last four league games.
  • Away from home though, the Grifoni have taken only one point from their last five games (1-1 at Bologna).
  • Lazio have conceded only six goals in the opening 30 minutes of play overall this season in Serie A.
  • Genoa are alongside Lecce as the side who have lost the most games after having taken the lead this season (four).

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Milan v Cagliari

  • After drawing with Roma last Saturday AC Milan secured their 18th Scudetto; their previous title in 2004 also came after a game against the Giallorossi.
  • Cagliari last beat AC Milan in the league in 1998; since then the Rossoneri have notched up 11 wins and five draws against the Sardinians.
  • AC Milan have won their last four games against Cagliari, and seven of the last eight against the Sardinians in the top-flight.
  • At the San Siro these two sides have shared the points only once in their last 10 meetings.
  • AC Milan are unbeaten in their last six fixtures, winning five before the 0-0 draw with Roma.
  • Nesta & co. have not conceded a goal in their last six games in Serie A, and have kept 19 clean sheets in 36 match-days so far this season.
  • At home Massimiliano Allegri's side are still unbeaten in 2011 (six wins and three draws).
  • Cagliari are on a run of three consecutive defeats, and are winless in their last five league games.

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Napoli v Inter

  • Napoli have taken only one point from their last three meetings with Inter in Serie A.
  • The Partenopei have never scored more than one goal in their last 11 meetings with Inter in the league.
  • These two sides have shared the points just once in their last 17 meetings,  on the last occasion they faced each other at the San Paolo in February 2010 (0-0).
  • Inter have not scored a goal in their last four trips to the San Paolo, and have taken only one point from these fixtures.
  • Napoli have lost three of their last four league games, all by 2-1.
  • However, at home Napoli have suffered only one defeat in their last 14 games, winning 11 of these.
  • Inter are on a run of three consecutive wins, but have conceded goals in each of these.
  • Away from home, Leonardo's side have won only one of their last four games, courtesy to a Giampaolo Pazzini's brace in injury time against Cesena, coming back from 1-0 down.
  • Napoli boss, Walter Mazzarri has never won in 12 league meetings against Inter (six draws and as many defeats).
  • Napoli have scored the most headed goals in this campaign (11), and the most in the last 15 minutes of play (21).
  • Inter have recouped the most points from trailing situations so far this season (23).

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Parma v Juventus

  • Parma have won their last two games against Juventus, both in Turin.
  • Prior to these games, Juventus were unbeaten against Parma in 11 consecutive games in the league.
  • Parma have never beaten Juventus three times in a row in Serie A.
  • The Old Lady are unbeaten in six games at the Tardini, their last defeat there was in March 2002.
  • In the previous 18 meetings between these two sides at the Tardini, only once one has a side scored more than two goals: Juventus in January 1995, winning 3-1.
  • The Ducali are unbeaten in their last four league games (three wins, one draw): currently their best run this season.
  • Juventus are unbeaten in the last eight match-days of this competiton, but they have been held to a draw in three of their last four Serie A games.
  • Last Monday against Chievo, Juventus drew their seventh game after having taken the lead this season, more than any other Serie A side.
  • Franco Colomba is yet to win his first game against Juventus as a Serie A manager after eight meetings with the Old Lady (six defeats so far).

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Sampdoria v Palermo

  • Palermo are unbeaten in their last five meetings with Sampdoria in Serie A (two wins, three draws).
  • The last meetings between these two sides at the Marassi ended 1-1; the same result has not accrued twice in a row between Samp and Palermo in Genoa in 16 meetings, since 1951 when the Blucerchiati won two consecutive games with the Rosanero.
  • Sampdoria have won only one of their last 12 league games, 1-0 against relegated Bari.
  • At home the Blucerchiati have picked up only one point from their last six games, losing five in a row before drawing 3-3 with Brescia.
  • Palermo have won three of their last four league games, losing to Parma 3-1.
  • Away from home though, the Rosanero have lost five of their last six, winning only at the Olimpico against Roma.
  • Samp have recorded the worst shooting accuracy in this competition, finding the target with only 37.7% of their attempts.
  • Sampdoria have scored only eight goals in the first half this season - a Serie A-low.

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