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Jon Riley 27th Jan 2011 - 13:29

Italian Serie A Opta Facts - 29-31 January

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Bologna - Roma

  • With 47 Serie A victories so far, Bologna have more wins against Roma than any other opponent.
  • However, Bologna have failed to win any of their last six meetings with the Giallorossi in the league (three draws and three defeats).
  • Alberto Malesani's side have suffered only one defeat in the last five match-days of Serie A - 4-1 at Inter.
  • Marco Di Vaio has found the net in three of the last four rounds of this campaign.
  • The Bologna captain was also on the score sheet in this season's reverse fixture at the Olimpico.
  • Roma have won five of their last six fixtures in Serie A, losing the other 2-1 at the Marassi against Sampdoria.
  • Claudio Ranieri's side have kept four clean sheets in their last six games.
  • Overall, Roma have kept 10 clean sheets this season - the joint-most alongside Napoli.
  • Alberto Malesani has won only one of his 13 meetings against Roma so far in the top-flight.

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Brescia - Chievo

  • Brescia lead by three wins to two in the head to head with Chievo in Serie A, four draws complete the record.
  • At home, Brescia are still unbeaten against Chievo in the top-flight, although there have been three draws at the Rigamonti.
  • Mario Beretta's side have lost four of their last five league games, winning the other (against Parma).
  • Chievo are winless in the last eight rounds of this competition (five draws and three defeats).
  • Stefano Pioli's side have scored only one goal in their last four Serie A games.
  • This match sees the league's least prolific side in the second half (Brescia, only four goals scored), meet the side to have conceded the fewest goals after the break (Chievo, only six).
  • Brescia are the only Serie A side yet to score with a header so far this campaign.
  • Chievo have conceded the fewest headed goals so far this term - only one.

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Cagliari - Bari

  • The record between these two sides in Serie A is perfectly even: both Cagliari and Bari have won five times so far, with seven draws.
  • At home Cagliari have lost only once to Bari in the top-flight, winning on four occasions.
  • The Sardinians have scored two or more goals in each of their last five games on home soil against Bari.
  • Cagliari have not shared the points in any of their last 11 Serie A games (five wins and six defeats).
  • Roberto Donadoni's side have won three of their last four home games, defeating Bologna, Juventus and Napoli.
  • Bari have managed only one win from their last 14 games on the road in Serie A, losing nine times in the process.
  • Giampiero Ventura's side have scored only two goals in their last six games away from home.
  • Cagliari have won none of the five league games played without Daniele Conti this season, who will be suspended for this game.

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Catania - AC Milan

  • AC Milan are unbeaten against Catania since May 1963 (1-0).
  • Since then, the Rossoneri have notched-up nine wins and 10 draws against Catania in the top-flight.
  • The Sicilians have picked up only one point from the last four match-days of this competition.
  • AC Milan have suffered only one defeat in the last 12 rounds of Serie A (0-1 at home against Roma in December).
  • After losing their first away game of the season (2-0 at Cesena's ground), AC Milan have been unbeaten in the ensuing nine (six wins and three draws).
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic & co. boast the best attack of this competition: 37 goals.
  • The Swedish striker has been directly involved in more Serie A goals than any other player this season (20, scoring 12 and providing eight assists).
  • Only Messi (33) and Ronaldo (28) have been involved in more goals than Ibrahimovic this season amongst the top-5 European leagues.
  • AC Milan are the only Serie A side yet to concede a goal in the opening 15 minutes of play this season.
  • Massimiliano Allegri has won only one of his previous five meetings against Catania as a Serie A manager.

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Genoa - Parma

  • Genoa and Parma have met 15 times in Serie A: the Ducali lead by six wins to four, with five draws.
  • Parma have come out on top against Genoa at the Marassi only once so far (4-0 in January 1994).
  • Genoa are winless in the last five match-days of this competition (three draws and two defeats).
  • The Grifoni have failed to score in four of these five games.
  • Genoa have picked up only one point from their last four home games in the league.
  • Parma have lost three of their last four games on the road, winning the other 4-1 in Turin against Juventus.
  • Sebastian Giovinco has scored four goals in his last four league appearances.
  • Genoa have the worst conversion ratio in Serie A this season (only 7% of their attempts have found the back of the net).
  • Parma have faced six penalties in this campaign, more than any other Serie A side.

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Inter - Palermo

  • Inter are unbeaten in their last 10 Serie A meetings against Palermo (six wins and four draws).
  • At home, the Nerazzurri have never lost against Palermo in the top-flight, winning 16 out of 23 previous meetings.
  • Palermo have conceded 96 goals against Inter in Serie A, more than against any other side in their history.
  • Inter have scored two or more goals in each of their last five meetings with Palermo at the San Siro.
  • Last Sunday's 3-1 defeat against Udinese was Inter's first under new manager Leonardo, after five consecutive wins in all competitions.
  • Inter are on a run of four consecutive wins at home in Serie A, and have scored three or more goals in each of these games.
  • Palermo may have kept a clean sheet in three of their last four league games, but they are winless in their last four away from home (two defeats, two draws).
  • Palermo have scored the most league goals in the second half this season (21).
  • Samuel Eto'o has already scored four goals in three previous meetings against Palermo in Serie A, more than against any other side.

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Juventus - Udinese

  • These two sides have not shared the points in their last 11 Serie A meetings (Juventus lead by eight wins to three).
  • Juventus have come out on top in seven of their last eight meetings against Udinese at home, conceding overall only three goals.
  • Juventus have won only one of their last five Serie A games (2-1 at home against Bari).
  • Udinese have collected 10 points from the four games played in 2011, and if the league only started eight games ago, they would be top with 16 points.
  • Udinese have scored 11 goals over the last three rounds of Serie A: four against AC Milan and Genoa and three against Inter.
  • No side have conceded more goals than Juventus at home in this campaign (17).
  • Udinese have been the most prolific away from home, scoring 16.
  • Antonio Di Natale is currently the Serie A top-scorer on 15 goals: his next will be his 100th goal in Serie A for Udinese.

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Lazio - Fiorentina

  • Lazio have scored 163 goals in 123 meetings against Fiorentina in Serie A, more than against any other side in their history.
  • However, the Biancocelesti have won only two of their last nine Serie A games against the Viola, losing five of these.
  • Lazio have failed to score in five of these last nine games against the Tuscans.
  • Despite losing only one of their last four league fixtures, Lazio have dropped from second to fourth in the Serie A table.
  • At home however, Lazio have lost only of their last six games, winning four.
  • Fiorentina are still unbeaten in 2011, though have been held to three out of four draws in the league.
  • The Viola's last away win was back in March: since then, they have drawn six and lost nine of their 15 games on the road in the league.

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Lecce - Cesena

  • Cesena have had the better in three of their last four Serie A meetings against Lecce, including the reverse fixture back in September (1-0).
  • Cesena have also claimed victory in both fixtures against Lecce in Serie B (3-1 at home and 2-1 in Puglia).
  • In the top-flight however, Lecce are unbeaten at home in their last three meetings against Cesena (two wins and a draw).
  • Lecce have picked up seven points from their last three league games; the last time they remained unbeaten in four consecutive Serie A games was in September 2004.
  • Lecce have won only one of their last seven games on home soil, losing three.
  • Cesena have suffered three consecutive defeats against Roma, Inter and AC Milan.
  • Cesena have managed to win only one of their last 24 games away from home in the top-flight, their first game of 2011 (2-1 vs Brescia).
  • Lecce have conceded more goals (38) than any other Serie A side so far this campaign.
  • David Di Michele (Lecce) has failed to convert any of the three penalties he has taken so far this term.

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Napoli - Sampdoria

  • This will be the 104th meeting between these two sides in Serie A: Sampdoria lead by 33 wins to 31, with 39 draws.
  • At home, Napoli have come out on top against Sampdoria in their last three league meetings, not conceding a single goal in the process.
  • Napoli have lost only one of their last seven Serie A fixtures (3-1 at the San Siro against Inter); in the remaining six the Partenopei have not conceded a single goal.
  • The goalless draw against Fiorentina in their last game at the San Paolo ended a run of five consecutive wins at home for Napoli in the league.
  • Sampdoria have lost three of their last five league games, not finding the net in four of them.
  • No team has conceded fewer goals than Sampdoria so far this season (18 - joint with Milan).
  • Only one of Sampdoria's 20 goals so far this season has been scored by a foreign player (Ziegler).
  • Walter Mazzarri is unbeaten in his previous six meetings against Sampdoria's manager, Domenico Di Carlo (five wins and a draw).

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