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Rupert Wyman 22nd Sep 2009 - 11:15

Italian Serie A Opta Facts - 22-24 September

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Atalanta v Catania

  • After losing the first four games of the season, Atalanta head coach Angelo Gragucci became the first Serie A managerial casualty of the season.
  • Taking into account last season, Atalanta have managed only two wins in their last 18 league games.
  • The Nerazzurri are on a run of four consecutive defeats.
  • Atalanta are unbeaten at home against Catania in the top flight.
  • In their 10 previous visits to Bergamo, Catania have failed to score in eight occasions.
  • Catania have lost 13 of their last 17 away games in the league - three draws and only one win.
  • Only two goals were scored over the last three meetings between these two sides in the top flight.

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Bari v Cagliari

  • Newly-promoted Bari are still unbeaten this season after four games - three draws and one win so far.
  • The Sardinians have picked up only two points from their last seven away games in Serie A, and have kept only one clean sheet in the process.
  • Cagliari have defeated Bari only twice in their last 12 Serie A meetings, five wins going to Bari and as many draws complete the record.
  • Bari are unbeaten at home against Cagliari in the top flight.

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Bologna v Livorno

  • Livorno have only managed one win in their last 23 Serie A fixtures.
  • Livorno's only win at Bologna in the top flight came in 1942 (2-1).
  • Bologna are still waiting for their first win of the season after two draws and as many defeats in the first four match-days.
  • Bologna have not scored in the league since Osvaldo's strike in the opening game of the season.
  • The Tuscans have managed to net only one goal in their first four fixtures (Cristiano Lucarelli's against Napoli).

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Fiorentina v Sampdoria

  • Sampdoria have won four straight matches for the first time since 1996/97.
  • Samp's midfielder Daniele Mannini has scored three goals in as many appearances this season.
  • Cesare Prandelli's side have won seven of their last eight home games between this and last season with just one loss.
  • Luigi Del Neri's side have been the most prolific so far, bagging 10 goals.
  • Cesare Prandelli and Luigi Del Neri have met 12 times in Serie A: Del Neri has won only once, Prandelli eight times, and there have been three draws.

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Genoa v Juventus

  • Genoa have won six of their last eight home games in the league.
  • The Grifoni were the last side to beat Juventus in the league, last April.
  • Juventus are on a run of six consecutive wins in the league between this and last season, and have conceded only one goal in the process.
  • Juve have taken all three points in seven of their last 10 away games, including the last three.
  • Genoa have already scored three goals from the penalty spot this term - a league-high.

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Inter v Napoli

  • Inter's last defeat at home was in 2007/08, when they were beaten 2-1 by Juventus.
  • Since the beginning of last season Inter have failed to score only once in the league.
  • Diego Milito has netted four goals in four appearances for Inter this term, after netting 24 in 31 with Genoa last season.
  • Inter have won all of their last six meetings with Napoli at the San Siro.
  • Napoli's last win at Inter's ground was in December 1994.
  • Napoli have picked up only three points in their last 16 away fixtures in the league.

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Lazio v Parma

  • Parma have won only one of their last 42 away league games.
  • Parma have only twice won at the Olimpico against Lazio in Serie A: 3-2 in 2003 and 2-1 in 1998.
  • Parma have failed to score in eight of their last nine visits to Lazio in Serie A.
  • The Biancazzurri have shared the points only once in their last 11 home games in the league.
  • Lazio's striker, Argentinean Julio Cruz, has scored three of his side's four goals this term.

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Palermo v Roma

  • Palermo's last defeat at home was in the derby against Catania last March (0-4); since then the Rosanero have picked up 20 points at the Barbera, thanks to six wins and two draws.
  • Palermo have beaten Roma only twice in the last 10 meetings at the Barbera; one of these two wins was last season (3-1).
  • Roma have failed to score away from home only once in 2009 (in a defeat against Atalanta last February).
  • Roma have kept only one clean sheet in their last 16 league fixtures (0-0 against Chievo).

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Siena v Chievo

  • Siena have lost the last three consecutive games at home between this and last season.
  • These two sides have met 10 times in the top flight, and drawn only once so far.
  • Chievo have failed to score only once in these meetings.
  • Domenico Di Carlo's side have won the last two games in the league, scoring five goals in total.
  • Marco Giampaolo's side have conceded nine goals this season - the most in Serie A alongside Catania.

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Udinese v AC Milan

  • After shipping four goals in the derby defeat to Inter, AC Milan have kept two clean sheets in the following two fixtures (drawing with Livorno and beating Bologna).
  • Six of Udinese's seven goals this season were netted by current Serie A top-scorer, Antonio Di Natale.
  • Udinese have managed only two wins at home against AC Milan in the last 10 seasons, losing to the Rossoneri on seven occasions.
  • Pasquale Marino's side are unbeaten in their last six home games between this and last season - five wins and one draw in the process.
  • Udinese have scored an average of four goals per game in their last three at home (12 in total).

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