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Rupert Wyman 20th Jan 2011 - 16:17

Italian Serie A Opta Facts 22nd - 23rd January

Bari v Napoli

  • Bari have won only one of their last 21 matches with Napoli in the top-flight; the Partenopei have come out on top 13 times with seven draws in the process.
  • Bari have picked up only two points from their last six meetings with Napoli in Serie A.
  • Bari's derby win against Lecce (1-0) was their only victory in the last 15 match-days of Serie A.
  • At home, Bari have suffered five defeats in their last seven games, drawing the other two.
  • Napoli have kept a clean sheet in five of their last six league games.
  • However, away from home the Partenopei have lost three of their last four games.
  • Bari have won only three games in this campaign, fewer than any other side.
  • Napoli have already scored eight headed goals, more than any other side this season in Serie A.
  • Both Stefano Okaka and Gergely Rudolf scored a goal on their debuts for Bari.
  • Bari manager, Giampiero Ventura, has never won against Walter Mazzarri in Serie A in four meetings, with the current Napoli manager having had the better on three occasions.

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Bologna v Lazio

  • Bologna have beaten Lazio 42 times in Serie A; only against Roma have they managed more wins in the top-flight (47).
  • However, Lazio are the Italian side against whom Bologna have scored the most goals in the league (163).
  • Bologna have picked up only one point in their last four league meetings against Lazio.
  • Lazio came out on top in both fixtures against Bologna last season, scoring exactly three goals on both occasions.
  • These two sides have not shared the points at the Dall'Ara in their last 12 meetings, winning six times apiece.
  • Bologna may have won only once in the last five match-days of Serie A (2-0 at Bari), but they have lost only one of their last 11 at home between.
  • Lazio have taken only two points from their last four games on the road.
  • The Biancocelesti have won each of the games in which they have taken the lead in this campaign (11).

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Chievo v Genoa

  • The record between these two sides in Serie A is even: two wins each and a draw so far.
  • Since beating Inter back in November, Chievo have remained winless in their ensuing seven fixtures (four draws and three defeats).
  • Sergio Pellissier's goal against Catania was the only one scored by Chievo in the last three match-days of Serie A.
  • Chievo have shared the points in their last three games at the Bentegodi, against Roma, Juventus and Palermo; the only time they drew four in a row at home was in March 2009.
  • Genoa are winless in their last four league fixtures, and have failed to score in three of these.
  • However, their record away from home has seen them win two and draw two of their last four games, conceding only one goal in the process.
  • No side has a greater disparity between goals conceded in the first half (16) and after the break (only six) than Chievo in Serie A this season.
  • Genoa have shipped the fewest goals away from home so far (six).

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Fiorentina v Lecce

  • Lecce are unbeaten in their last three league meetings against Fiorentina in Serie A (two wins and a draw).
  • These two sides have not shared the points in their last seven meetings at the Artemio Franchi, with the hosts coming out on top five times.
  • Lecce have failed to score in seven of their last nine visits to Fiorentina in the league.
  • Sinisa Mihajlovic's side have suffered only one defeat in the last six match-days of this competition.
  • The Viola have also won their last five fixtures at home, keeping three clean sheets in the process.
  • 14 match-days have passed since Lecce last kept a clean sheet in Serie A.
  • Before beating Lazio at the Olimpico in their last match on the road (2-1), Lecce had failed to win away from home in 17 consecutive games in Serie A.

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AC Milan v Cesena

  • Cesena's 2-0 win in the reverse fixture in September ended a run of four consecutive wins for AC Milan against Cesena.
  • Erjon Bogdani's and Emanuele Giaccherini's goals in that fixture ended a four-game goalscoring drought for Cesena against the Rossoneri in the league.
  • AC Milan are still unbeaten against Cesena at home, in light of seven wins and two draws.
  • The Rossoneri have not conceded goals in eight of these nine meetings against Cesena at the San Siro.
  • AC Milan have lost only one of their last 11 Serie A fixtures, though they have been held to a draw in their last two games against Udinese and Lecce.
  • Cesena have lost their last two league games, against Roma and Inter.
  • The Bianconeri have won only once in their last 23 away games in Serie A.
  • AC Milan are the only Serie A side yet to concede a goal in the opening 15 minutes of play this season.
  • Cesena have lost each of the 11 games in which they were trailing this season.
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the Serie A player who has attempted the most shots on target so far this season (38, 11 of which have found the net).

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Palermo v Brescia

  • The record in the head to head between Palermo and Brescia is perfectly even: both sides have won three times, with five draws.
  • 11 goals have been scored in the last two meetings between these two sides in Serie A.
  • Palermo have won only one of their last four league matches, a run that has seen them fall down the table form 5th to 7th.
  • However, the Sicilians have won their last five games at home, scoring exactly three goals in each of the last four.
  • Last Sunday's 2-0 win against Parma ended a run of three consecutive defeats for Brescia.
  • Brescia have picked up only one point from their last eight league games on the road.
  • Brescia have already scored three goals from direct free kicks (two by Nicolas Cordova, one by Alessandro Diamanti).
  • Javier Pastore is the Serie A player who has attempted the most passes in the opposition half so far this season (743).

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Parma v Catania

  • Parma have managed to beat Catania only once in seven Serie A meetings so far.
  • However, the Ducali are still unbeaten at the home against Catania, in light of one win and two draws.
  • Parma have lost their last two games against Cagliari (at home) and Brescia (away).
  • Parma have won only one of their last four fixtures at the Tardini in the league.
  • Catania have won only once in the last seven match-days of this campaign, losing four and sharing the points twice.
  • Catania's last win away from home was in February (1-0 at the Olimpico against Lazio): since then, the Sicilians have lost nine and drawn seven times in the league.
  • Catania would be bottom of the Serie A table on only three points, taking into account only the away games of the season.
  • Marco Giampaolo's side have conceded seven goals in their last two games on the road.
  • Maxi Lopez has scored in three of Catania'a last four league fixtures.

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Roma v Cagliari

  • Cagliari and Roma have shared the points 23 times in Serie A so far, only against Sampdoria (25) have the Sardinians drawn more times.
  • Cagliari's 5-1 win in the reverse fixture ended a run of six unbeaten games for Roma against the Sardinians.
  • At the Olimpico the Giallorossi are unbeaten on the last six occasions they have hosted Cagliari in Serie A.
  • Cagliari's last win at Roma was in November 1968 (4-1); since then the hosts have won 13 times, with as many draws.
  • Daniele Conti has scored more goals against Roma than against any other Serie A side, four, including one in the reverse fixture.
  • Claudio Ranieri's side have won four of their last five league games, losing only that against Sampdoria.
  • At home, the Giallorossi have won seven games on the spin in this competition.
  • Cagliari have won five of the eight games played under new manager, Roberto Donadoni.
  • The Sardinians would be 3rd in the Serie A table taking into account only the last eight match-days of this competition.
  • No Serie A player has been substituted more times than Jeremy Menez so far this season (14 times).

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Sampdoria v Juventus

  • Five of the last seven matches between these two sides have ended as draws.
  • Prior to last season's 1-0 win, Sampdoria had not beaten Juventus at home in eight meetings in Serie A.
  • Sampdoria have lost three of their last four games in Serie A.
  • However, the Blucerchiati are unbeaten in their last seven games at home (three wins and four draws).
  • Juventus got back to winning ways last Sunday (2-1 against Bari), following a negative run of three games without a win in the league.
  • Sampdoria have conceded only five goals at home, fewer than any other Serie A side.
  • The Blucerchiati have already scored five goals from the penalty spot - a league-high.
  • Juventus have attempted the most headed shots so far in this campaign (55), converting six of them into goals.

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Udinese v Inter

  • Inter are on a run of five consecutive wins against Udinese in the league, and are unbeaten in the last 13.
  • Udinese have failed to score on four of their last five occasions they have hosted Inter at the Friuli.
  • Udinese have scored two or more goals in each of their last five league fixtures.
  • Udinese have notched-up six wins and a draw in their last seven games at home in Serie A.
  • Inter have won each of the five games played in all competitions under new manager, Leonardo.
  • Alexis Sanchez has scored a goal in each of Udinese's last four games in the league.
  • The Chilean is the player who has completed the most dribbles so far this season (58).
  • Antonio Di Natale scored his 14th goal of this campaign last Sunday against Genoa, enough to be the Serie A top-scorer.
  • Di Natale had netted three goals so far against Inter, two of which came in last season's two fixtures.

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