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Michael Taylor 28th Oct 2010 - 13:29

Italian Serie A Opta Facts - 30-31 October

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Bari v Udinese

  • These two sides have met 22 times in the top-flight: Bari lead by 10 wins to five, with seven draws.
  • Bari are unbeaten against Udinese at home in 11 Serie A meetings (eight wins and three draws).
  • Giampiero Ventura's side are on a run of three consecutive defeats in the league, and have managed only one win from their last seven games.
  • However, at home Bari suffered only one defeat in their last six fixtures, winning four of these.
  • After losing five consecutive games between the end of last season and the beginning of this campaign, Udinese have picked up 10 points from their last four games.
  • Udinese won their last away game against Brescia - prior to that, they had lost three and drawn two on the road in the league.
  • Udinese's current manager, Francesco Guidolin, has won four of his six previous meetings against Giampiero Ventura in the top flight.

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Brescia v Napoli

  • This is match number 35 between these two sides in Serie A: Napoli lead by 13 wins to eight, with also 13 draws.
  • Napoli have managed to beat Brescia only once in their last eight Serie A meetings, three wins for the Rondinelle and four draws in the process.
  • Brescia are on a run of four consecutive defeats in the league, and have lost six of their last nine in this competition.
  • However, at home Brescia have won three of their last four games; a defeat against Udinese in their last match at the Rigamonti completes the record.
  • Napoli are still unbeaten away from home this season in all competitions (three wins and as many draws).
  • Brescia have scored only one goal in the second half so far - a Serie A-low. Napoli have been the most prolific side after the break (10 goals).
  • In fact Napoli have gained the most points from losing situations so far (nine), but have also lost the most after having taken the lead in their previous eight games (seven).

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Cagliari v Bologna

  • Cagliari are unbeaten in their last four meetings against Bologna in Serie A: three consecutive wins, prior to the draw on the closing match-day of the last campaign.
  • At home, the Sardinians have lost only one of their last 10 meetings with Bologna, winning three times and sharing the points on six occasions.
  • Cagliari are winless in their last six fixtures in the league (three draws and as many defeats), and have failed to score in four of these games.
  • Overall, the Sardinians have managed only one win from their last 22 Serie A games (5-1 against Roma on match-day 2 this season); 10 draws and 11 defeats in the process.
  • Bologna have won only one of their last 11 games, sharing the points on eight occasions.
  • Bologna have not won any of their last 10 games on the road (five draws and as many defeats).
  • Alessandro Matri has scored four of Cagliari's last five goals in this competition, while Marco Di Vaio netted six of Bologna's eight.

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Catania v Fiorentina

  • Catania have won only three of their 26 meetings with Fiorentina in Serie A: the Viola have had the better 17 times, with only six draws so far.
  • Prior to Catania's win in the last meeting in March, Fiorentina had gone unbeaten in 15 consecutive games against the Sicilians in the league (12 wins and three draws).
  • Catania have scored only four goals in their last 16 meeetings with Fiorentina in the top-flight.
  • Marco Giampaolo's side are winless in the last four match-days of this campaign (two draws and as many defeats).
  • However, Catania have never conceded more than a single goal per game over the last seven match-days of Serie A.
  • At home, Catania are still unbeaten in 2010 (nine wins and six draws).
  • Fiorentina are winless in their last eight games on the road (six defeats and two draws), and have not managed to score more than a single goal in any of these fixtures.

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Cesena v Sampdoria

  • Sampdoria are unbeaten in the last six Serie A meetings with Cesena (four wins for the Blucerchiati and two draws), and have conceded only one goal in the process.
  • Cesena have managed only one win in their last 12 meetings with Sampdoria in the top-flight, losing on seven occasions, four draws complete the record.
  • Cesena have picked up only one point from the last five match-days of this competition (1-1 at home against Parma).
  • Sampdoria have drawn four of their last five league fixtures, a last-gasp 2-1 win at home against Fiornetina completes the record.
  • Away from home, Sampdoria are unbeaten in their last seven league games, but have been held to a draw in the last five.
  • Sampdoria have scored 80% of their goals (eight out of 10) after the break - currently the highest ratio in Serie A.

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Genoa v Inter

  • This will be the 87th meeting between these two sides in Serie A: Inter lead by 42 wins to 17, with 27 draws, including 0-0 in the last meeting back in March at the San Siro.
  • Genoa have picked up only three points from their last seven league meetings with Inter, in light of three draws; four Inter wins complete the record, including 5-0 in the last meeting at the Marassi in October 2009.
  • Genoa have not scored a single goal in their last four Serie A meetings with Inter (two goalless draws and two home defeats).
  • Genoa have managed to score more than a single goal only once in the last seven match-days of this campaign.
  • Inter currently boast the best defence in Serie A (only four goals conceded over the first eight match-days).
  • Away from home, the Italian champions have shipped only two goals in the last six fixtures between this season and last.
  • Samuel Eto'o has already scored 15 goals in 13 games in all competitions for Inter this season; the Cameroon player is currently Serie A's top-scorer on seven goals.

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AC Milan v Juventus

  • These two sides have met 150 times in Serie A so far: Juventus lead by 51 wins to 46, but the result that has accrued the most is the draw (53 times).
  • Last season the Rossoneri had the better in both fixtures against Juve, both by 3-0.
  • Ronaldinho scored a brace in each of those two games; Juventus are the Serie A side against whom Ronaldinho has scored the most goals so far (four).
  • Juventus have managed to beat AC Milan at the San Siro only once in their last 12 trips; four wins for the hosts and seven draws complete the record.
  • AC Milan are still unbeaten at home in 2010 (10 wins and five draws).
  • Juventus have won only one of their last 10 games on the road in Serie A, and have drawn the last two by 0-0.
  • Overall, Luigi Del Neri's side have kept a clean sheet in each of their last three league games.
  • Juventus boast the best attack of this competition so far (16 goals).

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Palermo v Lazio

  • The record of previous meetings between these two sides sees Lazio leading by 16 wins to 15, with nine draws.
  • Palermo have had the better in the last two meetings against Lazio at the Barbera (2-0 in May 2009 and 3-1 in February 2010).
  • Palermo have collected only five points at home this season - only two sides have done worse so far.
  • Lazio have picked up the most points away from home (nine), in light of three wins against Fiorentina, Chievo and Bari.
  • The Biancocelesti are currently top of the Serie A table on 19 points after eight match-days: currently their best ever start to a top-flight campaign.
  • In 1999/2000, when they won the Scudetto, Lazio had 18 after the first eight games of the season.
  • Palermo have already conceded three goals in the first 15 minutes of play this season, while five of Lazio's six total goals have been conceded after the break.

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Parma v Chievo

  • This will be the 15th meeting between Parma and Chievo in the top-flight: the record is perfectly even so far, with both winning five times, and four draws (including last March's 0-0).
  • Chievo have won at the Tardini only once so far (1-0 in November 2002); the hosts have had the better three times with as many draws completing the record.
  • Parma are winless since their opening fixture of this campaign (2-0 win against Brescia); since then the Ducali have drawn four times (including the last two fixtures), losing on three occasions.
  • Pasquale Marino's side have scored only one goal in their last three games, and share with Udinese and Cesena the joint-worst attack of this campaign (only six goals scored).
  • Chievo have scored seven goals away from home this season, only Napoli and Palermo have managed more this season (eight).
  • Chievo have conceded the most goals in the first half so far (seven out of the nine shipped in total in this competition).

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Roma v Lecce

  • Lecce have won only one of their 26 previous meetings with Roma in Serie A (3-2 at the Olimpico in April 1986); 17 wins for Roma and eight draws complete the record.
  • Roma have won their last three meetings with Lecce, scoring always three goals per game.
  • Roma have won an average of 2.27 points per game against Lecce so far in Serie A, more than against any other opponent in this competition.
  • After drawing at the Olimpico against Cesena and Bologna, Claudio Ranieri's side have won the ensuing two games at home against Inter and Genoa.
  • Lecce have won only one of their 11 total points this season away from home ( a 2-2 draw at Palermo).
  • Lecce won their last league game at home, against Brescia last Sunday; the last time they managed two consecutive wins in Serie A was in 2006; since then they have gone 51 fixtures without back-to-back wins.
  • Lecce have failed to score in three of their four games on the road this season.
  • Francesco Totti is waiting for his first goal this season in Serie A; the Capitano has already netted 10 in 10 previous meetings against Lecce in Serie A.

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