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Nic Ladds 14th May 2009 - 16:55

Italian Serie A Opta Facts - May 16-17

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Italian Serie A Opta Facts: 16-17 May

Saturday 16 May

Roma v Catania

  • Roma are unbeaten at home against Catania in the top flight – the Giallorossi have won nine times, sharing the points with Catania twice at the Olimpico.
  • The Sicilians have failed to score in their last four visits to Roma, conceding 15 goals (including an unforgettable 7-0 win in November 2006).
  • Roma are without a win in the last three match days, thanks to two draws and a 4-1 defeat against Fiorentina.
  • Walter Zenga’s side have lost their last three fixtures in Serie A, conceding six goals, two in each game.
  • Catania have failed to win outside of Sicily in 38 games – in fact their only win away from their own ground in this period was at their fellow islander’s ground in Palermo.
  • Catania have taken only one point from their last four away games in the league.

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Udinese v AC Milan

  • If AC Milan lose their next fixture against Udinese on Saturday, Inter will automatically lift the Scudetto whatever their result against Siena on Sunday.
  • AC Milan have won six of their last seven league games with Udinese.
  • Udinese have won their last five matches back-to-back – currently the longest run in the league.
  • The Rossoneri however boast the current longest unbeaten run in the competitions (nine matches).
  • AC Milan have been the most prolific attack in Serie A this season (65 goals), but Udinese have scored the most through Italian players (45).
  • Brazilian striker Kakà is the player who has won the most penalties this term (eight), while AC Milan are the team that have been awarded the most overall (12).
  • AC Milan share with city rivals Inter the record for the most clean sheets kept so far this season – 16.
  • The Udinese midfielder Gaetano D’Agostino has netted five goals in his last five games; for AC Milan, Pippo Inzaghi has bagged 11 in the last nine match-days, while Brazilian Pato has scored three times in as many starts against Udinese.

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Sunday 17 May

Bologna v Lecce

  • Each of the last four league meetings between Bologna and Lecce has ended in a draw – two 1-1 and two 0-0.
  • Bologna are unbeaten at the Dall’Ara against Lecce in the top flight – nine meetings so far, with five wins to the hosts and four draws.
  • Lecce have picked up only one point from their last six league games, thanks to their last gasp draw with Juventus in Turin two weeks ago.
  • Gigi De Canio’s side are unbeaten in the last three match days, picking up five points (one win and two draws).
  • Bologna have attempted the fewest shots in Serie A this term – only 279, however their striker Marco Di Vaio is the competition’s current top-scorer with 22 goals.
  • Bologna and Lecce have displayed the worst defences in Serie A this season, with 60 goals shipped each.
  • Giuseppe Papadopulo’s players have also managed the fewest clean sheets this term – only four.
  • The only previous meeting between the two managers in the top flight ended in a win for the current Lecce boss.

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Fiorentina v Sampdoria

  • Fiorentina are unbeaten in their last five league meetings with Sampdoria – three draws and two wins going to the Viola in the process, including the one in the reverse fixture at the Marassi.
  • Six wins in the last seven match-days have allowed Fiorentina to consolidate fourth place in the Serie A table, three points behind Juve and as many ahead of Genoa.
  • The Blucerchiati have lost both of their last two away games in the league, conceding five goals in total.
  • The Viola have been caught offside 150 times this term – a league-high.
  • Samp’s play-maker, Antonio Cassano, is the most fouled player in Serie A so far – 141 fouls won.
  • Samp’s striker, Guido Marilungo, has netted three goals in the last three match-days.
  • His goal last Saturday against Reggina was Giampaolo Pazzini 10th goal since joining Sampdoria, back in January.
  • This will be the eighth Serie A meeting between Cesare Prandelli and Walter Mazzarri – Fiorentina’s boss is unbeaten thanks to three wins and four draws so far.

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Genoa v Chievo

  • Genoa’s win at Chievo’s ground in the reverse fixture back in December is the only previous meeting between these two sides in the top flight.
  • The Grifoni have won three of their last four home fixtures in the league.
  • Chievo are unbeaten in the last five away Serie A games, notching up three wins and two draws in the process.
  • Neither of these two sides have scored from a direct free-kick this term.
  • Giampiero Gasperini’s players have scored only one goal from outside the box this term – a league low.
  • Chievo midfielder Giampiero Pinzi has committed the most fouls in the competition so far – 111.
  • 77% of Genoa’s goals this season (36 of 47) were scored during the second half of play; 18 of these came during the last 15 minutes – a league-high.
  • Chievo’s striker, Sergio Pellissier, has scored eight goals in the last eight match-days of Serie A, helping his side to escape from the relegation battle.
  • Both of the two meetings between the two managers in the top flight were won by Giampiero Gasperini.

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Inter v Siena

  • With a win over Siena, Inter would claim their fourth consecutive domestic title.
  • Inter would also win the title with a draw or even a defeat, should second-placed AC Milan fail to do better than the Nerazzurri against Udinese on Saturday.
  • Inter are unbeaten at the San Siro against Siena in Serie A – in 11 previous meetings, the Nerazzurri have won seven times, sharing the points four times, including last season’s 2-2 draw.
  • José Mourinho’s players are unbeaten at home this term – Inter’s last defeat at home in the league came back in March 2008 (Inter v Juventus 1-2).
  • Inter are the only side in the competition yet to concede their first goal in the opening 15 minutes of play.
  • The Nerazzurri are also the only side yet to concede a penalty this season in Serie A.
  • Siena have been the most disciplined side in Serie A so far – having picked up only 60 yellow and two red cards this term.
  • Marco Giampaolo’s men have conceded only 146 corners this term (a league-low), while taking a joint-high 215.
  • Inter’s 2-1 win in the reverse fixture is the only meeting between the two managers so far.

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Juventus v Atalanta

  • Nine of the last ten Serie A meetings between Juventus and Atalanta have ended in a win for the Bianconeri – one draw completes this record.
  • Atalanta’s last win over Juve was back in 2000/01, when the Nerazzurri won at home 2-1.
  • Atalanta have failed to score in each of their last four visits to Juve in the league.
  • Juve are without a win in their last six league fixtures, and have drawn their last four consecutive matches – this is the current longest run in Serie A.
  • Atalanta have taken only 130 corners this term – a league-low.
  • Gigi Del Neri’s side have been awarded only one penalty this season – a league-low.
  • Claudio Ranieri’s players have scored the most headed goals in the competition – 19, including Iaquinta’s equalizer against AC Milan in the last fixture.
  • Del Piero & co. have found the net in each of their last 22 match-days in Serie A – currently the longest run in the competition.
  • In the head to head between the two managers, Claudio Ranieri has the lead over Gigi Del Neri by three wins to one, with no draws so far.

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Napoli v Torino

  • Seven of the last 10 Serie A meetings between Napoli and Torino have ended as draws.
  • Napoli have collected only one point from their three meetings with the Granata in the top flight.
  • Torino are the only side in Serie A yet to win their a game away from home this term – the Granata have also lost their last four matches on the road.
  • The Partenopei have not conceded a single goal in their three games at home since Donadoni has been in charge.
  • The Granata are the only side in Serie A yet to score from a set-piece this term.
  • Torino have conceded the most fouls so far in the league (752), and have picked up the most yellow cards (97).
  • The Granata have conceded the most goals from corner situations this term – 10.
  • This will be the first meeting between Roberto Donadoni and Giancarlo Camolese in the top-flight.

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Palermo v Lazio

  • This fixture has not ended goalless since 1959/60 – at least one goal has been scored in each of the ensuing 14 meetings between the two sides.
  • Since 1956/57, the Rosanero have only once managed to beat Lazio at the Barbera in the league – four draws and three wins to the Biancocelesti complete the record.
  • Davide Ballardini’s side are in a run of four consecutive wins at home, scoring 15 goals in the process.
  • Lazio have lost their last three in the league.
  • The Biancocelesti have scored 12 goals from outside the box so far – a league-high.
  • Palermo are the only side in Serie A to have won every single game after taking the lead this term – 16 times so far.
  • Lazio have managed the most wins from losing positions away from home – three.
  • Davide Ballardini and Delio Rossi have both won once against each other in the top flight, and there have been no draws so far.

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Reggina v Cagliari

  • Reggina are unbeaten in their 11 Serie A meetings with Cagliari – with seven wins going to the Amaranto and four draws so far.
  • Reggina have taken all three points on the last four occasions in which they have hosted the Sardinians in the top flight.
  • Nevio Orlandi’s side haven’t won at home in 2009, as a result of six draws and five defeats in 11 games. Reggina’s last home win was back in November (3-1 over Atalanta).
  • The team from Calabria have scored only 27 goals this term – a league-low.
  • Cagliari’s striker, Jeda, has scored the most headed goals this season in the league (seven), whereas Reggina have netted a league-low two between all their players.
  • Cagliari’s midfielder, Daniele Conti, has picked up the most yellow cards so far – 15.
  • This will be the first meeting between Massimo Allegri and Nevio Orlandi in the top flight.

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