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Nic Ladds 7th May 2009 - 17:16

Italian Serie A Opta Facts - May 9-10

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Italian Serie A Opta Facts: 9-10 May

Saturday May 9

Lazio v Udinese

  • Udinese are unbeaten against Lazio in their last three league meetings – two draws and one win in the process.
  • Lazio have beaten Udinese only once in their last four meetings at the Olimpico (5-0 win in 2006), two wins to the Bianconeri and one draw complete this record.
  • Lazio have failed to score in five of their last seven fixtures in the league.
  • Lazio are, alongside Chievo, the only side to have scored fewer goals at home (21) that away (23).
  • Udinese have won four matches back-to-back in the league – the last time they managed a similar run was back in December 2004.
  • Lazio have missed three penalties so far – a league-high.
  • Udinese and Lazio have scored the most left-footed goals so far in the league – 20 and 19 respectively.
  • Lazio’s players have managed the most successful dribbles of this competition – 337.
  • Udinese’s Pasquale Marino has the advantage over Lazio’s Delio Rossi by two wins to one, with two draws.

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Sampdoria v Reggina

  • Next Saturday Sampdoria and Reggina will meet for the 12th time in the top flight – the Blucerchiati lead by seven wins to two, with two draws.
  • Reggina have never won at the Marassi agaist Sampdoria so far in Serie A – four wins going to the Blucerchiati along with a goalless draw in the process.
  • Sampdoria have failed to win at home for over two months – their last win at the Marassi came against AC Milan, back on the 1st of March.
  • Reggina are unbeaten in their last three games, thanks to two away wins and a home draw.
  • Since Serie A expanded to 20 teams (2004/05), Reggina have only ever lost three times over the last four match-days of each of these seasons (16 games).
  • Despite having scored two goals in their win over Bologna last time out, Reggina still have the worst attack in the competition – only 27 goals scored.
  • Sampdoria have won the most fouls so far (740), and Antonio Cassano is the player who has won the most in the league (94).
  • The former Real Madrid and Roma player has attempted the most shots on target from outside the box this term – 28.
  • Walter Mazzarri and Nevio Orlandi have met twice in the top flight – with one win going to each so far.

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Sunday 10 May

Atalanta v Genoa

  • Atalanta have won three of their last four Serie A meetings with Genoa.
  • However, Gigi Del Neri’s players have been beaten at home in three of their last four fixtures in Bergamo in the competition, scoring only one goal in the process.
  • Genoa have only once managed to score more than one goal in the last 12 match-days in Serie A – a 2-0 away win in Lecce.
  • His hat-trick against Sampdoria in the previous round allowed Argentinean striker Diego Milito to become the third-top scorer in this campaign with 19 goals, behind joint-leaders Ibrahimovic and Di Vaio (21).
  • Milito scored his first first-half goal of the season against Samdoria – the previous 17 had all come in the second 45 minutes of play.
  • Most of Genoa’s wins of this season came as a result of their performances in the second half: 76% of the Grifoni’s goals have been scored after half-time (35 out of 46), with 17 coming in the last 15 minutes of play.
  • The two managers have an equal record in previous meetings in the top flight, with one win each and one draw.

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Cagliari v Roma

  • Cagliari have picked up only five points from their last seven meetings against Roma in the league – the Sardinians have won only once, with two draws and four defeats in the process.
  • However the Sardinians are unbeaten in their last seven Serie A fixtures, thanks to five wins and two draws.
  • Massimiliano Allegri’s side have conceded only one goal in their last five home games in the league.
  • Cagliari have conceded more than one goal at home only once this term, in their opening game of the season at the Sant’Elia (defeat against Lazio by 1-4).
  • Despite keeping a clean sheet in their last game against Chievo, Roma have shipped 10 goals over the last four match-days in the league.
  • The Giallorossi have attempted the most shots on target so far – 209.
  • Luciano Spalletti’s players have picked up the most red cards so far this term – 12.
  • Despite his height (only 5’8”), Cagliari’s Brazilian striker, Jeda, has scored the most headed goals in Serie A this season – seven.
  • The only previous meeting between the two managers in the top flight was Roma’s win over Cagliari in the reverse fixture at the Olimpico back in December.

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Catania v Fiorentina

  • Catania’s last win over Fiorentina in the top flight came back in 1963/64; since then, the Viola have won 10 of the following 13 meetings with the Sicilians, with three draws completing this record.
  • Catania have failed to score in their last six home games against Fiorentina – five defeats and one goalless draw in the process.
  • The reverse fixture this season was decided by Adrian Mutu’s and Alberto Gilardino’s goals – the Italian International has already scored 18 goals during this first spell at Fiorentina.
  • Catania and Lazio are the only teams yet to draw 0-0 this term in Serie A.
  • Fiorentina have attempted the most shots in the competition this season – 284, whereas Walter Zenga’s players have attempted the fewest on target – 118.
  • Catania’s goalkeeper, Albano Bizarri, has made the most saves this term – 153.
  • The only previous meeting between the two managers was Fiorentina’s win in the reverse fixture earlier this season.

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Chievo v Inter

  • If Inter win and AC Milan lose against Juventus, the Nerazzurri would win the Scudetto with three match-days to go.
  • Inter have beaten Chievo in their last five Serie A meetings, including the 4-2 win in the reverse fixture at the San Siro back in December.
  • On that occasion, Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the match-winner scoring a brace in the final few minutes of the game.
  • Inter’s number 8 is the competition’s joint-top scorer with 21 goals; Ibrahimovic has also attempted the most shots on target (58) and scored the most times from outside the box (six).
  • The Nerazzurri are, alongside Juventus, the team that have scored the most goals from corner situations – nine, while they share with AC Milan the record for the most clean sheets in the competition – 16.
  • Inter are the only side in Serie A yet to give away their first penalty this season.
  • Domenico Di Carlo’s players have lost their last two home fixtures, and not managed to score more than once in any of their last seven games at their home ground.
  • This is the first time that Inter have failed to win for two consecutive away games in the league.
  • Mourinho’s Inter won against Chievo in the reverse fixture at the San Siro – that was the only ever meeting between the two managers.

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Lecce v Napoli

  • Napoli are unbeaten in their last three league meetings against Lecce – two draws before the Partenopei’s win at the San Paolo in the reverse fixture this season.
  • The Partenopei have picked up only two points from their last 12 away games in the competition.
  • Napoli have managed only one win in seven match-days under new manager Roberto Donadoni – four draws and two defeats complete the record.
  • Four points from the last two rounds have not been enough to allow Lecce to rise from the bottom of the Serie A table.
  • Lecce have shared the points the most times this term – 13, including the 2-2 against Juve on the last match-day.
  • Seven of these 13 draws came after Lecce had taken the lead in the game, no other Serie A team has dropped more points in this way.
  • Lecce have also conceded the joint-most goals this season – 59.
  • Gigi De Canio and Roberto Donadoni have faced each other twice in the top flight – the current Lecce manager is unbeaten with one win and one draw.

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AC Milan v Juventus

  • Next Sunday’s meeting will be the 148th in Serie A between AC Milan and Juventus – the Bianconeri lead by 51 wins to 44 in the head-to-head, with 52 draws.
  • The Bianconeri have scored exactly one goal in five of their last six visits to AC Milan at the San Siro.
  • Carlo Ancelotti’s side are on a five-match winning streak in the league – the current longest run in Serie A.
  • Juve on the other hand have not won in the last five match-days – the current longest winless run in the league.
  • The Rossoneri boast the best attack in Serie A with 64 goals scored.
  • AC Milan striker Filippo Inzaghi is on fire, netting 11 goals over the last eight match-days.
  • AC Milan have been awarded the most penalties in the competition this term – 12.
  • If AC Milan fail to win this fixture, and Inter beat Chievo, the Nerazzurri would stretch their lead over the Rossoneri to ten points with three match-days to go, enough to win the title this weekend.
  • Claudio Ranieri has been Carlo Ancelotti’s stumbling block so far: the two managers have met five times so far in the top flight, with Ranieri unbeaten thanks to three wins and two draws.

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Siena v Palermo

  • Over the nine previous Serie A meetings between Siena and Palermo, there has never been the same result in two consecutive fixtures, until the Rosanero win in the reverse fixture this season.
  • Siena are unbeaten at home against Palermo in the top flight – one win to the Bianconeri and three draws in the process.
  • Palermo have picked up only one point from their last three away fixtures in the league.
  • Siena have picked up only 58 yellow cards so far – a league-low.
  • The Rosanero are the only side in Serie A to have won every game after taking the lead this season (16 times).
  • Palermo striker Edison Cavani has scored six goals in the last seven match-days in Serie A, enough to be his side’s top scorer this season with 14 goals.
  • The only previous meeting between the two managers in the top flight was Palermo’s win over Giampaolo’s Siena in the reverse fixture of this season.

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Torino v Bologna

  • The last time Torino v Bologna ended with the same result for two consecutive matches was back in 1980/81 (two wins to Bologna); since then the same result has never occurred twice in a row on the following 13 occasions that these two sides have met in Serie A.
  • Bologna have scored exactly one goal in their last five visits to the Granata in the top flight, enough for two draws. Three Torino wins complete this record.
  • Over the last five match-days, Torino have alternated an away defeat to a home win – a record that began with the defeat at Palermo and continued until their against Fiorentina last Sunday.
  • The Granata have received 94 yellow cards this term – a league-high.
  • Alongside Lecce, Bologna have conceded the most goals so far in the league – 59.
  • Bologna have kept only four clean sheets this term – a league-low.
  • Bologna are the only side in Serie A to have lost three games after scoring the first goal of the game.
  • Bologna have conceded at least four goals on five occasions this term – no other side has done worse so far.

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