Italian Serie A Opta football betting facts & statistics: 25-26 April
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Chievo v Udinese
- This will be the eighth meeting between Chievo and Udinese in the top flight: Chievo took all three points in the first and the last of these fixtures, with two draws and three wins to Udinese in between.
- Chievo’s 1-0 away win in the reverse fixture ended a run of six consecutive defeats for Sergio Pellissier & co.
- Domenico Di Carlo’s side have raised themselves above the relegation battle thanks to 14 points from the last seven match days in Serie A.
- Chievo striker Sergio Pellissier has bagged eight goals in his team’s last six league fixtures, including an historical hat-trick at Juventus’ ground and last Sunday’s brace against Siena.
- Chievo have scored only one goal from direct free-kicks this term – a league joint-low.
- Next Sunday Udinese’s manager, Pasquale Marino, will have the chance to level up his record against Domenico Di Carlo, who is currently leading in the head to head in Serie A by two wins to one.
Fiorentina v Roma
- Fiorentina’s last win over Roma in the top flight was back in the 2000/01 season; since then, the Giallorossi have come out on top on six occasions, with five draws completing this record.
- Each of the last three meetings between these two sides at the Artemio Franchi have ended in a draw.
- Roma’s win in the reverse fixture this season was inspired by a Francesco Totti goal; the Giallorossi’s captain has already put five goals past Viola’s Sebastien Frey in nine previous meetings in the top flight.
- Roma’s back line have crumbled in the last few match days, conceding 17 in seven games in the league.
- Luciano Spalletti’s players have conceded at least two goals in each of their last five away games in the league, ended in three draws and two defeats.
- The Viola have attempted the most shots in the competition – 444, whilst Roma have fired in the most on target so far – 198.
- Although Roma have conceded the fewest fouls this term – 501, the Giallorossi have already picked up 11 red cards so far, a league-high.
- Roma have conceded the most goals from outside the box this term – 10.
- Cesare Prandelli’s players have been caught offside the most so far this season – 141 times.
- After 13 encounters, Prandelli and Spalletti each boast three wins against each other, with seven draws completing the record.
Bologna v Genoa
- Bologna have managed only one win in their last eight Serie A meetings with Genoa (a 1-0 home victory in 1989/90), scoring only three goals in the process.
- Three of the last four meetings between these two sides in the top flight have ended in stalemate, including the 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture in Genoa.
- Giuseppe Papadopulo’s players have lost their last five fixtures in the league.
- Bologna have shipped an average of three goals per game over the last five match days.
- Genoa have kept a clean sheet in each of their last four away games, notching up three wins and a draw in the process.
- His goal last Sunday against Palermo allowed Bologna striker Marco Di Vaio to join Inter’s Ibrahomovic as the Serie A top-scorer, with 20 goals.
- Despite this, Bologna have attempted the fewest shots on target in the league this term – only 108.
- Bologna have the worst defence in the league, with 57 goals conceded so far.
- No team has scored more of their goals in the second half than Genoa: 77% of the Grifoni’s goals have come after the 45th minute, and a league-high 16 have come in the last 15 minutes of matches.
- Bologna’s new manager, Giuseppe Papadopulo, will make his home debut next Sunday - this will be his first meeting with Genoa’s Giampiero Gasperini in the top flight.
AC Milan v Palermo
- AC Milan’s 9-0 win over Palermo in 1952 was the Rosanero’s worst defeat in Serie A history, and the Rossoneri’s biggest win.
- AC Milan have struggled against Palermo over the past few seasons: the Rossoneri have won only one of their last five meetings with the Sicilians, who have taken all three points on three occasions, with one draw completing this record.
- Carlo Ancelotti’s side are in a run of three consecutive league wins, and will be keen to equal their best run this term (four consecutive wins).
- After losing their opening game against Bologna, AC Milan are unbeaten at home in the ensuing 15 fixtures, with 13 wins and two draws.
- Their five goals in the last round against Torino allowed Maldini & co. to become the Serie A top-scoring side with 59 goals, 41 of which have come from open play (a league-high).
- Striker Filippo Inzaghi has scored 11 of these goals; Inzaghi has bagged nine goals in the last six match days, including last week’s hat-trick against Torino.
- As for Palermo, Uruguayan striker Edison Cavani has netted five goals in the last five rounds.
- Palermo’s goalkeeper, Marco Amelia, has already conceded 14 goals in nine previous encounters with AC Milan in the top flight.
- Palermo’s record away from home has been highly inconsistent this term: whilst at the Barbera the Rosanero have managed as many wins as the current league leaders Inter, Davide Ballardini’s side have suffered nine defeats on the road, with four draws and only three wins.
- Two of Palermo’s three away wins this season came against top-five sides, Juventus and Fiorentina.
- The Rosanero are the only side in Serie A to have won every time after taking the lead this season (15 times).
- Carlo Ancelotti will meet Davide Ballardini as a manager for the fourth time next Sunday, after two wins and one defeat coming in the reverse fixture at the Barbera back in November.
Lazio v Atalanta
- Lazio have won each of their last three Serie A meetings with Atalanta at the Olimpico, conceding only one goal in the process.
- After three consecutive defeats, two wins in the last two rounds against Roma and Genoa have re-launched Lazio’s European ambitions.
- Atalanta have picked up only ten points from their away games this season, thanks to four draws, nine defeats and only two wins.
- Gigi Del Neri’s players have failed to score in three of their last four away games in the league.
- The Nerazzurri have been awarded only one penalty this term – a league-low.
- Lazio have scored the most goals from outside the box so far this season – 11, three of which have come from direct free-kicks.
- Lazio have conceded the most headed goals so far this season – 14, and have shipped a league-high 14 goals during the first 45 minutes of play.
- This will be the tenth meeting between the two managers in the top flight – Del Neri leads Rossi in the head-to-head by five wins to three, with one draw.
Torino v Siena
- Torino and Siena have faced each other five times in the top flight so far: Siena are unbeaten thanks to two draws and three wins, including the one in the reverse fixture.
- Their 5-1 defeat against AC Milan last Sunday was Torino’s fifth in the last six match days.
- Siena have alternated between defeats and wins in their last four away games.
- Neither Siena nor Torino have scored from a direct free-kick this season.
- The Granata have conceded the most fouls this term in the league – 687, and have also picked up the most yellow cards – 91.
- Siena have picked up a league-low 56 yellow cards and two red cards; next Sunday the Tuscans will face the player who has committed the most fouls in the league this year.
- Marco Giampaolo’s players have taken the most corner kicks – 194, whilst they have conceded a league-low 137 so far.
- Siena have won the fewest fouls so far – 485.
- Giancarlo Camolese and Marco Giampaolo have never played against each other as Serie A managers.
Lecce v Catania
- The 1-1 in the reverse fixture back in November at the Massimino is the only previous meeting between Lecce and Catania in the top flight.
- Lecce have lost three consecutive league matches, and new boss Gigi De Canio is still on the lookout for his first win since his appointment as manager.
- Walter Zenga’s players have picked up only one point from their last three away games.
- Catania’s goalkeeper, Albano Bizarri, has made the most saves this season in the league – 153.
- Lecce have conceded the most goals in the last 15 minutes of play this season – 16.
- Only 34% of Catania’s shots have been on target so far – a league-low.
- This will be the first ever meeting between the two managers Walter Zenga and Gigi De Canio.
Reggina v Juventus
- There has been only one draw in 15 previous meetings between Reggina and Juventus in the top flight.
- The Bianconeri have come out on top in five of their last six meetings with the Amaranto, but Reggina have managed all three points in three of their last five at the Granillo.
- The 1-0 away win at Atalanta was Reggina’s first victory after an 18-game winless run in the league.
- Having taken only two points from their last three match days, Juventus have all but given up their title hopes, dropping ten points behind Inter.
- Nevio Orlandi’s side have the most sterile attack of the competition, with only 23 goals scored so far, whereas Juve boast the highest conversion ratio – 15.2%.
- Juve have scored the most headed goals this term – 18, whereas Reggina have managed only one, a league-low.
- Claudio Ranieri’s players have failed to score in only two of their away fixtures this season, against Inter and Sampdoria.
- The only previous meeting between these two managers was won by Claudio Ranieri.
Sampdoria v Cagliari
- Sampdoria have managed only one win in their last 11 Serie A meetings with Cagliari.
- All of the last five meetings between these two sides at the Marassi have ended in draws, of which the last three were by the same score-line (1-1).
- Sampdoria have been highly inconsistent this season: winning two fixtures in a row on only one occasion.
- Sampdoria have won the most fouls so far in Serie A – 695.
- Next weekend the two players who have made the most assists will face each other at the Marassi – Cagliari’s Michele Fini (10) and Sampdoria’s Antonio Cassano (9).
- Cagliari have conceded the fewest headed goals in the competition – two.
- The Sardinians have won three of their last four games, without conceding a single goal in the process.
- Cagliari’s win in the reverse fixture back in November is the only previous meeting between the two managers, Massimo Allegri e Walter Mazzarri.
Napoli v Inter Milan
- Napoli and Inter have not shared the points in the league since 1993/94; since then the Nerazzurri lead by nine wins to four.
- Last season’s win for Napoli at the San Paolo is notable since it was the last time Inter conceded a penalty in all competitions: the 2nd of March 2008 – making it the longest run in the five major European leagues.
- Napoli have failed to win in their last 14 match days; the appointment of Roberto Donadoni was not enough to turn this about, with four draws and one defeat for the Partenopei under their new manager.
- Before being held to a draw by Juventus in last Saturday’s big match in Turin, Inter had won all of their five previous away fixtures, conceding only one goal in the process.
- Inter were overtaken by AC Milan last weekend at the top of the goal-scoring rankings, but the Nerazzurri still possess the best defence in the league – only 24 goals conceded and 15 clean sheets kept so far.
- Napoli have been caught off-side only 52 times this season, a league-low.
- José Mourinho is the only manager in Serie A to have used all possible substitutions so far – 96 in 32 games.
- This will be the first-ever meeting between Roberto Donadoni and José Mourinho.