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Nic Ladds 30th Apr 2009 - 19:48

Opta Facts – Italian Serie A 1-2-3 May

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Bologna v Reggina - live on betliveTV 

  • Bologna and Reggina have met five times so far at the Dall’Ara in the top flight, without either side claiming an advantage – there have been two wins for both sides plus one draw.
  • Bologna are unbeaten against Reggina in their last five Serie A meetings, although they have picked up only one win in this time (four draws).
  • Last Sunday’s home win over Genoa ended a run of five consecutive defeats for Bologna in the league.
  • The Amaranto have failed to score in four of their last seven league games.
  • Reggina’s win over Atalanta in Bergamo remains the Amaranto’s only win in the last 20 match-days.
  • Despite the two goals they put past Buffon on Sunday, Nevio Orlandi’s side still have the worst attack in the competition – 25 goals.
  • For their part, Bologna have attempted the fewest shots so far in the league – 252.
  • Reggina have the highest percentage of goals scored from dead ball situations this term – 46%, 12 of 26.
  • This will be the first ever meeting between Giuseppe Papadopulo and Nevio Orlandi in all competitions.

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Inter Milan v Lazio - live on betliveTV 

  • Inter are unbeaten in their last 10 Serie A meetings with Lazio – five wins and as many draws in the process.
  • The Nerazzurri have had the better of their next opponents in their last three games at the San Siro, scoring 10 goals in the process.
  • Lazio’s last win at Inter’s home ground came back in October 1998 – on that occasion the Biancocelesti managed a remarkable 5-3 win.
  • Inter are unbeaten at home under José Mourinho: their last defeat at the San Siro (excluding the derbies with AC Milan) was at the hands of Juve in March 2008.
  • Over their last six away fixtures, Lazio have won the three matches in which they have scored, losing the three in which they have failed to find the back of the net.
  • Lazio have already failed to score from the penalty spot three times (a league-high), whereas the Nerazzurri are the only side yet to concede a penalty in the current campaign.
  • Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored the second-most goals in the competition (20, one fewer than Bologna’s Marco Di Vaio), but has still had more shots (109) and shots on target (56) than any other player.
  • Inter’s 3-0 win in the reverse fixture was the only previous meeting between José Mourinho and Lazio’s Delio Rossi.

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Fiorentina v Torino

  • Fiorentina have won each of their last five games with Torino in the top division.
  • The Viola are unbeaten against the Granata in the last 21 encounters between these two sides in Florence – Torino’s last win at Fiorentina’s home ground came back in October 1976.
  • Cesare Prandelli’s side have taken all three points from six of their last seven home games in the league.
  • Torino are the only side in Serie A yet to win an away fixture this term.
  • The Granata have lost their last three consecutive games on the road, scoring only one goal and conceding eight.
  • Alberto Gilardino’s brace last Saturday against Roma has made him the third-highest scorer in the league this season with 18 goals.
  • The former AC Milan striker was also key in Fiorentina’s win over Torino in the reverse fixture, scoring a brace.
  • Giancarlo Camolese’s players have conceded the most fouls in the league this season (676) and picked up the most yellow cards so far (92).
  • In the head to head between the two managers, Cesare Prandelli leads by two wins to one, and one draw completes the record.

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Catania v AC Milan - on betliveTV 

  • AC Milan are unbeaten against Catania in their last 15 Serie A meetings – the Sicilians’ last success over the Rossoneri came back in the 1962/63 season, since then seven wins have gone to AC Milan and there have eight draws.
  • Neither of these two sides have managed to score more than one goal in their last five encounters in the top flight.
  • Each of the last six meetings at the Massimino between these two sides have ended in draws, with five of these ending with the same score-line (1-1).
  • Catania have managed only one win against the Serie A top-five sides so far this term.
  • Carlo Ancelotti’s side have won four league games on the trot – one more victory would allow them to break their record for the season of four consective wins that they set back in November.
  • The Rossoneri boast the best attack in the competition: 62 goals, 10 of which have been scored by Filippo Inzaghi over the last six match-days.
  • Paolo Maldini & co. have been awarded the most penalties this season: 12, including the two scored by Kakà against Palermo last time out.
  • AC Milan share with their rivals Inter the record for most clean sheets this year – 15.
  • AC Milan’s win in the reverse fixture is the only previous meeting between Carlo Ancelotti and Catania’s Walter Zenga in all competitions.

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Juventus v Lecce - live on betliveTV

  • Juventus have won both of their last two Serie A meetings with Lecce.
  • The Bianconeri have scored at least three goals on each of the last four occasions in which they have hosted Lecce in the top flight.
  • Claudio Ranieri’s players are currently on the longest run without a win in the league – four games - three draws and one defeat.
  • Lecce have lost each of their last five away fixtures, conceding at least two goals in each of these games.
  • The Old Lady has scored the most headed goals in the competition – 18, six of which were netted by Brazilian striker Amauri, who scored the winner if the reverse fixture this year.
  • Ten of Juve’s 59 goals this season came from corner situations – a league-high.
  • Gigi De Canio’s side have conceded 16 goals in the last 15 minutes of play – a league-high.
  • After beating Catania last Sunday, one more win against Juve would give Lecce two consecutive wins for the first time this term.
  • This will be the first-ever meeting between the two managers.

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Udinese v Atalanta

  • When Udinese and Atalanta face each other at the Friuli they always seem to be playing for all three points; in their last nine meetings, the guests have won three times and the hosts six, with no draws.
  • The Bianconeri have now won three on the trot; one more win against Atalanta would be the first time they have managed four in a row this term.
  • Gigi Del Neri’s side are unbeaten in their last three away games – something that has not happened since their first three away games last season.
  • Udinese have scored a league-low two headed goals so far.
  • Udinese’s midfielder, Gaetano D’Agostino, has scored four goals on the last two match-days, effectively winning his side six points single-handedly.
  • Atalanta have been awarded only one penalty so far this term – a league-low.
  • After five encounters, Pasquale Marino and Gigi Del Neri each boast two wins against each other, with one draw completing the record.

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      Palermo v Cagliari

  • Over the seven games played at the Barbera in Serie A between these two sides, the same result has never occurred in two successive games.
  • Palermo have won their last three games at home in the league.
  • Davide Ballardini’s side are yet to draw at home this term – every other Serie A teams has already split the points at home at least once this term.
  • This fixture will see two of this season’s revelations playing against each other: the Rosanero Edison Cavani (13 goals scored) and Cagliari’s Robert Acquafresca (11).
  • Palermo and Cagliari will line-up the two players who have picked up the most yellow cards this term: respectively Cesare Bovo (14) and Daniele Conti (13).
  • Last Sunday’s assist for Matri’s goal was Michele Fini’s 11th this term – a league-high.
  • The Rosanero are the only side in Serie A to have won every time after taking the lead this season (15 times).
  • The only previous meeting between these two managers was Cagliari’s 1-0 win at the Sant’Elia in the reverse fixture.

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      Roma v Chievo

  • Next Sunday’s will be the 14th meeting between these two sides in the top flight – Roma have come out on top on six occasions (including in the reverse fixture this season), with as many draws and only one win to Chievo.
  • Neither Roma nor Chievo have drawn 0-0 so far this term.
  • Chievo have managed to score only three goals in their last six visits to Roma – however, Chievo are unbeaten in three of these games.
  • The Giallorossi have conceded the most goals from outside the box so far – 11.
  • Luciano Spalletti’s side have alternated a win with a defeat over the last five match-days: this run started with the defeat against Juventus and carried on until last Saturday’s defeat to Fiorentina, their three defeats have been 4-1, 4-2 and 4-1.
  • Roma have had the most players sent off this term – 12, whereas Chievo have picked up overall the most cards – 105.
  • Surprisingly Roma have conceded only 494 fouls so far – a league-low.
  • Chievo’s striker, Sergio Pellissier, has scored nine goals in the last eight match-days.
  • Each of the three meetings played so far between the two managers has been won by Luciano Spalletti.

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      Siena v Napoli

  • Siena and Napoli have faced each other three times in the top flight – there were two draws before the Partenopei’s win in the reverse fixture.
  • The Tuscans have managed only one win from the last six home games – three defeats and two draws complete their record.
  • Last Sunday’s success over Inter ended Napoli’s negative run of 14 games without a win in the league.
  • Napoli have picked up only two points from their last 11 games on the road; their last away win in the league came back in October (1-0 against Lazio at the Olimpico).
  • Siena have had only two players sent off this term (a league joint-low with AC Milan), and have picked up only 57 yellow cards, fewer than any other Serie A team.
  • Marco Giampaolo’s players have won the fewest fouls this term – 505.
  • The only previous meeting between the two managers was a win to Roberto Donadoni.

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      Genoa v Sampdoria

  • Next Sunday will see the 55th derby between Genoa and Sampdoria in the top flight – the Blucerchiati are leading Genoa by 18 wins to 12, with the points being split on 24 occasions in the process.
  • Taking into account all competitions (including Serie B and Coppa Italia), Sampdoria still lead by 25 wins to 14, with 29 draws.
  • Genoa’s win over Sampdoria in the reverse fixture was the game with the most yellow cards in Serie A this season – 11.
  • Sampdoria have won the most fouls this term – 711.
  • Genoa have surrendered fourth place in the table to Fiorentina after losing their last two league fixtures, without scoring a single goal; this is the first time the Grifoni have lost two in a row this term.
  • Antonio Cassano has scored five goals in as many match-days.
  • Giampiero Gasperini’s players have scored 14 goals during the last ten minutes of play – a league-high.
  • In their three meetings so far, the two managers have each won once, sharing the points on one occasion.

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