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Lewis Constable 15th Oct 2014 - 16:04

Opta Facts Serie A 2014/15 – Week 7


Atalanta - Parma


Atalanta have won just eight of their 34 meetings against Parma in Serie A; 14 wins for the Ducali.

These two sides have shared just one draw over their last 10 meetings (1-1 in March 2012).

Parma have won their last three games against Atalanta scoring 10 goals in total.

Parma won 4-0 in their last game away to Atalanta - the hosts had remained unbeaten in the previous eight in Bergamo (W5 D3).

Atalanta have lost their last four Serie A fixtures without scoring - last time they lost five in a row was in January 1996.

Atalanta have the worst attack of this Serie A (just two goals scored).

Parma have won just one of their last nine away games in the league, losing six times in the process.

Atalanta haven't recorded more than a single shot on target in three of the six league games played so far this term.

Parma have scored the most headed goals in this competition (three).

Luca Cigarini has created a league-high 21 goal scoring chances so far this season.

Rolando Bianchi has scored four goals in Serie A against Parma, but he is still goalless in this campaign after five appearances.



Cagliari - Sampdoria


Cagliari have won 22 times in Serie A against Sampdoria - more than against any other opponent.

Samp had the better in their last meeting back in Fenruary (1-0) - previously the Sardinians had remained unbeaten for 10 games against the Doriani (D5 L3).

Cagliari are unbeaten in their last five home games against Samp (W3 D2) keeping three clean sheets in the process.

Cagliari have lost two home games out of two in this Serie A, and four of the last five at their ground between this and last season.

Samp are still unbeaten after six rounds - this is their best start to a Serie A season since 1990/91, when they ended up winning the Scudetto led by Roberto Mancini and Luca Vialli.

Only Barcellona (0) have conceded fewer goals than Sampdoria (2) across Europe's top-5 leagues this season.

Only Sampdoria have already scored with two direct free-kicks in this Serie A (both by Manolo Gabbiadini).

13 of the 16 goals scored in the games involving Cagliari this season have come in the first half.

Cagliari have used only 18 players so far this term - a joint-low.

Daniele Conti has already scored four goals against Sampdoria in Serie A - his favourite target after Roma.

Right against Sampdoria, Victor Ibarbo scored his only Serie A hat-trick in March 2013.

Gonzalo Bergessio has netted three goals so far against Cagliari, two of which with a header.



Fiorentina - Lazio


Fiorentina and Lazio have met 130 times so far in the top-flight - the Bianbcocelesti lead by 46 wins to 44.

The Viola have won only two of their last 10 league games against Lazio, both in 2012/13.

Fiorentina and Lazio have shared only one draw over their last 12 league meetings at the Franchi, with the guests winning on seven occasions.

Vincenzo Montella's side have conceded only one goal over their last five league fixtures.

Lazio's last away draw was in January (0-0 vs Bologna), since then six wins and as many losses for them far from the Olimpico.

Fiorentina had eight shots on target in their last game against Inter - a record for them in this competition.

Fiorentina have conceded only one goal in the first half in this Serie A.

Six of Lazio's goals have been scored by midfielders - a record in the league.

Khouma El Babacar has been involved in three of Fiorentina's last four goals (two goals and an assist).

Miroslav Klose has scored two goals in his last three league apppearances against the Viola, but he hasn't found the net in Serie A since March.

Antonio Candreva is the player who has attempted the most shots in this competition (22).


Genoa - Empoli


Genoa and Empoli have met in Serie A only in 2007/08: a draw in the first game, a win for the Tuscans in the second.

Genoa have drawn just one of their last 10 home games in the league (W4 L5).

The Grifoni have alternated a win to a loss in their last four home games, losing the last (the Derby vs Sampdoria).

That game against Palermo before the international break was Palermo's first win in Serie A since May 2008.

Genoa have never scored more than a single goal over their last seven home fixtures in Serie A.

Only Chievo have made fewer passes than Genoa (2051) so far in this Serie A campaign.

This game will see the only two players who have already scored two headed goals in this Serie A; Mauricio Pinilla and Lorenzo Tonelli.

Francesco Tavano has scored a goal in each of his three previous appearances against Genoa in the top-flight.

Daniele Rugani is the youngest player who hasn't missed a single minute of action in this competition (540 mins played so far).

Facundo Roncaglia will miss out this game as he is the only player to have picked up two red cards since start of this campaign.





Inter - Napoli


Inter and Napoli have met 136 times so far in Serie A: the Nerazzurri have won 62 times, drawing 32.

Napoli have won 42 times against Inter in Serie A - more than against any other opponent.

Inter have won only one of their last seven league games against Napoli (D2 L4).

However, at home the Nerazzurri had the better in nine of their last 11 games against Napoli, losing only in October 2011.

Back in April, Inter v Napoli ended 0-0 - that remains the Partenopei's only goalless draw under Rafa Benitez in Serie A.

Inter have conceded seven goals over their last two Serie A fixtures, as many as they had shipped in their previous 11 games.

Inter have already conceded three goals in the opening 15 minutes of play whilst Napoli have scored the most in the same period (six).

Only Juventus (86) have had more shots than Napoli (82) so far in this competition.

Mauro Icardi hasn't scored any goals over his last four Serie A appearances - his longest goal scoring drought since May 2013.

Amongst players yet to score a goal, Gonzalo Higuaín has attempted the most shots (12).

This is Higuaín's worst start to a European league since he moved to Real Madrid.

Both managers used to be in charge of their respective next opponent. They've only met twice in Serie A, with the Spaniard remaining unbeaten (1W 1D).



Palermo - Cesena


Palermo and Cesena have met four times in Serie A - one win apiece and two draws.

Cesena have remained unbeaten in their two previous trips to Palermo in Serie A (1W 1D).

Over their previous four meetings, neither side has ever scored more than two goals per game.

Palermo have picked-up only two points over their last five league games, conceding 12 goals in the process.

In facts, the Sicilians are winless in their last 10 Serie A games (D3 L7).

Cesena have six points after six rounds, but only one of these points has been taken away from home.

Cesena are winless in their last 15 away games in Serie A - their last away win came right against Palermo in December 2011 (1-0).

Palermo have already scored five goals in the first 30 minutes of play - a league-high.

However, Palermo have already lost seven points from leading situations, a negative record.

The Rosanero have conceded six goals from set-piece situations - more than any other side.

Franco Vázquez has already completed 22 dribbles in this campaign, only Jérémy Menez has registered more (23).


Roma - Chievo


This will be the 25th meeting between Roma and Chievo in Serie A - the Giallorossi lead by 12 wins to three.

Two of Chievo's three wins have come at the Olimpico, last in May 2013.

Roma kept a clean sheet in nine of their last 12 games against Chievo, including the two of the last campaign.

Chievo have scored only four goals in their 12 visits to Roma in the league (one in the last six).

Roma have lost just one of their last 23 Serie A games at home (19W 3D).

Chievo's last away draw was in January, since then W3 L8 away from the Bentegodi.

Roma have recorded the highest possession of this competition (60.6%).

Roma's goals have been scored by eight different players - a league-high.

Mattia Destro has already scored five goals in Serie A against Chievo - his favourite target to date.

Radja Nainggolan holds the record of passes made so far in this Serie A (498).

Perparim Hetemaj has won the most fouls in this competition (27) but only Stefano Okaka (28) has conceded more than him (26).



Sassuolo - Juventus


Juventus won both games against Sassuolo last season, scoring seven goals and conceding one.

Sassuolo have won just one of their last eight home games in Serie A (vs Genoa back in May).

Juventus have lost only one of their last 17 games on the road, winning 14 (including the last six).

This is the seventh time Juventus win the first six games of the season in Serie A, and the first since 2005/06.

Francesco Totti's goal in the last round ended Juve's run of 832 minutes without conceding in the league.

Juventus are the only side yet to concede a second-half goal in this campaign.

Only Barcelona have conceded fewer goals than Juventus (2) across Europe's top-5 leagues.

Juventus have had less than 50% possession only in the game against Roma so far in this campaign (43.9%).

Carlos Tévez scored four goals in the two games played last season against Sassuolo - more than against any other opponent in Serie A.

Fernando Llorente's last away goal came right at the Mapei Stadium back in April. The Spaniard is still goalless in this campaign after six appearances.

Before Domenico Berardi's opener against Lazio, Sassuolo hadn't scored for 434 minutes in Serie A.


Torino - Udinese


This will be the 59th game between Torino and Udinese in Serie A: the Friulani lead by 21 wins to 18.

Torino won both games against Udinese last season by 2-0.

Udinese have scored just one goal over their last five games against Torino in Serie A.

Over their last 15 meetings in Turin, these two sides have shared only one draw (0-0 in September 2012).

Torino are winless in their last four home fixtures (D3 L1) and they've scored just two goals in these games.

Udinese won their last away game against Lazio - that was their first win on the road since February.

This is Udinese's best start to a Serie A campaign since 2008/09 (13 points in six games).

Torino have scored only one goal in the second half - no side has done worse than the Granata in Italy.

Torino's shooting accuracy is the lowest in this Serie A (only 26.3%).

Fabio Quagliarella has scored in three consecutive Serie A appearances for the first time since November 2010.

Cyril Théréau has scored two goals in four appearances against Torino, his favourite target after Cagliari in Serie A.



Verona - AC Milan


This will be the 49th meeting between AC Milan and Verona in Serie A: the Rossoneri lead by 23 wins to eight.

AC Milan have won four of their last five Serie A games against Verona, losing the other (2-1 at the Bentegodi in August 2013).

However, Verona have lost only one of their last five games against AC Milan at home (W2 D2).

Both sides have scored in their last three league meetings at the Bentegodi.

Verona have scored in each of their last seven home games (on average 2.4 goals per game).

Verona have gained four points from losing situations - more than any other side in this competition.

AC Milan have won only one of their last five games on the road in Serie A (D2 L2) - the Rossoneri have conceded 11 goals across these games.

Five of Verona's six goals in this competition have come after half-time, four in the last 30 minutes of play.

Luca Toni has netted seven goals in his 14 Serie A appearances against AC Milan.

Toni also made his Serie A debut against the Rossoneri, when he was at Vicenza in October 2000.

Keisuke Honda has been directly involved in 46% of the Rossoneri's goals (six out of 13).



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