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Lewis Constable 28th Aug 2014 - 13:25

Opta Facts Serie A Matchday 1 / August 29th-31st 2014

Atalanta - Verona

Verona have won four of their last five Serie A meetings against Atalanta, including the last three.
Atalanta have scored in each of their last nine games against Verona in the top-flight.
Prior to last April's 2-1 loss, Atalanta were unbeaten for 11 consecutive home games against Verona in Serie A (W7, D4).
Verona have failed to score in five of their last six visits to Atalanta in the top-flight.
Over their last four Serie A campaigns, Atalanta have picked up just one point in their opening game (2-2 vs Genoa in September 2011).
Last season, Verona started Serie A beating AC Milan at the Bentegodi, though they lost their first two away games against Roma and Juventus.
Atalanta have lost 24 games on their Serie A debut - more than any other side.
Verona have conceded goals on MD1 in each of their last eight Serie A campaigns.
Last season Atalanta drew just five Serie A games - only Juventus shared the points fewer times (three).
Verona faced 674 shots last season in Serie A - more than any other side.


Only seven of Luca Toni's 20 league goals last season were scored away from home.
Germán Denis scored in both games against Verona last season.


Cesena - Parma

Parma are unbeaten in Serie A against Cesena (W3, D3).
Their three previous meetings at the Manuzzi ended with two draws and a win for the visitors.
Over these six previous meetings in the top-flight neither side has ever scored more than two goals.
Cesena have never won their first game over their 12 Serie A participations (D5, L7).
Parma have drawn 12 of their last 15 debut games in Serie A, winning only one in the process.
47 of Parma's goals last season were scored by Italian players - no side have scored more goals courtesy of Italians in 13-14.
Last season Roberto Donadoni's side picked up just two points from their first four Serie A fixtures.
Cesena instead opened their Serie B campaign with two wins in their first two games, against Varese and Crotone.
Antonio Cassano was the player who created the most goal scoring chances last season in Serie A (95, including six assists).
Two of Gabriel Paletta's five Serie A goals have come against Cesena, in the two clashes played in the 2011-12 season.



Chievo - Juventus

Chievo have won only one of their 22 previous meetings against Juventus in Serie A (1-0 in January 2010).
Juve have won their last four games against Chievo, always scoring 2+ goals.
The last two league meetings at the Bentegodi ended 2-1 for the Bianconeri.
Chievo have never managed to score more than one goal at home against Juventus.
On the two previous occasions these two sides have met on the opening match-day of the season, Juve have won 1-0.
Juventus have won 52 times on the opening match-day - more than any other Club in Serie A.
Over their last 30 Serie A campaigns, Juventus have only lost once in their debut game (0-1 vs Bari in 2010), winning 22.
Last season, Chievo won just one of their first 12 league games.
Juventus had the best attack (80 goals scored) and defence (23 conceded) of the last Serie A.
Carlos Tévez was the player with the most shots on target in the Serie A 2013-14 (54).
Maxi López has failed to score in his previous four league games against Juventus.
Last season Patrice Evra delivered the most assists (five) and won the most tackles (73) among Manchester Utd defenders.


Genoa - Napoli

Genoa have won just one of their last nine games against Napoli in Serie A (3-2 at home in January 2012).
Over the last six meetings between these two sides there has been an average of four goals per game.
There have been no draws over their last seven meetings in Genova in Serie A.
Napoli have always won on their debut in Serie A over their last three campaigns, scoring nine goals and conceding just one.
Genoa lost their first two games of the last Serie A campaign, and won just one of the first seven.
Napoli instead remained unbeaten over the first seven match-days (W6, D1).
Genoa recorded only 288 shots in the last Serie A - a league-low.
Napoli scored the most first-half goals in the last Serie A (43).
Alessandro Matri has scored five league goals against Napoli, his joint-best tally against a Serie A side.
Michu had the biggest decline from one season to the next in a single Premier League season in terms of goals (16 - 18 goals in 2012-13, 2 goals in 2013-14) since Kevin Phillips in 2000-01 (30 in 1999-00, 14 in 2000-01).


AC Milan - Lazio

AC Milan have won only one of their last nine Serie A games against Lazio.
Last season both games between these two sides ended 1-1.
In fact, AC Milan have drawn 56 times against Lazio in Serie A - more than against any other opponent.
However, AC Milan are unbeaten against Lazio at the San Siro since September 1989 (a run of 24 games).
This will be the seventh time AC Milan and Lazio meet on the opening match-day of the season: the Rossoneri lead by two wins to one, with three draws.
AC Milan have failed to win on their debut in each of the last three Serie A campaigns (draw vs Lazio in September 2011, before losing to Sampdoria and Verona the following years).
Lazio have drawn 28 times on match-day 1 in Serie A - more than any other side.
The Biancocelesti have scored in 16 of their last 17 debut games in the top-flight.
AC Milan won just one of their first five games of the Serie A 13-14.
Lazio instead lost their first two on the road, but won the first three at home.
Last season Lazio scored goals with players from 13 different nationalities - a league-high.
During his three-year spell at Roma, Jérémy Menez didn't score or assist any goals in six league appearances against Lazio.
Giampaolo Pazzini has scored seven league goals against Lazio, his joint-best tally against a Serie A side.


Palermo - Sampdoria

Palermo are unbeaten in their last eight Serie A meetings against Sampdoria (W5, D3).
Palermo have conceded goals in seven of their last eight opening match in Serie A (conceding 16 goals in the process).
Palermo have won 19 games in Serie A against Sampdoria, more than against any other side.
Before losing last season against Juventus, Sampdoria had remained unbeaten on their season debut for five Serie A campaigns (W4, D1).
Sampdoria made 661 fouls last season, more than any other Club in Serie A.
Last season under Gennaro Gattuso, Palermo started their Serie B campaign winning only two of their first six games of the season.
Sampdoria were winless in their first seven games of the season in the Serie a 13-14 (D3, L4).
Palermo conceded only 28 goals last season in Serie B, fewer than any other side.
Manolo Gabbiadini has scored in both his last two league meetings against Palermo (for Bologna in the 2012-13 season).
Paulo Dybala scored his first two Serie A goals against Sampdoria in November 2012, when he was almost 19 year old.
Edgar Barreto delivered 10 assists in the last Serie B season: only Lanciano's Carlo Mammarella did better (12 assists).

 


Roma - Fiorentina

Roma vs Fiorentina is the fixture that has been played the most often on match-day 1 in Serie A so far - this will be their ninth meeting (four wins aside so far).
Roma have won their last four Serie A games against Fiorentina.
These two sides have shared just one draw over their last 13 meetings in the top-flight (2-2 in Florence in March 2011).
Roma have won seven of the last eight meetings against the Viola at the Olimpico, losing one.
Last season Roma won the first 10 games they played in Serie A, setting an all-time record in the competition.
Fiorentina started the 2013-14 season with three wins and a draw, before losing away to Inter.
Fiorentina have conceded 97 goals overall in their opening games of the Serie A.
Last season Roma were the only team with two players who made 10 assists (Francesco Totti and Gervinho).
Roma recorded 473 shots in the Serie A 2013-14, more than any other side.
Daniele De Rossi finished the last Serie A campaign with 2360 passes - a record in the competition.
Fiorentina were the only side in the Serie A 13-14 to take more points from their away games (34) that from those at home (31).
Juan Iturbe has scored in both of his Serie A appearances against Fiorentina: only against Lazio has he managed to do the same.
Over his four-year spell at Barcelona, Seydou Keita conceded 173 fouls, more than any other teammate.


Sassuolo - Cagliari

Last season both meetings between these two sides ended as draws.
Sassuolo started their Serie A record with four losses in the first four games last season, but eventually ended the campaign with three wins in the last five match-days.
Cagliari lost their last three games of the season last term, without scoring a single goal.
Sassuolo were the only side to score all goals with Italian players in Serie A in 2013-14.
Cagliari conceded the most headed goals in the 2013-14 Serie A (13).
The Sardinians were also the only side who failed to score with defenders last term in Serie A.
Domenico Berardi was the only Serie A player to score more than one hat-trick last season (three).
Sergio Floccari has scored five goals in 15 Serie A meetings against Cagliari: only against Napoli has he netted more in the Italian top-flight (six goals)
Sime Vrsaljko attempted 109 crosses from open play last season in the league, more than any other Genoa player.
This will be the first meeting between the two managers. Zdenek Zeman took Eusebio Di Francesco's place in charge of Pescara in summer 2011.



Torino - Inter

Inter are unbeaten in Serie A against Torino since February 1994 - 2-0 at home for the Granata: since then, Inter have won 15 times, drawing five against Torino in the top-flight.
Prior to last season's 3-3 draw, Torino had lost nine home games in a row against Inter in Serie A.
Torino remained unbeaten in the last eight match-days of the last Serie A campaign (W5, D3).
Inter started off last season with four wins and two draws in the first six match-days, but at the end won just one of the last four games.
In the four previous occasions these two sides met on match-day 1 of the Serie A, Inter didn't concede a single goal.
Torino were unbeaten in the opening match-day of the last five Serie A campaigns (W2, D3).
Inter have failed to score just once over their last 26 opening games of the season in Serie A (0-0 vs Bologna in 2010).
Last season Inter were the only side not to score a single penalty in Serie A.
The Nerazzurri shared 15 draws last term - more than any other side in this competition.
Rodrigo Palacio scored three goals in last season's two Serie A meetings between Inter and Torino.
Fabio Quagilarella has netted just one goal in 15 league meetings against Inter.
Nemanja Vidic had 264 clearances in the last Premier League, at least 83 more than any other teammate.


Udinese - Empoli

These two sides have met 16 times so far in Serie A: Udinese lead by six wins to three.
Udinese have lost only one of their last six Serie A clashes with Empoli (two wins, three draws).
Empoli have never scored more than two goals in Serie A against Udinese.
Empoli have won only one of their last eight Serie A trips to Udine, losing four times.
The only previous meeting between these two sides on the opening game of the Serie A was in August 2005 - it was Antonio Di Natale's first game against his former team Empoli.
Empoli have never drawn their opening game of the Serie A (W3, L6).
Antonio Di Natale has reached double figures for goals scored in each of the last eight Serie A season, scoring 17+ goals in six of the last seven.
Allan attempted 136 tackles in Serie A last season, more than any other player.
Davide Bassi was one of the only three players to play all 3780 minutes in the last Serie B season.
Massimo Maccarone has scored four goals in the top-flight against Udinese, his joint-best tally against a Serie A side.

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