28th Feb 2013 - 16:28
OPTA Facts - Serie A - Week 27
Bologna - Cagliari
This will be the 50th meeting between these two sides in Serie A - the Sardinians lead by 17 wins to 14, with 18 draws.
Bologna have won only once in their last nine league games against Cagliari, with five wins for the Sardinians (incl. in the reverse fixture).
Bologna have won only one of their last four games against Cagliari at the Dall'Ara, with two wins for the visitors.
Bologna have lost on only won of their last five match-days (two wins, two draws).
The Rossoblu are unbeaten in their last four home league games (2W, 2D).
Cagliari are unbeaten on the last seven Serie A match-days (4W 3D).
The Sardinians have won their last two games on the road - previously, they had picked up only two points from six games away from home in the league.
Cagliari have scored in each of their last 10 away fixtures.
In their last away game against Pescara, Cagliari kept their first clean sheet on the road, following a run of seven games in which they had always conceded.
Cagliari have conceded the most goals in the second half (31), and the most in the last 15 minutes of play (16).
Catania - Inter
Catania and Inter have met 31 times in Serie A: the Nerazzurri lead by 22 wins to five.
However, two of Catania's five wins have come over the course of the last six meetings.
Catania have lost more games against Inter than against any other Serie A opponent, and have also conceded the most goals against the Nerazzurri (69).
All of Catania's wins against Inter have come at the Massimino, while Inter have won at Catania's ground eight times so far.
Inter have scored in each of their last 14 games against Catania (an average of 2.4 goals per game).
Catania have won five of their last eight league fixtures, losing only one in the process.
Only AC Milan (24) have picked up more points than Catania (23) over the last 11 Serie A match-days.
Catania have won four of their last five home games, keeping a clean sheet three times.
Inter have won only one of their last six league games, losing two.
The Nerazzurri have picked up only one point from their last seven games on the road, scoring only five goals; previously they had won six games in a row away from home.
Catania have won the most games from losing situations (five out of 14 in this campaign).
Esteban Cambiasso has already scored four goals against Catania, including one of his two Serie A braces; only against Fiorentina has he bagged more goals (five).
Fiorentina - Chievo
These two sides have shared only one draw over the course of their last 15 Serie A meetings (in the reverse fixture in Verona), with 10 wins for the Viola in the process.
In their 17 meetings in the top-flight, neither side has ever scored more than two goals in a single game.
Chievo have won four of their last seven meetings against Fiorentina in the league.
The Serie A record in Florence in this clash sees the hosts leading by five wins to three.
Fiorentina have lost five of their last eight league games (two wins, one draw).
Fiorentina have suffered only one defeat in their last 17 home games in the league (7D 9W).
Chievo have picked up only one point from their last four league games.
Chievo have never scored more than a single goal in any of their last 10 Serie A fixtures.
Eugenio Corini's side are yet to draw away from home this season (3W 10L).
Luca Toni has already scored six goals in Serie A against Chievo, only against Parma (nine) he has bagged more so far.
AC Milan - Lazio
Lazio are unbeaten in their last six league games against AC Milan: four draws, followed by two wins.
Before those two losses, the Rossoneri had remained unbeaten against Lazio for 27 games in a row in Serie A.
AC Milan are unbeaten in their last 22 meetings with Lazio at the San Siro (13W 9D).
Only Juventus can match Lazio's total of 54 Serie A draws with Milan.
The Rossoneri are unbeaten in their last eight league games (5W 3D).
At home, Massimiliano Allegri's side are on a run of six consecutive wins, and have kept a clean sheet in each of the last five.
Lazio got back to winning ways on Monday night against Pescara, after taking only two points from their previous five fixtures.
Lazio have won only one of their last eight away games in Serie A, losing four.
Vladimir Petkovic's side have conceded eight goals in total in their last three away games - previously they had shipped 10 in 10 games on the road between this and last season.
Last Sunday in the derby against Inter, AC Milan conceded their 13th headed goal - a league-high.
Since he made his debut for AC Milan, Mario Balotelli has mustered the most shots in Serie A: 20, 14 of which have been on target (incl. four goals).
Napoli - Juventus
Juventus are unbeaten in the league against Napoli in their last four meetings: two draws, followed by two wins.
However, the Partenopei are unbeaten in their last five league games against the Old Lady at the San Paolo (four wins, followed by last season's 3-3 draw).
In those last five meetings at the San Paolo, the hosts have netted an average of 2.8 goals per game.
Napoli are unbeaten in their last nine league games, although they've been held to a draw in each of the last three.
Napoli have lost only one of their last 16 league games at home, winning 12.
Juve last conceded more than a single goal away from home on their last visit to the San Paolo in November 2011 (3-3).
Juventus boast the best defence in the league (only 17 goals conceded), while Napoli have netted only one goal on the last three match-days.
Against Juventus, Edinson Cavani scored his first Serie A hat-trick in January 2011; however, El Matador has failed to score in six of his seven appearances against the Old Lady in the league.
Marek Hamsik has already netted five goals against Juve, only against Palermo (seven) has he has scored more often in Serie A.
Napoli are Alessandro Matri's favourite opponent in Serie A, alongside Roma (five goals for him in 10 appearances against the Partenopei).
Against Siena, Paul Pogba became the second youngest player to score five goals in any of the top five European leagues, after Romelu Lukaku.
Pescara - Udinese
Udinese remain unbeaten against Pescara in the top-flight (3W 2D for the Friulani so far).
These two draws came in the two previous meetings played at the Adriatico in Serie A.
Pescara have never kept a clean sheet against Udinese in Serie A, with the Friulani scoring an average of 2.2 goals per game.
Pescara have collected only one point from the last seven match-days.
The Dolphins have lost their last three home fixtures, conceding seven goals in the process.
Udinese have never registered the same result twice in a row over the course of their last seven league fixtures.
Francesco Guidolin's side have failed to score in their last two league games, while their captain, Antonio Di Natale, hasn't found the net in any of his last six Serie A appearances.
Pescara remain the only side in Serie A yet to concede a goal scored by Di Natale in his career.
Udinese have taken only one point from their last four games on the road, and lost the last three against Juventus, AC Milan and Genoa.
Against Udinese, Elvis Abbruscato has scored his only Serie A brace, in January 2007, when he was at Torino.
Pescara have the worst defence in Serie A his season so far (53 goals conceded).
Roma - Genoa
Roma and Genoa haven't shared a draw in their last 13 league meetings (Roma lead by eight wins to three).
Roma have scored in each of their last 11 meetings against Genoa (on average 2.2 goals per game).
At the Olimpico, the Giallorossi are unbeaten in their last 10 meetings against Genoa, and have won the last six.
Roma have won back to back games in the league, after taking only two points from their previous six fixtures.
The Giallorossi have scored in each of their last 32 home games in the league (69 goals in total).
Genoa are unbeaten in their last five Serie A fixtures, and have alternated between an away draw and a home win.
However, away from home, the Grifoni are without a win in their last six games (4D 2L).
Roma have scored the most headed goals so far this season (14).
Despite having played a game less, Roma still boast the joint-most prolific attack from open play this season (37 goals scored, along with Juventus).
Pablo Osvaldo has scored three goals in three Serie A appearances against Genoa for Roma.
Francesco Totti needs a goal to equal Gunnar Nordahl on 225 goals, currently the all-time second-highest scorer in Serie A.
Totti has found the net in three of his last four appearances against Genoa in Serie A.
Sampdoria - Parma
Parma have won their last four Serie A meetings against Sampdoria, conceding only one goal in the process.
The record in the last nine meetings at the Marassi is even, with four wins apiece and a draw.
Samp are unbeaten on their last five match-days (three home wins, two away draws).
At home, the Blucerchiati are unbeaten in their last four games, courtesy of a draw, followed by three wins in a row, with 11 goals scored and only one conceded.
Parma are winless in their last seven league fixtures, picking up only three points in the process.
The Ducali have lost four of their last five Serie A games.
Away from home, Roberto Donadoni's side have won only one of their last eight league games, losing five.
Parma are yet to keep a clean sheet away from home this season in 13 games.
Amauri has already scored six goals in Serie A against Sampdoria, more than against any other opponent.
Neither side have scored in the opening 15 minutes of play so far in this campaign.
Siena - Atalanta
Siena have won only two of their last 11 league games against Atalanta, with five wins for the Nerazzurri.
The Tuscans have kept only one clean sheet so far in 13 meetings against Atalanta in Serie A (back in January 2009).
Siena have lost only once in six games at home against Atalanta, winning two and drawing three so far.
Siena have been involved in only one draw in the last 12 match-days in Serie A, winning three in the process.
Siena have won their last three home games, previously they had lost three in a row at their ground.
Atalanta have won just one of their last 10 games, losing six times in the process.
Atalanta have lost six of their last seven away games in the league, winning the remaining one.
11 of Siena's 27 total goals scored this season have been headers - 41%, a league-high proportion.
Atalanta have already conceded a league-high five goals from direct free-kicks.
Germán Denis has already scored three goals in six appearances against Siena, only against Roma (five) he has scored more in Serie A so far.
Torino - Palermo
Since these two sides have re-established themselves in the top-flight, they've shared two wins apiece and three draws.
After losing the first ever meeting played against Palermo at home back in October 1932, the Granata have remained unbeaten at home against the Rosanero in 18 meetings (15W 3D).
Palermo have never scored more than a single goal at Torino's ground in the top-flight.
Torino have won only one game over the last five match-days (2D 2L).
However, the Granata have taken 10 points from the last 12 available at home.
Palermo are winless in their last 12 games, however, they've drawn five of their last six fixtures.
Despite remaining unbeaten (three draws in three games), Alberto Malesani became the third manager to be sacked at Palermo this season.
Palermo are winless in their last 17 away games in the league (10L 7D).
Matteo Brighi has already scored four goals against Palermo in Serie A, against no other side he has been as prolific.
Against the Rosanero, Rolando Bianchi scored his only Serie A hat-trick (in Palermo-Reggina 4-3 in September 2006).
Torino have already conceded 10 penalties this season - a record across the top five European leagues.
Only three of Palermo's 22 total goals in this campaign have been scored from set pieces.