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Rich 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.

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