Opta facts Week 24 – Serie A
Atalanta v Catania
This will be the 26th meeting between these two side in Serie A - the Sicilians lead by eight wins to seven, having won the reverse fixture; 10 draws complete the record.
Atalanta have won only one of their last eight league meetings witht Catania, losing four.
However, at home Atalanta are unbeaten in the league against Catania, although four of their last five meetings in Bergamo have ended as draws.
In the last five meetings in Bergamo between Atalanta and Catania, only five goals were scored in total.
Last Sunday's win in Palermo ended Atalanta's six-game winless run in Serie A (two draws and four losses).
Catania ended their run of three league wins in a row by losing to Napoli last Saturday.
Catania have alternated between a win and a defeat in their last five games on the road - should they continue this run, they need to win against Atalanta.
Nicola Legrottaglie has already scored 21 goals in Serie A - no defender has bagged more amongst those still currently playing in the league. Three of his goals were scored against Atalanta.
Bologna v Siena
In the reverse fixture, Siena recorded their third win in Serie A against Bologna; that was also the third time the Tuscans kept a clean sheet against the Felsinei.
Bologna have also won three times in this fixture in Serie A, with five draws completing the record.
In Bologna, the hosts lead by three wins to one in this clash, with one game drawn.
In their only previous win at the Dall'Ara, Siena managed to score four goals, one more than the total they managed on their four other visits to Bologna.
Bologna have scored 11 goals in total in their last four league games, as many as they had bagged in the previous 10 match-days in Serie A.
Bologna have lost only one of their last seven league games at home, with three wins and three draws.
Siena have lost seven of their last nine league fixtures, although they have won two of the last three.
Siena have won only once away from home in this campaign, at Inter's ground back in September - since then, they've managed only three draws and seven defeats.
Scoring last Sunday against Pescara, Alberto Gilardino reached double figure for Serie A goals for the eighth time in the last 10 seasons.
Last Sunday against Inter, Innocent Emeghara scored his first goal in Serie A with his first ever shot attempted in the competition.
Cagliari v AC Milan
Cagliari have lost 33 games in Serie A against AC Milan, more than against any other opponent. The Sardinians have only seven wins against the Rossoneri so far in the top-flight.
Cagliari's last win over AC Milan was back in 1998 - since then, four draws and 16 wins for the Rossoneri.
Cagliari have picked up only three points from their last nine meetings against AC Milan at home soil, scoring only five goals in the process.
Cagliari are unbeaten in their last four games (two wins and two draws); prior to that, they had lost six consecutive league games.
AC Milan have won their last three Serie A games, and picked up 13 out of the last 15 points available in this competition.
Over the last 13 match-days in Serie A, the Rossoneri have gained five points over Juventus (current Serie A leaders) and Lazio (third in the table).
Massimiliano Allegri's side haven't conceded any goals in their last two games on the road, after failing to keep a clean sheet in each of their previous 11 away fixtures.
Cagliari have collected the fewest points at home so far in this campaign (12).
Mario Balotelli scored with his second attempt last Sunday against Udinese, after he had found the back of the net only once from 34 shots for Manchester City in the Premier League this season.
Inter v Chievo
Inter have won their last four meetings against Chievo without conceding a single goal.
Chievo won their first ever game away to Inter (2-1 in December 2001) but have failed to beat the Nerazzurri on their next nine visits to their ground (seven losses and two draws).
Chievo have kept only one clean sheet so far in Serie A against Inter (0-0 at home in March 2004).
Inter have won only one of their last seven league games, losing three - only three sides have an even worse record than the Nerazzurri in this period.
However, Inter are unbeaten in their last nine home games in the league (six wins and three draws).
Chievo have never scored more than one goal on any of the last seven Serie A match-days (five in total).
Chievo are yet to draw away from home this season (three wins and eight losses so far).
Chievo are Walter Samuel's favourite opponent in Serie A - with the defender scoring four goals against them so far.
Last Sunday against Siena, Javier Zanetti played his 592nd game in Serie A, joining Gianluca Pagliuca in second place in the all-time appearance charts.
Cyril Théréau has been directly involved in four of Chievo's last six goals in the league (scoring two and making two assists).
Juventus v Fiorentina
Fiorentina have won only one of their last 22 meetings against Juventus in the league (3-2 in Turin in March 2008), with 10 wins for the Old Lady and 11 draws.
Juve have found the net in each of their last 26 home meetings against the Viola (42 goals).
Juve won their last game against Chievo, but they've failed to enjoy back-to-back wins over the course of the last six match-days.
Antonio Conte's side have scored in each of their last nine league fixtures, keeping four clean sheet in the process.
Fiorentina have lost three of their last four away games in the league, although they have found the back of the net in each of their last 12 games on the road.
Juventus are the only Serie A side yet to concede a goal in the opening 15 minutes of play this season.
Six players have already scored five or more goals in this campaign for Juventus - a league-high.
Andrea Pirlo has already created 65 goal scoring chances - more than any other player in Serie A this season; however, only three of his passes have actually assisted a goal so far.
Stevan Jovetic made his Serie A debut in August 2008 against Juventus - he has played six times against the Old Lady in the league, scoring only one goal and never winning.
Lazio v Napoli
Over the last six league meetings between Lazio and Napoli, the same result has never occured twice in a row. The last meeting saw the Partenopei winning 3-0 at the San Paolo.
Lazio have lost only two of their last 13 Serie A games against Napoli at the Olimpico, winning nine.
Lazio have picked up only one point from their last three league games, and lost the last two.
The last time Lazio lost three league games in a row came between April and May 2011.
Lazio have lost only two points from leading situations in this campaign, winning 13 of the 14 games in which they have taken the lead.
Napoli have collected 16 of the 18 points available in the last six match-days of this competition.
Napoli have lost only one of their last six games on the road, winning four.
Marek Hamsik (nine goals and 11 assists) and Edinson Cavani (18 goals and two assists) are the two Serie A players with the highest proportion of goal involvements for their team in this campaign.
Against Lazio, Cavani scored two of his six hat-tricks in Serie A - overall he has bagged seven goals against the Biancocelesti, but only one at the Olimpico and only against Roma he has scored more (eight).
Sergio Floccari has scored five goals against Napoli in Serie A, more than against any other Serie A opponent.
Palermo v Pescara
Pescara's 1-0 win in the reverse fixture is the only previous meeting between these two sides in the top-flight.
On that occasion, Vladimir Weiss scored his first ever Serie A goal.
Palermo are winless in their last nine league fixtures, losing six in the process.
Palermo have conceded in each of their last 11 Serie A games.
The Sicilians have taken only one point from their last four home games.
Pescara have lost their last four league games, conceding 13 goals in the process.
In three of these four games the Dolphins haven't scored a single goal.
Pescara have lost seven of their last eight away games in the league, winning the other game 2-0 in Florence.
This game will see the two teams with the worst attacking records in Serie A: with just 19 goals scored by Pescara and 20 by Palermo.
Pescara also have the worst defence in Serie A (48 goals conceded), while Palermo have shipped the most goals in the last 15 minutes of play (14).
Palermo have already used 36 different players this season, more than any other side.
Last Sunday against Bologna, Gaetano D'Agostino converted his 10th consecutive penalty in Serie A.
Parma v Genoa
Parma have won only one of their last seven Serie A meetings against Genoa, with two wins for the Grifoni and four games drawn.
Over these last seven meetings, both sides have always scored at least one goal.
Genoa have only won once at Parma's ground in Serie A so far, with six wins for the hosts and two draws.
Parma are winless in the last four match-days in Serie A (two draws and two losses).
Prior to their defeat against Napoli, Parma had remained unbeaten at the Tardini for 15 league games (11 wins and four draws).
Genoa have collected only two points from their last four away games, and won only one of their last nine games played in the league away from the Ferraris.
Genoa have never scored more than a single goal in any of their last 10 games away from home (six overall in the process).
Amauri has already scored five goals in his seven previous appearances against Genoa in Serie A - only against Sampdoria he has netted more (six in 15 games).
Sampdoria v Roma
Roma have won only one of their last six league meetings against Sampdoria, with two wins for the Blucerchiati and three draws in the process.
Samp have already won 38 games against Roma (in 125 total meetings), more than against any other Serie A opponent.
However, the Blucerchiati have had the better only in one of their last six home games against Roma in Serie A.
Sampdoria have conceded only two goals in total in their last five league games (2W 2D 1L).
They've also failed to score in four of their last six league games, although they have netted eight in the other two.
Against Pescara, Sampdoria scored six goals - as many as they had netted in their previous nine home games.
Roma are winless in the last five match-days, and have failed to keep a clean sheet in the last nine.
Away from home, the Giallorossi have taken only one point from their last four games.
Roma (42 goals conceded) have the second-worst defence this season - only Pescara (48) have shipped more.
However, the Giallorossi also have the second-best attack with 46 goals scored despite having played one game less, only Juventus have netted more (48).
Francesco Totti has already scored 14 goals in Serie A against Sampdoria, only against Parma he has netted more in the top-flight (16).
Udinese v Torino
The last four meetings between Udinese and Torino in Serie A have produced only four goals overall.
Udinese have lost only one of their last nine league games against the Granata, winning six of these.
Torino's last win at the Friuli was in October 1984 - since then, there have been six draws and five wins for the Friulani.
This game will see the two sides with the most draws in this campaign go head to head: 11 for Torino and nine for Udinese so far.
At home, Udinese are unbeaten in their last 10 Serie A games: after losing their opening game against Juventus, they've managed six wins and four draws at their own ground.
Torino are unbeaten in the last seven match-days courtesy of three wins and four draws - this is currently the longest unbeaten run in Serie A.
The Granata have kept a clean sheet in four of their last six league games.
Three of the last four games played at home by Torino have ended as draws, in the other game the Granata beat Pescara 2-0.
Mario Santana has already scored three goals against Udinese in the league - against no other side he has bagged more so far in Italy.
Antonio Di Natale has failed to score in his last three league appearances - this is his longest goal drought since April.