14th Feb 2013 - 20:10
OPTA Facts - Week 25 – Serie A
Catania - Bologna
Bologna are unbeaten in their last six league meetings with Catania - two 1-1 draws, followed by four wins in a row without conceding.
Catania have scored more than a single goal only in one of their last 22 Serie A meetings against Bologna ( a 4-0 win in June 1965).
The record at the Massimino between these two sides in the top-flight is perfectly even: three wins apiece and six draws.
Catania have had a man sent off in three of their last four league games against Bologna.
Catania have lost only one of their last six league fixtures, and haven't conceded a single goal on four occasions in the process.
The Sicilians have taken 10 points from their last four home games in the league.
Bologna have scored and conceded goals in each of their last four league fixtures.
Bologna haven't shared the points in any of their last 14 games on the road (four wins and 10 losses in the process).
Panagiotis Kone has scored Bologna's last two goals in the league, taking his total tally for the season to five - he had netted only one in each of his previous two Serie A campaigns..
Chievo - Palermo
There is perfect balance over the last six league meetings between these two sides: two wins apiece and two draws.
Palermo have scored three or more goals in three of their last six league games against Chievo.
However, the Rosanero have netted only two goals so far against Chievo in seven meetings at the Bentegodi in Serie A.
Only four goals were scored over the last six meetings between these two sides in the league.
Fabrizio Miccoli has scored 10 goals in 11 appearances against Chievo in Serie A, including two braces in the last two - Chievo in fact are his favourite target.
Chievo have won only one of their last five league games, losing three.
Chievo have not scored more than a single goal in any of their last eight league fixtures.
Before losing to Juventus, Chievo had remained unbeaten for eight games in a row at the Bentegodi in the league (four wins, four draws).
Palermo are winless in their last 10 league games, and have picked up only four points in the process.
Palermo have failed to keep a clean sheet over their last 12 league games - the Sicilians have shipped a total of 21 goals in the process.
Palermo are winless in their last 16 away games in Serie A (6D, 10L) - the Sicilians are the only side yet to win their first game on the road in this campaign.
Fiorentina - Inter
Fiorentina's last win against Inter in Serie A was in February 2006 (2-1 at the Franchi); since then, Inter have won 10 times, with three draws.
Fiorentina have failed to score in seven of their last 11 meetings against Inter in the league.
The last six meetings between these two sides in Florence saw three draws and three wins for the guests.
Antonio Cassano has already scored seven goals in Serie A against Fiorentina - more than against any other side in this competition.
The Viola have won only one of their last six league games, losing four times in the process.
However, at home the Tuscans have lost only one of their last 16 league games (with 8W and 7D).
Inter have won only two of their last eight league fixtures (3L, 3D).
Away from home, the Nerazzurri have taken only one point from their last six games, and scored only two goals in the last five.
15 of the 41 goals scored by Fiorentina this term have been assisted by a cross - a league-high.
Last Sunday, Diego Milito scored his 60th Serie A goal in 111 appearances for Inter.
Genoa - Udinese
These two sides have shared only one draw over their last eight league meetings (the 0-0 of the reverse fixtures) - four wins for Genoa and three for Udinese in the process.
Udinese have kept a clean sheet in their last two Serie A meetings against Genoa.
Genoa have had the better in six of their last seven home meetings against Udinese - in between a 4-2 win for the Friulani in January 2011.
Udinese have failed to score in five of their last eight visits to Genoa in the league.
Marco Borriello has scored 10 goals in 12 appearances against Udinese in the league - the Friulani are his favourite target in this competition.
Juan Vargas has netted four in Serie A against Udinese - against no other side has he scored more than a single goal.
Genoa have won only one of their last five league games, and two of their last 10.
Genoa have collected the fewest points on home soil in this campaign (12), but have won two of their last three games at the Marassi.
Udinese would be third in the table on 20 points, taking into account only the last 10 match-days of this campaign - three points behind leaders, Juventus.
However, Francesco Guidolin's side have won only one of their last seven games on the road, losing three.
AC Milan - Parma
Parma have won only one of their last 17 league meetings against AC Milan (1-0 at the Tardini in March 2010).
The Rossoneri have won four of the last five games against Parma, but they drew 1-1 in the reverse fixture back in September.
Parma have scored only four goals over their last 11 league meetings against AC Milan, never more than one per game.
AC Milan are unbeaten in their last 14 fixtures against Parma at the San Siro (11W, 3D).
Against Parma, Antonio Nocerino scored his only Serie A hat-trick, at the San Siro in October 2011 (4-1).
Massimiliano Allegri's side have lost only one of their last 12 Serie A games (4-2 at the Olimpico vs Roma), winning eight in the process.
The Rossoneri have won their last five home fixtures in the league, scoring overall 11 goals.
Parma are winless in their last five Serie A games (3D, 2 L), and have scored only three goals in the process.
The Ducali have won only one of their last seven games on the road, losing four.
Roberto Donadoni's side have conceded goals in each of their last 12 games on the road.
AC Milan have dropped only two points from leading situations - fewer than any other side in this competition, winning 12 of the 13 games in which they have taken the lead so far.
Napoli - Sampdoria
The record in the last five meetings between these two sides in the league sees Napoli leading by four wins to one.
Napoli and Samp have shared only one draw in their last 11 league meetings (2-2 in April 2009).
At home, Napoli have won their last four league games against Sampdoria without conceding a goal.
The Blucerchiati have scored only three goals in total over their last eight trips to the San Paolo.
Edinson Cavani has already scored five goals in his three Serie A appearances against Sampdoria for Napoli.
Napoli are unbeaten in the last seven match-days of this Serie A (5W, 2D).
The Partenopei have taken the most points from home games in this competition (29).
Sampdoria have lost only once in the last six Serie A match-days (3W, 3D).
The Blucerchiati have conceded ony two goals in their last five league games.
However, they've won only one of their last 10 away games in the league, losing six in the process.
Napoli have conceded the fewest goals in the second half so far in this campaign (10).
Gianluca Sansone was directly involved in each of his side's three goals in the last game against Roma: one goal scored and two assisted as a sub.
Pescara - Cagliari
Should they lose against Cagliari, it would be the 100th loss for Pescara in Serie A.
These two sides have met only five times in the top-flight: the Sardinians lead by three wins to two, but Pescara had the better in the reverse fixture (2-1).
The two previous meetings in Pescara ended in a win each - on both occasions the winning side managed a clean sheet.
By drawing against Palermo, Pescara ended a negative run of four losses in a row in the league.
Pescara haven't shared the points in their last seven home games in Serie A (3W, 4L).
The Sardinians are unbeaten in their last five league games (2W, 3D) - prior to that, they had picked up only two points from nine Serie A fixtures.
Cagliari have scored and conceded goals in each of their last eight Serie A games.
Cagliari won their last away game 4-2 at Roma - previosuly, they hadn't won in six consecutive games on the road (2D, 4L).
Pescara's top scorer in this campaign is on four goals - they are the only side alongside Siena with no players able to score five goals so far this term.
Roma - Juventus
Roma have won only one of their last 15 league games against Juventus (2-1 in January 2010).
Over these last 15 games, Juventus have always scored against Roma (an average of 2.3 goals per game).
Juventus have netted eight goals in total in their last two games against Roma, one more than the Giallorossi did in their last 10 games against the Old Lady in Serie A.
At the Olimpico, Roma have collected only two points from their last seven meetings against Juventus - one right in their last meeting there in December 2011 (1-1).
Alessandro Matrri has scored five goals in 10 Serie A appearances against Roma - his favourite target so far in this competition.
Artuto Vidal has scored three goals in three appearances against the Giallorossi in Serie A, including his only Serie A brace.
Roma have collected only two points from their last six league fixtures.
The Giallorossi haven't kept a clean sheet over their last 10 Serie A games (22 goals conceded in total in the process).
However, Roma have lost only one of their last six home games in the league, winning four.
Totti & co have scored in each of their last 31 home games in Serie A.
Juve have lost only one of their last 10 league games, winning seven.
The Old Lady have picked up the most points away from home in this campaign (26).
Siena - Lazio
Over the last eight league meetings between these two sides, the same result has never occurred twice in a row - in the reverse fixture Lazio had the better 2-1 at the Olimpico.
There is perfect balance in the last six meetings between these two sides: two wins apiece and two draws.
Siena are unbeaten at home against Lazio in the last five games: three wins for the Tuscans and two draws.
Siena have always scored in eight games at home against Lazio in the top-flight (an average of two goals per game).
Stefano Mauri has already scored four goals against Siena, more than against any other Serie A opponent.
After a run of six losses in a row, Siena have taken seven points from their last four league games, losing only one of these.
The Tuscans haven't drawn at home in their last seven league games (4W, 3L).
Lazio have taken only two points of the last 12 available in this competition.
Lazio have won only one of their last seven away games, losing and drawing three in the process.
Innocent Emeghara has scored in his only two Serie A starts, with his first two shots on target in the Italian league.
Torino - Atalanta
Torino have won three of their last four league meetings against Atalanta, in between a win for the Orobici in March 2009.
Over their last 38 Serie A games against Torino, Atalanta have never scored more than two goals.
The Granata have won only three of their last 14 home games against Atalanta in the league, though two of these win have come in their last two league meetings in Turin.
Rolando Bianchi has scored two goals in two games for Torino against his former team, Atalanta in the league.
Losing to Udinese, Torino ended a run of seven unbeaten games in Serie A.
The Granata have lost only one of their last six home fixtures in Serie A, winning three.
Atalanta have won only one of their last eight league games, drawing three and losing four.
That one win came right in their last game on the road, away to Palermo, following a run of five consecutive losses away from home in Serie A.
Six of Atalanta's last 10 goals in the league have been scored by Germán Denis.