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David Thompson 23rd Aug 2012 - 11:16

Seie A Opta Facts - Week 1


Week 1 - Serie A 2012-13

Atalanta - Lazio


Atalanta and Lazio have met 88 times in Serie A: the Nerazzurri lead by 29 wins to 23.

Atalanta have won against Lazio more than against any other opponent in Serie A.

These two sides have shared 36 draws in the top flight - only against AC Milan (37) have Atalanta drawn more games.

Atalanta have scored 103 goals against Lazio in Serie A, only against Roma have they netted more.

In clashes between the two sides in Bergamo, Atalanta lead by 18 wins to six, with 20 draws completing  the record in the league.

Lazio won in Bergamo last season, ending a run of three consecutive home wins for Atalanta in this fixture.

That was also the first time in nine Serie A meetings that Lazio managed to score more than a single goal at Atalanta's ground.

The two managers, Stefano Colantuono (Atalanta) and Vladimir Petkovic (Lazio), have never met before in professional football.

Colantuono has faced Lazio five times so far as a manager, winning only once, when he was in charge of Palermo in May 2008 (2-1).

German Denis scored 16 goals for Atalanta last season in Serie A, twice as many as he had bagged in his previous best campaign (eight goals with Napoli in 2008-09).

Tommaso Rocchi is on the lookout for his 100th Serie A goal, although he has failed to score since last February (Lazio-Milan 2-0).

Chievo - Bologna

This will be the 17th Serie A meeting between these two sides: the record is perfectly even (five wins each and six draws).

In this fixture in Verona, the hosts lead by four wins to one.

Bologna have never scored more than a single goal at Chievo's ground (overall, their haul is three goals in eight previous  to the Bentegodi).

Chievo conceded 654 fouls last season - a record in Serie A in 2011-12.

Chievo's manager, Domenico Di Carlo, has never won in three previous meetings against Stefano Pioli (the head to head record sees two draws and a win for Pioli).

Alessandro Diamanti scored seven league goals last season, but only one of these came away from home.

Diego Perez picked up 15 cards in 28 matches in Serie A 2011-12 (14 yellow cards, and one straight red).


Fiorentina - Udinese

Fiorentina and Udinese have met 72 times in Serie A: the Viola lead by 32 wins to 17, with 23 draws.

Fiorentina have had the better on 21 occasions at the Franchi, while Udinese have won five times - 10 draws complete the record.

These two sides have not shared the points in any of their last 12 league meetings (six wins each).

The Viola have scored an average of four goals per game over their last four home meetings against Udinese in Serie A.

Fiorentina are unbeaten on their opening game of the season in the last five campaigns (three draws and two wins).

Vincenzo Montella and Francesco Guidolin have met three times in the top-flight - Guidolin currently leads the head to head record by two wins to one.

Antonio Di Natale scored 23 goals last season, netting more than 20 goals for the third consecutive campaign.

Stevan Jovetic was directly involved in 46% of the goals scored by Fiorentina last season in the league, with goals and assist (17 out of 37).


Genoa - Cagliari

This will be the 29th meeting between Genoa and Cagliari in Serie A: the Sardinians lead by 10 wins to eight, with 10 draws completing the record.

However, none of their last 10 meetings has ended in a draw.

The record at the Marassi sees the hosts leading by five wins to two, with seven draws overall.

Both sides are unbeaten on the Serie A opening game in the last three campaigns.

Cagliari have managed to keep the clean sheet at Genoa's ground only once in Serie A (a 1-0 win in April 2011).

Genoa have conceded the most goals in the last Serie A campaign (69).

The Grifoni have also received more red cards than any other team in Serie A 2011-12 (11).

Ciro Immobile was the leading scorer of the last Serie B season, with 28 goals in 37 games played.


Juventus - Parma

Juventus and Parma have met 40 times in Serie A - the Old Lady lead by 17 wins to nine, with 14 draws.

Juventus have won 12 of the 20 meetings played in Turin, while Parma have won there only three times so far.

This fixture will be played on the opening day of Serie A for the second year in a row - last season the Bianconeri won.

Juventus have lost their first game of the season only once in the last 28 Serie A campaigns (1-0 in Bari in August 2010).

Parma have won their first league game of the season only once over the last 13 years, drawing 11 times in the process. Their loss to Juve last season completes their poor record.

Last September's win was the only one for Juve over their last five league meetings against Parma,with the Ducalis securing  three wins in the process.

Parma have never kept a clean sheet away at Juve's ground in Serie A.

Parma (+10) and Juventus (+26) enjoyed the biggest improvements in their Serie A points hauls between 2010/11 and 2011/12.

Last season, Juventus registered the most clean sheets amongst the top-5 European leagues (21).

Last term, the Bianconeri had the best defence in the Serie A, conceding only 20 goals (at least 13 fewer than any other side).

Sebastian Giovinco has come back to Juventus after two seasons spent at Parma: he scored four goals in as many league appearances against Juventus with the Gialloblu, more than against any other Serie A team so far.

Andrea Pirlo completed the most passes in the top-five European leagues last season (2778).


AC Milan - Sampdoria

AC Milan and Sampdoria have met 114 times in Serie A: the Rossoneri lead by 57 wins to 28, with 29 draws.

At home, AC Milan lead by 37 wins to 10, with 10 draws (five of which were goalless).

The Rossoneri have won their last three games against Sampdoria, all by a 3-0 scoreline.

AC Milan have lost on the opening day of the season only once over the last 10 Serie A campaigns (1-2 at home against Bologna in August 2008).

Sampdoria also boast a positive record on the opening game of Serie A over the last few seasons (three wins and a draw).

AC Milan had the most potent attack in Serie A last season (74 goals).

AC Milan have conceded on average 0.7 goals per game in 93 Serie A matches with Thiago Silva, without him, they have shipped 1.1 on average in 21 matches.

Antonio Nocerino was the second highest scoring midfielder in  Serie A 11/12 (10), he would be first in that ranking if penalties weren't included.

Maxi López played eight games and scored only one goal with Milan in the second part of last season.


Palermo - Napoli

This will be the 39th meeting between Palermo and Napoli in Serie A - the Partenopei lead by 18 wins to eight, with 12 draws.

Napoli had the better in three of their last four meetings against Palermo in the top-flight.

In Palermo, the hosts lead by seven wins to four, with eight draws (the last, however, was a 0-0 in December 1969).

Napoli won at the Barbera last season - previously the Rosanero had put together five wins and a draw at home against the Partenopei.

Back in January, Napoli managed to score more than a single goal at Palermo's ground for the first time in Serie A.

Palermo have never scored more than two goals when they've hosted Napoli.

Napoli have conceded in the opening match in each of the last nine Serie A campaigns.

Napoli conceded just one penalty last season - a Serie A-low.

Palermo scored 14 headed goals last season - more than any other side in Serie A.

Palermo conceded 30 goals at home last season - more than any other Serie A side.

Edison Cavani has scored four hat-tricks in the last two Serie A seasons, more than any other player over the same period.


Pescara - Inter

In head to heads, Inter lead by six wins to two against Pescara in Serie A, with two draws.

Pescara have beaten Inter only once at home in the top-flight (2-1 in April 1978); Inter have had the better three times at the Adriatico so far.

Pescara have scored just four goals in total in their five previous home meetings against Inter, as many as the Nerazzurri scored the last time this fixture was played in Serie A in November 1992.

Inter have failed to win their opening game of the campaign in each of the last five seasons - last season's 4-3 loss to Palermo followed a run of four consecutive draws.

Diego Milito scored 24 goals last season in the league, 20 of which came in 2012; only Messi (33) and Ronaldo (26) have scored more league goals in the current calendar year.

Inter drew only seven games last season - fewer than any other Serie A side.

Silvestre (45%), Milito (41%) and Palacio (33%) were the top-three players in terms of shot conversion amongst the scorers of at least five goals last season;  all are playing with Inter this season.

Pescara lost three of the last four matches played without Marco Verratti in Serie B last term


AS Roma - Catania

This will be the 31st meeting between Roma and Catania in the top-flight: the Giallorossi lead by 14 wins to four.

Roma haven't won any of their last four opening games in Serie A (two draws and two losses).

Catania have failed to win their opening game in each of the last three seasons (two losses, followed by last season's goalless draw against Siena).

Roma are unbeaten at home against Catania in the league - the Sicilians have managed just three draws so far at the Olimpico.

Last season's 2-2 draw ended a run of seven consecutive home wins for Roma against the Sicilians.

Catania lost 7-0 at Roma's ground in November 2006 - that remains their worst defeat in the top-flight so far.

Mattia Destro conceded 93 fouls in the last Serie A campaign - a league-high.

Roma scored on average two goals per game (136 in 68 matches) in their previous two seasons under Zeman in Serie A.


Siena - Torino

Siena lead by three wins to one against Torino in Serie A, with two draws, but the Granata had the better in their last meeting in April 2009 (1-0).

Only once in this fixture has one of these two sides managed to score more than a single goal (Siena when they won 2-1 in September 2006).

Siena are unbeaten against Torino in Serie A (two wins and a draw); the Granata have never scored at the Franchi so far.

Siena ended the last campaign on 44 points, their joint-best-ever tally in Serie A (they did the same in 2007/08 and 2008/09).

In their last Serie A campaign before relegation, Torino managed just one away win, six drawas and 12 defeats on the road.

Siena didn't manage to score a single goal over the first two games of the last campaign (a goalless draw against Catania and a 1-0 defeat against Juventus).

Torino were the last team to win the league after losing the opening game in Serie A (1975/76 season).

Last season, Mattia Destro was the youngest players to record double figures in terms of goals amongst the top-five European leagues (12 goals).

Emanuele Calaiò started his career in Serie A with Torino, where he scored his first goal: he made 11 appearances with the Granata, bagging just one goal.

Rolando Bianchi has scored three goals in six previous games against Siena in the top-flight; in Serie A he has netted more only against Parma (four).



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