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Simon Gott 1st May 2015 - 10:54

Serie A 2014/15 – Week 34

Atalanta - Lazio

  • Atalanta and Lazio have met 93 times so far in Serie A - the Nerazzurri lead by 31 wins to 26.
  • These sides last drew in Serie A in Fenruary 2007 - since then there have been seven wins for Lazio, six for Atalanta.
  • Lazio have kept a clean sheet in five of their last seven games against Atalanta.
  • Atalanta have scored 106 goals in Serie A against Lazio - only against Roma have they netted more (112).
  • Atalanta have won four of their last six home games against Lazio in the league (losing the other two).
  • Over the last three seasons, the second leg of this fixture has always repeated the result of the first leg - Lazio had the better back in December.
  • For the first time in this campaign, Atalanta have managed to score for six games in a row.
  • However, Atalanta have won only one of their last 12 fixtures in the league (6D 5L).
  • Lazio lost their last away game against Juve, after they had won their previous four games on the road.
  • Mauricio Pinilla's last seven goals have been scored in the second half, out of the eight he bagged in total in this campaign.
  • With his goal against Parma, last Wednesday Marco Parolo equalled his goal scoring record in a single Serie a season (eight).
  • Stefano Mauri has already scored four goals in Serie A against Atalanta - his favourite target in this competition.
  • Only one of Antonio Candreva's eight goals of the season has been scored away from home.

Cagliari - Parma

  • Parma were relegated to Serie B after losing last Wednesday against Lazio - the Ducali had taken part to 24 of the last 25 Serie A seasons.
  • This will be the 38th meeing between these two sides in Serie A - the Ducali lead by 17 wins to 10.
  • The Sardinians have had the better only in one of their last eight clashes against Parma (losing three).
  • The last four league meetings between these two sides have seen a total of just two goals (one apiece).
  • Cagliari have won eight of the 18 previous games against Parma in Sardinia, with five wins for the guests.
  • Cagliari have lost 10 of their last 13 league fixtures (2D 1L).
  • Cagliari's last home win was back in January (vs Sassuolo) - since then, they've picked up only one point from six home games.
  • After beating Chievo back in September, Parma have collected just three points from their next 14 away games, as result of three draws and 11 losses.
  • Roberto Donadoni's side have only kept one clean sheet away from home this season (0-0 vs Roma back in February).
  • Cagliari are Alessandro Lucarelli's favourite opponent in terms of goalscoring in Serie A (three goals in 16 appearances).

Fiorentina - Cesena

  • Cesena have won only two of their 25 previous meetings against Fiorentina in Serie A (13 wins for the Viola).
  • Cesena's last win against the Viola came in November 1987 - since then they've taken only four points from 12 meetings against the Tuscans.
  • Fiorentina are still unbeaten at home against Cesena in Serie A (9W 3D).
  • The Viola haven't conceded any goals in their last four home games against Cesena.
  • Fiorentina have now lost four Serie A games in a row for the first time since February 2005.
  • Fiorentina have lost their last two home games - last time they lost three in a row at the Franchi was in February 2005.
  • Cesena are winless in their last eight league games (5D 3L).
  • Cesena's last away win came back in January (2-1 vs Parma) - since then, three draws and as many defetas for them.
  • Cesena have conceded 10 goals in the opening 15 minutes of the seconf half - only Cagliari have done worse (12).
  • The Viola have converted only one of the six penalties they've taken in this campaign - a negative record amongst Europe's top-5 leagues.
  • Alberto Gilardino has scored two goals in his three previous appearances against Cesena in Serie A, both when he was playing for Fiorentina.
  • Franco Brienza has been involved in three of Cesena'a last five goals, scoring two and making an assist.
  • Carlos Carbonero has scored three goals and assisted one in his last six league appearances.

Inter - Chievo

  • Inter have failed to score only in one of their 25 previous meetings against Chievo in Serie A, winning 15 and losing only four.
  • Inter have kept a clean sheet in five of their last eight meetings against Chievo in the league.
  • Chievo won their first ever Serie A game at Inter's ground, back in 2001 - since then though, the Nerazzurri have notched up eight wins and three draws.
  • Inter have recorded three wins and two draws in their last five Serie A games - their joint-best unbeaten run in this campaign.
  • The Nerazzurri won their last home game against Roma, this after they had managed just three draws and a loss in the previous four at the San Siro.
  • Chievo have recorded two wins and two draws in their last four games, despite scoring just one goal in each of these games.
  • Chievo have never repeated the same result for two consecutive games over their last nine on the road - their last trip saw them drawing against Lazio at the Olimpico.
  • Last Tuesday against Udinese, Lukas Podolski scored his first Serie A goal, in what was his 13th Serie A appearance for the Nerazzurri.
  • Mauro Icardi has scored eight of Inter's last 16 goals at home.
  • Andrea Ranocchia has netted three goals against Chievo so far (incl. his first ever goal in Serie A and his most recent one) - the Veneti are his favourite target in this competition.
  • Riccardo Meggiorini has bagged three goals against Inter - more than against any other opponent faced in the top-flight. Meggiorini has been involved in six of Chievo's last eight goals (scoring two and making four assists).
  • Alberto Paloschi has been involved in five of Chievo's last seven league goals (scoring four and making an assist).

Napoli - AC Milan

  • Napoli and AC Milan have met 133 times in Serie A - the Rossoneri lead the head to head record by 54 wins to 36.
  • Napoli have lost only one of their last seven meetings against AC Milan in the league (3W 3D).
  • The Partenopei have won 24 of their 66 previous meetings played at the San Paolo, with 22 wins for the Rossoneri.
  • The last five meetings played in Naples have seen both sides score goals (an average of 3.8 in these games).
  • Napoli's last two league games have seen 12 goals in total (six scored and six conceded by the Partenopei).
  • Napoli are unbeaten in their last seven league fixtures at the San Paolo (five wins, two draws).
  • Napoli have failed to score at home only in their debut game against Chievo back in September - since then, Higuain & co. have netted 38 goals in 15 home fixtures.
  • AC Milan are winless in their last four league games (2D 2L).
  • AC Milan have won only one of their last 12 away games (6D 5L).
  • In the reverse fixture, back in December, Diego López made seven saves - a record for him in this campaign.

Roma - Genoa

  • Roma have won 42 of the 95 previous meetings against Genoa in Serie A, with 32 wins for the Grifoni.
  • The Giallorossi have won five of their last six games against Genoa, socring an average of 2.2 goals per game.
  • Genoa's last win away to Roma was in January 1990 - since then, the Grifoni have taken only two points from 12 trips to the Olimpico against the Giallorossi.
  • Roma have won each of their last five early games on Sunday, while Genoa are still winless in their four Sunday early games (2D 2L).
  • Last Wednesday against Sassuolo, Roma have scored again more than two goals in a Serie A game for the first time since November.
  • Only Parma (five) have scored fewer goals than Roma (six) at home since start of 2015 in Serie A.
  • Genoa have won their last two league games against Cesena and AC Milan - last time they won three in a row was in November.
  • In the reverse fixture, Eugenio Lamanna made his Serie A debut and he also saved a penalty.
  • M'baye Niang hadn't scored a single goal in 33 league appearances for AC Milan - he has already netted five in 12 games since joining Genoa.
  • Miralem Pjanic has been involved in each of Roma's last four goals in this campaign, scoring one and making three assists.

Sampdoria - Juventus

  • This will be the 130th meeting in Serie A between Sampdoria and Juventus: the Old Lady lead by 64 wins to 27.
  • Sampdoria have conceded 215 goals to Juventus, only Inter have scored more against the Blucerchiati so far in Italy (241).
  • Samp have won only two of their last 12 home games against Juve, losing six times.
  • Over the last three seasons, the second leg has always repeated the result of the first - Samp and Juve drew in Turin back in December.
  • Samp are winless in their last five league games (3D 2L).
  • Juve have alternated between a win and a defeat over their last five league fixtures.
  • Juve have lost their last two away games in the league - last time they lost three in a row on the road was in April 2010.
  • Simone Pepe's first goal for Juve was right against Sampdoria in September 2010.
  • Carlos Tevez's has now scored 20 goals in this campaign, one more than he did last season in 34 league appearances - he is three short of equalling his record of 23 goals scored in 2009/10 for Manchester City.
  • The reverse fixture saw Patrice Evra scoring his first and only Serie A goal.
  • Last Wednesday, Lorenzo De Silvestri scored his third goal of this campaign - a record for him in a Serie A season.

Sassuolo - Palermo

  • The only previous meeting between these two sides was the reverse fixture, won by Palermo 2-1.
  • On that occasion, Sassuolo had two players sent off for a straight red card (Consigli and Cannavaro).
  • Losing to Roma last Wednesday, Sassuolo hae lost eight of their last 11 league fixtures (2W 1D).
  • Palermo have also won only two of their last 10 league games (3D 5l).
  • The Sicilians have conceded goals in each of their last seven games and they've failed to score in three of the last four away from home.
  • Paulo Dybala was involved in three of Palermo last four goals away from home (scoring one and making two assists).
  • Luca Rigoni has scored three away goals in this Serie A season, as many as he had netted on the road in all his previous campaigns combined in the Italian top-flight.
  • Matteo Brighi has scored four goals against Palermo in Serie A (incl. his only brace in this competition), with all those coming for Roma. This is his joint-best haul against any other side in the Italian top-flight (along with Siena).
  • Only Lionel Messi (11) has hit the woodwork more than "EL Mudo" Vázquez this season in the top-5 European leagues (9).

Torino - Empoli

  • Torino and Empoli have met 11 times so far in Serie A - the Granata have only won twice, three wins for the Tuscans.
  • The last five meetings between these two sides have only seen a total of two goals (one apiece).
  • Only in one of the previous 11 meetings, one of these sides have managed to score more than a single goal (2-0 for Empoli in March 1987).
  • Toro's two wins against Empoli have both arrived at home soil (with a draw and two away wins for the Tuscans).
  • Since December, Torino have lost only two of their 20 league games (9W 9D).
  • The Granata are now unbeaten in their last six games (3W 3dD.
  • Torino's last five fixtures have seen both teams involved scoring at least a goal.
  • At home, Torino haven't repeated the same result in back-to-back games since October - they've beaten Juve in their last home fixture.
  • Empoli have conceded two or more goals in each of their last five Serie A games, with their total of 12 goals conceded in that period as many as they had shipped in their previous 18 league fixtures.
  • Empoli's last away win was in November - since then they have recorded seven draws and three losses on the road.
  • Three of Empoli's last five goals on the road have been scored by Massimo Maccarone.

Verona - Udinese

  • This will be the 26th meeting between these two sides in Serie A - Verona lead by 10 wins to six.
  • Udinese's last win against Verona was in December 2001 - since then, three wins for the Veneti and a draw.
  • Verona are still unbeaten at home against Udinese (7W 5D).
  • Verona have notched-up two wins and a draw, after picking up only one point from their three previous games in the league.
  • Udinese have won only one of their las eight league fixtures (4D 3L).
  • Udinese have scored only three goals in their last six away games, never more than one per game (3D 3L).
  • Last Tuesday, against Inter, Antonio Di Natale scored his 205th Serie A goal, reaching Roberto Baggio in this chart.
  • Luca Toni has netted seven of Verona's last 10 goals at home in Serie A.
  • Toni has bagged 13 goals in 2015 - more than any other Serie A player.
  • Luca Toni has scored four goals in his three league apearances against Udinese since he's joined Verona - he hasn't scored as many goals against any other opponent for his current team.
  • In the reverse fixture, Lazaros Christodoulopoulos scored and assisted a goal.

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