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Simon Gott 16th Oct 2013 - 12:42

Serie A Facts Week 8


Atalanta - Lazio


Atalanta have won 29 times against Lazio (D36, L25): the most the Nerazzurri have won against any team in Serie A history.

Lazio have won their last four league meetings vs Atalanta, without conceding a goal.

These two teams haven't shared the points in their last 10 Serie A games: four wins for the Nerazzurri and six for the Biancocelesti.

Atalanta have lost their last two home matches against Lazio, after winning the previous three.

The Nerazzurri, along with Roma, are one of two clubs yet to draw a single match in the current Serie A (W3, L4).

Atalanta have won their last two Serie A games without conceding a goal: the last time the Nerazzurri had kept three clean sheets in a row was back in February 2012.

Lazio have shared the points in their last two league matches: the Biancocelesti haven't drawn three Serie A games in a row since October 2009.

Vladimir Petkovic's side have won only once in their last 13 away games in Serie A (D4 L8).

Antonio Candreva has the most shots in the current Serie A (24).

Against Chievo, Maxi Moralez found the net after 30 Serie A games without scoring a goal (his last goal was against Catania in September 2012).

Hernanes has scored in two of his three meetings with Atalanta in Serie A.


Cagliari - Catania


There is a perfect balance in the 20 previous Serie A meetings between Cagliari and Catania: seven wins apiece and six draws.

Catania haven't scored in their last four league matches vs Cagliari: two defeats followed by two 0-0s.

The Sardinians have lost only one of their home games against Catania in the top-flight (in September 2006) and are unbeaten in the last six (W3, D3).

Cagliari have won only on the first match-day of this Serie A campaign. Since then, they have had four draws and two losses in their next six clashes.

On the other hand, the Sardinians are still unbeaten on home soil in this season (W1, D2).

Catania have won only one game in the current Serie A (D2, L4).

The Sicilians haven't won in their last nine matches on the road, losing six and drawing three.

Rolando Maran's side haven't picked up any point away from home this season: a joint league-low along with Udinese.

Cagliari's last seven goals have been scored by seven different players.

Catania have recorded the lowest shooting accuracy in Serie A this season (30%).

Nenê scored his only hat-trick in the Italian top-flight against Catania in December 2010.


Fiorentina - Juventus


Juventus have the most wins against Fiorentina in the top-flight, 68; Fiorentina hold 31 wins against the Old Lady and there have been 49 draws.

The Bianconeri are unbeaten in their last 10 league games vs the Tuscans (W5 D5) and have lost only one of their last 23 Serie A meetings with Fiorentina.

The Viola scored only once in their last five Serie A matches against the Old Lady, picking up two points in these fixtures.

Fiorentina's last win at the Franchi vs Juventus in the top-flight was in December 1998: 1-0 with a goal by Gabriel Batistuta. Since that game, the Viola have drawn seven times, losing four.

Vincenzo Montella's side have won only one of their last five matches in Serie A, after winning the previous five (including the last three of the past season).

The Tuscans have lost only once in their last 12 home games in the top-flight, winning seven times.

Juventus have got six wins and one draw in the first seven matchdays, despite the Bianconeri falling behind four times in the current Serie A.

Indeed the Old Lady has recouped 10 points from trailing situations: a league-high so far.

On the other hand, only AC Milan (8) have lost more points than Fiorentina (7) from leading situations.

Nine Juventus' players have already found the net in this Serie A term: a joint-record along with Roma.

Andrea Barzagli has made the most successful passes in the current Serie A (449).


Genoa - Chievo


Chievo have won 50% of their Serie A meetings vs Genoa (5 of 10), losing three times with two draws.

The Veneti have won each of their last three league away matches vs the Rossoblu, scoring eight goals in the process.

All of Genoa's wins against Chievo in the top-flight have ended with a 1-0 scoreline.

The Rossoblu have won only one of their last 10 Serie A games, failing to score in seven of these.

Five points after seven matchdays is Genoa's worst Serie A start since 1976/77. The Rossoblu ended that season in 11th place.

Chievo's start (four points after seven games) is their second worst in Serie A: only in the 2006/07 campaign did the Veneti have less points at the beginning of a season. The Gialloblu were later relegated at the end of the season.

Giuseppe Sannino's side are the only team yet to score a goal on the road in Serie A this season.

Moreover, Chievo still haven't found the net in the second half of games while Genoa have scored only once in the first 45 minutes of their games: both are league lows.

The Rossoblu have fired just 46 shots at goal: fewer than any other team in the top-flight.

Alberto Paloschi (who played for Genoa in 2011) scored his only hat-trick in Serie A against the Rossoblu, back in December 2012.

Alberto Gilardino has scored eight goals vs Chievo in Serie A, including his brace in January 2013 (his last in the Italian top-flight).


Livorno - Sampdoria


In their 26 clashes in Serie A, both Livorno and Sampdoria have won nine times, drawing the other eight games.

However, the two sides haven't shared the points in their last six league matches (three wins each).

Livorno are unbeaten on home soil vs Sampdoria since November 1938. There have three draws and seven wins (including the last three) for the Amaranto in the following 10 games at the Picchi in Serie A.

Davide Nicola's side have picked up only two points in their last four league matches, and they have lost the last two.

The Blucerchiati are without win this season: only in 1952/53 did Sampdoria have so few points (three) after the first seven match-days. However, Samp managed to stay in the top flight at the end of the season.

Sampdoria have won only one of their last 18 league meetings (D7 L10), and they are without a win in their last 12 Serie A away games (D7 L5).

Only Bologna have made fewer passes than the Blucerchiati (2427) over these first seven match-days.

On the other hand, Livorno have made only 637 passes in the final third: the lowest figure of any side so far.

Along with Sassuolo, Sampdoria have fallen behind in all of their seven league matches.

Four of the Doriani's six goals have come in the last 20 minutes.


Milan - Udinese


There is a perfect balance in the last nine league clashes between AC Milan and Udinese: three wins apiece, three draws and 14 goals scored by each of the two sides.

The Rossoneri are unbeaten in their last six home games against the Friulani in Serie A (W4 D2).

The last 0-0 at the San Siro between AC Milan and Udinese was in February 1998: the Devils have always found the net in the following 15 home meetings with the Bianconeri.

Massimiliano Allegri's side have picked up eight points after seven match-days, one more than last season (third-place finish) after the same number of games.

The Rossoneri have lost only once in their last 15 home games in the top-flight (W12).

On the other hand, Udinese have lost all of their three meetings on the road this term, though the Friulani have conceded exactly two goals in each of their last five away games.

The Bianconeri have never repeated the same result in consecutive games in the current Serie A campaign: beating Cagliari 2-0 in their last league fixture.

AC Milan have lost the most points (8) from leading situations so far.

Allegri's side are the team with the most goals in the last 15 minutes of play (6).

Antonio Di Natale has found the net in four of his last five Serie A clashes vs AC Milan at the Meazza, including a brace in January 2011.

Mario Balotelli will be back from his disqualification. With Super Mario playing, the Rossoneri have lost only twice in 17 games, as many as they have in the six matches without the striker.


Roma - Napoli


Roma and Napoli have met 132 times in Serie A: 46 wins for the Giallorossi, 38 for the Azzurri.

Last time these two sides drew 0-0 was back in April 1995. In the following 20 league meetings at least one team have always found the net.

Roma have lost only one of their last 11 home games vs Napoli in the top-flight, winning six of them.

Prior to Roma, only Inter Milan had managed to win all the first seven fixtures in a Serie A season conceding just a goal (back in 1966/67).

Roma have kept four clean sheets in a row for the first time since December 2008.

Napoli have won five of their last six games on the road in Serie A; the only defeat coming against Roma in the final fixture of the last season.

Against Inter, Rudi Garcia's side failed to score in the second half for the first time this season.

However, the Giallorossi are still the team with the most goals in the second 45 minutes of play (14).

The Azzurri are the only team yet to go behind this season in Serie A.

Napoli have scored six goals from outside the box: the most of any side in the top five European leagues this season so far.

Only 18 Roma players have appeared in the current season: a league-low so far.

Francesco Totti has scored seven times vs Napoli in Serie A but he hasn't found the net in his last five league meetings with the Azzurri.

Marek Hamsik has scored five goals against Roma in the top-flight: the Giallorossi are his favourite target after Bologna (six) of the current Serie A clubs.

Daniele De Rossi and Gökhan Inler have made the most passes in this Serie A campaign, 495 each.


Sassuolo - Bologna


This will be the first meeting between Sassuolo and Bologna in Serie A.

The Neroverdi will face another team from their own region, after having lost vs Parma (3-1) in the previous match-day.

Bologna are winless in this season, with their last Serie A victory coming against Parma in May 2013.

The Rossoblu have picked up only three points after seven match-days: their worst ever start in Serie A (since three points per win was introduced).

Sassuolo (21) and Bologna (20) have conceded the most goals in the current league.

Eusebio Di Francesco's side haven't led a Serie A game this season.

The Rossoblu have lost four points from leading situations on home soil: a joint-league-high along with Fiorentina and Torino.

Bologna have conceded five goals in the last 15 minutes of play: more than any other club in the current Serie A.

By scoring against Parma, 19-year old Domenico Berardi became the youngest player to net a goal in this season.

Jasmin Kurtic has created 10 chances from set plays: the most in Serie A this season.

Bologna have collected 25 yellow cards so far: more than any other team.


Torino - Inter


Torino haven't beaten Inter in Serie A since Februrary 1994, with four draws and 14 defeats in the following 18 meetings.

In this process, Inter have failed to score only once, keeping 12 clean sheets.

The Nerazzurri have won each of their last nine away games vs Torino in Serie A, conceding only two goals.

The Granata have picked up the same points as they managed last season (W2 D3 L2) after the first seven league match-days, but have conceded twice as many goals.

Torino lost at the Olimpico against Juventus after five home games in which they had been unbeaten (W1 D4).

Inter have won four of their last seven Serie A clashes, as many as they had in their previous 18.

The Nerazzurri are unbeaten in their last four league games on the road (W2 D2), conceding only one goal in the process.

Seven of Torino's 10 conceded goals this season have come from set plays, more then any other team so far.

Alessio Cerci has been involved in seven of 10 Torino's goals so far, scoring six and assisting once.

Ricardo Álvarez has completed 37 dribbles: more than any other player in Serie A.

Riccardo Meggiorini has scored three times in his five meetings vs Inter: his favourite target in the top-flight.


Verona - Parma


Verona and Parma have met 10 times in Serie A: both teams have won four clashes and shared the points twice.

The Veneti are unbeaten in their last three league games vs Parma, with two wins and one draw.

Verona and Parma have never drawn a game at the Bentegodi in Serie A: three wins for the Scaligeri, two for Parma.

Andrea Mandorlini's side have picked-up 13 points after seven match-days: the best Verona start in Serie A since 1984/85, when they won the title.

The Veneti have won three of their last five league games, as many as they had won in their previous 15 Serie A meetings.

Mandorlini's side have won all of their three home games in this Serie A campaign, always scoring two goals.

Parma are unbeaten in their last four league matches: two home wins and two away draws.

The Ducali are winless away from the Tardini in the current season (D2 L1).

Parma have scored five headed goals: more than any other team so far.

Verona have conceded eight goals between the end of the first half and the beginning of the second: more than any other team in the top-flight.

Juan Iturbe completed nine dribbles vs Bologna: a record in a single match of this Serie A campaign.

Antonio Cassano has delivered 30 assists in the last four Serie A terms (two in the last match-day): only Francesco Totti (33) has done better over the same period.



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