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Tom Stitfall 2nd Jan 2014 - 13:50

Serie A Opta Facts | 05-06 January

Catania-Bologna

 

Catania won their last Serie A meeting against Bologna (1-0 last February).Previously the Felsinei had won four in a row without conceding a single goal against the Sicilians.

Catania have never scored more than a single goal over their last 14 Serie A meetings against Bologna.

Catania have picked up only one point from their last five league fixtures and have failed to score in the last three.

However, the Sicilians have kept a clean sheet five times over their last seven games at home.

Bologna won their last league game, ending a run of six winless games (D3 L3).

Bologna have recorded only one win away from home in this Serie A campaign (D2 L5).

Only Sassuolo (18) have conceded more goals than Catania (14) at home this term.

Catania have scored the fewest goals in this Serie A season (only 10) and are yet to score in the first 30 minutes of play.

Bologna have conceded the most goals in the opening 30 minutes so far (14).

Catania are the only side in the competition to have lost each of the games in which they've fallen behind (11 out of 11).

Rolando Bianchi has scored in three of the six Serie A games he has played so far against Catania, but never at the Massimino.

 

 

Chievo-Cagliari

 

Chievo have lost only one of their last nine Serie A games against Cagliari, winning four in the process.

Cagliari haven't scored a single goal over their last four meetings with Chievo in the league (two 2-0 losses and two goalless draws).

The Sardinians have never won at Chievo in eight meetings in the top-flight.

Cagliari have scored just four goals over the eight Serie A games played at Chievo's ground.

Chievo have lost their last two league games, after a series of three wins and two draws in the previous five.

Chievo have collected only seven points from home games - a league-low so far this term.

Cagliari are unbeaten in the last six matchdays (W2 D4) - this is their best run since February.

Cagliari are one of the three sides yet to win a game away from home in this campaign (D4 L4).

Cagliari have already conceded eight headed goals in this campaign - more than any other side.

Chievo have scored only two goals from set-pieces, fewer than any other Serie A side.

Cyril Théréau has scored in three of the last four Serie A fixtures - Cagliari are his favourite target so far in the league (five goals for him against the Sardinians).

 

 

Fiorentina-Livorno

 

Fiorentina have won their last five Serie A meetings against Livorno, conceding only two goals in the process.

These two sides last drew in November 2004 - since then, the Viola lead by six wins to three.

Livorno's last win at Fiorentina was in December 1937 - since then, they've lost eight times out of 11 at the Viola's ground.

Fiorentina haven't shared any draw over their last 10 league fixtures (W7 L3).

Fiorentina have scored in each of their last nine home games and won four of the last five.

Livorno have taken only one point from the last six Serie A matchdays.

Livorno have lost their last six games on the road, failing to score in the last five.

Livorno have made the fewest open play crosses in this campaign (176).

Fiorentina are the only side to have recorded a possession higher than 50% in each game of this Serie A campaign.

Giuseppe Rossi - the current Serie A top scorer on 14 goals - has found the net in his last five appearances at the Franchi (eight goals).

Luca Siligardi has been directly involved in Livorno's last three goals in the league (scoring two and making an assist).

 

 

Genoa-Sassuolo

 

The next victory will be Genoa's 500th in Serie A.

Genoa are winless in their last five league games (D3 L2).

However, the Grifoni are unbeaten in their last five games at home (W3 D2).

Sassuolo have lost their last three league games without scoring a single goal.

Sassuolo lost 4-0 in their last game of the year against Juventus, after they had remained unbeaten in the previous four away games (W1 D3).

Sassuolo have the worst defence of this Serie A (36 goals conceded), while Genoa have the third-best defence (only 20 goals conceded).

However, Genoa have faced the most shots so far (319, incl.blocked).

Eusebio Di Francesco has used 25 different players this season - more than any other manager.

Domenico Berardi has been directly involved in 52.9% of his side's goals so far (scoring seven and making two assists) - only Torino's Alessio Cerci has been more influential for his side (53.3%).

Daniele Portanova has made the most headed clearances in this competition so far (85).

Thomas Manfredini is the only player to have picked up two red cards in this Serie A campaign.

 

 

Juventus-Roma

 

These two sides have met 158 times so far in Serie A: the Old lady leads by 74 wins to 37.

Roma won their last meeting back in February; previously Juventus had remained unbeaten in five games against the Giallorossi (W3 D2).

Roma have won only one of their last 10 games at Juve's ground, losing six times.

Juventus are on a run of nine consecutive wins in the league - only once have they recorded a longer run in a single Serie A campaign, back in 1932.

Maxi Moralez's goal ended Gianluigi Buffon's run without conceding in Serie A (745 minutes) - that is Buffon's personal best in a single campaign.

Juventus are the only side with a 100% home record in this Serie A - Antonio Conte's side have won 14 of their last 15 home games between this and last season.

Roma remain one of the only two sides still unbeaten in the top 5 European leagues, along with Bayern Munich.

The Giallorossi have the best defence in European top-football (only seven goals conceded), while Juve have the best attack in Serie A (39 goals).

Roma have scored with 13 different players - a league-high.

Morgan De Sanctis (11) and Gianluigi Buffon (10) are the two keepers with the most clean sheets in the competition.

Carlos Tévez (11 goals) is the first Juve player to score more than 10 goals in a single Serie A campaign under Antonio Conte.

 

 

Lazio-Inter

 

Lazio and Inter haven't drawn in their last 10 meetings in the league: the Nerazzurri lead by six wins to four.

Lazio have scored in each of their last six games against Inter (an average of two goals per game).

Lazio have won their last three games against Inter at the Olimpico. Prior to that, the Nerazzurri had remained unbeaten for six games at Lazio's ground.

Lazio have won only one of their last eight league fixtures, losing four.

The Biancocelesti have conceded exactly four goals in three different fixtures this term, while last season this happened only once.

Inter ended the year beating AC Milan in the derby - previously the Nerazzurri hadn't won for four rounds (D3 L1).

Inter have scored in each of their last 10 league fixtures.

Walter Mazzarri's side have won only one of their last six away games (D4 L1).

Inter have scored eight goals via defenders - a league-high.

Rodrigo Palacio has scored in four of his last five Serie A appearances against Lazio.

Hernanes has failed to score in his last nine league appearances - this is his longest drought in the league since December 2011.

Fredy Guarín has made 45 fouls in this competition - more than any other player this season.

 

 

AC Milan-Atalanta

 

AC Milan have won six of their last eight meetings against Atalanta in Serie A, losing once in the process.

Over these last eight meetings against AC Milan, Atalanta have never scored more than a single goal in a fixture.

These two sides haven't shared a draw over their last seven meetings at the San Siro (AC Milan lead by five wins to two).

Massimiliano Allegri's side have won only once over their last nine league games (D5 L3).

This is AC Milan's worst start to a Serie A campaign since 1981/82, the campaign which ended with relegation to Serie B.

The Rossoneri haven't won for four Serie A games in a row at home for the first time since December 2007.

Atalanta are winless in their last five league games (D2 L3).

The Bergamaschi have picked up only one point from their last five away games and have won only one of their last 12 games on the road in Serie A between this and last season.

Mario Balotelli is Serie A's top-scorer in 2013 (18 goals).

Giampaolo Pazzini picked up his first Serie A appearance in the last game of 2013, ending a period of 217 days without playing due to injury - he has already scored six goals in 12 league appearances against Atalanta.

AC Milan have already lost 14 points from leading situations - a league-high this term.

 

 

Napoli-Sampdoria

 

Napoli are unbeaten in their last four league meetings against Sampdoria (W3 D1).

Napoli haven't conceded a single goal over their last five games against Samp at the San Paolo, winning four of these and drawing the other.

After losing back-to-back games against Juventus and Parma, Napoli are unbeaten in their last four league fixtures (W2 D2).

Napoli have lost only one league game at home in 2013.

Sampdoria are unbeaten since the appointment of Sinisa Mihajlovic (W2 D3).

Napoli's strikers have already scored 23 goals this season, more than those of any other side in Serie A.

Sampdoria are the only side yet to score in the opening 15 minutes of play in this competition.

Gonzalo Higuaín has netted four goals over the last four matchdays in Serie A.

Éder has scored in each of his last three league appearances - he has already equalled his best tally in a single Serie A campaign (seven goals).

 

 

Parma-Torino

Parma are unbeaten in their last eight meetings against Torino in Serie A - the Granata's last win was in February 2002.

Torino have won only once in 12 games at Parma's ground, with eight wins for the hosts.

Parma are unbeaten in their last six league games, though they've been held to a draw in five of these.

The Ducali are winless in their last four home games of Serie A (L1 D3).

Torino are unbeaten in their last five fixtures, and have won the last three - the last time they won four consecutive games in a Serie A campaign was in March 1978.

This is Torino's best start to a Serie A campaign (25 points in 17 games) since three points have been awarded for a win (1994-95).

Parma have already scored seven headed goals - a league-high this season.

Only two Serie A teams have two players who have scored at least eight goals this term - one is Napoli, the other is Torino (with Alessio Cerci and Ciro Immobile).

Alessio Cerci has been the most influential player in this year's Serie A, putting his mark on 53.3% of the Granata's goals (scoring nine goals and making seven assists).

Antonio Cassano has created 48 goalscoring chances with his passes, more than any other player so far in this competition.

Amauri hasn't scored for 22 league games in a row. However Torino are his favourite target in Serie A (seven goals in seven previous appearances against the Granata, including his only Serie A hat-trick).

 

 

Udinese-Verona

 

Verona have won only one of their last seven meetings against Udinese in Serie A, with three wins for the Friulani in the process.

Udinese are unbeaten in their last seven meetings against Verona at the Friuli (W5 D2).

Udinese have conceded in nine of their last 10 Serie A fixtures, losing six times.

The Friulani have scored only one goal over their last four home fixtures, but it was enough to record a win (L3).

Prior to that, Francesco Guidolin's side had remained unbeaten for 22 home games in Serie A.

Verona are unbeaten in their last three league games (W2 D1), previously they had lost thee games in a row.

Verona have scored 31 goals so far - they have never scored more after 17 games in the top-flight.

Andrea Mandorlini's side have taken only one point from their last four games on the road.

Verona have conceded only three goals in the last 30 minutes of play so far - a joint-record shared with Roma.

Luca Toni has already bagged four headed goals this season - more than any other player of this competition.

Thomas Heurtaux has already scored four goals in this Serie A campaign, as many as Antonio Di Natale. In fact, he is the joint-best scoring defender in Serie A this season.

 

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