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Stuart Dalgleish 29th Jan 2014 - 22:10

Serie A Opta Facts | 1 - 2 February

Atalanta v Napoli

 

  • Napoli have won their last two meetings against Atalanta - prior to this run, the Bergamaschi had won two in a row against Napoli.
  • Atalanta have lost only one of their last eight games at home against Napoli in the league, winning four.
  • Atalanta have conceded a goal in 13 of their last 14 Serie A fixtures.
  • However, they've scored in each of their last eight at home (5W, 2D, 1L) in Serie A.
  • Napoli are unbeaten in the last eight matchdays of Serie A, but were held to a draw in four of those, including the last two in a row.
  • Since losing 3-0 to Juventus on November 10th 2013, Napoli have a record of two wins and two draws in their last four away games in Serie A.
  • This is Napoli's best start to a Serie A campaign since the three points are awarded for a win rule came in to force (1994-95) - the Partenopei have one point more than last season after 21 games.
  • Napoli rattled the woodwork three times last Saturday against Chievo - only Juventus (11) have hit the woodwork more than the Partenopei (10) so far this term.
  • Germán Denis has made 63 Serie A appearances and scored 13 goals for Napoli - he has already scored three times in seven games against his former team.
  • Luca Cigarini, who also enjoyed a spell for Napoli, is currently the Serie A player to have created the most goalscoring chances from set pieces (26) this season.

 

 

Bologna v Udinese

 

 

  • Udinese are unbeaten in their last six Serie A meetings against Bologna (2W, 4D).
  • The last four meetings between Bologna and Udinese at the Dall'Ara have seen both sides score at least a goal in each match.
  • Bologna are winless from their last four Serie A fixtures, though they drew the last three in a row.
  • Bologna have lost only one of their last seven Serie A home games (2W, 4D), keeping four clean sheet in the process.
  • Udinese are on a run of four consecutive defeats in the league - their worst such run since September 2010.
  • The Friulani have conceded goals in each of their last 13 away games in Serie A (22 goals in total).
  • Bologna have drawn the most home games in this Serie A season (six), while Udinese have shared the points the fewest times on the road (only once).
  • Bologna have used only 23 players in this Serie A campaign, fewer than any other side.
  • Antonio Di Natale has found the net in seven of his last nine league appearances against Bologna.
  • Roberto Acquafresca has netted four goals in 10 appearances against Udinese, his favourite opponent in Serie A.
  • However, Roberto Acquafresca's last goal in Serie A came back in March 2012.

 

 

Cagliari v Fiorentina

 

  • Cagliari have won only one of their last 10 Serie A meetings against Fiorentina (2-1 in Sardinia back in March 20913), with the Viola winning five times in the process.
  • Fiorentina have won only three times in 33 trips to Sardinia - 15 wins for the hosts and 15 draws complete the record there.
  • Cagliari are winless in their last six home games in the league (three draws, followed by three defeats).
  • Cagliari are yet to keep their first clean sheet at home this season in Serie A - they've conceded 19 goals in 11 games so far at their ground.
  • Fiorentina are unbeaten in their last six Serie A games (4W, 2D) and have kept a clean sheet in five of those.
  • Alberto Gilardino's goal last Sunday ended Neto's 500-minute unbeaten run in this Serie A campaign.
  • In fact, the Viola haven't conceded a single goal over their last three away games in Serie A.
  • Fiorentina have scored more goals through midfielders than any other Serie A side this season (20).
  • Only Napoli (16) have scored more goals than the Viola (15) in the opening 30 minutes of their games in Serie A this term.
  • Alessandro Matri scored 36 goals in 125 league appearances for Cagliari, but has already bagged two braces against his former team since he left.
  • Cagliari's last three goals scored against Fiorentina were all netted by Mauricio Pinilla.

 

 

Catania v Livorno

 

 

  • Catania and Livorno have never shared a draw in Serie A: the Tuscans lead by five wins to two, and have had the better in the last four games.
  • Catania's two Serie A wins over Livorno have both arrived at the Massimino.
  • Four of the seven league meetings between these two sides have seen a player sent off.
  • Catania have failed to score in five of their last seven Serie A fixtures.
  • 13 of Catania's 14 total points in this campaign have been won at home soil - last Sunday they picked up their first point on the road; drawing 0-0 at Inter Milan.
  • Livorno won their last league game against Sassuolo - they had previously picked up only one point from nine games.
  • The Tuscans have conceded a goal in each of their last 10 league fixtures (an average of 2.1 per game).
  • Livorno have lost their last eight away league games, failing to score in the last seven in a row.
  • Catania have the worst attack in Serie A this season, with only 13 goals scored and a 7% shot conversion rate in front of goal.
  • Catania haven't recouped any points from losing positions so far this season - 13 losses in the 13 games after falling behind this term in Serie A.
  • Paulinho has already scored three goals in his two Serie A appearances against Catania - his favourite opponent in the top-flight.

 

 

Chievo v Lazio

 

 

  • Chievo have won only one of their last nine league games against Lazio, with five wins for the Biancocelesti (including the 3-0 in the reverse fixture at the Olimpico).
  • Over these last nine meetings against Lazio, Chievo have never scored more than a single goal per game.
  • Chievo won their first Serie A game at the Bentegodi against Lazio (3-1 in Jan 2002), but have since lost seven and drawn three of their 10 games there.
  • Chievo are winless int heir last six Serie A fixtures (3D, 3L).
  • Chievo have won only one of their last eight fixtures at home in Serie A, losing five.
  • Chievo have collected only eight points from home games this term - fewer than any other side in Serie A.
  • Lazio are unbeaten in the league since Edy Reja's return (2W, 2D).
  • At Udinese, Lazio collected their first away win of the season in their last game on the road (W1 D5 L5).
  • Chievo have averaged only 41.5% possession, the worst rate in Serie A this season.
  • Sergio Pellissier has already scored five goals in Serie A against Lazio, his favourite opponent alongside Siena.
  • Antonio Candreva has converted eight of the nine penalties he has taken so far in Serie A, including last Saturday's against Juventus.

 

 

Genoa v Sampdoria

 

  • This will be the 76th derby between Genoa and Sampdoria in Serie A - Samp lead by 25 wins to 24, with 26 draws so far.
  • Genoa have scored in each of the last five derbies against Samp, winning three and losing one.
  • Sampdoria have won only one of the last 10 derbies played at Genoa's home ground, with the Grifoni winning four.
  • Over the last 10 derbies between these two sides, there have been nine players sent off.
  • Genoa have never repeated the same result for two consecutive games over the last eight rounds of Serie A, and they drew 3-3 against Fiorentina last Sunday.
  • Giampiero Gasperini's side are unbeaten in their last seven games at home (5W, 2D).
  • Sampdoria have won only one of their last five league fixtures (2D, 2L).
  • The Blucerchiati have lost four of their last six away games, winning only one.
  • Sampdoria have scored five goals following indirect free-kick situations - more than any other Serie A side this season.
  • Nine of Samp's last 10 goals in the league have seen either Manolo Gabbiadini or Éder being directly involved (scoring or making an assist).
  • Should he score in this game, Alberto Gilardino would reach the double figure mark for goals for the 9th time in Serie A.

 

 

Juventus v Inter

 

  • This will be the 162nd meeting between Juventus and Inter in Serie A: the Bianconeri lead by 76 wins to 45.
  • Inter have had the better only once in their last seven Serie Agames against Juve, right in their last meeting in Turin (3-1).
  • Juventus are unbeaten in their last 19 home league games, since losing against Sampdoria in January 2013.
  • Juve's 12-game winning streak in the league came to an end last weekend, as they drew with Lazio at the Olimpico.
  • Inter have scored only one goal over their last four league games, picking up just two points in the process.
  • Walter Mazzarri's side have won only one of their last nine league fixtures (5D, 3L).
  • Roma were the last side to keep a clean sheet against Juventus in Serie A, back in February 2013 - since then, the Bianconeri have netted 72 goals in 34 games (an average of 2.1 per game).
  • Juventus have recouped 14 points from losing positions - a league-high in this Serie A campaign.
  • Juventus' last four Serie A games have seen four straight red cards given.
  • Fernando Llorente has scored five headed goals in Serie A this season, more than any other player.
  • Mauro Icardi scored four goals in 2013 against Juventus - no player bagged more against the Old Lady in the calendar year.

 

 

Milan v Torino

 

 

  • This will be the 136th meeting between AC Milan and Torino in Serie A: the Rossoneri lead by 56 wins to 31.
  • AC Milan are unbeaten in their last 17 games against Torino in Serie A (12W, 5D).
  • Torino's last win away at AC Milan in Serie A was back in 1984/85.
  • The Granata have scored only two goals over their last seven visits to San Siro to face AC Milan.
  • AC Milan have now won back-to-back games for the first time in this Serie A campaign.
  • The Rossoneri are unbeaten in their last four home fixtures - two draws followed by two wins without conceding a goal.
  • Torino have suffered only one defeat over their last nine league games, winning six.
  • Before their current run, Torino had not kept three clean sheets in a row in Serie A since May 2007. The last time they went four Serie A games without conceding was in April 1988.
  • Torino have scored in six Serie A away games in a row for the first time since May 1995.
  • AC Milan have netted 13 goals in the final 15 minutes of matches this season (including all three scored under Clarence Seedorf) - a league-high.
  • Last Sunday, Giampaolo Pazzini scored his first goal in Serie A after 273 days without netting once.
  • Mario Balotelli will be suspended for this game - he is the striker who picked up the most cards so far in this campaign (eight yellow and one red).

 

 

Roma v Parma

 

  • Roma and Parma have met 45 times in Serie A - the Giallorossi lead by 27 wins to nine.
  • Roma are unbeaten in their last 15 games against Parma at the Olimpico (12W, 3D).
  • Parma have won only once at Roma's ground in Serie A (1-0 in April 1997).
  • Since losing to Juventus, Roma have won their next three games; scoring 10 goals in total.
  • The Giallorossi are still unbeaten at home this season in Serie A (9W, 2D).
  • Parma are unbeaten in their last 10 league games, securing five wins (including four in the last four rounds) and five draws.
  • This is their second best unbeaten run in Serie A after that of 11 games recorded between September and December 1995.
  • Roma have six players who have already scored at least five goals - a record in this Serie A campaign so far.
  • Rudi Garcia's side have allowed their opponents only 56 shots on target, fewer than any other Serie A side.
  • Francesco Totti has already scored 18 goals in Serie A against Parma, at least four more than against any other opponent.
  • Antonio Cassano has created 54 goalscoring chances in this campaign, including four assists - no players have setup more chances so far.
  • Amauri has scored four goals in his last four Serie A appearances, after failing to score for 22 games in a row before this run.

 

 

Sassuolo v Verona

 

  • The only previous Serie A meeting between these two sides saw Verona winning 2-0 in the reverse fixture.
  • Sassuolo and Verona also met four times in Serie B, with the Veneti leading by two wins to one.
  • Sassuolo have lost six of their last seven league fixtures, either side their comeback win over AC Milan (4-3).
  • That game against AC Milan was also the only game that Sassuolo have scored more than once in a Serie A game since December 8th 2013 (seven games overall).
  • Verona have lost their last three Serie A games. They had previously they had picked up 10 points from four fixtures.
  • Verona have taken just four points from their last six away games in Serie A.
  • Verona have conceded 20 goals away from home, only AC Milan (21) and Catania (29) have conceded more.
  • Sassuolo have the worst defence in Serie A this season (46 goals conceded), and have allowed their opponents the most shots at goal (387).
  • Sassuolo have kept the fewest clean sheets in Serie A this season (2), while Verona have only kept one more themselves (3).
  • These two sides have also conceded the most own goals: three by Sassuolo, two by Verona.
  • Domenico Berardi has been directly involved in 12 of Sassuolo's last 14 goals in Serie A (10 goals, two assists).

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