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Jonathan Cordingley 8th Jan 2014 - 17:46

Serie A Opta Facts | 11-13 January

Atalanta v Catania

  • Catania are unbeaten in their last six Serie A games against Atalanta (W2, D4).
  • Atalanta have scored only three goals over their last nine Serie A games against Catania.
  • However, Atalanta remain unbeaten at home against Catania in the top-flight (W6, D7).
  • Five of the last six meetings in Bergamo between these two sides have ended as a draw.
  • Atalanta have picked up just two points in their last six Serie A games; overall, they have won only one of the last 10 matches in the league.
  • At Bergamo, Atalanta lost their last league clash versus Juventus after being unbeaten in the previous five fixtures (W3, D2).
  • By beating Bologna, Catania ended a five game winless streak (D1, L4).
  • The Sicilians have scored the fewest goals in this Serie A campaign (12); in their last game they managed to score more than one goal for only the second time.
  • Atalanta have conceded 15 goals in the last 30 minutes of play this term, only Sassuolo have shipped more during this period (16).
  • Francesco Lodi's goal against Bologna was the first one scored by an Italian player for Catania since the one netted by Nicola Legrottaglie back in April.
  • Lodi was involved in both goals scored by his new team against Bologna; claiming one goal and an assist.


Bologna v Lazio

  • Over the last six meetings between these two sides, the same result has not accrued twice in a row.
  • Their last meeting saw the Biancocelesti win 6-0 at the Olimpico - that was Bologna's worst loss in Serie A since 1991, as well as Lazio's biggest win since 1995.
  • On that occasion, Miroslav Klose scored five goals - prior to him, the last player to score five in a Serie A game was Roberto Pruzzo in February 1986.
  • Prior to their 0-0 draw in their last meeting at the Dall'Ara, these two sides had not shared the points in any of their previous 14 clashes at Bologna's ground (seven wins apiece).
  • Bologna have won only once in their last eight Serie A fixtures, losing four times.
  • However, the Rossoblu have lost only one of their last five home league games (two wins, two draws), keeping three clean sheets in the process.
  • Lazio have not drawn any of their last five Serie A games (two wins, three defeats).
  • Bologna have won the joint-fewest games at home in this Serie A campaign (two), while Lazio are one of the three sides yet to win away from home this term.
  • Bologna have conceded the most goals in the opening 30 minutes of play, 15.
  • Rolando Bianchi played 15 Serie A games for Lazio in 2007-08, scoring four goals. He has bagged only one in 14 appearances so far this term for Bologna.


Cagliari v Juventus

  • Cagliari have picked up only two points from their last seven league games against Juventus.
  • The Sardinians' last win against the Old Lady was in November 2009 (2-0).
  • That was also the only game that saw Cagliari keeping a clean sheet against Juventus, since January 1999 in Serie A.
  • Juventus have won five of their last six league games away at Cagliari's ground.
  • Cagliari are unbeaten in their last seven league games (W2, D5).
  • Juventus have won their last 10 league games, their best run in Serie A since 1932.
  • Antonio Conte's side have conceded only one goal over their last 10 Serie A games.
  • Cagliari are the only side in Serie A to have missed both penalties taken so far this term.
  • Juventus have scored 24 goals in the second half of play during this Serie A campaign, a season-record.
  • Cagliari and Juventus have claimed the most points from behind situations in this league, 13 and 10 respectively.
  • Since his arrival to Juve, Mirko Vucinic has always scored against Cagliari (four goals in four league appearances).
  • Arturo Vidal has been directly involved in 29% of Juve's total goals this season (eight scored and four assisted).


Inter v Chievo

  • Inter have won their last five Serie A games against Chievo, conceding just one goal in the process.
  • Inter have scored in each of their last 16 league encounters with Chievo.
  • Chievo won their first ever Serie A game played at Inter's ground, back in December 2001, though that was their only success away to the Nerazzurri's (eight losses, two draws).
  • Inter have won their last seven Serie A meetings against Chievo at the San Siro, and have averaged three goals scored per game over their last six games played at home against the Venetians.
  • Inter have won only one of their last six Serie A fixtures, losing two of the last three.
  • However, the Nerazzurri are unbeaten in their last five home league games (three wins, two draws) and have scored in each of these five fixtures.
  • Chievo have taken only one point from their last three Serie A fixtures, previously they had won three league games in a row.
  • Chievo conceded four goals in their last away game, after they had kept three clean sheets in a row away from home.
  • Chievo have shared four goalless draws this campaign, more than any other side.
  • Over the last five seasons, Chievo have drawn 0-0 25 times, more than any other side across the top five European leagues.
  • Inter and Chievo are two of the three Serie A sides yet to take a penalty this season, along with Atalanta.
  • Fredy Guarìn has conceded the most fouls so far in Serie A this term, 48.

Livorno v Parma

  • Livorno and Parma have met 10 times so far in Serie A - the Ducali lead by five wins to four with one draw to complete the record.
  • The Tuscans are unbeaten at home against Parma in Serie A (W4, D1).
  • Parma have scored only two goals so far at Livorno's ground in the top-flight.
  • Livorno haven't won any of their last seven league games - the longest winless run currently in Serie A. They have picked just one point over these seven fixtures, scoring only three goals.
  • The Tuscans have taken only one point from their last three home league games, and have always conceded two goals in these three fixtures.
  • Parma are unbeaten in their last seven Serie A games (W2, D5).
  • The Ducali have not lost any of their last three league games on the road (W1, D2). The last time they were unbeaten for four consecutive away fixtures in Serie A was in April 2010.
  • Parma have scored the most headed goals so far in this Serie A season, while Livorno have scored the joint-fewest headed goals (one).
  • Alessandro Lucarelli scored four goals in 27 league appearances for Livorno back in 2004-05 - that remains his best scoring tally in Serie A to date. This season he has already netted three goals, two of which were in his last two appearances.
  • Amauri found the net against Torino last Monday, ending his 22-game goal drought in Serie A.


AS Roma v Genoa

  • The last draw between Roma and Genoa in Serie A was back in 1993-94 (1-1 at the Olimpico). Since then, the Giallorossi have won nine times (including the last three meetings), while Genoa had the better on five occasions.
  • Five of the last six meetings saw both sides scoring at least one goal.
  • Genoa have won only two of their last 32 league games at Roma's ground, the last in January 1990.
  • Roma have won their last seven home games against Genoa, keeping four clean sheets in the process.
  • Losing to Juventus last Sunday, Roma ended their 19-game unbeaten run in Serie A.
  • Roma have conceded nine goals over their last 10 league games, after they had shipped only one over the previous 10.
  • Rudi Garcia's side have shipped just two goals at home this season, fewer than any other side across the top-5 European leagues.
  • Prior to their 2-0 win against Sassuolo, Genoa had failed to win five league games in a row (three draws, two defeats).
  • Roma have picked up five red cards so far, more than any other Serie A side.
  • Alberto Gilardino has scored 10 goals in Serie A against Roma, three of which in his last two appearances against the Giallorossi. Only against Udinese has he netted more goals in the Italian top-flight (13).


Sampdoria v Udinese

  • Udinese are unbeaten in their last four meetings against Sampdoria (a draw, followed by three consecutive wins).
  • Samp have scored only one goal over the last four games against the Friulani in Serie A.
  • Udinese had the better in their last meeting at Sampdoria's ground in December 2012 - prior to that, the Doriani had remained unbeaten for seven home games against the Fiurlani (W3, D4).
  • Last Monday at Napoli, Sampdoria registered their first defeat in the league under new manager Sinisa Mihajlovic, after two wins and three draws.
  • Sampdoria are unbeaten in their last three home league fixtures (W1, D2), their longest unbeaten streak at home in Serie A since last March.
  • Udinese have won only one of their last five Serie A fixtures (three losses), conceding on average two goals per game.
  • The Friulani have collected a draw and a win in their last two league games on the road, after they had lost six of the previous seven away fixtures.
  • Sampdoria have scored the fewest goals in the first half of games (six), and are the only side yet to find the net in the opening 15 minutes of play this season.
  • Éder has scored three of Sampdoria's last four league goals. The Brazilian forward found the net in both of his last two league games against Udinese.
  • Antonio Di Natale has scored six goals over his last six appearances against Sampdoria in Serie A - overall he has bagged nine goals in the league against the Blucerchiati.


Sassuolo v AC Milan

  • Sassuolo take on AC Milan for the first time in their history.
  • Sassuolo have lost their last four league games - they started their Serie A experience in the same way (four defeats in the first four games).
  • The Neroverdi have failed to score in each of these four fixtures, their longest goal drought in Serie A.
  • Sassuolo have lost three of their last four home fixtures in the league, winning the other.
  • Sassuolo have picked up the fewest points at home in this Serie A season (seven points in eight home games).
  • AC Milan have lost only one of their last seven Serie A fixtures, but have drawn four times in the process.
  • AC Milan have won only one game away from home in this campaign, 3-1 at Catania. Only three Serie A sides are yet to win a game on the road this season.
  • The Rossoneri have kept only one clean sheet on the road in this Serie A season; a 0-0 draw away to Chievo back in November.
  • Sassuolo have kept only two clean sheets this season, fewer than any other Serie A side.
  • AC Milan have scored the joint-most goals in the last 15 minutes of play this season (nine), while Sassuolo have conceded the joint-most goals in the same period (seven).
  • After his brace against Atalanta, Kaká has scored 101 goals for AC Milan in all competition, 75 of these in Serie A.
  • Bryan Cristante scored his first Serie A goal last Monday vs Atalanta - he is the second youngest player to score in the Italian top-flight this season behind Keita.


Torino v Fiorentina

  • Fiorentina have won the most Serie A games against Torino, 45 wins out of 128 clashes; 42 successes for the granata and 41 draws.
  • Torino have picked up only one point from their last eight league meetings against Fiorentina, a 2-2 in their last meeting in Turin during November 2012.
  • The Viola have scored an average of 2.5 goals per game over these last eight meetings against Torino in Serie A.
  • The record in Turin sees the hosts leading by 36 wins to 12, but picking up only one point in the last four meetings.
  • The Granata lost at Parma (1-3) in their first league game of 2014 after having finished 2013 with four wins and a draw in their previous five Serie A fixtures.
  • Torino are unbeaten at home for five consecutive league matches, winning the last three with nine goals scored in total.
  • The Viola have won their last three league games, without conceding a single goal.
  • Torino lost at Parma; it was their first league game where they lost from a leading situation in this campaign: the granata have now lost 15 points after being ahead this term, more than any other team.
  • Borja Valero and Alessio Cerci have made the joint-most assists so far in this Serie A season (seven).
  • The Spanish Fiorentina's midfielder has been involved in 12 goals this league, a joint-record among all Serie A midfielders.
  • In fact, the Tuscan side are the joint-most prolific team with their midfilders, who've scored 16 goals so far in this league.


Verona v Napoli

  • The last 10 meetings between these two sides has seen Napoli leading by eight wins to two.
  • Their last meeting in the top-flight was back in May 2001 - Napoli won 2-0, but they went on to be relegated to Serie B.
  • Since then, these two sides have met six times in Serie B, with Napoli unbeaten (W2, D4).
  • Verona have won the last two home games against Napoli in Serie A, but previously the Partenopei had won three games in a row away to Verona between 1988 and 1992.
  • After losing three games in a row, Verona have picked up 10 points in their last four Serie A games.
  • Verona have collected 32 points this season; assuming 3 points rewarded for a win, they did better only in season 1984-85 (37 pts) when they won the league.
  • Napoli have alternated one win to one draw in their last five Serie A matches, keeping a clean sheet just in the last fixture against Sampdoria.
  • Luca Toni has scored just one goal in Serie A against Napoli, fewer than against any other opponents amongst the sides currently in the top-flight (alongside Juventus).
  • Luca Toni has been involved in six of Verona's last seven Serie A games (four netted and two assisted).
  • Gonzalo Higuain has been involved in 14 of Napoli's goals this season (nine goals and five assists), as many as Cavani in the previous Serie A campaign after same number of MDs.

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