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Robert Alexander 9th Apr 2014 - 14:47

Serie A Opta Facts | 12 - 14 April

Bologna v Parma

  • This will be the 30th Emilia derby between Bologna and Parma in Serie A - the head to head record is perfectly balanced so far, with nine wins apiece and 11 draws.
  • However, Bologna have won only one of their last seven games against Parma, failing to score in four of these.
  • Prior to last season, when Parma won 2-1 at the Dall'Ara, Bologna had remained unbeaten at home for 10 meetings against the Ducali (6W, 4D).
  • Bologna have won only one of their last nine league games, losing five.
  • Bologna have netted just one goal in total in their last five league fixtures at home.
  • Before beating Napoli last Sunday, Parma had picked up just one point from their previous four league games.
  • Roberto Donadoni's side have lost their last three away games, previously they had won five consecutive games on the road.
  • Rolando Bianchi has bagged four goals in nine Serie A appearances against Parma - more than against any other opponent. However, he's failed to score in his last 10 Serie A appearances.
  • Bologna have scored just one goal from open play since Febrary the 9th 2014.
  • Their next goal will be Bologna's 3000th scored in Serie A.

Livorno v Chievo

  • Chievo are unbeaten in Serie A against Livorno (8W, 1D).
  • In fact, Chievo have won against Livorno more often than against any other opponent in the top-flight.
  • Livorno have scored only three goals against Chievo so far in Serie A, with none coming in their last three meetings, and just one overall at the Picchi.
  • Chievo, instead, have scored two or more goals in each of their last six league games against Livorno.
  • Livorno have taken just one point from their last four Serie A fixtures (A 2-2 draw vs Inter after going 0-2 down).
  • Chievo haven't drawn any of their last 11 league games, losing eight times (including four of their last five).
  • Chievo and Livorno have both lost 19 games so far; only Sassuolo and Catania (20) have suffered more defeats in this campaign.
  • Chievo are winless in their last eight games on the road, and have lost their last five away from home.
  • Ishak Belfodil scored in both games he played last season against Chievo, when he was at Parma.
  • Victor Obinna has scored three goals in his four appearances against Livorno in Serie A - the Tuscans are his favourite opponent in the top-flight.

AC Milan v Catania

  • AC Milan are unbeaten in their last 25 Serie A games against Catania (14W, 11D); the Sicilians' last win against the Rossoneri was in May 1963 (1-0).
  • AC Milan have scored in each of their last 17 league games against Catania (on average two goals per game).
  • The Rossoneri are unbeaten at home against Catania in Serie A (11W, 5D).
  • AC Milan have now won three games in a row for the first time in this campaign - the last time they won four consecutive Serie A games was more than a year ago, in March 2013.
  • Catania have picked-up just one point in their last eight games in Serie A, and have lost their last five.
  • Catania's last away win in Serie A was in Fenruary 2013, against Parma - since then, the Sicilians have lost 17 away games, drawing five.
  • AC Milan have scored 17 goals from outside the box (13 of which have come from open play) - a league-high this season.
  • Ricardo Kaká has scored six goals in six Serie A appearances against Catania.
  • Gonzalo Bergessio is Catania's top scorer in this campaign (six goals). He found the back of the net last season against the Rossoneri at the San Siro.
  • With his goal against Genoa, Keisuke Honda has become AC Milan's 17th goal scorer of this campaign - only Roma have also scored courtesy of 17 different players so far this season in Serie A.

Napoli v Lazio

  • This will be the 116th meeting between Napoli and Lazio in Serie A: the Partenopei lead by 40 wins to 35, with 40 draws.
  • Lazio have won just one of their last six Serie A clashes against Napoli.
  • The last four meetings at the San Paolo between these two sides have seen the hosts unbeaten (2W, 2D).
  • Napoli haven't drawn any of their last six league games (4W, 2L).
  • Lazio have won their last two games against Parma and Sampdoria - the last time they won three in a row in the league was back in May.
  • Lazio have won four of their last six away games, losing the other two.
  • Napoli are unbeaten from leading positions at home in this campaign (11W, 2D).
  • The Partenopei currently hold the record for goals scored from counter attacks this season in Serie A (10).
  • Gonzalo Higuaín has failed to score in his last four Serie A appearances - since his arrival in Italy he has never failed to score in five consecutive appearances.
  • In the reverse fixture in Rome, Higuaín scored a brace.
  • Antonio Candreva has already scored nine goals and procided five assists this term - this is already his most prolific campaign in Serie A.

Roma v Atalanta

  • Roma and Atalanta have met 103 times so far in Serie A: the Giallorossi lead by 49 wins to 22.
  • Roma have won five of their last seven meetings against Atalanta, losing one and drawing one.
  • Atalanta haven't taken any points away from their visits to Roma's ground since the 2002/03 campaign, when they won 2-1.
  • Roma have won their last six Serie A games, scoring at least two goals each time.
  • Taking into account this and last season's campaign, Roma are unbeaten in their last 17 home games (14W, 3D).
  • After setting a club record of consecutive wins in Serie A (six), Atalanta lost last Sunday at home against Sassuolo.
  • Atalanta have won their last three away games, after having collected only two points from the previous nine fixtures away from Bergamo.
  • Roma have kept 19 clean sheets in Serie A this season, a joint-record across Europe's top-five leagues, alongside Lille.
  • Francesco Totti has already scored six goals in Serie A against Atalanta, while Germán Denis boasts five against the Giallorossi (only against Inter he has netted more in Serie A).

Sampdoria v Inter

  • These two sides will meet for the 130th time in Serie A: Inter lead by 69 wins to 20.
  • Inter are unbeaten in their last six league meetings against Sampdoria (3W, 3D).
  • Samp have beaten Inter at home only once in their last nine meetings, and have lost the last two against the Nerazzurri at the Marassi both by a 2-0 scoreline.
  • Inter have failed to score in only one of their last nine trips away to Sampdoria in Serie A.
  • The Blucerchiati haven't scored in their last two league games - the last time they failed to score for three games in a row was during March and April 2011.
  • Samp have lost just one of their last 10 Serie A games, winning five in the process.
  • Inter have drawn 14 games so far this season, including the last three - more than any other side in Serie A.
  • In particular, Inter have drawn eight games out of the 20 in which they have been leading, more than any other side.
  • However, the Nerazzurri are unbeaten in their last four away games, after they had lost their previous four on the road.
  • Mauro Icardi played 31 Serie A games, scoring 10 goals last season for Sampdoria - he has been involved in four of Inter's last five goals in this campaign, scoring three and providing one assist.

Sassuolo v Cagliari

  • The 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture is the only previous meeting between these two sides in Serie A.
  • Sassuolo have taken seven points from their last six games - theirs is the best record amongst the bottom-six sides in Serie A in this period.
  • Sassuolo have lost six of their last seven home games, winning only against Catania (3-1).
  • Sassuolo have failed to score in 15 games out of 32 so far in this competition - a league-low.
  • Cagliari have lost four of their last five league games, winning the other at home against Verona.
  • The Sardinians have failed to score more than a single goal in any of their last six Serie A fixtures.
  • Cagliari are yet to win a game away from home in this Serie A campaign - only Catania are also winless in away games so far.
  • Sassuolo have taken just 13 points from games on home soil - fewer than any other side this season.
  • Sergio Floccari has already scored five goals against Cagliari in Serie A, only against Napoli (six) has he bagged more.
  • Last Sunday, against Roma, Mauricio Pinilla scored his 6th goal of the season, ending a run of four games without scoring. His best scoring tally in a single campaign is 10 (in 2011/12).

Torino v Genoa

  • Torino and Genoa have met 83 times so far in Serie A: the Granata lead by 30 wins to 27.
  • Genoa are unbeaten in their last 10 Serie A games against Torino (4W, 6D).
  • In fact, Torino are winless in their last four home games against Genoa in the league (3D, 1L).
  • Torino haven't drawn any of their last 10 Serie A games (4W, 6L).
  • Since the start of February, Torino have conceded in each of their 11 games. However, only in three of those games did they concede more than one goal.
  • The Granata have won their last two home games, after losing the previous three at their ground.
  • Genoa have lost their last two league games and won just one of their last six.
  • Genoa have attempted the fewest shots in Serie A this season (254, excluding blocked).
  • Torino have attempted the fewest crosses from open play (350), while only Inter (701) have sent over more open play crosses than Genoa so far (601).
  • Omar El Kaddouri has been directly involved in six of Torino's last 11 goals in Serie A (scoring two and making four assists).

Udinese v Juventus

  • Udinese and Juventus will meet for the 80th time in Serie A: the Old Lady leads by 53 wins to 11.
  • Udinese's last win against Juve was in 2010/11 (2-1 in Turin).
  • The Friulani haven't conceded goas in four of their last six Serie A fixtures.
  • Udinese have won four of their last five games at home, with this good form coming after they had lost five of the previous six at the Friuli.
  • Juve lost their last away game against Napoli - previously they had enjoyed a run of eight wins and two draws away from home in Serie A.
  • Udinese have scored only eight goals in the first 30 minutes of play - fewer than any other Serie A side this season.
  • In the same period of their games, Juve have netted 20 goals - a joint-league-high shared with Napoli.
  • Mirko Vucinic has already scored 10 goals against Udinese in Serie A, a haul he hasn't bettered against any other side. However, this is his worst season since 2006/07 in terms of goals scored (only two in 11 league appearances).
  • Antonio Di Natale has scored only four goals against Juve in Serie A. However he has bagged three in his last four Serie A appearances this term.
  • Fernando Llorente has scored seven headed goals in Serie A this season - more than any other player across the European top five leagues.

Verona v Fiorentina

  • This will be the 50th meeting between Verona and Fiorentina in Serie A: the Viola lead by 23 wins to 11.
  • Fiorentina's 4-3 win in the reverse fixture was the highest-scoring meeting between these two sides ever in the top-flight.
  • Verona have won just one of their last seven Serie A games at the Bentegodi; in the previous nine at home, they had won eight.
  • Verona have won their last two league games, after they had lost the previous four; the last time they won three consecutive league games was back in October.
  • Fiorentina have lost just one of their last five Serie A games, winning three.
  • However, the Viola have collected only five points from their last five games on the road.
  • Alessandro Matri has scored four goals in this Serie A campaign, three of which came away from home.
  • Luca Toni's most prolific season came at Fiorentina, when he scored 31 goals in 2005/06.
  • Four of Verona's last five goals in this competition have been scored by Toni.
  • Their next win will be Fiorentina's 1000th in Serie A.

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