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Stuart Dalgleish 11th Dec 2014 - 13:33

Serie A Opta Facts - 13-15 December

Cesena v Fiorentina


  • Cesena have won only two of their 24 previous meetings against Fiorentina in Serie A, with 12 wins for the Viola. Cesena's last win was in November 1987.
  • Cesena have failed to score in six of their last seven games against Fiorentina in the top-flight.
  • These two sides have shared the points in seven of their last 12 Serie A meetings.
  • Cesena have conceded goals in their last 13 Serie A fixtures, something that had happened to them only in 1990/91.
  • Fiorentina have picked-up more points away from home than at their ground, continuing a trend that saw them taking more points on the road also last season.
  • Fiorentina are yet to concede a goal in the opening 15 minutes of each half.
  • Cesena have dropped 11 points from winning positions - a league-worst figure.
  • Fiorentina have goal scorers from nine different nationalities - a wider spread than any other side in this Serie A season.
  • Alberto Aquilani is the player who has attempted the most shots without scoring a goal so far in this campaign (16).
  • Gregoire Defrel has already scored four goals from a total of only six shots attempted this season.



Chievo v Inter



  • Chievo and Inter have met 24 times so far In Serie A: the Nerazzurri lead by 14 wins to four.
  • Chievo have won only one of their last seven games against Inter in Serie A (D1 L5).
  • However, that win came right in their last meeting back in May.
  • Chievo have scored 26 goals against Inter in Serie A - more than against any other opponent.
  • However, Inter have always scored away against Chievo in Serie A.
  • Chievo have the worst average possession figure in Serie A this season (39.2%).
  • Chievo have recorded a 50% possession figure only once in a game this season - against Cesena.
  • This is Inter's worst start to a Serie A season since 1994/95 (17 points after 14 match-days).
  • Only five of Inter's 21 total goals have been scored away from home this season.
  • Inter are yet to concede a headed goal so far this term in Serie A.
  • Rodrigo Palacio has failed to score in his last 13 Serie A appearances.
  • El Trenza is also the player with the most touches in the opposition box amongst those yet to score their first goal in this campaign (57).
  • Hernanes has already bagged four goals in six previous meetings against Chievo in Serie A - more than against any other opponent.



Empoli v Torino


  • Five of the 10 previous meetings between Empoli and Torino in Serie A ended as draws, with three wins for the Tuscans and two for the Granata.
  • The last four meetings played at Empoli's ground have also ended in a draw.
  • Empoli have taken eight points from their last four league fixtures - this after they had taken only one from the previous four.
  • Empoli have won only one of their last four home games in the league, losing two.
  • Torino are winless in their last five fixtures (D2 L3) - their worst run in Serie A since November 2013.
  • Torino have lost their last four games on the road, conceding at least two goal per game.
  • Empoli have scored 10 goals from set-piece situations, and six from corners - both are records in this competition.
  • Empoli's six goals following a corner kick were scored by defenders: Lorenzo Tonelli (3), Daniele Rugani (2) and Federico Barba (1).
  • Only Cesena (1) have taken fewer points than Torino (3) away from home in this Serie A.
  • Since his last Serie A goal, back in October, Fabio Quagliarella has attempted 31 shots (12 on target) without scoring over his last seven league appearances.
  • Massimo Maccarone has scored two goals in three Serie A appearances against Torino.



Genoa v Roma



  • Genoa have managed 32 wins in Serie A against Roma, only against Lazio have the Giallorossi won more often (34).
  • The last draw in Serie A between these two sides was back in January 1994 - since then, Roma lead the head to head record by 10 wins to six.
  • The last meeting ended 1-0 to Genoa - there was an average of five goals per game over the previous five.
  • Genoa have won five of their last six home games against Roma.
  • This is Genoa's best start to a Serie A campaign since 1929/30 (26 points after the first 14 games).
  • Genoa are unbeaten in their last nine fixtures (W6 D3) - their best run in Serie A since February 2009.
  • Only six of the 20 goals scored by Genoa in this Serie A have come at the Marassi.
  • Roma's last three league games have seen an average of 4.3 goals per game, with both teams always scoring goals.
  • The last time that Roma conceded goals in four consecutive games in the league was in April 2013.
  • Roma's possession in their last game against Sassuolo was the highest in a Serie A game since May 2012 (77.3%). Overall their possession has been the highest on average in 2014-15 (62.5%).
  • Genoa have scored six headed goals, including Luca Antonelli's against AC Milan last Sunday - a league-high.
  • Antonelli has now scored for three Serie A games in a row for the first time in his career.
  • This is already his most prolific campaign in Serie A, after only 14 match-days.
  • Alessandro Matri has scored five goals in Serie A against Roma - he hasn't scored more against any other opponent.



Juventus v Sampdoria


  • Juventus and Sampdoria have met 128 times in Serie A - the Old Lady lead the head to head record by 64 wins to 27.
  • Juventus won both games last season, after the Blucerchiati had remained unbeaten for five meetings against the Bianconeri.
  • Samp were the last team to beat Juventus in Turin in Serie A, back in January 2013.
  • Juventus have won their last six games played early on Sunday, keeping a clean sheet three times.
  • Juventus have conceded first in their games only twice in this campaign: coming back to a draw against Sassuolo and losing against Genoa.
  • In their last game against Fiorentina, Juventus were held to a 0-0 draw for the first time in 78 league games.
  • The Blucerchiati are unbeaten in their last five league games (W2 D3), despite failing to keep a clean sheet in any of these games.
  • Juventus and Sampdoria have only lost one game so far in this Serie A campaign.
  • Juve's defence is the second-best amongst Europe's top-5 leagues, only behind Bayern Munich.
  • Carlos Tevez played his first Serie A game against Sampdoria in August 2013, also his first goal in the competition in this match.
  • Éder has scored four of Samp's last eight goals in this competition.



Lazio v Atalanta



  • Atalanta have won 31 games against Lazio - more often than against any other Serie A opponent.
  • These two sides last drew in Serie A in February 2007 - since then they've shared six wins apiece.
  • On the last seven occasions Lazio have beaten Atalanta, they've managed to keep the clean sheet.
  • Lazio have conceded goals in each of their last five home games.
  • Atalanta's last three away games in Serie A have ended 0-0.
  • Atalanta have won only three games so far in this campaign - this is their worst start to a Serie A season since 2009/10, when they were relegated.
  • Lazio have only faced 141 shots in this competition, only Juventus have allowed fewer to their opponents.
  • On average, the Biancocelesti have conceded a goal every eight shots - only Cagliari (6) and Parma (5) have a worse ratio.
  • Atalanta have the joint-worst attack amongst the top-5 European leagues, alongside Granata.
  • Lazio are the only side yet to score a goal through one of their defenders this season in Serie A.
  • Marco Parolo has scored three goals in his six appearances against Atalanta in Serie A.



AC Milan v Napoli


  • Napoli are unbeaten in their last six meetings against AC Milan (W3 D3).
  • Overall, AC Milan lead by 53 wins to 36 against Napoli in Serie A history.
  • Last season, Napoli managed to beat AC Milan at the San Siro for the first time after 27 years.
  • The Rossoneri have won only one of their last seven games (at home vs Udinese).
  • However, AC Milan have collected more points after 14 games compared to the last two seasons: 17 in 2013/14 and 18 in 2012/13.
  • This is Napoli's longest unbeaten run (10 games) since January 2010, when they didn't lose for 15 fixtures.
  • However, Napoli have now drawn three league games in a row for the first time since March 2013.
  • Rafa Benitez's side have gained nine points from losing positions this season - a league-most.
  • Milan and Napoli have conceded the joint-most headed goals so far this term (five apiece).
  • Gonzalo Higuain scoreed three of five Napoli's goals against AC Milan last season.
  • After scoring six goals over his first seven appearances of the season, Keisuke Honda has now failed to score in the ensuing seven.



Palermo v Sassuolo



  • This is the first ever meeting in Serie A between Palermo and Sassuolo.
  • Palermo are unbeaten in their last six games (W3 D3) - their best run in Serie A since August 2010.
  • Sassuolo are unbeaten in their last eight games (W4 D4) - their best ever streak in Serie A.
  • Palermo have lost 11 points from winning positions - a league-high this season.
  • However, the Rosanero are still unbeaten at home after taking the lead (W3 D2).
  • Palermo have scored only four goals in the second half - a league-low.
  • Only Roma (16) though have scored more often than Palermo (13) before half-time.
  • Paulo Dybala has found the net in each of his last five Serie A appearances.
  • Last weekend, Simone Zaza become the first player of this Serie A campaign to score against both Juventus and Roma.
  • Antonio Floro Flores has scored three goals in his last three appearances against Palermo in the top-flight.
  • It was against Palermo that Matteo Brighi scored his only Serie A brace, in February 2010 when he was playing for Roma.



Parma v Cagliari


  • This will be the 37th meeting between Parma and Cagliari in Serie A - the Ducali lead by 17 wins to 10.
  • The last three meetings between these two sides have only seen a total of two goals.
  • Cagliari are the Serie A team to have conceded the most goals so far at the Tardini (37 over 18 games).
  • This is Parma's worst ever start to a Serie A season (only five points in 14 games).
  • Cagliari have taken eight of their 11 points in this campaign away from home.
  • The Sardinians are winless in their last six fixtures (D3 L3).
  • Cagliari have conceded 18 goals in the first half, 15 in the opening 30 minutes - both negative records.
  • Raffaele Palladino has scored in consecutive Serie A appearances for the first time since December 2009.
  • In a game against Cagliari, Nicola Pozzi scored four goals in December 2007 whilst playing for Empoli.



Udinese v Verona


  • Udinese and Verona have met 24 times in the top-flight - the Veneti lead by nine wins to six.
  • Each of Udinese's six wins have come at home soil.
  • However, last season at the Friuli, Verona had the better of Udinese for the first time since 1985 (3-1).
  • Seven of the last eight meetings between Udinese and Verona in Serie A saw both teams scoring.
  • Udinese have scored in each of their last 10 home games (2.2 goals per game on average).
  • Verona are winless in their last five away games (D2 L3) - last season they had never failed to score for so long far from the Bentegodi.
  • Verona have scored and conceded goals in each of their last eight league games.
  • This is Verona's longest winless run in a single Serie A campaign since 1992.
  • Luca Toni has already scored seven goals in Serie A against Udinese, including three in the two meetings last season.
  • Toni's last 14 Serie A goals have been scored from inside the box.
  • Antonio Di Natale found the net in the last meeting between these two sides last May - Di Natale has now scored at least one goal against each of the teams currently in Serie A.


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