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Stuart Dalgleish 12th Feb 2015 - 14:09

Serie A Opta Facts - 14-15 February

 

Atalanta v Inter

  • Inter lead by 58 wins to 22 in their 107 previous meetings in Serie A.
  • Inter had the better in their last clash - previously Atalanta had gone unbeaten for six games against them (W3 D3).
  • Atalanta have alternated between a win and a loss over their last four league fixtures, losing the last away to Florence.
  • Atalanta are unbeaten in their last four games at home (W2 D2).
  • Inter were back to winning ways last weekend against Palermo, ending a negative run of two losses and a draw.
  • Roberto Mancini's side are winless in their last three away games (D2 L1).
  • Inter have scored six headed goals in this campaign - a joint-high in Serie A this season.
  • Davide Zappacosta has scored three goals from just six shots on target over the last six rounds of Serie A,
  • Last weekend, against Fiorentina, Zappacosta scored a goal and made an assist for the first time in a single Serie A fixture.
  • Germán Denis has scored seven goals in 11 Serie A games against Inter, his favourite target in Italy.
  • In each of the last four games where Inter have scored, Mauro Icardi has found the net.

 

 

Cesena v Juventus

  • Juventus are unbeaten in Serie A against Cesena since November 1987 - since then the Old Lady have won six times, with as many draws.
  • Juve have had the better in their last three meetings against Cesena, without conceding a single goal.
  • Cesena have managed only one clean sheet so far in Serie A at home against Juventus.
  • Cesena have conceded goals in each of their last 21 league games - their only clean sheet came in the opening round against Parma.
  • Cesena won their last home game (vs Lazio) after they had lost the previous four.
  • Juve have conceded only four goals away from home - a record amongst the top-European leagues.
  • Max Allegri's side are unbeaten in their last 13 games (W9 D4).
  • Cesena have conceded 13 goals in the last 15 minutes of play - a negative record in this competition.
  • Juve instead have netted 10 in the opening 15 minutes - a league-high.
  • Juve won the only game of this campaign in which they had to play without Carlos Tevez (the reverse fixture against Cesena).
  • Emmanuel Cascione has scored only three goals so far in Serie A - two of which coming against Juve when he was at Pescara.

 

 

 

Chievo v Sampdoria

 

 

  • This will be the 20th meeting between these two sides in the top-flight - Sampdoria lead by 10 wins to two.
  • The Blucerchiati had the better in their last four league meetings against Chievo.
  • Chievo have won only once at the Bentegodi against Sampdoria, back in October 2012 (D5 L3).
  • Chievo beat Parma 1-0 last Wednesday, after a five-game winless streak in the league (two draws followed by three consecutive defeats).
  • Chievo are winless in their last five home games (D2 L3), scoring only two goals in the process.
  • Samp have never repeated the same result for two consecutive away games over their last 10 trips, losing to Torino last time out.
  • Chievo have scored four goals following a free-kick situation - a league-high.
  • Current Samp top-scorer Éder (seven goals) has found the net only once away from home this season; at the Bentegodi against Hellas.
  • Alberto Paloschi has scored two goals against Samp in Serie A, including in the reverse fixture.
  • Samuel Eto'o scored a goal in his only previous game away to Chievo, back in November 2010.

 

 

Genoa v Verona

  • Genoa and Verona have met 19 times so far in Serie A - the Veneti lead by seven wins to six.
  • Genoa had the better in the last two meetings at the Marassi, without conceding a single goal.
  • The Grifoni won their first game after seven rounds in which they had picked up only three points (three draws).
  • Genoa have drawn their last three home games, despite scoring an average of two goals per game.
  • In facts, these last three games at the Marassi have seen both sides score.
  • Verona have lost three of their last four league fixtures - in between a win against Atalanta.
  • Verona have won only one of their last nine away games in the league, losing five.
  • Andrea Mandorlini's side have scored only four goals in the opening 30 minutes of play - a joint-low in this Serie A season.
  • Edenilson has created 27 goal scoring chances - only Avelar (28) has more amongst the Serie A defenders.
  • Former Genoa player Luca Toni has scored five goals in six games against his former side in Serie A.

 

 

 

AC Milan v Empoli

  • Empoli have won only two of their 19 previous meetings against AC Milan in Serie A, with 12 wins for the Rossoneri.
  • Both wins for the Tuscans were at the San Siro by 1-0.
  • AC Milan and Empoli haven't shared a single draw so far at the San Siro - the Rossoneri lead by seven wins to two.
  • The 2-2 of the reverse fixture was the first time Empoli managed to score more than one goal against AC Milan in Serie A.
  • Beating Cesena last weekend, Empoli ended a run of seven draws and two losses in the league.
  • AC Milan have won only one of their last seven fixtures, losing three of the last four.
  • The Rossoneri have exactly the same points as last season after 22 match-days (29).
  • Empoli have scored the joint-most goals from set-piece situations this season (13).
  • In contrast, AC Milan have already conceded nine times following a corner.
  • Empoli are the only Serie A side yet to concede a goal in the last 15 minutes of play this season.
  • Jérémy Menez has scored nine of AC Milan's last 13 goals (four of which have come from the penalty spot).
  • Massimo Maccarone has scored in two consecutive Serie A appearances for the first time since January 2010.

 

 

Palermo v Napoli

 

 

  • Palermo and Napoli have met 41 times in Serie A - the Partenopei lead by 20 wins to eight.
  • The draw in the reverse fixture ended a series of four consecutive wins for the Partenopei.
  • Napoli have scored two or more goals in each of their last five games against Palermo (an average of 2.8).
  • These two sides last drew in Sicily back in December 1969 - since then, five wins for the Rosaneri and two for Napoli.
  • Rafa Benitez's side have won six of their last seven league games - no side has collected more points over the last seven rounds of Serie A.
  • Napoli have won their last three games on the road - they've never won four in a row away from home in Serie A.
  • However, Palermo are unbeaten in their last eight home games (W6 D2).
  • Napoli have scored 20 goals in the last 30 minutes of play - a league-high so far this season.
  • Marek Hamsik has already scored seven goals in 13 league appearances against Palermo, his favourite target in Italy.
  • Palermo are also Christian Maggio's favourite target (four goals).

 

 

 

Roma v Parma

  • Parma have lost 29 games conceding 85 goals in Serie A against Roma - this is the Ducali's worst record than against any Serie A opponent.
  • Roma have had the better in six of their last seven games against the Ducali in the league.
  • Parma's last win at Roma's ground was in April 1997 - since then the Ducali have picked-up only three points in 16 games at the Olimpico against the Giallorossi.
  • Roma have kept a clean sheet in five of their last seven home games against Parma.
  • Roma's last five fixtures have seen both sides find the back of the net.
  • Roma have been held to a draw in each of their last four home games - last time they drew five in a row at home was between January and March 1981.
  • Parma have lost each of their last five league fixtures, and have failed to score more than a single goal in the last 12.
  • Parma have lost their last eight away games in Serie A, conceding an average of 2.9 goals per game.
  • Roma boast the second-best defense in Serie A this season (17 goals conceded), whereas Parma have shipped the most goals across the top-five European leagues (47).
  • Francesco Totti has scored 19 goals in Serie A against Parma, more than against any other side.
  • Adem Ljajic has scored eight goals in this Serie A campaign - at least twice as many as any other Roma player.

 

 

Sassuolo v Fiorentina

 

 

  • There was perfect balance over the three previous meetings between these two sides in Serie A - a win apiece and the goalless draw in the reverse fixture.
  • Sassuolo have scored in each of their last 11 league games (18 goals in total) - it's a record for them in Serie A.
  • However, Sassuolo have also conceded in each of the last 10 fixtures.
  • Sassuolo are unbeaten in their last seven Serie A games at home (W3 D4).
  • Fiorentina are unbeaten in their last five fixtures (W3 D2), and they've both scored and conceded in each of these games.
  • The Viola have kept only one clean sheet in their last nine league games away from home.
  • Vincenzo Montella's side have scored 11 goals via their defenders - a league-high.
  • Alessandro Diamanti ended a run of 235 Serie A minutes without scoring by finding the net last weekend against Atalanta.
  • Alberto Gilardino has scored two goals in two previous appearances against Sassuolo. His last goal in Serie A was against Sassuolo back in May.
  • Domenico Berardi has netted three goals in two previous appearances against the Viola - scoring a hat-trick in Florence back in May.

 


Torino v Cagliari

 

 

  • Torino lead by 20 wins to 19 in Serie A against Cagliari, with 18 draws.
  • The Granata had the better in their last two games against Cagliari, both by 2-1. Previously the Sardinians had notched-up five wins and a draw.
  • Both sides have scored in each of their last four league meetings.
  • Despite scoring only one goal in each of their last three visits to Torino, Cagliari managed to win two of these.
  • Torino have won four consecutive Serie A games in the same campaign for the first time since 1978.
  • Cagliari's last away win in Serie A was back in October (4-0 vs Empoli) - since then they've drawn three and lost three.
  • Last weekend, Omar El Kaddouri scored Torino's first goal of the campaign from outside the box.
  • Fabio Quagliarella has scored five of Torino's last 11 Serie A goals.
  • Daniele Conti has scored four goals against Torino in Serie A.

 

Udinese v Lazio

 

  • This will be the 72nd game between these two sides in the top-flight: Lazio lead by 29 wins to 24.
  • Lazio and Atalanta are the teams against which the Friulani have recorded the most wins in Serie A (24).
  • Udinese have won four of their last eight Serie A meetings against Lazio (D1 L3).
  • Lazio were the the last side to win a Serie A game coming back from a losing situation with a man down; at the Friuli in January 2014 (3-2).
  • Lazio have conceded goals in each of their last 14 league games away to Udinese.
  • Udinese have won only three of their last 17 league games - previously, they had won four of the opening five games of this campaign.
  • Udinese's last home win was back in October (vs Atalanta), since then they've lost three and drawn three.
  • Lazio have picked up only three points from their last four league games (thanks to their win against AC Milan).
  • Lazio lost their last away game against Cesena, this after they had recorded a win and three draws in the previous four on the road.
  • Lazio and Roma are the two sides against which Antonio Di Natale has scored the joint-most goals in Serie A (13).

 

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