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Stuart Dalgleish 15th May 2014 - 9:25

Serie A Opta Facts - 17 & 18 May

Catania v Atalanta


  • Last Sunday Catania were relegated to Serie B after eight consecutive seasons in the top-flight, ending their longest ever run in Serie A.
  • Since 1966, neither side have ever scored more than two goals in this fixture (14 meetings).
  • Since 2006/07 there has been perfect balance between these two sides in Serie A: three wins apiece and seven draws.
  • Atalanta have won only once at the Massimino in Serie A, eight wins for Catania (including those in the last two games in Sicily).
  • Nine of the 27 previous meetings between Catania and Atalanta in Serie A ended 0-0.
  • Catania were relegated although they have won three of their last four league games, as many as they had won over the previous 27 matchdays.
  • Catania have conceded in each of their last 14 league games.
  • Atalanta got back to winning ways last Sunday against AC Milan, after having taken only one point from their previous five fixtures.
  • That victory over AC Milan was the only win for Atalanta from a trailing situation in this Serie A campaign.
  • Catania have recouped the fewest points from trailing situations so far this term in Serie A (only two).
  • Only two of German Denis' 13 goals this season have been scored away from home - the Argentine has netted only one goal in seven appearances against the Sicilians in the top-flight.



Chievo v Inter



  • Chievo and Inter have met 23 times so far in Serie A - the Veneti have won just three times.
  • Chievo have picked-up only one point from their last six meetings against Inter in Serie A (1-1 in the reverse fixture).
  • Chievo have kept a clean sheet against Inter only once in Serie A (0-0 in Milan in March 2004).
  • Chievo have failed to score in six of their 11 meetings against Inter in Verona - the Nerazzurri have won the last two at the Bentegodi 2-0.
  • Chievo haven't shared any draws over their last 16 league fixtures (W5 L11), and lost their last three home games without scoring a single goal.
  • Inter have lost just one of their last eight league games, winning three including last Saturday's 4-1 vs Lazio.
  • Both Inter and Chievo are yet to score via a direct free-kick in this campaign.
  • Sergio Pellissier has already scored five goals vs Inter, but has netted only one in 22 league appearances this season (back in September vs Udinese).
  • Last Saturday against Lazio, Mateo Kovacic became the first player to assist three goals in a single game in this competition this season.
  • Rodrigo Palacio has scored more goals away from home (nine) than at home (eight) in this Serie A season - he has netted only one in eight appearances against Chievo so far in Italy.
  • Chievo have fired only 128 shots on target so far - a league-low.



Fiorentina v Torino



  • Torino have won 45 times against Fiorentina so far, more than against any other Serie A side.
  • However, the Viola are unbeaten against Torino since March 2002 - since then they've notched up seven wins and two draws against the Granata.
  • Torino's last win in Florence was in October 1976 - there have been 13 wins for the Viola and 10 draws in the following 23 meetings at the Franchi.
  • Vincenzo Montella's side have alternated between a win and a loss over their last five Serie A rounds - they beat Livorno 1-0 last weekend.
  • The Tuscans have lost three of their last four home games of this campaign, and have always conceded in the last seven at the Franchi.
  • Torino are unbeaten over their last seven match-days (W5 D2).
  • Giampiero Ventura's side need a win to guarantee a spot in the next Europa League, and take part in a European competition for the first time since 2002/03.
  • Fiorentina are currently the only side with more points taken away from home than at home (34 vs 30).
  • Torino have drawn nine games from leading situations this season - more than any other side (incl. last Sunday's 1-1 vs Parma).
  • Fiorentina's last five goals scored over the last three match-days have all come after half-time.
  • Torino have recorded two wins, a draw and a loss in the four games played without Ciro Immobile in this Serie A campaign, including the 0-0 against the Viola in the reverse fixture.



Genoa v Roma



  • None of the last 15 Serie A meetings between Genoa and Roma have ended as a draw.
  • Roma have won 10 of the last 15 games against the Grifoni, including the last four.
  • The last five meetings in Genoa have seen both teams scoring at least a goal (on average five goals per game).
  • Genoa have picked-up only two points from the last seven matchdays of Serie A, and won only one from the last 11.
  • Roma have lost two games in a row for the first time in Serie A since February 2013.
  • However, the Giallorossi are enjoying their best ever Serie A season in terms of points (85) and wins (26).
  • Roma lost their last away game against Catania - the last time they lost back-to-back games away from home was in January 2013.
  • Roma have conceded only seven goals before half-time (fewer than any other side), while Genoa shipped 24 before the break so far.
  • Genoa have also conceded the most goals in the final 15 minutes of play (16).
  • Alberto Gilardino has scored 10 goals against Roma in Serie A, three over his last two when he was at Bologna last season.
  • Francesco Totti has netted five against Genoa so far, one in each of his last five appearances against the Grifoni.



Juventus v Cagliari



  • Juventus are unbeaten in their last eight meetings against Cagliari in Serie A (W6 D2).
  • Over these last eight games, Cagliari have scored more than a single goal against Juve only once (4-2 for the Old Lady in September 2010).
  • However, the Bianconeri have won only two of their last six games at home against the Sardinians, the last two in Turin ending 1-1.
  • In fact, Cagliari are the only side still unbeaten at the Juventus Stadium amongst those that played there more than once in Serie A.
  • Juventus have won 13 of their last 14 Serie A games, losing one.
  • By beating Roma last Sunday, Juve reached 99 points in this campaign - an all-time record in Serie A.
  • Only two clubs have ever collected more than 100 points in top-flight leagues across Europe: Celtic in 2001/02 (103) and Benfica in 1990/91 (101).
  • Juventus boast the best attack (77 goals scored) and the best defence (23 conceded) in this Serie A.
  • Cagliari lost their last two league games against Napoli and Chievo, without scoring a single goal.
  • Since start of 2014, the Sardinians have only kept the clean sheet once away from home (in Verona vs Chievo).
  • Carlos Tévez is the player with the most shots on target in this competition (53).
  • Stephan Lichtsteiner has made eight assists this season in Serie A - more than any other defender.



Lazio v Bologna



  • After six consecutive seasons in the top-flight, Bologna were relegated to Serie B last weekend.
  • Relegation follows a run of eight winless games for Bologna (D3 L5).
  • Bologna have failed to score in four of their last five games against Lazio, including the last three.
  • Lazio have lost only one of their last 13 home games against Bologna in the league, 3-1 in March 2012.
  • Lazio have won only one of their last five league fixtures, and conceded 2.8 goals per game in the process.
  • Davide Ballardini's side have scored only one goal in their last four games, and failed to score in three of their last four games on the road.
  • Bologna have the worst attack in Serie A (28 goals scored).
  • Lazio's last five goals scored over the last three matchdays have come all from different players.
  • Six of Miroslav Klose's seven goals of this campaign have been scored at home.
  • Klose has scored five goals so far against Bologna, all coming in the 6-0 win of May 2013.
  • Only 7.5% of Bologna's shots have found the back of the net so far - the lowest conversion rate by a side this season in Serie A.



AC Milan v Sassuolo


  • Sassuolo won the only previous meeting against AC Milan in Serie A, 4-3 back in January.
  • On that occasion, the Rosoneri were leading 2-0 before Domenico Berardi scored four for Sassuolo.
  • In fact, AC Milan have dropped the most points from leading situations in this Serie A season: 25, including three last Sunday against Atalanta (from 1-0 up to 2-1 down).
  • That against Atalanta was AC Milan's fourth loss from leading situations this term - a league-record.
  • Over the last five matchdays of Serie A, the Rossoneri have managed to score more than a single goal only vs Livorno (3-0).
  • However, AC Milan have won their last four games at home without conceding a single goal.
  • Sassuolo are currently the only side in Serie A with the same point tally at home and away (17).
  • Sassuolo have scored eight goals over their last two games against Fiorentina and Genoa, both of which were wins - over the previous 10 they had netted only nine.
  • Sassuolo could win three games in a row for the first time in their Serie A history.
  • AC Milan have scored the most goals from outside the box from open play (14), Sassuolo have scored the fewest (just one).
  • Mario Balotelli has hit the woodwork the most so far in this Serie A: six, including two against Atalanta last Sunday.



Napoli v Verona



  • Napoli and Verona haven't shared any draws over their last 11 Serie A meetings - the Partenopei lead by nine wins to two in this period.
  • Napoli are unbeaten in their last 10 games at the San Paolo against Verona: two draws and eight wins, including those in the last six games.
  • Verona suffered their worst ever loss in Serie A against Napoli (6-0 in October 1957).
  • Napoli won their last two league games against Cagliari and Sampdoria - the last time they won three in a row in Serie A was in November.
  • At home the Partenopei have won their last three Serie A games, last season they won their last five games at the San Paolo.
  • Verona are unbeaten in the last four matchdays: two wins, followed by two draws.
  • Away from home, Andrea Mandorlini's side have picked up seven points from their last three games - this is their best away run in this campaign.
  • Napoli have already scored 40 goals in the first half this season - more than any other side in Serie A.
  • Napoli have scored four or more goals in four away games this season - a record amongst Serie A teams.
  • Last Sunday Marek Hamsik found his first goal after 190 days without scoring, ending his longest goal scoring drought in Italy.
  • Napoli's last seven goals have all been scored by different players.
  • Luca Toni scored his 20th goal of the season last weekend against Udinese - only seven of these goals came away from home though.
  • Toni has scored just one goal so far against Napoli in Serie A, back in 2001 when he was at Vicenza.



Parma v Livorno


  • Parma and Livorno have met 11 times so far in Serie A: the Ducali lead by six wins to four, with just one draw.
  • The five previous meetings in Parma saw the hosts always winning, and scoring an average of 3.2 goals per game.
  • Parma have won only two of their last 10 league games - previously they had won eight out of 10.
  • Over the last eight Serie A games played at the Tardini, neither side have ever scored more than two goals.
  • Livorno have lost their last six Serie A games, conceding on average 2.8 goals per game.
  • The Tuscans have failed to score in four of these last six games.
  • Parma have drawn eight of the games they've been in trailing situations so far, including last Sunday's 1-1 vs Torino.
  • In fact, Roberto Donadoni's side have scored 17 goals in the last 15 minutes of play - more than any other Serie A side.
  • Parma (11) and Livorno (three) have scored respectively the most and the fewest headed goals in this Serie A campaign.
  • Overall, Livorno have the worst dfence of this competition (75 goals conceded).
  • Last Sunday against Torino, Jonathan Biabiany scorred his 6th goal of the season, equalling his best scoring tally in a Serie A campaign.



Udinese v Sampdoria


  • Udinese and Sampdoria have met 65 times so far in Serie A - the Blucerchiati lead by 27 wins to 19.
  • Only in one of the last five meetings both sides have managed to score (3-1 for Udinese at the Friuli in May 2013).
  • Five of the last seven meetings at the Friuli have ended in a win for the hosts.
  • Udinese have won only one of their last six league games, and drew the last 2-2 vs Verona.
  • Samp instead have won only one of their last seven league games, and lost five of the last six.
  • Last weekend Antonio Di Natale scored his 190th goal in Serie A, becoming the 7th top goal scorer all-time in this competition.
  • Di Natale has already scored nine goals in 18 appearances in Serie A against Sampdoria.
  • Éder has scored four goals against Udinese - he has never bagged more against any other Serie A opponent.
  • Éder is enjoying his most prolific campaign in Serie A, with 11 goals scored (only three though away from home).
  • Sampdoria have scored seven goals following an indirect free-kick - a league-high.



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