Serie A Opta Facts - 17th-18th Jan
Cesena v Torino
Cesena and Torino have met 18 times in Serie A; the Granata lead by six wins to three.
Torino have scored exactly two goals in each of their last five meetings against Cesena in the top-flight; the last time being in March 1991.
However, Cesena are unbeaten in their last five games at home against Torino (W2 D3).
Cesena are winless in their last 17 league fixtures (D6 L11); their longest winless streak in Serie A was between January and May 2012 (20 games).
Cesena have conceded a goal in each of their last 17 games; their longest ever run without keeping a clean sheet in the top-flight.
Torino are unbeaten in their last five matches (W1 D4).
The Granata have scored only 13 goals so far in this campaign; fewer than any other side.
97% of the goals conceded by Cesena have come from inside the penalty area.
54% of Torino's goals have been scored by defenders; the highest ratio in this competition this season.
Fabio Quagliarella has attempted the most shots (incl. blocked) in this Serie A, however he has failed to score a goal over his last 11 league appearances.
Chievo - Fiorentina
Over the last five Serie A games between Chievo and Fiorentina, both teams have always scored a goal.
Fiorentina have won their last three games against Chievo; previously the Veneti had notched-up two wins and a draw against the Viola.
Over their 20 previous Serie A meetings, these two sides have shared only two draws.
Chievo are unbeaten in their last three matches (W1 D2).
However, Chievo have failed to score in their last three games at home.
Fiorentina have kept only one clean sheet in their last seven games on the road.
Since 2004-05 Chievo have shared 26 goalless draws at home; more than any other side in Serie A.
Chievo have scored only four goals so far in the first half of matches; a league-low.
Juan Guillermo Cuadrado has scored three goals in three appearances against Chievo for Fiorentina.
Bostjano Cesar scored his last Serie A goal right against Fiorentina at the Bentegodi last season.
Empoli - Inter
Empoli have won only three of their 18 previous games against Inter in Serie A.
Inter have won the last four games against Empoli (and six of the last seven).
Empoli have scored only one goal over their last four league games against the Nerazzurri.
Empoli's average age has been the youngest so far in this Serie A campaign: 25 years and 293 days (starting XI only).
Thanks to defeat in their last match Empoli ended their run of five consecutive draws in the league.
Empoli's last three home games have ended 0-0.
The Tuscans have scored only two goals over their last six games at the Castellani.
Inter are unbeaten in their last four league games (W2 D2).
However, the Nerazzurri have only won one of their last five games on the road (D2 L2).
Empoli have already scored seven goals from corners this season; a league-most.
Massimo Maccarone has netted three goals against Inter in Serie A, including his last brace in January 2010.
Empoli are the only side in Serie A currently against which Rodrigo Palacio has never scored.
Genoa - Sassuolo
These two sides have shared one home win apiece in their two meetings last season.
Sassuolo recorded their biggest win in Serie A against Genoa back in May (4-2).
Sassuolo's last six league games have seen both teams scoring.
Genoa have lost three of their last four league games. Previously, they had gone nine games unbeaten.
Sassuolo won at the San Siro against AC Milan in their last away game. They have never repeated the same result for two games in a row away from home so far this season.
Genoa have scored six goals from corners this season with only Empoli having done better (seven).
Sassuolo have drawn five of the 10 games in which they had taken the lead this season (W5).
Genoa have already scored six headed goals; more than any other side so far in Serie A.
Simone Zaza has scored five of Sassuolo's last seven games in Serie A.
Nicola Sansore made his Serie A debut against Genoa in 2012, when he was at Parma.
Juventus - Verona
Verona have won only one of their last 15 meetings against Juventus in Serie A (2-0 in April 2000).
That match in 2000 was also the only match of the last 15 meetings in which Juve didn't score against Verona.
The Old Lady have never lost at home against Verona in Serie A (W21 D4).
Juventus have the best defence in Serie A this season (only nine goals conceded).
Verona have kept only two clean sheets in their 25 previous visits to Juventus.
Juve have scored 22 goals over the las 10 match-days of Serie A; a joint-most alongside Palermo.
Verona have recouped 10 points from trailing situations this season; a league high.
Juventus have taken the lead in 15 of the 18 games played so far this term; more than any other side.
Carlos Tevez scored three goals in his two appearances against Verona last season.
Luca Toni has only scored two goals in 12 previous appearances against Juventus, including the goal he netted last February at the Bentegodi.
Lazio - Napoli
Lazio have picked up only one point from their last four league games against Napoli.
An average of 4.2 goals per game have been scored over the last five meetings between these two sides.
There is a perfect balance in the last eight meetings between these two at the Olimpico (three wins each and two draws).
Previously, the Biancocelesti had won six games in a row at home against Napoli.
Lazio have won five of their last six home games, losing the other 3-0 against Juventus.
Napoli have never repeated the same result twice in a row over their last five games on the road.
The Partenopei have a record of three wins, three draws and only one loss in their last seven games away from the San Paolo.
Rafa Benitez's side have scored 18 goals in the last 30 minutes of play; more than any other side in the league.
Lazio have made 372 tackles so far; more than any other side in this competition.
Napoli have attempted a league-high 243 shots (excl. blocked) so far in Serie A this season.
Gonzalo Higuain scored five goals in two league games last season against Lazio.
AC Milan - Atalanta
These two sides have shared two wins apiece over the last two Serie A campaigns.
AC Milan and Atalanta last drew in Serie A in October 2009 (1-1) and have shared only that draw over their last 16 league meetings.
Last time they shared the spoils in Milan was in March 2003 (3-3). Since then there have been six wins for the Rossoneri and two for the Bergamaschi.
AC Milan have won only two of their last 11 league games (D6 L3).
38% of the goals conceded by AC Milan have been from corner situations (8 out of 21).
AC Milan have picked-up six red cards this season; more than any other side.
Atalanta are winless in their last eight games on the road (D4 L4).
Jeremy Menez has converted each of the five penalties he has taken so far in this campaign. Only Cristiano Ronaldo has a better record amongst the big five European leagues this season (eight out of eight).
Giampaolo Pazzini has already scored six goals in 13 previous appearances against Atalanta in Serie A; but none since he's joined AC Milan.
Luca Cigarini has scored two goals in Serie A against AC Milan; only against Inter has he netted as many.
Palermo - Roma
Palermo and Roma have shared only one draw over their last 14 league meetings.
Palermo's win at home in their last meeting in March 2013 ended a run of three wins in a row for the Giallorossi against the Sicilians.
Over their last six meetings at the Barbera, the same result has never accrued twice in a row.
Palermo are unbeaten in their last six home games (W5 D1).
The Rosanero have kept only one clean sheet over their last eight league fixtures.
Roma have alternated between a win and a draw over their last six league games.
The Giallorossi have won their last three games on the road by a one-goal margin.
Palermo have scored 22 goals over their last 10 games; a joint-most alongside Juventus.
The Sicilians have netted 20 goals before half-time so far this season; more than any other team.
The next will be Francesco Totti's 10th goal against Palermo in Serie A.
Parma - Sampdoria
Sampdoria have won only one of their last eight games against Parma in Serie A.
The Ducali have never scored more than a single goal over those last eight fixtures against Samp.
Parma have won their last four home games against the Blucerchiati in the top-flight.
Parma have lost six of their last eight league games (W1 D1).
The Ducali haven't conceded a goal in either of their last two home games. Previously they had kept only one clean sheet in seven home games.
Over their last eight games on the road, Sampdoria have never repeated the same result for two games in a row (W2 D4 L2).
Parma have the worst defence in Serie A this season (39 goals conceded).
Only Juventus (nine) and Roma (13) have conceded fewer goals than Sampdoria (17) so far in this campaign.
Antonio Cassano is the only current Parma player to have scored more than a single goal against Sampdoria in Serie A.
Udinese - Cagliari
Prior to last March's 3-0 win for Cagliari, Udinese had remained unbeaten for 10 games against the Sardinians (W6 D4).
Udinese have kept a clean sheet in five of their last seven games against Cagliari in Serie A.
Cagliari have won only once away to Udine (2-0 in May 2008); 13 wins for the Friulani and six draws complete the record.
Udinese have conceded goals in each of their last 10 league games, winning only once in the process.
The Friulani have picked up only one point from their last four games at home.
Cagliari gained three points in their last Serie A game against Cesena, after nine games in a row without a win.
Cagliari lost their last away game 5-0 against Palermo; that was their worst defeat away from home in Serie A since 1994.
Udinese have dropped 14 points from leading situations in this campaign (10 of which at home); more than any other side.
Antonio Di Natale has scored six goals in 16 previous meetings against Cagliari in the top-flight.