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Rupert Wyman 17th Apr 2009 - 14:49

Serie A Opta Facts: 18-19 April

In conjunction with Opta Sportsdata, Europe's largest sports information providers, we bring you Opta Facts on this weekend's Italian Serie A matches.

The vital information you need to read to make a sound judgement in your football betting.

We highlight the key historical stats and facts for each of the Serie A matches.

Atalanta v Reggina

  • Reggina are unbeaten against Atalanta in the top flight: the team from Calabria have won three of the 11 games they have played so far against Atalanta (including the 3-1 win in the reverse fixtures this season), and eight draws complete this record.
  • Reggina have failed to score only once in their 11 previous Serie A meetings with Atalanta.
  • Four of the five previous meetings in Bergamo between these two sides have ended in draws.
  • Gigi Del Neri's side have managed only one win in the last seven Serie A match days.
  • Reggina are in a run of three consecutive defeats in the league, and have not scored a single goal in the process.
  • The Amaranto have scored the fewest goals in Serie A this term, 22.
  • While Atalanta have been awarded only one penalty this season (less than any other Serie A side), Reggina have already taken seven so far, the second-most behind AC Milan.
  • Reggina have scored only nine goals from open play so far this season, a league-low.
  • The only previous meeting between Nevio Orlandi and Gigi Del Neri in the top flight was Reggina's 3-1 win in the first half of this season.

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Cagliari v Napoli

  • The last time Napoli took all three points against Cagliari in Serie A was back in 1994/95; since then the Sardinians have won three of the following seven meetings with Napoli, with four draws.
  • After conceding four goals in their opening game of the season against Lazio, Cagliari have conceded only five in the ensuing 15 home fixtures.
  • Napoli's players have been caught offside only 49 times so far, a league-low.
  • Napoli have drawn their last four matches since the appointment of new manager Roberto Donadoni.
  • Napoli's last win in the league came back in January (1-0 at home against Catania); since then they have suffered seven defeats and six draws.
  • The Partenopei have picked up only two points from their last ten Serie A fixtures.
  • If the league had started on January 1st, Roberto Donadoni's side would be second-from bottom in the table, having picked up only nine points picked up in 14 games in 2009.
  • Next Sunday's encounter will be the first ever meeting between Massimo Allegri and Roberto Donadoni in the top flight.

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Catania v Sampdoria

  • There have been only two draws in the 23 meetings between Catania and Sampdoria in the top flight since 1955.
  • The Blucerchiati have won both of the last two meetings with Catania, but the Sicilians have had claimed all three points in the last two at their home ground.
  • This fixture has never ended goalless in the top flight.
  • Only 33.8% of Catania's shots (104) have been on target this term, a league-low.
  • Sampdoria have won the most fouls so far in the league, 668.
  • The attacking partnership of Pazzini and Cassano has provided 13 of Sampdoria's 17 goals in the last nine games in the league.
  • Walter Mazzarri won his only previous meeting with Walter Zenga in Serie A, in the reverse fixture between these two sides at the Marassi.

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Genoa v Lazio

  • Genoa have won only once in their last nine Serie A meetings with Lazio, five wins to the Biancocelesti and three draws complete the record.
  • Delio Rossi's side have taken all three points in three of their last four visits to Genoa, drawing the other.
  • Giampiero Gasperini's side have won their last four league matches, and have kept a clean sheet in three of these.
  • This match will see a clash between the side with the most goals scored from outside the box (Lazio, 11), and the one with the fewest (Genoa, only one).
  • Genoa and Lazio are the teams to have scored the highest proportion of goals during the second half of matches this season, respectively 33 out of 43 for the Grifoni and 30 out of 43 for the Biancocelesti.
  • Argentinean striker Diego Milito has already scored 16 goals this season in the league, but is yet to score in the first half.
  • The three previous meetings between the two managers in the top flight have seen one win for each and one draw.

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Juventus v Inter

  • Next Saturday's will be the 152nd Serie A "Italian derby": Juventus lead Inter by 71 wins to 43, with 37 draws.
  • Juventus have failed to win their last two fixtures in the league (a home draw with Chievo and an away defeat to Genoa), heavily undermining their title hopes as they now languish ten points behind Inter at the top.
  • The Bianconeri have conceded six goals in the last two match days.
  • Claudio Ranieri's men have scored in each of their last 21 home fixtures in the league; Juve's last goalless draw came over a year ago (0-0 with Torino).
  • Inter have won all of their last five Serie A games on the road, scoring ten goals and conceding only one in the process.
  • The Nerazzurri boast both the best attack (57 goals scored, 20 of which have come from current Serie A top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic) and best defence (23 conceded) in the league this term.
  • José Mourinho's players have made the most of their corners so far, with nine goals from corner situations this term, a league-high.
  • Inter's opening to games has been devastating this season, having scored the most goals in the fist 15 minutes of play (11); Juve have for their part scored the most in the last 15 minutes of the first half (17).
  • After Inter's 1-0 win in the reverse fixture in the first half of the season, Juve's manager Claudio Ranieri will try to exact his revenge on José Mourinho and balance his record against the Portuguese manager in Serie A.

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AC Milan v Torino

  • Torino have managed only one victory against AC Milan in the last 29 Serie A meetings since 1985/86; 12 wins to the Rossoneri and 16 draws (including the 2-2 this season) complete the record.
  • The Granata have failed to score a single goal in their last three visits at the San Siro, but managed to hold their hosts to 0-0 draws on the last two occasions.
  • Carlo Ancelotti's side have gone five games without a loss in the league (four wins and one draw), and have conceded only one goal in the process.
  • After the 2-1 defeat against Bologna in the opening game of the season, AC Milan have been unbeaten in their ensuing 14 home fixtures (12 wins and two draws), keeping a clean sheet in nine of these games.
  • The Granata are the only side in Serie A yet to win an away game this season.
  • Giancarlo Camolese's are the most booked side in Serie A, with 88 yellow cards picked up so far.
  • Torino have conceded the most fouls this term, 646.
  • No other team in Serie A has scored more goals than the Rossoneri from open play (38).
  • This will be the seventh meeting between the two managers in the top flight; Carlo Ancelotti leads by four wins to one, with one draw.

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Palermo v Bologna

  • Three of the last four Serie A meetings between Palermo and Bologna have ended in draws by the same identical score-line (1-1).
  • Palermo have not shared the points at home this season (11 wins and four defeats).
  • Bologna are in a run of four consecutive defeats in the league.
  • Giuseppe Papadopulo's side, along with Lecce, have the worst defence in the league (53 goals conceded).
  • Bologna have attempted the fewest shots on target so far (234) and conceded the most corners (212).
  • The Rosanero are the only side in Serie A to have always won after taking the lead this season (14 times), whereas Bologna have taken all three points in only six of the eleven games in which they have gone ahead, with two draws and three defeats.
  • Giuseppe Papadopulo will make his debut at Bologna next weekend after replacing Sinisa Mihajlovic; this will be his first ever meeting against Davide Ballardini.

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Roma v Lecce

  • Roma and Lecce have already faced each others 25 times in Serie A; Lecce have won only once so far (back in 1985/86), with 16 wins to Roma and eight draws.
  • In the 12 previous games played at the Olimpico between these two sides the hosts have taken all three points nine times, including their 3-1 win in the last meeting in April 2006.
  • Luciano Spalletti's side have picked up only six points from their last six match days in the league, conceding 15 goals in the process.
  • Lecce's last win in the league came on the 2nd of February (a 2-1 away win to Siena); since then they have had seven defeats and two draws, and are still without a victory under new manager Gigi De Canio.
  • Lecce midfielder Guillermo Giacomazzi is the only Serie A player to have picked up three red cards this term, but Roma have the most as a team so far - 11.
  • Roma have attempted the most shots on target in the competition so far - 170.
  • Luciano Spalletti leads by two wins to one over Gigi De Canio in the top flight, with no draws so far.

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Siena v Chievo

  • Each of the last three Serie A meetings between Siena and Chievo has ended in a win for the Tuscans, but the previous three were all won by Chievo.
  • Siena are on target for their third consecutive league win - should they win, it will be their best run this season.
  • Chievo have collected seven points from their last three away fixtures in the league, scoring eight goals in the process.
  • Chievo's striker Sergio Pellissier has scored five goals in the last four match days in Serie A, including his celebrated hat-trick against Juve in Turin.
  • Siena's players have picked up a league-low 54 yellow cards so far.
  • Siena have taken the most corners this term (188), conceding fewer than any other side in Serie A - only 135.
  • Siena have won the fewest fouls so far - 469.
  • Each of the only two meetings between the two managers in the top flight has ended in a draw.

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Udinese v Fiorentina

  • Udinese are unbeaten on the last four occasions in which they have hosted Fiorentina: two draws before two wins.
  • Udinese's 2-0 win over Reggina in the last match day gave earned the Bianconeri all three points after four rounds without a win.
  • Udinese's striker Antonio Floro Flores was the hero of the previous round, netting a brace against Reggina. Flores scored against Fiorentina in the reverse fixture this term.
  • Cesare Prandelli's side have won their last three Serie A fixtures.
  • The Viola have attempted the most shots so far this season - 431.
  • Former AC Milan striker Alberto Gilardino has scored 16 of Fiorentina's goals this season; half of these have come in the last 15 minutes of play, a league high.
  • Cesare Prandelli has beaten Pasquale Marino three times in the top flight. The current Udinese boss has come out on top twice, and there is yet to be a draw between them.

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