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Eden Jon 16th Jan 2014 - 11:55

Serie A Opta Facts 18-19 January

Atalanta - Cagliari

  • Cagliari are unbeaten in their last four Serie A meetings against Atalanta (W2 D2).
  • However, the Sardinians haven't won at Atalanta since October 1991 (1-0): since then, there have been seven wins for the nerazzurri and four draws at Bergamo.
  • Atalanta haven't found the net in three of their 20 Serie A home clashes against Cagliari, scoring in each of the last 11.
  • Atalanta won their last league match versus Catania after having picked up just two points from their previous six Serie A games.
  • Atalanta have lost only one of their last seven league home fixtures (1-4 against Juventus), winning four.
  • Before losing against Juventus, Cagliari hadn't lost any of their previous seven league games (W2 D5).
  • Cagliari won their last Serie A away game back in February 2013 (2-0 over Pescara): since then, the Sardinians have recorded nine draws and six losses.
  • Cagliari haven't found the net in five of their last six league games away from home, including each of the last three (all ended 0-0).
  • 55% of the goals conceded by Atalanta in this campaign (16 out of 29) have come in the last half-an-hour of play, the highest percentage among the Serie A teams.
  • Cagliari are the only Serie A team to have missed both penalties taken so far this season (by Víctor Ibarbo and Mauricio Pinilla).
  • Daniele Conti has picked up the joint-most yellow cards in this Serie A term, nine along with Bostjan Cesar.

Bologna - Napoli

  • Napoli have won the last two Serie A meetings against Bologna (both 3-0), after losing the previous two.
  • The two sides have swapped victories in the last six meetings at the Renato Dall'Ara - the Azzurri succeded in the last clash back in May.
  • Bologna and Napoli haven't drawn at the Dall'Ara since May 1989 (1-1): since then, there have been six wins for the hosts and four for the guests.
  • Bologna have won only one of their last nine Serie A matches, losing four and drawing four.
  • The Emiliani have scored only one goal in their last five league fixtures.
  • Napoli are unbeaten in their last six league matchdays (four wins, two draws) keeping a clean sheet in the last two.
  • The Partenopei have picked up 19 points from away games in this Serie A, fewer only than Juventus (25).
  • The Azzurri have scored the most first half goals this season in Serie A (24).
  • Five Napoli's players have already scored at least five goals in this league campaign (Higuaín, Callejón, Pandev, Hamsik and Mertens) - a record so far this season.
  • Lorenzo Insigne's goal against Verona was Napoli's first goal scored by an Italian player in this Serie A.
  • Alessandro Diamanti has won the most fouls in this league, 74.
  • Marek Hamsik has scored six goals in 10 Serie A appearances against Bologna (including three in the last two) - only against Palermo has he bagged more in the top-flight (7).

Catania - Fiorentina

  • These two teams have met 33 times in Serie A: the Viola lead by 20 wins to five, with eight draws.
  • Only against Inter (24) have the Sicilians have lost more league games than against Fiorentina.
  • The last nine Serie A meetings between these two sides have never seen the same result occurring twice in a row; it was 2-1 to the Tuscans in the reverse fixture.
  • Catania are unbeaten at home against Fiorentina in four league clashes: three wins for the Sicilians and a draw.
  • Catania have won only one of the last seven Serie A fixtures, losing five times in the process.
  • Catania have kept four clean sheets in their last five home league games.
  • Overall, the Sicilians have kept six clean sheets in home games this season, fewer only than Roma (8).
  • Fiorentina have scored the most goals from the penalty spot in this Serie A (6).
  • Catania have conceded the joint-most goals in the last 15 minutes of play this term (8), a season-high alongside Livorno and Sassuolo.
  • Josip Ilicic has scored three goals in his last three appearances against Catania, including his only brace in the top-flight.
  • Stefan Savic has made the most interceptions in this Serie A term (62).

Chievo - Parma

  • Parma are unbeaten in Serie A against Chievo since May 2007 (W4 D5).
  • Chievo have failed to score in nine of their 21 Serie A games against Parma and in six of the last nine. They've never scored more than two goals in a game against the Ducali.
  • Parma are unbeaten in their last four games away to Chievo (W1 D3).
  • Chievo are winless in the last four Serie A matchdays (two losses, followed by two draws).
  • Chievo have won only one of their last seven home games, losing four in the process.
  • Chievo have picked up the fewest points at home this season in Serie A (8).
  • Parma are unbeaten in their last eight league games (W3 D5).
  • Away from home, the Ducali have a record of two wins and two draws in the last four games.
  • This is Chievo's worst first half of a Serie A campaign since 2008/09.
  • Amauri has scored in back-to-back Serie A games for the first time since October 2012.
  • Boukary Dramé is the Serie A defender who completed the most dribbles this season (41).

Genoa - Inter

  • Inter are unbeaten against Genoa in Serie A since November 1994, with nine wins for the Nerazzurri and five draws.
  • The Grifoni have failed to score in eight of their last 11 meetings against Inter in the league.
  • Genoa haven't found the net in any of their last five games against Inter at the Marassi.
  • Genoa have won only one of their last seven Serie A fixtures (2-0 against Sassuolo), losing and drawing three.
  • However, the Rossoblu are unbeaten at home soil in their last six games (W4 D2).
  • Inter have won only one of their last seven Serie A games (the Derby against AC Milan); that was also their only clean sheet over these last seven games.
  • Inter have lost their last two away games, after they had remained unbeaten in the previous seven on the road.
  • Rodrigo Palacio is the Serie A joint-top scorer alongside Carlos Tevez, excluding penalties (10 goals).
  • Inter have scored the most goals following a corner situation (6).
  • Yuto Nagatomo and Mehdi Benatia are the most prolific defeders of this Serie A with five goals each.
  • The Japan international has already scored three goals in four Serie A appearances against Genoa, his favourite target in Italy.
  • Ricardo Álvarez has completed 62 dribbles - a season-high in Serie A.
  • He is also the player with the joint-most assists so far in this campaign (7).

Juventus - Sampdoria

  • Juventus have won only one of their last six games against Sampdoria in the league (1-0 in the reverse fixture), with three wins for the Blucerchiati in the process.
  • The last five meetings in Turin have ended in three draws and a win apiece.
  • Juventus have won their last 11 Serie A fixtures, setting an all-time club record. They've shipped only two goals in the process.
  • Juve's last home loss in Serie A was against Samp in January 2013 (1-2). Since then Antonio Conte's side have put together 16 wins and two draws at their ground.
  • In fact, the Bianconeri are one of the four teams still with 100% record at home amongst the top five European leagues (with Bayern, Man City and Barcelona).
  • The Old Lady haven't conceded any goals over their last six Serie A games at home.
  • Sampdoria have lost only one of their last seven league games (W3 D3).
  • However, they've kept only one clean sheet in their last 13 games on the road.
  • Samp have scored only seven goals in the second half, a joint-low shared with Cagliari.
  • Juventus are the only side yet to concede a headed goal in this campaign.
  • Arturo Vidal is the best scoring Serie A midfielder with eight goals.
  • Éder has scored five of Samp's last seven goals in this campaign.
  • Pedro Obiang is the Serie A player with the most shots without scoring a goal so far this season (24).

AC Milan - Verona

  • AC Milan and Verona have met 47 times in Serie A: the Rossoneri lead by 22 wins to eight.
  • AC Milan have found the net in 11 of their last 12 games against Verona.
  • Verona's win in the reverse fixture ended AC Milan's six-game unbeaten run against the Scaligeri in the top-flight (W3 D3).
  • Verona have never won at AC Milan's ground in 23 games, with nine draws and 14 losses in that run.
  • Despite scoring on average two goals per game, AC Milan have won only one of their last five Serie A fixtures, losing twice.
  • The Rossoneri have also won just one of their last five games at home, drawing three.
  • Before losing their last game against Napoli, Verona had picked up 10 of the last 12 points available to them in Serie A.
  • Away from home, Verona have already won two games this term, but have kept a clean sheet only once (0-0 at Catania).
  • AC Milan have dropped 17 points from leading situations - a league-high this season.
  • Luca Toni has scored seven goals so far against AC Milan, including a brace in the reverse fixture; only against Parma (9) and Lazio (8) he has bagged more so far in Serie A.
  • Nigel de Jong is the player who completed the most passes in this Serie A campaign (1116).


Roma - Livorno

  • Four of the last six meetings between Roma and Livorno have ended as a draw, with a win apiece.
  • Livorno won the last game played at Roma's ground (October 2009), after losing their five previous meetings against the Giallorossi at the Olimpico.
  • Livorno have never scored more than a single goal in their 17 Serie A games played at Roma's ground.
  • After winning their first 10 games of the season, Roma have won only three of the following nine Serie A fixtures (D5 L1).
  • Roma remain unbeaten at home and have conceded the fewest goals in domestic games this season in Serie A (2).
  • Livorno have taken only one point from their last eight Serie A fixtures, failing to score in six of these.
  • After picking up four points from the first two away games of the season, Livorno have lost their last seven games on the road, failing to score in the last six.
  • Roma have kept 12 clean sheets in this campaign; only Lille (14) have shut out their opponent more often in the top five European leagues.
  • Roma are the only side yet to concede a goal in the first 15 minutes of play, while Livorno have conceded the most in the same period (7).
  • Livorno haven't won any of the 14 games in which have been trailing (D2 L12).
  • Daniele De Rossi has already scored three goals against Livorno in Serie A; only against Chievo (4) he has netted more.


Sassuolo - Torino


  • Sassuolo lost the reverse fixture 2-0 which was the only previous meeting between these two sides in the top-flight.
  • Sassuolo got back to winning ways last Sunday against AC Milan, after picking up only one point from their previous five league games.
  • Sassuolo haven't shared the points in their last six home games (W3 L3).
  • Torino have lost only one of their last seven Serie A fixtures (W4 D2).
  • However, the Granata have won only one of their last seven games on the road, losing three.
  • Torino have kept only one clean sheet over their last 17 league fixtures away from home.
  • Sassuolo have the worst defence in the competition with 41 goals conceded, at least seven more than any other side.
  • Sassuolo remain the only side to have scored via just Italian players this campaign.
  • Torino have already conceded five goals from the penalty spot - the joint-most in Serie A with Livorno and Parma.
  • Domenico Berardi has been directly involved in nine of Sassuolo's last 10 goals in Serie A (seven scored and two assists).
  • Four of Torino's last six goals have been scored by Ciro Immobile, two of which have come away from home.

Udinese - Lazio

  • Udinese have won 23 games agaist Lazio in Serie A, more than against any other opponent.
  • Over the last seven meetings between these two sides, the same result never occurred twice in a row - Lazio won the reverse fixture.
  • Udinese have scored in 13 of their last 14 Serie A games against Lazio.
  • Lazio's last win at the Friuli was in April 2007 (4-2) - since then, there have been three draws, followed by three wins for the hosts.
  • Udinese have lost four of their last six league fixtures, winning one.
  • Udinese have lost their last two games against Verona and Sampdoria - the last time they lost three in a row was in September 2010.
  • Francesco Guidolin's side have lost four of their last five games at home. Previously they had remained unbeaten for 22 home games in a row in Serie A.
  • Lazio haven't conceded a goal in either the two games played since the re-appointment of Edy Reja. This is the first time they haven't conceded in back to back games in this campaign.
  • Lazio are winless in their last 11 games away from home (D5 L6).
  • Antonio Di Natale has scored 12 goals in 19 appearances against Lazio; only against Roma he has netted more so far in the top-flight (13).
  • Sergio Floccari is the Serie A forward with the most minutes played (498) yet to score in this campaign.



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