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Stuart Dalgleish 16th Apr 2015 - 13:18

Serie A Opta Facts - 18-20 April

Cagliari v Napoli


  • This will be the 60th Serie A meeting between Cagliari and Napoli: the Partenopei lead by 22 wins to 13, with 24 draws.
  • Napoli are unbeaten in Serie A against Cagliari since April 2009 (6W 5D).
  • Cagliari have scored just one goal in total in their last four home games against Napoli in Serie A.
  • Cagliari have lost each of their last three league games: the Sardinians have taken only a point from their last four games since return of Zeman.
  • Cagliari have conceded in each of their last 15 Serie A matches (32) - the Sardinians are the only Serie A team yet to keep a clean sheet in 2015.
  • Napoli scored three times in their last game against Fiorentina, as many as they netted in total in their previous five match-days.
  • Napoli have lost their last four league away games - they haven't lost five away matches in a row in a single campaign since February 2009.
  • Napoli have scored the most second-half goals (31) in Serie A this season, while Cagliari have shipped the most (30) before half-time.
  • Diego Farias' only brace in Serie A came against Napoli in the reverse fixture, on his first and only league appearance against Napoli.
  • Marek Hamsik has either scored (3) or assisted (2) five of Napoli's last seven goals in the league.



Chievo v Udinese


  • These two teams have met 25 times in Serie A, with six wins for the Gialloblu and 10 for the Bianconeri.
  • Chievo have won only one of their last 12 league clashes with Udinese (5D, 6L).
  • However, Chievo are unbeaten in their last three home matches against Udinese, thanks to a win and two draws.
  • Chievo have kept seven clean sheets in 2015, a joint-record in Serie A alongside Lazio and Juventus.
  • In each of the last seven Serie A games involving Chievo, at least one of the two sides playing has failed to score.
  • Chievo have kept a clean sheet in each of their last three home games in the league: the last time they recorded four consecutive home clean sheets (in a sinlge season) was back in January 2012.
  • Udinese are winless in their last five games (3D, 2L) - the last time they went six games without winning in a single Serie A campaign was back in January 2010.
  • Udinese's last away win in Serie A came on the 26th of January; since then, they've recorded two draws and three defeats, with two goals scored and six conceded.
  • Udinese have claimed the most points from losing positions in Serie A this season (14) while Chievo have recouped the fewest from trailing situations (2).
  • Antonio Di Natale has scored eight goals against Chievo in Serie A, with each of them coming with Udinese.



Empoli v Parma



  • These two teams have drawn only one of their 15 Serie A meetings, with the Tuscans winning four times and Parma winning 10.
  • That draw came during the last clash between the two sides at Empoli's ground (1-1 in April 2008).
  • Empoli have lost their last two Serie A games without scoring a single goal.
  • Empoli have conceded just four goals in total in their last nine league games at home (3W, 5D, 1L), keeping six clean sheets in the process.
  • Parma have failed to find the net in 10 of the last 20 Serie A match-days, scoring just 10 goals in the process.
  • The Gialloblu have taken just two points from the last 12 league matches on the road, picking up just five points away from home all season.
  • Empoli's next draw will be their 100th in their Serie A history.
  • Moreover, the Tuscans are one goal away from recording 200 goals scored at home in the top-flight.
  • Empoli have scored just one goal from outside the box so far this season, fewer than any other team in Serie A.
  • Francesco Tavano's last Serie A goal came in the reverse fixture - in fact, he hasn't found the net in any of his last 12 league appearances.
  • Parma are Tavano's favourite target in the top-flight: he has scored five goals in nine Serie A appearances against the Ducali.



Fiorentina v Verona


  • Fiorentina have won 25 times against Verona in their 51 Serie A meetings, losing 11.
  • The Viola have won each of their last four league clashes with Verona, scoring an average of 3.3 goals per game.
  • On the other hand, Verona have managed only one win in their last seven league games at the Franchi, losing the other six.
  • Fiorentina are unbeaten at home in the league since last November (4W 4D).
  • Verona have picked-up just one point in their last three Serie A fixtures, scoring three goals and condeding eight in the process.
  • Verona have conceded in each of their last six games on the road (on average 2.7 per game).
  • Fiorentina and Verona are currently tied for the most goals scored by subs in Serie A this season (seven each).
  • Alessandro Diamanti's next game will be his 150th appearance in Serie A.
  • Borka Valero has scored three goals in his three league appearances against Verona, including his only brace in Serie A.
  • Luca Toni scored 55 goals in his 94 league appearances for the Viola.



Inter v Milan


  • This will be the 162nd derby between Inter and AC Milan in Serie A: the Nerazzurri lead by 60 wins to 50.
  • Neither side has managed to score more than a single goal in the last five Serie A Milan derbies.
  • The last time a team did score more than once in a Serie A Milan derby was in May 2012 (4-2 for the Nerazzurri).
  • AC Milan have won only one of their last seven games against Inter in Serie A (losing four).
  • Inter's five-game winless streak (3D 2L) came to an end last weekend when they beat Verona at the Bentegodi.
  • AC Milan have both scored and conceded goals in each of their last five league fixtures.
  • AC Milan have conceded the joint-most headed goals in the league this season (nine).
  • Inter have conceded the joint-fewest headed goals (only three, along with Lazio).
  • The Rossoneri have the record for most points lost from leading situations in Serie A this season (21).
  • Rodrigo Palacio has netted four goals in his last seven league appearances - he had netted only two in his previous 20 games before that.
  • Samir Handanovic saved his fourth penalty of the season last weekend against Verona - a record in the top five European leagues this season.
  • Giacomo Bonaventura has scored four goals in his five Serie A appearances against Inter so far - more than against any other opponent.



Juventus v Lazio



  • Juventus are unbeaten in their last 20 league games against Lazio (14W 6D).
  • Juventus' unbeaten run of 20 league games (14W 6D) came to an end last weekend against Parma.
  • Juventus were behind for 30 minutes against Parma - previously they had been trailing only for 31 minutes overall in the whole 14/15 campaign.
  • Lazio have put together eight wins in a row in Serie A for the first time since April 2007.
  • Their record in the league is nine consecutive wins, recorded in the 1998/99 season.
  • Lazio have the best attack (25 goals scored) and defence (six conceded) in the second half of the season so far.
  • Lazio and Juventus are two of the three sides with the most clean sheets (seven) in Serie A in 2015 - the other being Chievo.
  • Lazio have scored the most headed goals in Serie A this season (10).
  • Juve's next defeat will be their 500th in Serie A.
  • Arturo Vidal has scored four goals in his seven league appearances against Lazio - making them his favourite opponent in Serie A.
  • Lazio have lost each of the three games played in this campaign without Stefan de Vrij (vs Udinese, Napoli and Cesena).


Palermo v Genoa


  • Palermo and Genoa have met 33 times so far in Serie A: the Grifoni lead by 10 wins to nine.
  • Their last three league meetings have all ended in a draw.
  • Genoa's last win away to Palermo was back in March 2008 (3-2), since then the Rosanero have won three and drawn two at the Barbera.
  • Genoa have failed to score on three of their last four visits to Palermo.
  • Palermo got back to winning ways last Sunday against Udinese, after picking up only two points from their previous six games.
  • In fact, Palermo are winless in their last three home fixtures, scoring only one goal in the process.
  • Genoa have won their last two Serie A games keeping a clean sheet in each - the last time they had won two consecutive league games without conceding was back in December.
  • Genoa have scored exactly one goal in six of their last seven away games, losing four of those.
  • 64% of Palermo's goals (27 out of 42) have been scored before half-time - the highest proportion in the competition this season.
  • Paulo Dybala scored in his only league appearance against Genoa to date.
  • Only Felipe Anderson (7) has more goals from midfield in Serie A in 2015 than Iago Falque (6).



Roma v Atalanta



  • These two sides have met 105 times so far in Serie A: Roma lead by 51 wins to 22.
  • Both sides have found the net in their last four meetings (an average of 3.5 goals per game scored in these fixtures).
  • Roma have scored in 25 of their last 26 games played against Atalanta in Serie A.
  • Atalanta have netted 111 goals so far in Serie A against Roma, more than against any other opponent.
  • Roma have managed to score more than a single goal in only one of their last 12 league games (2-1 vs Cagliari).
  • Before beating Napoli in their last home game, Roma had drawn six in a row at the Olimpico in the league.
  • Atalanta won their last league game after a run of three draws and five losses since February.
  • Roma's last four goals have all been scored by midfielders. Their last goal netted by a striker was Totti's against Verona back in February.
  • Francesco Totti has scored six goals in 18 Serie A games against Atalanta, although none of these have come since January 2008.
  • Germán Denis has bagged five in 13 appearances against the Giallorossi, against who he also made his Serie A debut in August 2008, when he was at Napoli.



Sampdoria v Cesena


  • Sampdoria lead by eight wins to four in their 21 Serie A meetings against Cesena.
  • Cesena have failed to score in four of their last six games against Sampdoria.
  • Samp have taken just one point from their last two league games, after winning each of their previous four.
  • The Blucerchiati have failed to score in only one of their last 13 league games (vs Fiorentina).
  • Cesena's last league win came in March against Udinese - since then, they have registered three draws and two losses.
  • Sampdoria are still unbeaten at home in this campaign - a record they share with Juventus.
  • Cesena have enjoyed the fewest wins in the 14/15 Serie A campaign (only four).
  • Cesena have scored only one goal in the opening 15 minutes of play so far this season - no side have scored fewer.
  • The Romagnoli have conceded nine headed goals in Serie A this season - a joint-high figure.
  • Stefano Okaka has made the most fouls so far this season: 101, at least 27 more than anyone else.



Sassuolo v Torino



  • These two sides have met only three times in Serie A: Torino have won two, Sassuolo one.
  • None of these meetings have produced more than two goals while none of the three games have seen both sides score.
  • Sassuolo have lost five of their seven games played early on Sunday morning in Serie A, winning the other two.
  • Torino have won only one of their 10 early Sunday games so far, losing five.
  • Sassuolo have lost six of their last eight league fixtures, winning the other two.
  • However, the Neroverdi have won their last two home games (vs Parma and Chievo).
  • Torino haven't repeated the same result for two consecutive games over the course of their last 11 league fixtures (4W 5D 2L).
  • Domenico Berardi has scored 10 goals in this campaign, three of which have come in his last four appearances.
  • Davide Biondini next appearance will be his 300th in Serie A.
  • Marco Benassi's first ever Serie A goal came in January 2014 against Sassuolo, when he was at Livorno.


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