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Robert Alexander 19th Dec 2013 - 10:41

Serie A Opta Facts | 21 - 22 December

Atalanta v Juventus

  • Atalanta haven't won any of their last 17 Serie A meetings against Juventus - 15 wins for the Bianconeri including the last six.
  • Atalanta's last win over Juventus was back in February 2001 (2-1 in Bergamo).
  • Juventus have found the net in each of their last 21 encounters against the Nerazzurri in Serie A.
  • Juventus have won the last six league games at Atalanta's ground, scoring on average 2.8 goals per match.
  • The Nerazzurri have picked up only two points from their last four Serie A fixtures, and won just one of the last eight.
  • However, Colantuono's side are unbeaten in their last five home games in the league (3W, 2D).
  • The Bianconeri are on a run of eight consecutive wins in the league.
  • Juventus have conceded no goals in these last eight Serie A games - the last time they had managed to keep eight clean sheets in a row was back in 1973.
  • Tévez became the fourth Juventus' player to reach double figure in terms of goals in a Serie A campaign under Antonio Conte, alongside Vucinic, Vidal and Matri.
  • Gianluigi Buffon has not conceded goal for 730 minutes in Serie A - his personal best in a single Serie A season.
  • Juventus are one of the four Serie A teams against which German Denis is yet to score a goal - he has collected nine appearances against the bianconeri.

Bologna v Genoa

  • These two teams have met 78 times in the top-flight: the emiliani lead by 30 wins to 20.
  • However, Bologna have won only one of their last six Serie A clashes against Genoa.
  • The last 12 Serie A meetings between these two teams have not seen the same result accruing twice in a row - they drew the last encounter 0-0 back in May.
  • Bologna have lost their last two Serie A games failing to score a single goal: the Felsinei haven't lost three consecutive games without scoring since September 2011.
  • Bologna have won just two games in Serie A this term, a season-joint low alongside Catania.
  • Bologna are winless in their last six matches - currently the longest winless run in this competition.
  • Genoa would be 5th in the league on 16 points in 10 games since the appointment of new manager Gian Piero Gasperini - though they are winless in the last four games (3D, 1L).
  • This is the first time Alberto Gilardino plays as an ex-player against Bologna - last season he scored 13 goals in 36 appearances for the Felsinei (his best tally over the last five Serie A campaigns).
  • Gilardino has scored 21 headed goals over the last five seasons (three this term) - only Fernando Llorente (28) has bagged more across the top-5 European leagues in this time frame

Cagliari v Napoli

  • Cagliari have picked up only a point from their last six league meetings against Napoli.
  • Napoli are unbeaten against the Sardinians in Serie A since April 2009 (5W, 3D).
  • Napoli haven't conceded a single goal over their last three league games played at Cagliari's grounds.
  • The Sardinians are unbeaten in their last five league fixtuers (2W, 3 D), after having lost four of the previous five.
  • Cagliari have always conceded at least a goal in all eight home games of this campaign.
  • Napoli have collected seven points over the last three Serie A MDs, after losing the previous two.
  • Napoli's last three league games have seen an average of six goals scored each.
  • Napoli last kept a clean sheet in the league on October the 27th.
  • Napoli have scored six goals from fast break situations this term - a league-high.
  • Cagliari have conceded the most headed goals in this competition (eight).
  • Napoli and Catania are the two only teams yet to draw an away game in this Serie A.
  • Napoli have scored the most open play goals in this Serie A campaign (29).
  • Last Sunday Josè Callejon scored his 8th goal of the season - he had scored exactly eight in total over his last two campaigns at Real Madrid.
  • Gonzalo Higuain has netted four goals over his last four appearances (Serie A & Champions League).
  • Napoli are the only side with four players on 5+ goals in this Serie A campaign: Callejon, Higuain, Hamsik and Pandev.

Inter v AC Milan

  • This will be the 159th derby between Inter and AC Milan in Serie A: the Nerazzurri lead by 59 wins to 49, with 50 draws (incl. last February's 1-1).
  • AC Milan's last win in a derby was in April 2009 (3-0).
  • The last time that AC Milan had failed to win four derbies in a row was in 1999.
  • Inter have won six of the last eight derbies played as hosts.
  • Walter Mazzarri's side are winless in their last four league games (3D, 1L), while the Rossoneri have won only one of the last eight (5D, 2L).
  • AC Milan's last four Serie A fixtures have seen both sides scoring.
  • Inter have the best attack of this Serie A campaign (36 goals), while only four sides have conceded more goals than AC Milan (25).
  • However, AC Milan's attack has been the most prolific in the last 15 minutes of play (nine goals).
  • Inter have drawn six games from leading situations - more than any other side.
  • Rodrigo Palacio is the top goal scorer involved in this clash (nine goals this term), but he's never scored against AC Milan.
  • Mario Balotelli has scored three goals over his last three league appearances, as many as he had netted over the previous eight.
  • Yuto Nagatomo scored last Sunday his 4th goal of the season - the Japan International is the top-scoring defender of this campaign.
  • After Zapata's equalizer against Roma on Monday, AC Milan now boast 12 different goal scorers - only Roma have more in this competition (13).

Livorno v Udinese

  • These two sides have met 10 times so far in the top-flight - Udinese lead by six wins to two.
  • Udinese have also won their last three games against Livorno in Serie A, all by 2-0.
  • The Tuscans haven't scored a single goal over their last five clashes against Udinese in the league.
  • Livorno have picked up only one point from their last five Serie A matches, and won only one of the last 13.
  • Livorno have never repeated the same result in consecutive games at home this term.
  • Udinese have failed to score in four of their last six Serie A fixtures (1W, 1D, 4L).
  • Last campaign at this stage of the season Antonio Di Natale had scored 100 goals in 14 appearances, this term he is still on four goals.
  • Di Natale hasn't scored any goals over his last four Serie A games, his longest run without the a goal since February.
  • Jorginho Frello has converted each of the five penalties taken so far this term - a joint-record he currently shares with Giuseppe Rossi.
  • Danilo is the Serie A defender who misplaced the most passes so far this term (166).

Roma v Catania

  • Catania are unbeaten in their last five meetings against Roma in Serie A (2W, 3D).
  • However, the Sicilians have never beaten Roma at the Olimpico (12 wins for the hosts and four draws, including a 2-2 in their last clash there).
  • Roma have always scored at home against Catania in Serie A (on average 3.2 goals per game).
  • Roma's 7-0 win over Catania in November 2006 remains the Sicilians' heaviest defeat in their Serie A history.
  • With 11 wins and five draws, Roma remain one of the two unbeaten sides across the top-5 European leagues (alongside Bayern Munich).
  • In 2013, Cagliari have been the only side able to score more than a single goal at Roma's ground in the league (4-2 back in February).
  • Catania have taken just one point from their last four league fixtures.
  • Catania and Bologna have recorded the joint-fewest wins in this Serie A campaign (only two).
  • Catania have always lost away from home this term (eight games out of eight).
  • Despite the two goals conceded against AC Milan last Monday, Roma still have the best defence of this tournament (only seven goals concede).
  • Pablo Barrientos is the striker with the most fouls won this season in Serie A (49).
  • Mattia Destro has scored a goal in each of his last three Serie A appearances - he has never scored for four games in a row in his career.
  • Francesco Totti has scored only three goals in his career against Catania - against no other sides of this Serie A he has bagged fewer goals so far.
  • Totti is looking for his first goal of the season at the Olimpico - in facts he has bagged three so far, all on the road.

Sampdoria v Parma

  • Last season's 1-0 win ended Sampdoria's run of five games in which they had picked up just one point against Parma.
  • Samp have never scored more than a single goal over their last six meetings against Parma in Serie A.
  • The Blucerchiati are unbeaten since appointment of Sinisa Mihajlovic - two draws, followed by two wins.
  • Sampdoria have never repeated the same result in back to back games over their last six home fixtures - the last at the Marassi saw the hosts beating Catania 1-0.
  • Parma are unbeaten in their last five league games, but were held to a draw in four of these.
  • Parma have score six headed goals in this Serie A campaign - a league-high.
  • Antonio Cassano has created the most goal scoring chances in this competition (49), but only three of his passes have actually assisted a goal.
  • Cassano enjoyed his most prolific campaign of the last 10 years right at Sampdoria, where he scored 12 goals in 35 appearances in 2008-09.
  • Only Arturo Vidal (69) has made more tackles than Marco Parolo (68) so far in this Serie A season.
  • Amauri hasn't scored in any of his last 21 league appearances between this and last season - his last goal came against Pescara back in March.
  • Amauri has already scored six goals against Sampdoria in the league, only against Torino (seven) he has bagged more so far.

Sassuolo v Fiorentina

  • This will be the first ever meeting between Sassuolo and Fiorentina.
  • Sassuolo have lost their last two Serie A games, after they had put together two wins and two draws in the previous four.
  • Sassuolo's home record in Serie A is 2W, 1D, 4L.
  • Atalanta were the only visiting side failing to score at the Mapei Stadium so far in Serie A.
  • Fiorentina haven't shared a draw over their last nine games (6W, 3L) in Serie A.
  • Fiorentina have lost their last two away games (vs Udinese and Roma) - prior to that, the Viola had won eight out of 10 far from the Franchi.
  • Fiorentina have scored the most goals from penalty this season in Serie A (six).
  • Sassuolo have the worst defence in Serie A this season (35 goals).
  • Last Sunday against Bologna, Giuseppe Rossi scored his 13th goal of the season and consolidated his leadership in the Serie A goal scoring chart.
  • At this stage last season, El Shaarawy had scored 14 goals, while final top-scorer Cavani was on 12.
  • Against Bologna, Borja Valero scored his 5th goal in this campaign, equalling his best tally in a single season (he scored also five for Villarreal in La Liga in 2008-09).
  • Zaza has already made 39 fouls, more than any other player in this Serie A.

Torino v Chievo

  • This will be the 10th meeting in Serie A between these two sides - the record is perfectly even, with three wins each and four draws.
  • Torino are unbeaten in their last four Serie A games against Chievo (1W, 3D).
  • Torino have never lost at home against Chievo in the top-flight (3W, 2D).
  • Torino have won three of their last four games, as many as they had won over their previous 25 Serie A fixtures.
  • The Granata have won back to back games at home against Lazio and Catania - the last time they won three in a row at their ground in Serie A was between October and November 2001.
  • Chievo lost 1-0 to Sampdoria last Sunday - prior to that, they hadn't conceded goals for five games in the league.
  • Should they beat Torino, would be the first time Chievo win three away ganmes in a row in Serie A.
  • Torino had the most ever present players so far in this Serie A campaign, four: Cerci, Darmian, Moretti e Padelli.
  • Chievo have shared 24 goalless draws over the last five seasons, more than any other side across Europe's top-5 leagues.
  • Christian Puggioni has already kept the clean sheet six times in this campaign, only De Sanctis (Roma) and Buffon (Juventus) have done better (10 apiece).

Verona v Lazio

  • Over the last seven times Verona and Lazio have met in the top-flight, the home side have always had the better.
  • 21 goals were scored in total over their last three meetings in Serie A - on average seven per game.
  • Lazio have won only twice at the Bentegodi against Verona in Serie A - last in October 1991.
  • Verona have won only one of their last five Serie A games, after they had won five out of the previous six.
  • At home, Mandorlini's side have won seven games out of eight in this campaign - only Juventus have done better keeping their 100% home record.
  • Lazio got back to winning ways against Livorno last Sunday, ending a six-game winless run in Serie A.
  • Only three sides are yet to win a game away from home in this Serie A, one of these is right Lazio (the others are Catania and Cagliari).
  • Patkovic's side have 10 points fewer than last season after 16 match-days.
  • Verona have conceded six goals from open play from outside the box - more than any other side in this competition.
  • Miroslav Klose hadn't scored for three league appearances before netting a brace against Livorno last Sunday - that was his 5th brace since his Serie A debut in September 2011.
  • Hernanes has scored only two goals so far in this campaign (the last back on September the 25th) - last season at this stage he had already bagged six goals.

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