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Andrew Tibot 18th Nov 2015 - 12:57

Serie A Opta Facts - 21-22 Nov

Atalanta - Torino

This will be the 93rd Serie A meeting between these two sides: Torino lead by 38 wins to 19.

The last four league encounters involving these two sides at Atalanta's ground have alternated between an Atalanta win and a Torino win.

Atalanta have failed to score in four of their last six Serie A games.

Torino have claimed the most points from trailing situation in the league this season, nine.

The Granata are winless in their last six Serie A matches (2D, 4L) - the last time they went seven games without winning was back in November 2013.

Atalanta have had three different penalty takers in Serie A this term (Cigarini, Moralez, Pinilla), more than any other team.

Torino have scored the joint-most goals from corners (four) in the league in this campaign.

Daniele Baselli and Davide Zappacosta have a record of 50 games and 2 goals and 29 games and 3 goals for Atalanta, respectively.

The two Serie A players with the most passes exchanged between each other this season are Moretti and Glik (364 passes), followed by the duo of Bovo and Glik with 325 passes.

Fabio Quagliarella scored four goals from 15 shots in his first four Serie A games this season, while he has attempted 13 shots without scoring a goal in the last seven appearances.

Atalanta have won five of the eight league matches this term with Pinilla in the starting eleven (2D, 1L), winning none of the other four (1D, 3L).



Bologna - Roma

These two sides have met 134 times in Serie A - the Giallorossi have won 46 games and lost 48.

However, Roma have lost only one of their last 13 Serie A clashes with Bologna, winning seven times in the process (five draws).

Moreover, the Giallorossi are unbeaten in ther last six visits to Bologna in the top flight (4W, 2D).

Bologna have kept two clean sheets since Roberto Donadoni took over - they had managed just one clean sheet in the previous 10 games this season under Delio Rossi.

Bologna have also scored five goals in two games with Donadoni, only one less than they netted in the previous 10.

Roma have won six of their last seven league games, losing the other one at the San Siro against Inter.

Roma have had 12 different goal-scorers in Serie A this season - only Nice (13) have more players on 1+ goals across the Top 5 European leagues.

Roma also boast 10 different players to have delivered at least one assist in Serie A this season, another league-high.

Mattia Destro is a former Roma player, having played 57 Serie A games and scored 24 goals in Roma's shirt, including 13 goals in 2013/14 (his best season in terms of goals scored).

Adam Masina is the defender with the most assists provided (three) in Serie A this season.

Alessandro Florenzi has scored three goals in four league clashes against Bologna, his favourite opponent in the top-flight.



Carpi - Chievo

These two sides have never met in Serie A, Serie B or the Coppa Italia.

Since 1994/95 (excluding this season), on six occasions has a promoted had six or less points after 12 Serie A games - among them, only Chievo in 2008/09 managed to avoid relegation at the end of the season.

Carpi have scored only two goals in their last five league matches, losing four times and drawing one (0-0 against Verona).

Chievo are winless in seven league games (3D, 4L) - the Gialloblu have not gone eight games without a win since November 2014.

Carpi have used the joint-most players (26) in the league this term - on the other hand, only Napoli (18) have used fewer than Chievo (20).

Carpi have been leading for just 83 minutes so far, a league-low this season.

Chievo have scored six goals from outside the box (including one direct free-kick) so far, no team has managed more in Serie A this season.

Roberto Inglese is a former Carpi player: he played 48 games, scoring eight goals in Carpi's shirt in Serie B in the previous two seasons.

Chievo have played nine games without Riccardo Meggiorini in the last two league seasons, winning only once (3D, 5L) - the Gialloblu have averaged 1.2 points per game with the striker appearing, 0.7 points without him.

Valter Birsa has created 12 goal-scoring chances from set-plays, a league-high this season.


Fiorentina - Empoli

These two teams have met 16 times in Serie A: after losing two of the first six clashes, Fiorentina have since won eight of the following ten (six draws overall).

Fiorentina have won four of their eight Serie A home meetings with Empoli (3D, 1L).

Since 1994/95, Fiorentina have been top of the Serie A table after 12 MDs only once, in 1998/98, ending the season in third place.

On only once occasion since 1994/95 have the Viola have picked up more points (27) after 12 games than this season: 28 points in 2005/06.

Fiorentina have averaged a 64% possession figure so far this season - the highest tally in Serie A since 2005/06 (overall season figures).

Fiorentina have scored 89 goals in 2015 (all competitions), fewer only than Napoli (99) among current Serie A teams.

Fiorentina's goalkeepers have made 17 saves combined so far, fewer than any other team.

Fiorentina have been leading for 564 minutes (injury time excluded) so far, more than any other side in Serie A this season.

Empoli have conceded seven headed goals in the league this term (39% of their total), more than any other side - they shipped 10 in the whole of 2014/15.

Nikola Kalinic has scored seven goals in Serie A, all with the right foot from inside the box - however, the last six have come away from home.


Genoa - Sassuolo

After winning their first Serie A meeting with Sassuolo, Genoa have lost two and drawn one of the following three clashes (conceding 3.33 goals per game on average).

Genoa have drawn their last three Serie A games - the last time they drew four in a row was in May 1993.

The Rossoblu have won eight of their last 10 league home matches (1D, 1L).

Sassuolo have picked up 22 points in 12 MDs this season - in 2014/15 they took 17 matches to reach this target, in 2013/14 it took them 32 games.

Sassuolo have been trailing for 73 minutes in Serie A this season so far, only Napoli (42') have a better record.

No team has either scored (four) or conceded (four) fewer goals than Sassuolo in the second-half of play this term.

Sassuolo have already seven players on 3+ yellow cards this season, more than any other side.

Nicola Sansone has scored three goals in his first 11 league games this season, something he managed only with Parma during his first season in Serie A (2012/13).

Andrea Consigli will make his 200th Serie A appearance in his next game - he's always been in the starting eleven so far.

Leonardo Pavoletti is a former Sassuolo player - he scored one goal from 100 ball touches with his previous team, while he has averaged a goal every 43 touches with Genoa (10 goals from 432).



Inter - Frosinone

These teams have never met before in Serie A or the Coppa Italia.

Inter have lost none of their last 22 games against a promoted team (16W, 6D) - their last defeat came against Novara in 2011/12.

Inter have won seven games by 1-0 score-line in the league this term - only three times have they won more games by that score-line in a whole season: eight in 1986/87 and 52/53, nine in 1963/64.

The last time Inter were on top of the Serie A table after 12 MDs, then won the Scudetto (2009/10).

Frosinone have scored two goals in four of their last seven league games - they had never managed to bag two in any of the previous five matches.

Inter have the highest percentage of foreign players used in the league this season (87%, 20 out of 23) - on the other hand, 75% of Frosinone's players used so far are Italian (18 of 24), a proportion inferior only to Sassuolo (87%).

Frosinone have recorded a 8.9% shot conversion rate, better only than Udinese (8.6%) so far.

Samir Handanovic has a save ratio of 86.3% this term, his best tally in a single Serie A season so far.

Mauro Icardi has averaged a goal every 72 ball touches in the league this term - he averaged a goal every 46 touches in the last two seasons.

Samuele Longo made his Serie A debut in Inter's shirt back in May 2012: that was his only Serie A appearance with the Nerazzurri.



Juventus - Milan

These two sides have met 160 times in Serie A: the Bianconeri lead by 58 wins to 48, with 54 draws.

Juventus have won five Serie A clashes in a row against AC Milan for the second time in their history (first time between 1980 and 1984) - they have never enjoyed six consecutive wins so far.

These two teams have not drawn in Serie A at Juventus' ground since 2006: six wins for Juventus and two for AC Milan.

Juve have won their last two Serie A games - they have not managed three wins in a row since last April.

The Bianconeri are on a run of three consecutive home wins - they had taken only two points from their first three home games in the league this season.

AC Milan are unbeaten in five games (3W, 2D) - the last time they stayed unbeaten in six matches in a row was in October 2014 (2W, 4D).

Juventus have conceded the joint-most goals from outside the box in Serie A this season - they shipped only four last season.

Juventus have attempted the most shots (168, excluding blocked) in Serie A this term, recording the fourth worst conversion rate (9.5%) - only three teams have done worse.

Juventus have lost none of the eight games played this season in all competitions with Claudio Marchisio in the starting XI (4W, 4D) - in the other nine matches Juventus have suffered four defeats (4W, 1D).

Gianluigi Donnarumma has recorded a 84.6% save ratio in the league this term, inferior only to Handanovic (86.3%).



Lazio - Palermo

Lazio have won 21 of the 48 Serie A meetings against Palermo, with the Rosanero winning 16 (11D).

Lazio have also won three of their last four league encounters versus Palermo (1D), scoring 2.75 goals per game on average in the process.

Lazio have lost their last three Serie A matches - the last time they have been defeated four times in a row was in May 2009.

Lazio have shipped 20 goals so far - the last time they had such a bad record after 12 MDs was in 1992/93.

Palermo have won only two of their last 10 Serie A games this season (2D, 6L), as many as they won in the first two.

Lazio have been trailing for 416 minutes so far in the Serie A 2015/16, fewer only than Carpi (425).

Palermo have scored the most headed goals in Serie A this season (six, via five different players) - they scored seven headers in the whole of 2014/15.

Palermo have 18 players on 1+ yellow cards this season, more than any other side - on the other hand, Lazio have the joint-fewest players (13) with at least one booking.

Filip Djordjevic has scored more than a single goal only once in a Serie A game: it was against Palermo in September 2014 when he netted a hat-trick.

Giuseppe Iachini, replaced by Davide Ballardini, was the coach to have enjoyed the longest consecutive spell at Palermo in the Zamparini's era (776 days).

Ballardini (who managed Lazio in 2009/10 until February), has lost all three Serie A games against Lazio at the Olimpico.



Udinese - Sampdoria

These two teams have met 68 times in Serie A: Sampdoria lead by 28 wins to 19, with 21 draws.

Sampdoria have scored 3+ goals in eight of their last 10 Serie A clashes against Udinese, including each of the last five.

With 12 points in 12 games, this is Udinese's worst start to a season since 1994/95 (their previous worst tally was in 2013/14, with 13 points after 12 MDs).

Sampdoria have kept a clean sheet just once in the league this season, a joint-low figure.

Sampdoria have picked up only two points away from home this season - only Carpi and Frosinone have taken fewer (one apiece) on the road.

Sampdoria and Udinese have only five different goalscorers each so far, a joint-league-low this term.

Udinese have scored the joint-fewest goals (two) in the first half of play - Sampdoria have scored three in the opening 15 minutes of their games.

Sampdoria's forwards have scored a goal every 171 minutes, the best ratio from any attacking unit in Serie A this season.

Antonio Di Natale has scored 13 goals against Sampdoria in Serie A, all in Udinese's shirt: the Blucerchiati have been his favourite opponent in the top flight with Udinese.

Luis Muriel played two and a half seasons at Udinese - his min played/goals ratio was better with the Bianconeri: a goal every 211 minutes, while he's on a goal every 239 minutes with Sampdoria.

Walter Zenga and Giuseppe Iachini were sacked on the same day: the last time there were two sackings on the same Match Day in Serie A was in 2013/14, MD 32 (Lopez sacked by Cagliari and Maran by Catania).



Verona - Napoli

These two sides have met 48 times in Serie A: Napoli have won twice as many of those clashes as Verona (24 vs 12).

Verona have lost four of their last five league clashes against Napoli, shipping 3.2 goals per game on average.

Excluding the currest season, only 25 times before in Serie A has a team failed to win any of their first 12 Serie A games of a campaign: with only three of those sides ultimately dodging relegation (Cagliari in 2005/06, Varese in 1970/71 and Triestina in 1942/43).

Napoli are unbeaten in 15 games across all competitions - the longest unbeaten streak of any side in the Top 5 European leagues.

Verona have lost 11 points from leading situations, nine of which have been thrown away at home - both of which are negative records in Serie A this term.

Napoli and Verona are the two sides with the most players to play in all 12 games so far: seven and six respectively.

Only one of the eight Verona goals this season has come from open play (one from corner, four from indirect free-kick and two from the penalty spot).

Napoli have picked up nine points thanks to Gonzalo Higuaín's goals this season, the highest return from any single player's goals in Serie A.

Higuaín has scored 28 goals for his club in 2015 in all competitions, nine more than any other Serie A player (Luca Toni is next on 19).

Their next goal will be Napoli's 100th in 2015 across all competitions.

Since their return to Serie A, Verona have played only 12 games without Luca Toni, picking up only seven points (1W, 4D), 0.6 on average - this ratio raises to 1.3 pts per game with Toni playing.


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