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Stuart Dalgleish 19th Sep 2013 - 11:57

Serie A Opta Facts | 21-22 September

Atalanta - Fiorentina


  • Atalanta and Fiorentina have met 100 times in Serie A - the Viola lead by 42 wins to 26.
  • Fiorentina had the better on both meetings against Atalanta last term and have won five of their last eight games against the Bergamaschi.
  • The Viola have scored in 11 of their last 12 league games against Atalanta.
  • The record in their last six meetings in Bergamo is perfectly even, with two wins apiece and two draws.
  • Atalanta have won only one of their last 10 Serie A games (2-0 vs Torino in their last home game).
  • Last Sunday's draw against Cagliari ended a run of five wins in a row for Fiorentina in Serie A.
  • Away from home, the Tuscans have won their last five Serie A games.
  • Both teams have already scored two headed goals in this Serie A campaign.
  • Fiorentina have already scored three goals in the opening 15 minutes of play - a league-high.
  • All three Atalanta's goals have been scored by defenders - two by Guglielmo Stendardo and one by Stefano Lucchini.


Bologna - Torino


  • These two sides have met 112 times so far: Bologna lead by 40 wins to 38, with 34 draws.
  • Over the last 17 meetings between these two sides the same result never occurred twice in a row - the last time this fixture ended 2-2.
  • Bologna have won only one of their last seven Serie A meetings against Torino (5-2 at the Dall'Ara in December 2008), losing twice in the process.
  • Torino haven't won at Bologna's ground since May 1980 - since then four draws and five losses for the Granata.
  • Bologna are still winless after three match-days - something that has happened to the Felsinei in three of the last four campaigns.
  • Bologna have won just one of their last 13 home games in Serie A.
  • Bologna have drawn against Sampdoria and Udinese after having taken the lead in both games - they've already lost the most points from winning positions this term (four).
  • Bologna are winless at home since March - since then they've recorded four draws and two losses.
  • Torino have won only one of their last 12 league games, and picked up only three points from their last nine on the road.
  • Torino have already conceded three goals in the last 15 minutes of play, more than any other Serie A side.
  • Rolando Bianchi scored 71 goals for Torino between Serie A and Serie B, but is yet to score for Bologna this term.

Cagliari - Sampdoria



  • These two teams have met 56 times in Serie A: the Sardinians lead by 22 wins to nine, with 25 draws.
  • Cagliari are unbeaten in their last nine league meetings against Sampdoria, winning each of the last three.
  • Sampdoria have scored only one goal in their last four Serie A matches versus Cagliari.
  • The Blucerchiati have failed to score a single goal in seven of their last nine league away games against the Sardinians.
  • Cagliari have won six of their last eight home games in the league.
  • Sampdoria have picked up only a point after three Serie A fixtures in this campaign: this is their worst season beginning in Serie A since 2004/05 campaign.
  • Sampdoria have won only one of their last 14 Serie A encounters played across last and current season (vs Juventus back to May).
  • Both Cagliari and Sampdoria have been trailing in each of their first three Serie A games this season; however, the Sardinians have claimed the most points (four) so far.
  • Sampdoria have conceded only 26 shots in Serie A this season, fewer than any other team.
  • Victor Ibarbo scored his only hat-trick in Serie A right against Sampdoria (back to March 2013, 3-1 for the Sardinians at the Is Arenas).
  • Nicola Pozzi has scored his only four or more goals in Serie A right against Cagliari, on the 9th of December 2007 at the Castellani, whit Empoli's shirt.


Catania - Parma


  • These two sides have met 12 times in Serie A: Catania lead by five wins (including the last two meetings) to two, with five draws.
  • Catania are unbeaten in their last four league games versus Parma (2W, 2D).
  • Parma have never won at the Massimino in the top flight (2D, 4L), failing to score a single goal four times.
  • Catania haven't won a single point after the first three MD's - they had already started a new Serie A season obtaining no points from three games in both 1965/66 and 2009/10.
  • The last time that the Sicilians lost three Serie A fixtures in a row was back in December 2009. They haven't lost four Serie A games in a row since September 2009.
  • Parma have picked up just one point in three Serie A games this season - the last time that they began a league campaign with only a point from three games was in 2006/07 season.
  • The Ducali have won only two of their last 10 Serie A games on the road (6L), failing to score in five of these games.
  • Catania have conceded the most fouls in this Serie A so far (56).
  • Gonzalo Bergessio, who has scored in both of his Serie A home games played vs Parma, has attempted the most headed shots in the league (four, alongside Luca Toni).
  • Roberto Donadoni has never won at Catania in Serie A as a manager: three losses and a draw.


Chievo - Udinese


  • This will be the 23rd meeting in Serie A between Chievo and Udinese - the head to head record is nine wins for the Friulani, five for Chievo and eight draws.
  • Udinese are unbeaten in their last nine Serie A meetings against Chievo, winning five (D4).
  • Chievo have failed to score in four of their last seven games against Udinese in the league.
  • Chievo have won only one of their last eight Serie A, losing three times in the process.
  • Chievo have picked up only one point after three games in this campaign; their worst start to a Serie A season since 2006/07, when they were eventually relegated to Serie B.
  • Chievo have won only one of their last 10 home fixtures, losing four in the process.
  • Udinese have scored in each of their last 11 league games, however they've also conceded in each of the last seven.
  • Chievo have already conceded five goals in the first half; more than any other Serie A side.
  • Alberto Paloschi scored a goal in three of his last five appearances against Udinese (his favourite target in the top-flight).


Genoa - Livorno


  • Genoa and Livorno have met 26 times in Serie A - the Grifoni lead by 10 wins to four, but the most frequent result is the draw (occurred 12 times).
  • Genoa have won only one of their last 11 games against Livorno in Serie A.
  • Livorno have won only once at the Marassi against Genoa (1-0 in May 1939), with eight wins for the hosts and four draws completing the record.
  • Genoa have kept a clean sheet in four of their last six Serie A games, but managed only one win in the process.
  • Genoa have won only one of their last seven home games (D4 L2).
  • Livorno have won back-to-back games in Serie A for the first time since December 2009.
  • Genoa have attempted only 18 shots in this Serie A; a league-low.
  • These two sides have attempted the fewest passes so far this season (987 Genoa, 981 Livorno).
  • Alberto Gilardino has already scored seven goals in eight Serie A meetings against Livorno, including four in a Parma-Livorno 6-4 in May 2005.
  • Since his return to Serie A in 2011 Francesco Lodi has netted 11 goals from direct free-kicks, at least five more than any other player.

Juventus - Verona



  • Juventus and Verona have met 48 times in the top flight: the Vecchia Signora lead by 27 wins to nine, with 12 draws.
  • Verona have won only one of their last 13 Serie A encounters against Juve (2-0 at home back to April 2000).
  • Juventus have never lost a home game against Verona in Serie A (W20 D4).
  • The Veneti will play for their first time at the Juventus Stadium: the Bianconeri have won 28 of their 39 Serie A matches at home (71.8%), losing just twice.
  • Due to their draw at Inter, Juventus have been displaced at the top of the Serie A season for the first time in 17 months.
  • The last time Juventus failed to score in a Serie A home game was back in November against Lazio (0-0).
  • Verona have registered 12 defeats and three draws in their last 15 league games on the road.
  • Andrea Pirlo is the only player in Juventus squad who has already scored vs Verona in Serie A: two goals, one for Milan and one for Reggina.


AC Milan - Napoli


  • This will be the 131st meeting between these two sides in Serie A: AC Milan lead by 53 wins to 34.
  • The last three meetings between Napoli and AC Milan have ended as a draw.
  • Napoli have won only one of their last 10 Serie A games against AC Milan in Serie A (3-1 in September 2011 at the San Paolo).
  • Napoli's last win at Milan's ground was in April 1986 - since then the Rossoneri have won 10 times, drawing nine.
  • Over their last six league fixtures, AC Milan have never repeated the same result twice in a row.
  • AC Milan are unbeaten in their last 13 home games in the league, their last defeat came in November against Fiorentina.
  • Napoli have won eight of their last nine Serie A games (L1).
  • Napoli have found the net in each of their last six away fixtures, scoring an average of 2.8 goals per game.
  • Mario Balotelli has scored the joint-most goals in Serie A in 2013 alongside Antonio Di Natale (14).
  • Prior to José Callejón, the last players to score in each of their first three Serie A appearances had been Diego Milito and Mauro Zarate in 2008/09.
  • Alessandro Matri has netted five goals against Napoli in Serie A, his favourite opposition so far.


Roma - Lazio


  • This will be the 139th derby of the capital in Serie A: Roma lead by 47 wins to 36, with 55 draws.
  • Roma have picked up only one point from their last four Serie A derbies; prior to that though, the Giallorossi had won four times in a row against Lazio.
  • Roma have lost only one of the last 15 derbies played at home, winning eight times in the process.
  • Roma won the first three fixtures of a Serie A campaign for the first time since 2007/08, when they lost the Scudetto on the final match-day.
  • All of Lazio's six goals in this campaign have been scored in the first half, while all of Roma's eight goals have come after the break.
  • Roma have already scored three goals from outside the box; a league-high.
  • Francesco Totti has already scored nine goals in this derby in Serie A, a record shared with Dino Da Costa and Marco Delvecchio.
  • Hernanes has scored three times in his last four appearances against Roma in Serie A.



Sassuolo - Inter


  • This will be the first ever meeting between these two sides.
  • Sassuolo are yet to pick up their first point in Serie A and have scored just once so far.
  • In fact, Sassuolo have the joint-worst attack in Serie A alongside Catania.
  • Sassuolo have conceded eight goals so far; more than any other side.
  • Despite their three defeats, Sassuolo have dominated possession in each of their three games (minimum of 54%).
  • Inter have conceded only one goal after three games - their best performance since 2009/10 when they won the Treble.
  • Since beating Juventus in Turin back in November, Inter have won only three away games, losing nine.
  • Inter have attempted the most headed shots so far this term (10).
  • Ricardo Álvarez has already completed 15 dribbles this season; a league-high.
  • Reto Ziegler has won more fouls than any other defender so far this season (8).




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