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Robert Alexander 20th Feb 2014 - 18:29

Serie A Opta Facts | 22-24 February

Bologna v Roma

  • Bologna have won 48 games in Serie A against Roma, more than against any other opponent.
  • However, Bologna have won only one of their last 12 Serie A games against Roma, losing six in the process.
  • Bologna have failed to score in three of their last six league games against Roma, conceding over two goals per game.
  • The last meeting between these two sides at the Dall'Ara ended 3-3 - previously, Bologna had lost three in a row without scoring against Roma.
  • Bologna have won just one of their last seven Serie A fixtures (D3 L3).
  • Roma have picked up 13 of the last 15 points available to them in the league, conceding only one goal over their last five games.
  • The Giallorossi have kept 15 clean sheets so far this term, a joint-record shared with Lille amongst Europe's top five leagues.
  • Roma have lost only one of their last 14 games on the road in Serie A between this and last season.
  • The Giallorossi though have found only one win over their last six away games of this campaign.
  • Alessandro Florenzi has scored in each of his last three appearances against Bologna in Serie A.
  • Mattia Destro has averaged a goal every 75.5 minutes played this season, the best ratio amongst players with 4+ goals in the top five European leagues.

Chievo v Catania

  • These two sides have met 13 times so far in the top-flight: Chievo lead by five wins to four.
  • Catania have had the better of their opponents in two of their last three games against Chievo, conceding only one goal in total.
  • However, at home Chievo are still unbeaten against Catania in Serie A (W3 D3).
  • Chievo are winless in their last nine Serie A games (D3 L6), and have lost their last three.
  • Chievo have never scored more than a single goal per game over these last nine fixtures.
  • Catania are unbeaten in their last four games (three draws, followed by a win against Lazio) - this is their best run of this campaign.
  • Catania are winless in their last 18 games away from home (D5 L13), but have drawn their last two 0-0 at Inter and Parma, ending a run of 10 straight defeats on the road.
  • This fixture will see the two worst attacks of this competition meet: Chievo have scored 17 goals while Catania have 19 goals so far.
  • Chievo have taken the fewest points from home games (8) while Catania have recorded the fewest away - just two.
  • Sergio Almirón has scored five goals in 12 league appearances against Chievo, more than against any other Serie A side.
  • Sergio Pellissier has scored six goals in 13 appearances against Catania in Serie A, but he hasn't found the net over his last 11 games played in this competition.

Inter v Cagliari

  • This will be the 70th meeting between Inter and Cagliari in Serie A - the Nerazzurri lead by 32 wins to 11.
  • However, over the last four meetings with Inter, the Sardinians are unbeaten (W1 D3).
  • Inter last lost to Cagliari at home in May 1995 and are unbeaten in 13 home games against them (W10 D3).
  • The last time Cagliari didn't concede at Inter's ground was March 1992.
  • Inter have won back-to-back Serie A games (vs Sassuolo and Fiorentina) for the first time since November.
  • Walter Mazzarri's side are unbeaten in their last eight home games in the league (W4 D4).
  • Cagliari have lost five of their last six league fixtures, winning the other.
  • Cagliari's last away win in Serie A came over a year ago, against Pescara. Since then, they have an away record of nine draws and eight losses.
  • The Sardinians haven't scored in any of their last five games on the road.
  • Mauricio Pinilla has netted four times against Inter, his favourite target in this competition.
  • Mauro Icardi has scored a goal every 22 touches - the best ratio amongst players in the top five European leagues who have already scored at least two goals this term.

Juventus v Torino

  • Torino's last win in the derby was in April 1995 (2-1).
  • Since then, Juventus have won the derby 11 times, with four draws.
  • Torino hasn't scored in any of the last nine derbies against Juve.
  • Juventus are unbeaten in their last 16 Serie A games (14 wins) and have scored in each of the last 37.
  • However, the Bianconeri have conceded goals for six games in a row for the first time in Serie A since January 2011.
  • The Old Lady have a 100% home record in this campaign and have scored at least three goals in each of the last five games played at Juventus Stadium.
  • Torino have lost just one of their last six league games, winning three.
  • Claudio Marchisio has scored three goals over his last three appearances against Torino in Serie A.
  • Alessio Cerci and Ciro Immobile have been directly involved in 31 of Torino's 39 total goals in this Serie A (79%).
  • Immobile has scored eight goals over his last eight Serie A appearances.
  • Fernando Llorente has netted six headed goals so far - a record amongst Europe's top five leagues.
  • Juventus (52%) and Torino (50%) have registered the highest percentages of shots on target in this Serie A.

Lazio v Sassuolo

  • In the reverse fixture, Sassuolo earned their first point in their Serie A history on home soil.
  • Last Sunday, Lazio lost their first league game under Edy Reja, after three wins and three draws.
  • Lazio have conceded just one goal over their last four home fixtures.
  • Sassuolo have lost nine of their last 10 Serie A games, including three played since the appointment of Alberto Malesani.
  • Sassuolo have taken just two points from their last six games away from home, and have lost the last four.
  • Sergio Floccari moved from Lazio to Sassuolo in the winter transfer window, after spending three seasons with the Biancocelesti (69 appearances and 21 goals during his spell at Lazio).
  • Sassuolo have used 37 players so far in this campaign, more than any other side.
  • Sassuolo have the worst defence in the competition (51 goals conceded, at least nine more than any other side).
  • The Neroverdi have conceded in each of their last 11 games (23 in total).
  • Miroslav Klose and Domenico Berardi have won three penalties each - no players have won more in this competition.
  • Sassuolo have caught their opponents offside 89 times - more than any other side in Serie A.

Livorno v Verona

  • The only previous meeting between these two sides, in Serie A, is the reverse fixture, won by Verona 2-1.
  • Livorno and Verona faced each other Serie B in the past two seasons: the Veneti recorded three wins in a row without conceding followed by a 1-1 draw.
  • Livorno have conceded goals in each of their last 13 league fixtures (on average two per game).
  • The Tuscans have lost just one game since the appointment of Domenico Di Carlo and have taken seven points in four matchdays with their new manager.
  • Livorno have won just one of their last seven home games, losing four.
  • Verona have lost four of their last six Serie A games, winning just one.
  • The Gialloblu have failed to keep a clean sheet over their last eight league games.
  • Andrea Mandolrini's side have the best conversion rate in Serie A (19.5%).
  • Verona have conceded the most goals following a corner (7) while Livorno have scored the fewest from corners (1).
  • Livorno have attempted only 377 crosses (incl. corners), fewer than any other side in this campaign.
  • Luca Toni has been directly involved in eight of Verona's last 11 league goals, scoring six and making two assists.

Napoli v Genoa

  • Napoli have won six of their last seven games against Genoa, losing one.
  • Over the last three seasons, Napoli have scored on average 3.2 goals per game against the Grifoni.
  • These two sides have shared only one draw over their last 14 league meetings (0-0 in January 2010).
  • Genoa have scored only one goal in their last four visits to Napoli.
  • Napoli have lost only one of their last 11 league fixtures - the only game when they failed to score.
  • The Partenopei are unbeaten in their last five home games (W3 D2).
  • Genoa have never repeated the same result in consecutive games over the last 11 rounds of Serie A - last weekend they drew 3-3 against Udinese.
  • Genoa have won their last away game against Livorno - previously they had taken only two points from their last five games on the road.
  • Goran Pandev has scored three goals in his last two appearances against Genoa, including the brace in the reverse fixture.
  • Napoli have already scored eight goals from fast-break situations - a joint-high in Serie A alongside Torino.
  • Genoa are yet to score from a fast-break.

Parma v Fiorentina

  • Parma and Fiorentina will meet for the 40th time in Serie A - the Viola lead by 14 wins to 11.
  • Fiorentina are unbeaten in their last eight league games against Parma (W3 D5).
  • The Viola have scored in each of their last 11 Serie A games against the Ducali.
  • The last four meetings at the Tardini have ended as draws. The last five have seen both Parma and Fiorentina score.
  • Parma are unbeaten in their last 12 Serie A games (W6 D6) - this is their longest unbeaten run in a single campaign.
  • Parma have won five of their last six games, conceding just one goal over the last five.
  • Fiorentina have won just one of their last four Serie A fixtures, losing two in the process.
  • Parma and Fiorentina have conceded just two goals from outside the box, no teams have shipped fewer from long range.
  • Juan Guillermo Cuadrado is the player who completed the most dribbles in this Serie A campaign (77).
  • Antonio Cassano has scored eight goals in Serie A against Fiorentina, more than against any other side.
  • Cassano (60) and Borja Valero (52) are the players who have created the most goalscoring opportunities in Serie A this season.

Sampdoria v AC Milan

  • Only two goals have been scored over the last three meetings between Sampdoria and AC Milan in Serie A.
  • Over their last 11 meetings, Samp and AC Milan have never repeated the same result twice in a row - the Rossoneri beat Sampdoria in the reverse fixture (1-0).
  • Prior to last season's 0-0, AC Milan had scored at the Marassi against Sampdoria for 11 games in a row.
  • Sampdoria are unbeaten at home under Sinisa Mihajlovic in Serie A (W3 D3).
  • AC Milan have scored in 11 of their last 12 league games, failing to score only in the derby against Inter before the Christmas break.
  • The Rossoneri have picked up 10 points in the league since appointment of Clarence Seedorf, only Juventus have taken more in this period (11).
  • AC Milan have lost three of their last four away games, winning the other at Cagliari.
  • AC Milan have scored 14 goals in the last 15 minutes of play - more than any other Serie A side this season.
  • Sampdoria have scored the fewest number of goals in the opening 15 minutes of their games (1).
  • Giampaolo Pazzini played 76 league games for Sampdioria, scoring 36 goals.
  • During his spell for the Blucerchiati, Pazzini enjoyed his most prolific Serie A campaign, as he netted 19 goals in 2009/10.
  • Mario Balotelli holds the record of goals scored from outside the box in Serie A this season (5).

Udinese v Atalanta

  • Udinese have won 23 times in the 59 meetings against Atalanta, which makes the Bergamaschi the team they've beaten the most so far in Serie A.
  • However, the Friulani have won only one of their last seven games against Atalanta in the league.
  • Four of the last six games between these two sides have ended as a draw (three were 0-0).
  • Over the last 13 meetings at the Friuli though, there has been only one draw, with eight wins for the hosts.
  • After losing four Serie A games in a row, Udinese have remained unbeaten in the last three (W2 D1).
  • Udinese haven't been involved in a draw over their last nine home games in Serie A (W4 L5).
  • Atalanta have lost three of their last four league games, without scoring a single goal.
  • Atalanta have taken only one point from their last eight games on the road, scoring just two goals in the process.
  • Atalanta's last seven league goals have seen the involvement of either German Denis or Maxi Moralez.
  • Germán Denis has scored four goals against Udinese since leaving the team, including a brace in the reverse fixture. Denis played 25 Serie A games for Udinese in 2010/11, scoring four goals.

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