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Eden Jon 21st Sep 2015 - 18:36

Serie A Opta Facts: 22-24 Sept

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Carpi - Napoli

 

  • This will be the first meeting between Carpi and Napoli in Serie A.
  • Carpi have conceded first half goals in each of the four games played so far in Serie A.
  • Last Sunday against Lazio, Napoli kept their first clean sheet after a run of seven league games in which they had always conceded at least two goals.
  • Napoli haven't won any of their last five away league games (D2 L3).
  • However, the Azzurri have found the net in each of their last six league fixtures on the road (11 goals in total).
  • This game will see the best attack in the league (Napoli, 10 goals scored) against the joint-worst defence (Carpi, 10 conceded).
  • Napoli have already scored four goals in the opening 15 minutes of play - a league-high.
  • Napoli's second ‘keeper, Gabriel, was at Carpi last season in Serie B (39 appearances and 23 clean sheets, at least seven more than any other goalkeeper).
  • Marek Hamsik has scored against all current Serie A teams he's faced so far - Carpi could become his 26th victim in the top-flight.
  • Marco Borriello has scored only one goal in his eight previous league appearances against Napoli (none in the last six matches).

 

Chievo - Torino

 

  • This will be the 15th meeting in Serie A between Chievo and Torino - the Granata lead by six wins to three, five draws complete the record.
  • Chievo's last win against Torino in the top-flight was in 2006/07 - since then, there have been four draws and as many wins for the Granata.
  • Torino have kept a clean sheet in each of their last three league games against Chievo - the Veneti haven't scored more than a single goal in their last eight clashes against the Granata.
  • Before losing against Inter on Sunday, Chievo had remained unbeaten at home for nine Serie A games since February (W4 D5).
  • This is Torino's best start in Serie A since 1993/94 (10 points after four matches).
  • Torino have failed to score only once in their last 13 away games in Serie A (at the San Siro against AC Milan back in May).
  • However, Torino have won only once in their last six league fixtures on the road (D3 L2).
  • Torino (three) and Chievo (two) are the Serie A sides that have scored the most goals following a corner situation so far this term.
  • Former Chievo player Maxi López has scored four goals in seven Serie A games against the Venetians, including a brace in the last meeting between these two sides. Only against Cesena has he netted more goals in the Italian top-flight (six).
  • Chievo's Gennaro Sardo has already conceded two own goals against Torino, one in December 2012 and another in May 2014 - both games were lost by Chievo.
  • Valter Birsa has never beaten his former side, Torino. Since leaving the Granata he has played them three times (W2 D1).

 

Empoli - Atalanta

 

  • This will be the 13th meeting between Empoli and Atalanta in Serie A - the Nerazzurri lead by four wins to two, with six draws.
  • Atalanta are unbeaten in Serie A against Empoli since April 2007: two wins for the Nerazzurri followed by two draws last season.
  • At least one of the sides have failed to score in nine of the 12 Serie A meetings between Empoli and Atalanta.
  • Atalanta have scored just one goal in six Serie A meetings against Empoli away from home.
  • Beating Udinese last Saturday, Empoli got back to winning ways after seven Serie A fixtures without a win (D2 L5).
  • However, the Tuscans are winless in their last four league fixtures at the Castellani (D2 L2).
  • Empoli have already conceded four headed goals - a record so far in this competition.
  • Atalanta have won only one of their last 11 away league games (D6 L4).
  • All of Marko Livaja's four Serie A goals have come during his spell at Atalanta, between February 2013 and April 2014 (31 appearances in the top-flight for the Nerazzurri).
  • German Denis is yet to score his first goal in this Serie A campaign - his last goal came against Empoli, back in April.

 

Fiorentina - Bologna

 

  • Fiorentina have won 48 of their 126 Serie A meetings against Bologna - only against Napoli (51) have they won more times in the top-flight.
  • Their last draw in the league came in May 2011 - since then the Viola lead by four wins to two.
  • Fiorentina have won their last three games against Bologna at home, without conceding a single goal.
  • Bologna have won only one of their last 14 games away to Florence in Serie A, losing eight and drawing five.
  • The Viola have won eight of their last nine Serie A fixtures between this and last season, keeping a clean sheet in four of the last five.
  • After beating Frosinone last Sunday, Bologna have won their first Serie A game after 546 days, since a win over Cagliari in March 2014.
  • Fiorentina have taken the lead in each of the five games played so far this season in all competitions (W3 L2).
  • Bologna have attempted only 23 shots so far (excl. blocked) - a league-low.
  • Mattia Destro has scored in two of his last three league appearances against Fiorentina, including a goal for AC Milan last March.
  • Bologna are Josip Ilicic's favourite target in Serie A: he has scored five goals in eight meetings against the Rossoblu, including one in each of the last three matches.

Inter - Verona

 

 

  • Inter are unbeaten in Serie A against Verona since February 1992 - since then, the Nerazzurri have had 10 wins and two draws.
  • Inter are unbeaten in their 26 Serie A meetings at home against Verona (W15 D11).
  • Inter have won their first four games of the season in Serie A for the first time since 2002/03 - only once have the Nerazzurri managed to win the first five in a row, in 1966/67.
  • All four of Inter's wins have been by a one-goal margin (three by 1-0).
  • Verona have won only one of their last 10 Serie A fixtures (seven draws in the process).
  • Verona have conceded goals in 11 of their last 12 games on the road (on average two per game).
  • Each of the six goals conceded so far by Verona in this Serie A campaign have been in the second half.
  • Verona's manager, Andrea Mandorlini, played for Inter between 1984 and 1991 - but he is yet to beat the Nerazzurri as a manager in Serie A (D1 L4 so far).
  • Giampaolo Pazzini, former Inter player, has scored only one goal in his last 12 appearances against Inter in Serie A.
  • Mauro Icardi has netted three goals in his last two league appearances against Verona.

 

Juventus - Frosinone

 

  • Juventus and Frosinone meet for the first time in Serie A - the Old Lady won without conceding goals in both of their two previous meetings they had in Serie B in 2006/07.
  • The two ‘keepers Gigi Buffon and Massimo Zappino both took part to those meetings in Serie B.
  • On Sunday against Genoa, Juventus kept their first clean sheet after conceding for seven consecutive league games between this and last season.
  • The Bianconeri haven't won either of their last two home games - the last time they've failed to win for three home games in a row in the league was in May 2011.
  • Juventus have won only one of their last four league games at the "Stadium" - previously, they had won 34 home games out of 36 in the league, drawing two.
  • Frosinone have lost their first four Serie A games - the last team to make their debut in the top-flight with four consecutive defeats was Sassuolo in 2013/14 (and they eventually avoided relegation).
  • Frosinone have faced 83 shots so far - more than any other side in Serie A.
  • Juventus have already scored two goals from the penalty spot - more than any other side in the competition.
  • Juve's last six goals from penalties have been scored by different players (Tévez, Vidal, Marchisio, Pepe, Dybala, Pogba).
  • Frosinone have the lowest conversion rate so far in Serie A (just 1.82%).
  • Alessandro Frara was part of the Juve's youth ranks - he never made his Serie A debut for the Bianconeri, but he has a Champions League appearance for the Old Lady, against Celtic in 2001/02.
  • Nicola Leali was also a Juve's player in the summer 2012, but never made his league debut either for the Bianconeri.


Lazio - Genoa

 

 

  • Lazio and Genoa have met 90 times so far in Serie A - the Grifoni lead by 35 wins to 31.
  • Genoa have won their last eight league games against Lazio, scoring 15 goals in the process and conceding only five.
  • Excluding injury time, Lazio haven't scored any goals against Genoa in the last 368 minutes of action in Serie A.
  • In their last nine meetings against Lazio instead, Genoa have always scored against Lazio (17 goals in the process).
  • Lazio and Genoa have shared only one draw over their last 13 league meetings (0-0 in January 2011).
  • Lazio have alternated a win to a loss over the first four rounds of Serie A, conceding a total of 10 goals.
  • Four of these goals have been conceded from outside the box - a record in this competition.
  • Genoa have lost four of their last five league games, winning one.
  • Goran Pandev scored 48 goals in 159 league appearances for Lazio and has already netted three goals in eight games against his former team since he left.
  • Alessandro Matri played for Genoa in the first half of last season, scoring seven goals in 16 league games.

 

Palermo - Sassuolo

 

  • Palermo and Sassuolo will meet for the third time in Serie A, after the two meetings they had last season: a home win for the Sicilians and a goalless draw in Emilia.
  • Palermo have conceded five goals in their last two league games, after keeping a clean sheet on each of the first two match-days.
  • After losing to AC Milan on Saturday, the Rosanero have ended a unbeaten run of four games in the league (W3 D1).
  • No sides have scored more headed goals than Palermo (three) so far in this campaign.
  • Sassuolo are unbeaten in their last nine Serie A fixtures (W6 D3) - their longest unbeaten run in Serie A.
  • Palermo have conceded goals in seven of their last eight home games in Serie A.
  • Giuseppe Lachini is unbeaten as a manager against Sassuolo between Serie A and Serie B (W2 D2).
  • Antonio Floro Flores has already been involved in five of Sassuolo's seven goals in this campaign, scoring three and making two assists.
  • Last season Floro Flores had managed just two goals and an assist in 29 league appearances.
  • Floro Flores has also netted three goals in his last four Serie A games against Palermo.
  • Alberto Gilardino has scored two goals in his three previous appearances against Sassuolo in Serie A, both when he was at Genoa.

 

Sampdoria - Roma

 

  • This will be the 131st Serie A meeting between these two sides - Roma lead by 55 wins to 40, with 35 draws.
  • Sampdoria have won only two of their last nine home games against Roma, losing three and drawing four.
  • Sampdoria have failed to score in their last two home games against Roma at the Ferraris (0-0 in October 2014 and 0-2 in September 2013).
  • The Blucerchiati have conceded in 10 of their last 11 league fixtures, Roma have in seven of their last eight.
  • Roma have never repeated the same result in consecutive games over their last nine away fixtures in Serie A (the Gialorossi have won 2-0 in their last trip to Frosinone).
  • Walter Zenga has faced Roma four times as a manager, with both sides always finding the net in these games.
  • Roma's seven goals in this campaign have been scored by different players: Florenzi, Pjanic, Dzeko, Iago Falque, Iturbe, Totti and Salah.
  • No other side has scored with as many players as Roma have done so far in this campaign.
  • Antonio Cassano has scored only two goals in 13 Serie A games against his former team, Roma - the last time was in 2012 when he was at Inter.
  • Luis Muriel has netted four goals in his five previous Serie A appearances against the Giallorossi - Roma are his favourite target.
  • Alessandro Florenzi made his Serie A debut against Sampdoria, back in May 2011.

 

Udinese - AC Milan

 

  • Udinese and AC Milan have met 80 times so far in Serie A - the Rossoneri have won 36 times, losing 14 (30 draws).
  • However, these two sides haven't drawn over their last seven league appearances (four wins for AC Milan, three for the Friulani).
  • Udinese have won their last three home games against AC Milan, and five of the last seven.
  • Udinese have lost eight of their last 10 Serie A fixtures, winning two in the process.
  • AC Milan haven't drawn any of their last 11 league games (W5 L6).
  • AC Milan have lost five of their last six away games between this and the last Serie A campaign (in between a win in Bergamo against Atalanta).
  • Udinese have used only 18 players so far this term - no side have used fewer in this competition.
  • Stefano Colantuono's sides have never drawn against AC Milan so far in Serie A (W5 L5).
  • Antonio Di Natale has been directly involved in six of Udinese's last 10 goals against AC Milan in the league (scoring five and making one assist).
  • Juraj Kucka has scored two goals in his last three appearances against Udinese, his favourite target in Serie A alongside Lazio and Roma.

 

 

 
 
 

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