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Jonathan Cordingley 22nd Jan 2014 - 18:48

Serie A Opta Facts | 25-26 January

Cagliari - AC Milan

  • Cagliari and AC Milan have met 65 times so far in Serie A - the Rossoneri lead by 34 wins to seven.
  • AC Milan are unbeaten in their last 22 league games against Cagliari, and successful in six of their last 10 trips to Sardinia.
  • AC Milan have failed to score only in one of their last nine games at Cagliari's ground in Serie A.
  • Cagliari are winless in their last five match-days in the Serie A, and lost their last two games against Juventus and Atalanta.
  • The Sardinians have netted just two goals over these last five league fixtures.
  • AC Milan have alternated between a win and a loss over their last four league games - last Sunday the Rossoneri had the better of Verona at the San Siro (1-0).
  • AC Milan have won only one away game so far in this campaign, only Cagliari and Catania are still winless away from home.
  • Cagliari and AC Milan are the two sides that have conceded the most headed goals so far this season in Serie A (respectively nine and six).
  • AC Milan have already scored 11 goals in the last 15 minutes of play, more than any other Serie A side.
  • Cagliari instead have scored the fewest in the first half so far (only seven).
  • Mario Balotelli has scored a goal in each of his last two appearances against Sassuolo and Verona, last time he managed to score in three successive league games was back in September.
  • Robinho has already scored three goals against Cagliari, he has never scored more against any Serie A opponent.

Fiorentina - Genoa

  • This will be the 86th meeting between these two sides in the top-flight - Fiorentina lead by 42 wins to 16.
  • Genoa have won only one of their last 17 Serie A meetings against Fiorentina, none of the last eight.
  • Genoa's last win at Fiorentina's ground was in 1977 - since then, the Viola have notched up 10 wins and five draws at home against the Grifoni.
  • Fiorentina are unbeaten in their last five Serie A match-days (W4, D1).
  • Vincenzo Montella's side haven't conceded a single goal over these last five league fixtures - this is their longest run of clean sheets in a Serie A campaign since 1981-92.
  • Genoa have alternated a win to a loss over their last four league games, and won the last against Inter 1-0 last Sunday.
  • Genoa have taken only one point from their last four away games, and won only one of their last eight games on the road.
  • Alessandro Matri marked his debut for Fiorentina with a brace and an assist, after he had scored just one goal in 15 league appearances for AC Milan (with no assists).
  • Fiorentina have already scored six goals from the penalty spot - a league-high.
  • Genoa have attempted 132 shots so far in this competition, fewer than any other side.


Inter -  Catania

  • Inter have won 24 of their 33 previous meetings with Catania in Serie A, five wins for the Sicilians, four draws.
  • Inter have scored in each of their last 16 Serie A games against Catania.
  • Inter are unbeaten at home against Catania in Serie A.
  • Inter have picked up only one point from their last three league games, and won only one of the last eight.
  • Walter Mazzarri's side have won just eight games this term, last season they had 12 wins in 20 games under Andrea Stramaccioni.
  • However, thr Nerazzurri are unbeaten in their last six home games in the league (W3, D3).
  • Catania have lost three of their last four league games, in between a 2-0 win over Bologna.
  • Catania and Hannover 96 are the only two sides yet to pick up a single point away from home across the top five European leagues this season.
  • Catania have only 13 points after their first 20 games of the season, only in 1983-84 have they managed a poorer start in the top-flight.
  • Catania have scored 13 goals so far, only Eintracht Braunschweig have netted fewer amongst the top-5 European leagues this season (10).
  • Yuto Nagatomo has already scored five goals this season in Serie A, a joint-record amongst defenders shared with Roma's Mehdi Benatia.
  • Rodrigo Palacio has already scored six goals against Catania, his favourite target in Serie A after Parma (nine goals).


Livorno - Sassuolo

  • The only previous meeting in Serie A between these two sides saw Livorno having the better of Sassuolo in the reverse fixture (4-1).
  • Livorno have picked up just one point from their last nine league games, failing to score in seven of these matches.
  • Sassuolo have lost without scoring in five of their last six league games, including a 4-3 win over AC Milan in the process.
  • Eusebio Di Francesco's side have lost their last two away games without scoring.
  • Sassuolo have kept only one clean sheet away from home at Catania's ground, and conceded on average two goals per game away from the Mapei Stadium.
  • In fact, Sassuolo have the worst defence in this season's Serie A (43 goals conceded).
  • However, Livorno have conceded the most goals in the last 15 minutes of play so far (nine).
  • Sassuolo remain the only side to have scored just with Italian players in this Serie A campaign.
  • Sassuolo have already conceded three own-goals - a league-most.


Lazio - Juventus

  • Juventus and Lazio have met 139 times so far in Serie A; the Old Lady lead by 72 wins to 32.
  • Lazio have lost against Juve more times than against any other Serie A opponent.
  • Juve are unbeaten in their last 18 games against Lazio in Serie A (W13, D5).
  • Lazio have alternated between failing to win and winning in their last six Serie A games (LWLWDW), if this run continues, they'll fail to win this match.
  • Lazio were the first Serie A side to win a game with a man down coming back from a trailing situation, since Samp did so against Juve in January 2013.
  • The Bianconeri have won their last 12 league games - only Inter have recorded a longer run of wins in Serie A (17 in 2006/07).
  • Juventus have picked up 55 points from the first 20 games of the season - a record in Serie A.
  • Antonio Conte's side have scored four goals in four of their last five league games (three goals in the other one).
  • Juve have scored 50 goals in this campaign, including four in their last game against Sampdoria - they have the best attack of this competition.
  • Arturo Vidal has already scored 10 goals in this Serie A, equalling his best tally in this competition.
  • Paul Pogba has scored six goals in this season's Serie A, one more than the total he bagged last term.
  • Fernando Llorente has already scored four headed goals, a joint-most alongside Luca Toni in this campaign.


Napoli - Chievo

  • Napoli and Chievo have never shared the points in Serie A - the Partenopei lead by six wins to five.
  • Napoli have won four of the five previous meeting at home against Chievo, with the visitors able to find the net only on one occasion (back in September 2010).
  • Napoli are unbeaten in their last seven league games, but held to a draw in three of these.
  • Chievo are winless in their last five league games (L3, D2).
  • Over the last 16 match-days of Serie A, Chievo have scored more than a single goal only once (3-0 vs Livorno back in December).
  • However, Eugenio Corini's side have lost only one of their last five games on the road (W2, D2).
  • Bostjan Cesar is the first player to have reached double figures for yellow cards in this Serie A campaign.
  • Chievo are the only side yet to win and concede a penalty in Serie A this term.
  • Chievo have lost the most games from leading situations this season in Serie A - four, including last Sunday against Parma.
  • 23 of Napoli's 43 total goals have seen the involvement of at least one of Gonzalo Higuain and/or Jose Callejon.


Parma - Udinese

  • This will be the 40th meeting between Parma and Udinese in Serie A; the Ducali lead by 16 wins to 14.
  • However, Parma have picked up only one point from their last four league games against Udinese.
  • Over their last seven meetings at the Tardini, there has been a perfect balance with three wins apiece and a draw.
  • Parma are unbeaten in their last nine league fixtures; winning the last three.
  • Last time Parma won four in a row in Serie A was back in 2011-12.
  • Udinese have lost their last three games and have won only once over the last seven match-days.
  • Francesco Guidolin's side have kept only one clean sheet over the last 13 rounds of this season's Serie A (back in November vs Fiorentina).
  • Parma have scored seven headed goals - a joint-most shared with Juventus.
  • Parma have attempted the most crosses from open play this season in Serie A (397).
  • Antonio Cassano recorded his 7th goal of this campaign last Sunday, equalling his tally for last season at Inter.
  • Luis Muriel has netted three against the Ducali, one of his favourite targets in the top-flight.


Sampdoria - Bologna

  • Sampdoria are unbeaten in their last seven meetings against Bologna in Serie A (W3, D4).
  • Bologna have beaten Samp only once in their last 15 meetings in the top-flight.
  • The Blucerchiati are unbeaten in their last seven home meetings against the Rossoblu in Serie A (W5, D2), and have won each of the last four.
  • Samp have not repeated the same result over their last five league games; they lost their last game against Juventus (4-2 in Turin).
  • The Blucerchiati are unbeaten at home since appointment of Sinisa Mihajlovic (W2, D2).
  • Bologna have won only one of their last 10 league fixtures, losing four.
  • Bologna have failed to score in four of their last six Serie A games.
  • Away from home, the Felsinei have picked up only one point from their last four league fixtures.
  • Bologna have averaged only 333 passes per game so far this season, a Serie A-low.
  • Manolo Gabbiadini played for Bologna last season, scoring six goals in 30 league appearances.

Torino - Atalanta

  • Torino and Atalanta will meet for the 90th time in Serie A; the Granata lead by 36 wins to 19.
  • Atalanta have failed to score in just one of their last 18 games against Torino in Serie A.
  • Torino have won their last three home meetings against Atalanta in Serie A.
  • Torino have suffered only one loss over their last eight league games, winning five in the process.
  • Giampiero Ventura's side haven't conceded goals in their last two games against Fiorentina and Sassuolo - last time they kept three clean sheets in a row was in the 2006/07 campaign.
  • Atalanta have won back-to-back games for the second time this campaign.
  • However, away from home, Atalanta have taken only one point from their last six league fixtures.
  • Torino have recorded the highest ratio of tackles won in this competition (77.8%), while Atalanta have the lowest (69.3%).
  • This is Alessio Cerci's most prolific campaign in Serie A; he has already scored nine goals, but only one over his last nine league appearances.
  • Cerci played 13 Serie A games for Atalanta back in 2008/09, without scoring a single goal.
  • Ciro Immobile has scored five goals over the last five Serie A match-days, taking his total tally for the season to 10 (first time he has managed double figures for goals in Serie A).


Verona - Roma

  • Roma are unbeaten in their last eight league games against Verona (W6, D2).
  • Roma have scored in each of their last 13 meetings against Verona (an average of 2.5 goals per game).
  • Eight of the last nine meetings have seen scoring both sides, except Roma's 3-0 win in the reverse fixture.
  • The record in Verona is perfectly even, with seven wins apiece and 10 drawn fixtures.
  • Verona have lost their last two games without scoring - in this campaign Mandorlini's side have never failed to score for three consecutive games.
  • Roma have won their last two games (against Genoa and Livorno) - last time the Giallorossi won three in a row in Serie A was in October.
  • Before failing to score in their last away game against Juventus, Roma had always scored away from the Olimpico this campaign.
  • Roma haven't faced a shot on target over their last two league fixtures.
  • Only Bayern Munich (eight) have conceded fewer goals than Roma (10) across Europe's top-five leagues. The Giallorossi have kept 13 clean sheets, only Lille (14) have more this term.
  • Verona have recorded the highest conversion rate in this Serie A (19.9%).

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