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Stuart Dalgleish 27th Sep 2013 - 16:10

Serie A Opta Facts | 28-30 September

Atalanta - Udinese


  • Atalanta haven't won against Udinese in Serie A since October 2009 (D4, L1).
  • Atalanta and Udinese have met 58 times in Serie A - the Bianconeri lead by 23 wins to 16.
  • Three of the last five matches between these two sides have ended goalless.
  • The Nerazzurri have won only one of their last 11 Serie A matches played against Udinese at the Atleti Azzurri d'Italia (3-0 on December 2009), drawing the last three.
  • Atalanta have lost their last three league games - the last time they lost four in a row was at the start of the 2009-10 campaign.
  • Atalanta have won only one of their last 12 league fixtures, and only one of the last 13 at home (W6, L5).
  • Atalanta have conceded eight goals over their last three games, and kept only one clean sheet in their last 13 in Serie A.
  • Udinese have not had consecutively identical results in their last six league games.
  • Antonio Di Natale has scored four goals so far against Atalanta in Serie A, including a brace in their last meeting back in May.
  • German Denis played at Udinese in 2010-11, scoring four goals in 25 Serie A appearances. Denis has scored only one goal in six meetings against his former team so far, back in December 2012.


Cagliari - Inter


  • This will be the 69th meeting in Serie A between Cagliari and Inter - the head to head record is 25 draws, 32 wins for the Nerazzurri and 11 for the Sardinians.
  • Prior to their last win (April 2013), Cagliari had won only one of their previous 25 meetings against Inter in Serie A (D9, L15).
  • Cagliari and Inter have shared a win each in their last three league meetings, drawing the other encounter.
  • Prior to their last match vs Cagliari (0-2 defeat), Inter had scored in their previous 11 away games against the Sardinans.
  • Cagliari have drawn their last three league games, and are winless since the opening match-day (2-1 vs Atalanta).
  • Inter have the same record after five match-days as they had in 2009-10, when they won the treble (W4, D1).
  • The Nerazzurri have already scored 15 goals, their best scoring record after five games since 1997/98.
  • Inter also have the second-best defence of this competition - only two goals conceded.
  • Maricio Pinilla has already scored four goals against Inter, his favourite opponent so far in Serie A.
  • Esteban Cambiasso has scored in each of his 10 Serie A campaigns, and has found the net in his last two appearances.
  • Should Cambiasso score against Cagliari, it would be the second time he has scored in three games in a row in Serie A, the first time was in 2007-08.


Catania - Chievo


  • Catania and Chievo have met 12 times in the top flight: the Gialloblu lead by five wins to three.
  • Catania have won only one of their last nine Serie A meetings with Chievo.
  • April 2013's goalless draw between these two sides was the first Serie A meeting in which both Catania and Chievo failed to score a goal.
  • Chievo have won twice at the Massimino in Serie A, both times by 2-1.
  • Catania have picked up only one point in this Serie A campaign - this is their worst start since 1965-66.
  • Chievo have won only one of their last seven league games, and lost three of the last four.
  • However, away from home, Chievo have kept clean sheets in four of their last seven games.
  • In their last game against Juventus, Chievo recorded just 29.7% of possession - their lowest rate so far in this campaign.
  • Sergio Almiron has already netted five goals in Serie A against Chievo, including his only brace in November 2012 - more than against any other Italian opponent.
  • Should he score at the Massimino, Sergio Pellissier will make Catania one of his favourite targets in Serie A alongside Lazio and Siena, against which he has already bagged seven goals.


Fiorentina - Parma


  • Parma's last win against Fiorentina in Serie A was back in November 2009: four draws and three losses have occurred in the following seven matches.
  • This will be the 39th meeting between Fiorentina and Parma in Serie A: the Viola lead by 14 wins to 11.
  • The Tuscans have scored in each of their last 10 matches vs Parma in Serie A.
  • Fiorentina have won seven of their last eight home encounters against the Emiliani, conceding no goals in their last three.
  • Fiorentina have recorded just one win, a draw and a loss in their last three league games, despite taking the lead in each of these fixtures.
  • The Viola have lost only one of their last 11 Serie A games played at the Franchi (0-1 vs Roma back in May).
  • Parma scored four goals in the mid-week game against Atalanta, as many as they had netted in their previous four games combined.
  • However, the Ducali have failed to score in five of their last eight league games on the road.
  • Giuseppe Rossi, the current joint-top scorer of this competition on five goals, scored his first ever Serie A brace against Fiorentina in April 2007 when he was playing for Parma.
  • Antonio Cassano has already scored eight goals in Serie A against Fiorentina, his favourite target in the top-flight.


Genoa - Napoli


  • Genoa and Napoli have met 82 times in Serie A: the Azzurri lead by 28 wins to 25.
  • Between them, Genoa and Napoli have scored 20 goals in their last four meetings in Serie A, including a 6-1 win for the Azzurri back in December 2011.
  • Napoli have won five of their last six matches against Genoa in Serie A, losing only one (January 2012).
  • Genoa and Napoli haven't drawn a game at the Ferraris since September 1994: there have been four wins for the Rossoblu and two for the Azzurri in this period.
  • Genoa have won only one of their last eight league games, and one of the last eight at home too.
  • The Grifoni have failed to score in six of these last eight Serie A fixtures.
  • Napoli have the same points as they had last season after five games.
  • However, the Partenopei have won their first two away games of the season for the first time since 1987/88.
  • Against Sassuolo in the mid-week round, Napoli recorded the highest possession in a Serie A game this season (71.8%).
  • Napoli have already scored four goals from outside the box this season - a league-high.
  • Marek Hamsik has already scored five goals against Genoa, but never more than one in a game - the Slovakian has failed to score in his last three league appearances.


AC Milan - Sampdoria


  • Milan and Sampdoria have met 126 times in the top flight: the Rossoneri lead by 61 wins to 20.
  • Sampdoria didn't concede a goal in their two games against AC Milan last term; but the Rossoneri had netted in each of the previous 22 Serie A matches against the Blucerchiati.
  • Over the last 10 meetings between these two sides the same result has never occurred twice in a row.
  • Sampdoria won at the Meazza last season after losing the previous three away games vs Milan, all by 3-0.
  • Before losing to Napoli last Sunday, AC Milan had remained unbeaten at home for 13 league games (W11, D2).
  • Sampdoria's last away win was in January (2-1 at Juventus) - since then the Blucerchiati have collected seven draws and four losses.
  • Five of AC Milan's last six goals have come after the 86th minute of play.
  • The Rossoneri have already conceded 10 goals this season (five of which have been headers) - this is their worst defensive record after five games since 1983/84.
  • Andrea Poli played 84 Serie A games for Sampdoria, scoring three goals (all in the last campaign).
  • Poli has already netted two goals with AC Milan, the openers against Verona and Bologna, but on both occasions the Rossoneri failed to win.
  • Alessandro Matri has failed to score in his last five league appearances - he has netted two goals in seven previous games against Sampdoria in Serie A.



Roma - Bologna


  • Roma and Bologna have met 132 times in Serie A: the Rossoblu lead by 48 wins to 44, with 40 draws completing the record.
  • The Giallorossi have found the net in each of their last 23 home matches vs Bologna in the top flight.
  • On the other hand, Roma haven't won any of their last three home meetings with Bologna in Serie A (D2, L1).
  • Bologna have scored 72 goals overall in their games against Roma on the road: a record for the Rossoblu.
  • Roma have scored in 40 of their last 41 home fixtures in Serie A (on average 2.1 goals per game).
  • This is Roma's best ever start to a Serie A campaign with a 100% record after five matches.
  • The last two teams that won five games out of five in the opening rounds of Serie A went on to win the Scudetto (Juventus 2005-06 and AC Milan 1992-93).
  • Bologna completed only 152 passes on Wednesday against AC Milan, fewer than any other side in a single game of this Serie A campaign.
  • Bologna have already lost six points from leading situations - a league-high figure.
  • Alessandro Florenzi has found the net in his two previous appearances against Bologna in Serie A.
  • Francesco Totti has already contributed four assists in this campaign and 37 over the last five Serie A seasons - nobody has more than this in Serie A.
  • Roma have found the net with nine different goal scorers so far - a league-high.
  • Roma's 12 goals in this Serie A season have all been scored after the break.


Sassuolo - Lazio


  • This will be the first ever meeting between these two sides.
  • Lazio have tied their last two games played in Emilia: 0-0 against Bologna and Parma in the Serie A 2012-13.
  • The Biancoazzurri have played three times at the "Città del Tricolore" in the top flight: two draws (both 0-0) and one win against Reggiana between 1993 and 1996.
  • Lazio have alternated a home win and an away loss over their last seven league games - should they keep this trend going, they would lose at Sassuolo.
  • Lazio have won only one of their last 12 away games in Serie A, with three draws and eight losses (including the last three) the record.
  • In the mid-week game against Catania, Lazio had 29 shots, only Juventus (vs Verona) attempted more in a Serie A game this term.
  • Sassuolo made only 216 passes against Napoli - the fewest in a Serie A game this season.
  • Sassuolo have conceded 16 goals in the first five match-days, this is the worst defensive record after five games in the top-flight since Ancora shipped 19 in 1992-93.
  • Ezequiel Schelotto scored his first Serie A goal against Lazio, in April 2011, when he was at Catania.
  • Lazio have won only six of the 21 games played without Miroslav Klose so far in Serie A since 2011-12.



Torino - Juventus


  • This will be the 137th "Derby della Mole" in the top flight: Juventus lead by 61 wins to 41.
  • Juventus and Torino have met 186 times in all competitions: the Bianconeri have won 77 meetings, losing 54.
  • Torino haven't won against Juventus in Serie A since April 1995: D4, L10.
  • The Bianconeri have won seven of their last eight derbies in the top flight, drawing the other one (February 2008).
  • The Granata haven't scored against Juventus in Serie A since February 2002 (eight meetings).
  • Torino's last home win vs Juve in Serie A came back in November 1994 (3-2).
  • Juventus have conceded goals in each of their last four league games - the last time they failed to keep a clean sheet for five league games in a row was in Feb/Mar 2011 (a run of five games then).
  • However the Old Lady has already recouped seven points from trailing situations, and is the only team to have already won two games after falling behind.
  • Claudio Marchisio has scored three goals in two derbies against Juve - the Granata are his favourite target in Serie A so far.
  • In the last game against Chievo, Andrea Pirlo made 112 passes, no player has made more in a single Serie A fixture this term.
  • Alessio Cerci is the current Serie A joint-top scorer on five goals - he has bagged seven in his last seven league appearances between this and last season.


Verona - Livorno


  • This will be the first ever meeting between these two sides in the top flight.
  • Verona and Livorno met 34 times in Serie B: the Veneti lead by 13 wins to 10.
  • The two sides met in the last Serie B campaign: there was one win for Verona and one draw.
  • Verona have never repeated the same result for two games in a row over the first five rounds of this Serie A.
  • Verona have won both home games in this campaign.
  • Last time Verona had won their first two games at home in Serie A was in 1987/88.
  • Verona haven't shared the points at home in their last 14 games (W10, L4).
  • Livorno are unbeaten in their last four league games (W2, D2), this is their longest unbeaten run since 2007-08, when they went without losing for nine match-days.
  • Livorno have won only one of their last 13 away games in the league (D3, L9).
  • Luca Toni has already scored five goals against Livorno in the top-flight, including a brace in March 2005 when he was at Palermo.
  • Livorno have already conceded 82 fouls, only Sampdoria have conceded more in this campaign.
  • Livorno are yet to concede a goal in the first half - a record shared with Inter in this competition.





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