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Craig Porter 27th Feb 2015 - 9:25

Serie A Opta Facts - 28 February - 2 March

 

Atalanta v Sampdoria

  • This will be the 92nd meeting between these two sides in Serie A - Samp lead by 36 wins to 25.
  • Only Roma (39) have suffered more defeats than Atalanta (36) so far against Sampdoria in Serie A.
  • Over the last six meetings between these two sides the same result has never occurred twice in a row - the Blucerchiati won 1-0 in the reverse fixture back in October.
  • At home, Atalanta have scored in six of their last 10 games against Sampdoria (always three goals at least).
  • Atalanta have lost their last three league games, and have conceded in 10 of the last 11 match-days.
  • The last seven league games played in Bergamo have seen both sides score.
  • Sampdoria are without a win in their last five Serie A match-days. The Blucerchiati have both scored and conceded in each of these five games.
  • Samp have conceded seven goals over their last two away games, as many as they had shipped over the previous six on the road.
  • Germán Denis has scored three goals in Serie A against Samp, but only one since he's joined Atalanta.
  • Éder has scored eight league goals this season, but only one away from home.

 

 

Cagliari v Verona

  • Cagliari and Verona have met 25 times so far in Serie A - nine wins apiece and seven draws so far.
  • The Sardinians have never conceded more than two goals in a single Serie A match against Verona.
  • Cagliari have won eight of their 12 previous meetings against Verona in Sardinia, including four of the last five.
  • Cagliari have taken only one point from their last four league games, after they had picked up seven from the previous three.
  • Cagliari have suffered seven home losses so far, only Parma have a worse home record in this campaign (nine defeats).
  • Cagliari are the only side yet to keep a clean sheet at home this season amongst Europe's top-5 leagues.
  • Verona have picked up only one point from their last four league games, conceding 11 goals in the process.
  • The Veneti have lost their last three away games - last time they lost four in a row on the road was in January 2002.
  • Cagliari are unbeaten in their last eight league games played on the Sunday early kick-off (W5 D3).
  • Verona have already conceded 36 goals from open play - a league-high.
  • Luca Toni has scored seven goals in his 14 Serie A appearances against Cagliari, six of which from inside the box.

 

Cesena v Udinese

  • Udinese lead by six wins to three in Serie A against Cesena, with two draws.
  • Cesena's last win against Udinese in the top-flight was in November 1982 - since then, the Romagnoli have taken only two points from eight meetings against the Friulani.
  • Cesena lost without scoring a single goal in their last two games against Udinese at the Manuzzi; previously they had gone unbeaten for three home games against them.
  • Cesena have won the joint-fewest games so far in this Serie A campaign (three, alongside Parma).
  • Cesena have kept only one clean sheet so far this term in Serie A.
  • Udinese have won only three of their last 18 league games, after they had won four of the first five games of the season.
  • The next goal will be the 2000th goal conceded by Udinese in Serie A (all-time).
  • Udinese have made only 296 touches in the opposition box this season - a league-low.
  • Antonio Di Natale has scored four goals in his five Serie A appearances against Cesena so far.
  • In the reverse fixture, Emmanuel Cascione scored his only goal of the campaign so far.

 

 

Chievo v AC Milan

  • This will be the 26th meeting between Chievo and AC Milan in Serie A - the Rossoneri lead by 19 wins to two.
  • Both wins for Chievo were at the Bentegodi: one in October 2003 (3-2) and the other in December 2005 (2-1).
  • AC Milan haven't conceded in any of their last four league games against Chievo.
  • AC Milan have failed to score only twice in Serie A against Chievo, though avoiding defeat on both occasions (0-0 in March 2003 and November 2013).
  • Chievo lost 3-0 against Empoli on the last match-day, after consecutive wins against Parma and Sampdoria.
  • Chievo have scored fewer goals at home than any other Serie A side this season (10).
  • AC Milan got back to winning ways beating Cesena last Sunday, keeping a clean sheet. The last time they won back-to-back games in the league was in October 2014.
  • The Rossoneri are winless in their last seven away games (D4 L3) - last time they've failed to win for a longer period was in the 2000/01 campaign.
  • AC Milan are one of two sides in this competition (alongside Napoli) yet to concede a goal from the penalty spot.
  • Mattia Destro has scored six goals in eight appearances against Chievo, his favourite target in Serie A.
  • Sergio Pellissier has netted four against AC Milan in Serie A (only one of which came on home soil).

 

 

Genoa v Parma

  • The draw has been the most frequent result in the 23 previous meetings between Genoa and Parma in Serie A (nine in 23, with seven wins apiece).
  • Parma have won only one of their last 11 league games against Genoa.
  • Parma's only win at the Marassi was back in January 1994 - since then, three wins for the Grifoni and four draws.
  • Genoa are unbeaten in their last four Serie A fixtures (W2 D2).
  • Genoa won their last home game 5-2 against Verona, but the Grifoni are yet to record consecutive home wins in this campaign.
  • Genoa's last four home fixtures have seen both sides score (on average 4.75 goals per game).
  • Parma drew their last away game (0-0 vs Roma) after they had lost each of the previous eight.
  • Parma have conceded three goals from a direct free-kick - a negative record in this Serie A.
  • Genoa have scored the most headed goals this season (eight).
  • Diego Perotti scored his first Serie A goal in the reverse fixture against Parma.
  • Raffaele Palladino remains Parma's last striker to score a goal in this campaign, back in December against Lazio.

 

Inter v Fiorentina

 

  • This will be the 154th meeting between Inter and Fiorentina in Serie A: the Nerazzurri lead by 63 wins to 40.
  • Inter have won each of their last 12 home games against Fiorentina, keeping a clean sheet in six of those.
  • Inter have scored 230 goals overall in Serie A against the Viola - only against Roma (264) and Sampdoria (241) have they bagged more.
  • However, the Tuscans have scored 77 goals in Serie A at Inter's ground - more than against any other opponent away from home.
  • Inter have managed to win three consecutive Serie A games for the first time since November 2012.
  • The Nerazzurri have never repeated the same result for two games in a row over their last 10 at home, winning 3-0 last time out against Palermo.
  • Fiorentina are unbeaten in their last seven league games (W4 D3) - the Viola have scored and conceded in each of these games.
  • The Viola have conceded in 10 consecutive Serie A fixtures for the first time since March 2010.
  • Fiorentina are the only side yet to score from the penalty spot amongst those who have already taken at least one penalty.
  • Mauro Icardi is the Serie A joint-top scorer on 14 goals - he has found the net for three games in a row for the first time in this competition.
  • Mohamed Salah has scored two goals from his first three shots on target in Serie A.

 

 

Palermo v Empoli

  • This will be the 8th meeting between Palermo and Empoli in Serie A - the Tuscans have won four of the last five.
  • There's been one win apiece and a draw in the three previous meetings played so far in Palermo.
  • The Rosanero have alternated between a home win to an away loss over their last four league fixtures.
  • Palermo are unbeaten in their last nine home games (W7 D2).
  • Empoli instead have alternated between an away draw to a home win over their last four league games.
  • The Tuscans have drawn four of their last five away games, losing the other against Sampdoria.
  • Palermo have already dropped 18 points from leading situations - a league-high.
  • Palermo have scored four goals from fast-breaks - more than any other side.
  • Palermo's last eight goals have either been scored or assisted by Franco Vázquez or Paulo Dybala.
  • Last Sunday, Paulo Dybala bagged his 15th goal on his 50th Serie A appearance.
  • Massimo Maccarone has netted five of Empoli's last seven goals in this competition.

 

 

Roma v Juventus

 

 

  • Juventus have won 77 of their 161 previous meetings against Roma in Serie A - this is a negative record for the Giallorossi in the top-flight.
  • Only Inter (264) have scored more goals against Roma than Juventus (255).
  • Roma have lost five of their last six Serie A games against the Old Lady, winning the other.
  • Juventus have failed to score in just one of their last 19 league games against Roma.
  • Roma have shared six draws over their last seven home games in Serie A (four of which by 1-1).
  • Rudi Garcia's side have drawn their last five games at the Olimpico - Roma have never drawn six home games in a row in Serie A.
  • Juve are unbeaten in their last 15 league games (W10 D5), keeping seven clean sheets in the process.
  • Five of the nine goals scored by Francesco Totti against Juventus have come from the penalty spot.
  • Arturo Vidal has scored four goals in six league appearances against Roma, none of which have arrived at the Olimpico.
  • Last Friday against Atalanta, Andrea Pirlo scored his third goal of the campaign; the first time he has scored two goals from open play since the 2004/05 season.

 

 

Sassuolo v Lazio

  • Lazio are unbeaten in Serie A against Sassuolo (W2 D1).
  • Both sides have scored at least two goals in each of these three previous meetings.
  • Sassuolo have won only two of their last 11 league games, after they had won four of the previous six.
  • Sassuolo have conceded in each of their last 12 league games.
  • After losing against Fiorentina, Sassuolo ended their longest ever unbeaten run at home in Serie A (seven games).
  • Lazio have won their last two games; they haven't won three in a row in the league since October.
  • Lazio have kept only one clean sheet over their last seven Serie A games.
  • Sassuolo have scored 76% of their goals with their strikers (22 of 29) - the highest ratio in this competition.
  • 27 of Lazio's total goals instead have been scored by midfielders - a Serie A-high.
  • Antonio Floro Flores has scored five goals in Serie A against Lazio, his favourite target in this competition.
  • Domenico Berardi scored a brace in the reverse fixture against Lazio - of the seven goals he has bagged so far this term, only three have come on home soil.
  • With his goal last Sunday against Palermo, Stefano Mauri has taken his tally for the season to eight - his most prolific Serie A campaign.

 

 

Torino v Napoli

 

 

  • Napoli have shared 51 draws in Serie A against Torino, more than against any other side.
  • Torino have lost their last four Serie A games against Napoli, failing to score in two of these.
  • Torino have conceded six goals over their last two games against Napoli at home.
  • Torino are unbeaten in their last 11 league fixtures (W5 D6) - their best run in a single Serie A campaign since 1979/80.
  • The Granata have alternated between a win and a draw over their last five games at home, scoring and conceding in each match.
  • Napoli's last draw in the league came back in December - since then, seven wins for the Partenopei and three losses.
  • Napoli lost their last away game (3-1 vs Palermo) - they've never lost twice in a row in the league under Rafa Benitez.
  • 52% of Napoli's goals in this competition have been scored in the final 30 minutes of play - a record.
  • Gonzalo Higuaín has scored three goals in three previous appearances against Torino in Serie A.
  • Manolo Gabbiadini has scored two goals against Torino - both from a direct free-kick.

 

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