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Robert Alexander 29th Oct 2013 - 15:35

Serie A Opta Facts | 29 - 31 October

Atalanta v Inter

  • Atalanta have lost 57 times against Inter, more than against any other Serie A opponent.
  • Despite having won only four of their last 26 Serie A meetings against Inter, Atalanta are unbeaten in the last four clashes with the Milan giants: two draws in 2011/12 and two wins last season.
  • Atalanta are also unbeaten in their last four games against Inter in Bergamo (2W, 2D).
  • Atalanta are yet to draw a game in Serie A this term (four wins, five losses).
  • Atalanta have won three of their last four games at home, losing the other against Fiorentina.
  • Inter haven't kept a clean sheet in any of their last five Serie A games, with the Nerazzurri conceding at least two goals in each of their last three fixtures.
  • Atalanta have netted seven goals overall in their last two meetings against Inter.
  • However, Inter have found the net in each of their last 15 games played at Atalanta in the league.
  • Inter are Germán Denis' favourite opponent in the top-flight; he has already scored six goals against the Nerazzurri, including three in the last meeting back in April.
  • Inter are one of the two sides still unbeaten away from home in this Serie A campaign (the other being Roma).
  • Atalanta have had nine red cards in 2013, more than any other side across the top five European leagues.
  • Inter have scored five goals from corner situations (three of which came in their last game against Verona), a league-high so far this season.

Cagliari v Bologna

  • Cagliari and Bologna have met 50 times in the top-flight: the Sardinians lead by 17 wins to 15, with 18 draws.
  • Last season's meetings both ended in a win for the home side (1-0 in Cagliari and 3-0 in Bologna).
  • Cagliari have won only one of their last five games against Bologna in Serie A.
  • However, the Sardinians are unbeaten at home in the last seven games against Bologna in the top-flight (4W, 3D).
  • Cagliari have won only one of their last eight league games, with four draws and three losses completing the record.
  • Taking into account last season, Cagliari are unbeaten in their last five home games (3W, 2D).
  • Last Sunday, Bologna won their first game of this campaign (1-0 vs Livorno), after picking up only three draws in the first eight match-days.
  • Bologna have taken only one point from their four away games this season; only Catania and Udinese haven't taken any points on the road so far this term.
  • Bologna will have to make do without Alessandro Diamanti, who will miss this game due to suspension - Diamanti ranks second after Hernanes for the number of shots on target attempted (15).
  • Rolando Bianchi is yet to score in this campaign (seven appearances), but has already scored two goals in Serie A against the Sardinians in his career.

Fiorentina v Napoli

  • Four of the last six Serie A meetings between these two sides have ended in a draw, with Napoli winning the other two.
  • Overall, Fiorentina and Napoli have met 126 times in Serie A: the Viola lead by 50 wins to 41.
  • In fact, Napoli are the team against which Fiorentina have won the most games in Serie A.
  • The Viola are winless in their last four clashes against the Partenopei at the Franchi (two draws, two losses).
  • Fiorentina are unbeaten in the last four Serie A games, and have lost only one of their last 12 league games.
  • The Tuscans are unbeaten at home in Serie A this season (2W, 2D) but have conceded goals in each of those four games.
  • Napoli have won seven of their nine games played so far in this campaign, and 15 of the last 19 in Serie A.
  • Napoli haven't drawn any of their last seven away games (5W, 2L).
  • Napoli have the second-best defence in the competition this season with only six goals conceded (behind Roma on one).
  • Napoli have scored the most goals in the opening 15 minutes of play this season (six).
  • The Viola have already scored six goals from set-piece situations, a total only Verona (eight) and Roma (nine) can better.
  • Last Sunday against Torino, Gonzalo Higuain scored his first Serie A brace, and his 14th including La Liga.

Genoa v Parma

  • The last three Serie A meetings between these two sides have ended in a draw.
  • Overall, Parma lead by seven wins to five in the top-flight against Genoa, but the Ducali have won only one of the last seven encounters (3-1 at home on the 2nd of October 2011).
  • Five of the 10 previous meetings played at the Ferraris have ended in a draw (incl. the last two).
  • Parma have won only once at Genoa's ground in Serie A (4-0 in January 1994).
  • Genoa have won only one of their last five league games, losing three.
  • The Rossoblu have won only twice in their last 10 home fixtures in the league (5D, 3L).
  • Parma have recorded three wins, a draw and a loss in the last five match-days, scoring an average of 2.8 goals per game.
  • The Ducali are yet to enjoy a victory away from home this season (two draws and two losses).
  • Parma have already scored five headed goals this term - a league-high.
  • Roberto Donadoni's side have scored 13 goals courtesy of Italian players, more than any other team.
  • Amauri has netted five goals against Genoa, his favourite opponent after only Sampdoria and Torino, although he is yet to score his first goal of this season.
  • Marco Parolo has been involved in each of Parma's last five goals, scoring three and providing two assists.

Verona v Sampdoria

  • Verona and Sampdoria have scored a total of only two goals between them in their last three league meetings, with those clashes all ending in a draw.
  • Verona have won only one of their last eight Serie A meetings against Sampdoria, with three wins for the Blucerchiati.
  • The all-time record in Verona sees the hosts leading Samp by nine wins to one, with nine draws.
  • Losing against Inter last Saturday, Verona ended a run of three consecutive wins in the league.
  • Verona are one of the three sides (alongside Roma and Juventus) to have a 100% win record at home in this season's Serie A: the Gialloblu have won four out of four at the Bentegodi so far.
  • Sampdoria have won back-to-back games: the last time they won three consecutive Serie A fixtures was in September 2012.
  • Prior to their 1-0 win against Atalanta, Sampdoria had conceded goals in each of their previous 17 Serie A games.
  • Against Livorno, the Blucerchiati found success after 12 away league games without winning.
  • Verona's opponents have hit the woodwork six times so far this season, only Roma have seen their opponents hit the woodwok more times (seven)
  • Fabrizio Cacciatore is currently Serie A's top-scoring defender this season (three goals).
  • Luca Toni has scored three goals against Samp in Serie A, but none in his last two appearances against the Blucerchiati.

Juventus v Catania

  • Since their return to Serie A, Catania have beaten Juventus only once in 12 games, a record that stretches to once in their last 19 games overall.
  • Juventus are unbeaten in their last seven meetings against the Sicilians (4W, 3D).
  • Juventus have scored in each of their last 21 Serie A meetings with Catania.
  • Juventus have won their last two home games against Catania, having not won any of the preceding four home assignments against them.
  • Juventus have won five of their last six league games and lost only one of the last nine (4-2 vs Fiorentina).
  • Juventus have scored in each of their last 22 Serie A games and failed to find the net only once in the last 33.
  • The Old Lady are unbeaten at home since last January (1-2 vs Sampdoria), since when they have won 11 and drawn two on home soil.
  • This is Catania's worst start to a Serie A campaign since 1983/84.
  • The Sicilians haven't won any of their last 10 away games (3D, 7L) and have lost the last four on the road.
  • Catania have conceded four goals in the last 15 minutes of play, only Bologna and Parma have conceded more (five apiece).
  • Mirko Vucinic has scored seven goals in Serie A against Catania, but none in the last three meetings.
  • Fabio Quagliarella has bagged three goals in four appearances for Juve against Catania, overall he has scored six in Serie A against the Sicilians.

Livorno v Torino

  • Livorno have won only four of their 28 Serie A games against Torino, losing 16 times..
  • The Amaranto have won only one of their last 11 games against Torino, losing seven and drawing three in the process.
  • Torino are unbeaten in their last 11 games at Livorno (5W, 6D).
  • Only once have Livorno scored more than a single goal at home against Torino, in 14 meetings (a 2-0 win in March 1934).
  • Livorno have lost their last four league games - the last time they lost five in a row was in October 2007.
  • Livorno have won only one of their four games at home in this campaign, and two of the last 13 at their ground in the top-flight.
  • Torino are winless in the last five match-days, and have already drawn four games this season; no side have recorded more draws so far.
  • Torino have not repeated a result in consecutive games in their last five away fixtures - last Sunday the Granata lost to Napoli.
  • Torino have already lost eight points from leading positions, a joint-high in this campaign.
  • Torino have conceded five goals from the penalty spot, a Serie A joint-high.
  • Torino have conceded 10 of their 15 goals this season from set piece situations, more than any other side.

AC Milan v Lazio

  • AC Milan won the last meeting against Lazio back in March - previously the Rossoneri hadn't beaten the Biancocelesti for six games (four draws and two wins for Lazio).
  • AC Milan are unbeaten at home in their last 23 games against Lazio, whose last win against The Rossoneri at the San Siro was in September 1989 (1-0).
  • However, four of these teams' last six meetings at the San Siro have ended in a draw.
  • Over the last five Serie A match-days, AC Milan have alternately conceded three goals a game and no goals in a game.
  • The Rossoneri have lost only one of their last 16 home games, winning 13.
  • Lazio got back to winning ways last Sunday, after picking up only two points from their previous three games.
  • The Biancocelesti have picked up just one point in their last five away league fixtures, and have conceded goals in each of the last six.
  • Last Sunday against Parma, Matias Silvestre scored AC Milan's first headed goal since Bojan's back in January.
  • However, the Rossoneri remain the team that have conceded the most headed goals in this campaign (five).
  • Miroslav Klose made his Serie A debut and scored his first goal at the San Siro against AC Milan in September 2011.
  • Kaká has scored five goals in his 10 Serie A appearances against Lazio.
  • Last Sunday at the Tardini, Mario Balotelli was subbed off for the first time since joining AC Milan.

Roma v Chievo

  • Chievo are unbeaten in their last three Serie A meetings against Roma and have not conceded any goals in the process.
  • Prior to last season's wins, Chievo hadn't won for 17 Serie A meetings against Roma, and hadn't scored in seven games out of eight.
  • Chievo have scored only four goals in 11 games at the Olimpico against Roma and have not scored more than once in a game.
  • Roma are unbeaten in their last 11 Serie A games (10W, 1D) - this is the longest unbeaten run amongst current Serie A teams.
  • Roma have equalled Juventus' run of nine wins in the first nine match-days of a Serie A campaign, achieved in 2005-06.
  • Roma have kept a clean sheet in each of their last six league games and conceded only one goal overall this term.
  • The last team to keep seven clean sheets in a row in Serie A was Udinese in March 2011.
  • Chievo have lost their last five Serie A games - last time they lost six in a row was in November 2008.
  • Chievo are without a win in their last five league games on the road (two draws followed by three consecutive defeats) and have scored only one goal in the last four.
  • Roma have scored the most goals in the second half (16), Chievo the fewest (only one).
  • Roma's opponents have hit the woodwork seven times so far, a record for the division.
  • Chievo are Daniele De Rossi's favourite opponent in Serie A - he has already scored four goals against them in the league.
  • Sergio Pellissier has scored four goals in Serie A against Roma, but only one in his last nine appearances against the Giallorossi.

Sassuolo v Udinese

  • This will be the first ever meeting between these two sides in Serie A.
  • Sassuolo have a record of one win, three draws and five losses so far in Serie A.
  • However, they've lost only one of their last five Serie A fixtures.
  • Last Sunday Sassuolo kept their first clean sheet in their Serie A history.
  • The Neroverdi have picked up four points in their last two fixtures at home (a draw against Lazio and a win over Bologna), after they had lost their first two home games in Serie A, conceding 11 goals.
  • Udinese have lost back-to-back games for the first time since September 2012 in Serie A - the last time they lost three games in a row was at the start of the 2010-11 season, when they lost the first four.
  • Udinese have lost all of their four games played on the road this season (a division-high along with Catania).
  • Udinese are the only side to have scored two goals from a direct free-kick this season.
  • Antonio Di Natale has scored 49 goals in the last three Serie A seasons, but only 13 of those came away from home.
  • Di Natale has failed to score in his last two league appearances - his longest such run since January and February (six games).
  • Sassuolo striker Antonio Floro Flores scored 26 goals in 140 Serie A appearances for Udinese.


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