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Stuart Dalgleish 29th Aug 2013 - 12:14

Serie A Opta Facts: 31 Aug - 1 Sep

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Atalanta - Torino

  • This will be the 89th Serie A meeting between Atalanta and Torino; the Granata lead by 36 wins to 18 (there have also been 34 draws).
  • Torino have won four of their last five league games against Atalanta, including the last two.
  • The Granata scored on average two goals per game over the last five meetings with Atalanta.
  • Last season Atalanta lost 5-1 at their ground against Torino; their worst loss in the 2012-13 campaign.
  • Atalanta are winless in their last eight league games; a run that extends back to last season.
  • Last season Alessio Cerci made three assistsin this fixture; he was the only player to assist three goals in the same game in the Serie A 2012-13.
  • On the opening matchday, Mario Yepes made nine headed clearances; more than any other player.
  • Stefano Colantuono has won only one of his six meetings against Torino as a Serie A manager (back in April 2007).

Bologna - Sampdoria

  • Bologna and Sampdoria have met 100 times so far in the top-flight; Bologna lead by 34 wins to 30.
  • However, Bologna have failed to win against Samp in the league since March 2009 (3L 3D since then).
  • Samp's last win at Bologna's ground was back in November 2003 (1-0).
  • The last three Serie A meetings between these two sides at the Dall'Ara have ended with the same scoreline (1-1).
  • Bologna have won only one of their last 11 league fixtures (including last season).
  • Samp have won only one of their last 17 league games on the road.
  • On MD1, Sampdoria attempted only two shots; fewer than any other Serie A side.
  • Rolando Bianchi was caught offside four times on MD1; more than any other player.
  • Manolo Gabbiadini scored his first Serie A goal right against Bologna in March 2012, when he was at Atalanta.
  • Stefano Pioli has never beaten Sampdoria as a manager in Serie A (3D 2L).

Catania - Inter

  • Catania and Inter have met 32 times so far in Serie A; the Sicilians have won only five times, while the Nerazzurri had run out as victors on 23 occasions.
  • Catania's five wins have all come on home soil, the last in October 2011.
  • Inter have found the net in each of their last 15 league games against Catania (37 goals in total).
  • After five seasons in which they had recorded four losses and a draw on the opening day of the season; Inter finally ended that run this season, having won on Matchday 1.
  • Last Sunday against Genoa, Inter didn't allow their opponents to have any shots on target; it was the first time they didn't concede a shot on target in a Serie A game since Noveber 2011 (vs Siena).
  • Rodrigo Palacio has already scored five goals in Serie A against Catania; only vs Parma he has netted more so far (seven).
  • No Inter players managed to have more than a single shot on target last Sunday vs Genoa.
  • Rolando Maran lost both games against Inter last season, while Walter Mazzarri has never won against Catania during his spells at Napoli and Sampdoria (3D 3L); Mazzarri's only win against the Sicilians came when he was at Reggina back in March 2007.

Chievo - Napoli

  • This will be the 11th meeting between Chievo and Napoli in Serie A, there has been five wins apiece so far.
  • Chievo have won four of their last six league games against Napoli.
  • Napoli have lost all their away games to Chievo in the last three seasons; without scoring a single goal.
  • For the second year in a row, Napoli won 3-0 their opening game; last season the Partenopei won their first three games of Serie A.
  • Chievo have drawn their last three league fixtures and won only two of their last 10 games.
  • Chievo's last home win in Serie A was against Napoli, since then they've picked up only three points in five games at the Bentegodi.
  • Napoli have won nine of their last 11 league games, losing only one in the process.
  • Last Sunday against Bologna, Marek Hamsik scored his fifth brace in Serie A; no midfielders have done so in the current Serie A.
  • Rafa Benitez lost his only previous game away to Chievo, while he was at Inter in the 2010/11 campaign.
  • Sannino is still searching for his first win as a manager against Napoli (2L and 1D).

Genoa - Fiorentina

  • This will be the 85th meeting between Genoa and Fiorentina in Serie A; the Viola lead by 41 wins to 16.
  • Genoa's last win against Fiorentina in the league came in October 2009, since then there have been five wins for the Viola, and two draws.
  • After a 0-0 in October 2007, Fiorentina have scored in each of their last 11 Serie A games against Genoa.
  • Six of the last eight meetings between these two sides at the Ferraris have ended as a draw, there has also been a win each in the remaining two.
  • Fiorentina have won seven of their last eight league fixtures, losing only one.
  • Genoa have failed to score a single goal over their last four league fixtures.
  • The Viola ended the last Serie A campaign winning their last four away games, conceding only one goal in the process.
  • Last Monday Giuseppe Rossi scored his first Serie A goal since May 2007; 2297 days had elapsed since then.
  • Josip Ilicic is in line for his 100th Serie A appearance; he has scored 20 goals.

Juventus - Lazio

  • Juventus and Lazio have met 138 times so far in Serie A, the Old Lady lead by 71 wins to 32.
  • Lazio have lost against Juventus more times than against any other Serie A opponent.
  • Juventus are unbeaten in their last 17 league meetings against Lazio (12W 5D).
  • Juventus have not conceded a goal in six of their last nine meetings against Lazio in Serie A.
  • Lazio's last win at Juve's ground was in December 2002 (a 2-1 win), since then there have been three wins for the Bianconeri and three draws.
  • Juventus have won 11 of their last 14 Serie A games, and lost only one in the process.
  • Juventus completed the most passes in the last Serie A campaign, and also in their opening game of this campaign confirmed this trend (564 completed passes, only Roma achieved more).
  • Lazio had six shots on target on MD1, only Verona attempted more (eight vs AC Milan).
  • This will be the 5th meeting between Vladimir Petkovic and Antonio Conte in all competitions: one win each and there have also been two draws.

AC Milan - Cagliari

  • AC Milan are unbeaten in their last 21 league meetings against Cagliari (16W 5D).
  • The Rossoneri have also had the better in eight of the last nine games against the Sardinians.
  • This will be the 65th meeting between these two sides in Serie A; AC Milan lead by 33 wins to seven.
  • AC Milan have won their last nine home games against Cagliari in Serie A, keeping five clean sheets in the process.
  • Last season AC Milan began their Serie A campaign with three losses over the first four matchdays, in between a win at Bologna on MD2.
  • Cagliari attempted the most shots on MD1 of this Serie A (16), while AC Milan allowed their opponents the most last weekend (eight).
  • Riccardo Montolivo completed 100 passes on MD1, only Thiago Motta achieved more across the top five European leagues so far this term.
  • AC Milan made 343 pases in the opposition half vs Verona last Saturday, more than any other side on MD1.
  • This meeting could be the 50th defeat in Serie A for Massimiliano Allegri, the 20th at AC Milan.

Roma - Verona

  • Roma and Verona have met 48 times in Serie A; the Giallorossi won 23 times, Verona only nine, 16 draws.
  • Roma are unbeaten in their last seven league games against Verona (5W 2D).
  • Verona managed to win only one of their last 18 games against Roma in Serie A.
  • Roma have won their last six meetings against Verona at the Olimpico, scoring an average of 3.2 goals per game.
  • Verona have not won back to back games in Serie A in 35 games; the last time they won two games in a row in the top flight was in June 2001.
  • Roma ended the last Serie A campaign losing only one of their last eight home games, winning five.
  • Roma recorded the best passing accuracy on MD1 of the Serie A (88.6%).
  • Verona had the most shots on target last weekend (eight; four of which by Luca Toni).
  • Andrea Mandorlini last Saturday, won his second game as Serie A manager, the first dating back 2007.

Sassuolo - Livorno

  • This will be the first ever meeting between these two sides in Serie A.
  • They've already met eight times in Serie B, with sassuolo leading by four wins to three.
  • Sassuolo have always beaten Livorno at home in Serie B (three out of three), conceding only one goal.
  • Livorno are winless in their last four Serie A games.
  • The Tuscans have won only one of their last 20 Serie A fixtures, and lost six of the last seven.
  • Away from home, Livorno have picked up only two points from their last 11 Serie A fixtures.
  • Livorno have failed to score in five of their last seven away games of Serie A.
  • Livorno have attempted the fewest passes in the opposition half on MD1 of this Serie A (149).
  • Jasmin Kurtic was the player who had the most shots without scoring a single goal in the last Serie A campaign; also on MD1 of this campaign he had three shots without scoring (more than any other player in the game on Sunday).
  • Reto Ziegler misplaced only two of his 58 passes against Torino on MD1.

Udinese - Parma

  • Udinese and Parma have met 38 times in Serie A so far; Parma lead by 16 wins to 13.
  • Udinese have picked up seven points from their last three league games against Parma, though the Friulani have managed only two wins over their last nine meetings against the Ducali.
  • Parma have scored in each of their last six visits to the Friuli in the league.
  • By losing to Lazio on MD1, Udinese ended a run of eight wins in a row in Serie A (their best run ever).
  • Parma won the last two away games of the last Serie A campaign; previously, the Ducaly had won only two games out of 17 on the road.
  • Udinese created only six goal scoring chances on MD1 against Lazio, fewer than any other side.
  • Three of Udinese's nine total goals in all competitions this season have been scored by Luis Muriel.
  • Antonio Cassano was the Serie A player who misplaced the most passes on MD1 (18).
  • Antonio Di Natale is in line for his 10th goal vs Parma.
  • Francesco Guidolin is unbeaten in Serie A against Roberto Donadoni (3W 2D).




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