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Robert Alexander 1st May 2014 - 16:40

Serie A Opta Facts | 4 -6 May

Catania v Roma

  • Roma won their last Serie A game against Catania, after they had failed to beat the Sicilians in five meetings (L2 D3).
  • Roma beat Catania 7-0 back in November 2006 - that remains the Sicilians' worst defeat in their Serie A history.
  • Over their last six meetings at the Massimino, the hosts have remained unbeaten and they won the last one back in January 2013 (1-0).
  • Catania have picked up just four points from their last 11 league fixtures, fewer than any other side.
  • Catania have conceded goals in each of their last eight league games at home.
  • Roma have collected 85 points so far in this campaign - a club record.
  • This meeting will see the Serie A's best defence (Roma - only 19 goals conceded) facing the worst attack (Catania - only 26 scored).
  • With three games to go, last season Roma had conceded 54 goals, 35 more than they've shipped so far this term.
  • The Giallorossi have won their last nine league games, and they could equal their best ever run recorded at the beginning of this season.
  • Gervinho has already scored nine goals this season in Serie A, as many as he had netted over his previous two seasons with Arsenal in the Premier League.

Chievo v Torino

  • This will be the 12th meeting between these two sides in Serie A: Torino lead by four wins to three.
  • The Granata are unbeaten in their last five Serie A meetings against Chievo (W2 D3).
  • However, Chievo have never lost at home against Torino in the league - three wins, followed by two draws.
  • Chievo haven't shared any draws over their last 14 Serie A fixtures (W4 L10); this is the current longest run without a draw in this competition.
  • Chievo have lost three of their last four games at home, without scoring a single goal - in between that, they beat Bologna 3-0.
  • Torino have picked up 13 points from their last five games, and have always scored at least two goals in those games.
  • Before beating 2-0 Udinese, the Granata had conceded goals for 13 league games in a row.
  • Chievo have won seven penalties over the last 11 matchdays of Serie A, they hadn't had any over the previous 24 games.
  • Chievo are the only side to have lost five games from leading situations in this Serie A campaign.
  • Cyril Théréau has found the net in each of his last two Serie A appearances against Torino.
  • Current Serie A's top-scorer, Ciro Immobile, has scored in each of his last six league appearances (a total of eight goals).

Fiorentina v Sassuolo

  • The reverse fixture, won by the Viola 1-0, is the only previous meeting between these two sides in Serie A.
  • Fiorentina have won three of their last four league games, losing the other against Roma.
  • The Viola have drawn only one of their last 10 fixtures in the league.
  • At home, the Tuscans have alternated between a loss and a win over their last five games - they lost 1-0 against Roma the last at the Franchi.
  • Last Monday, against Juventus, Sassuolo lost their 21st game of the season - only Catania and Livorno (22) have lost more.
  • The Emiliani have won their last two away games, without conceding goals; previously, they had won only one out of 15 games on the road in Serie A.
  • Sassuolo have already conceded five own goals - a negative record in this competition.
  • 35 of Fiorentina's 59 total goals have been scored by midfielders - a Serie A-high.
  • Fiorentina have scored nine goals from the penalty spot, more than any other side of this competition.
  • Juan Guillermo Cuadrado has scored four goals and made an assist over his last four league appearances.
  • The Colombian has bagged nine goals so far this term, after he had netted just eight over his previous four seasons in Italy.

Genoa v Bologna

  • Over their last five Serie A meetings, Genoa and Bologna have shared two wins each and a draw.
  • Genoa have won their last three games at home against Bologna, as many as they had won over the previous 13 meetings.
  • The Grifoni had kept a clean sheet in six of their last nine home games against Bologna.
  • Genoa have picked up only one point over their last five league fixtures, and have never scored more than a single goal in these games.
  • Genoa have lost their last two home games - the last time they lost three in a row at the Marassi was in December 2012.
  • Bologna have taken just two points from their last six Serie A games, and won only one of their last 12.
  • Over these last 12 games, Bologna have failed to score eight times.
  • Bologna have won only two away games in this campaign, only Cagliari and Catania have a worse away record than them.
  • Five of the last eight goals conceded by Bologna have come from outside the box. Overall, the Felsinei have shipped 11 goals from long range, more than any other side in this Serie A.
  • Alberto Gilardino has already scored four goals against his former team, Bologna, but none since joining Genoa.

Juventus v Atalanta

  • Atalanta's last win against Juventus was back in Fenruary 2001 - since then, there have been 16 wins for the Old Lady, and two draws.
  • Juventus are unbeaten in their last 16 home games against Atalanta (W13 D3).
  • Since 1963/64, Atalanta have scored more than a single goal away to Juventus only once in 31 meetings (2-2 in May 2009).
  • Last Monday, against Sassuolo, Juventus won their 30th game of this campaign, equalling Inter's record of 2006/07.
  • Antonio Conte's side have conceded just one goal over their last five league games at the Juventus Stadium.
  • At home, Juve still have a 100% record this season (17 wins in 17 games); their last home defeat was in January 2013.
  • Atalanta have collected only one point over their last four fixtures, previously they had won six games in a row.
  • Atalanta have attempted the fewest dribbles in this Serie A, only 575.
  • Against Atalanta, Andrea Pirlo has scored one of his two Serie A braces, in October 2002 when he was at AC Milan.
  • Germán Denis has never scored in 10 appearances against Juventus in Serie A.

Lazio v Verona

  • Lazio and Verona have met 37 times so far in the top-flight: the Biancocelesti lead by 12 wins to 11, with 14 draws.
  • However, their last draw was back in January 1997 - since then, they've shared four wins apiece in Serie A.
  • Lazio have won their last five home hames against Verona, scoring on average four goals on each.
  • Over the last month, Lazio and Verona have scored respectively 12 and 13 goals; only Roma have scored more (15, but with one game more).
  • Verona have won four of their last five league games, losing the other 5-3 against Fiorentina.
  • Lazio have lost only one of their last 10 home games, winning five in the process.
  • Verona have faced 620 shots so far, more than any other side of this competition.
  • Lazio are one of the three sides yet to score a goal from direct free-kick this season in Serie A.
  • Antonio Candreva has netted five goals over his last five Serie A appearances - he is the most prolific midfielder of this Serie A (12 goals).
  • Luca Toni has scored eight goals against Lazio in the league, only against Parma (nine) he has bagged more so far.

Milan v Inter

  • This will be the 160th Derby between AC Milan and Inter in Serie A: the Nerazzurri lead by 60 wins to 49.
  • AC Milan have lost more games against Inter than against any other Serie A opponent so far.
  • Inter are unbeaten in the last five derbies (W4 D1). This is AC Milan's longest winless run in the derby since 1999.
  • Since February 2005, these two sides have shared only one draw in the league.
  • AC Milan lost last Friday against Roma, ending a run of five consecutive wins in the league.
  • However, the Rossoneri haven't conceded a goal over their last three home games.
  • Inter are unbeaten in their last six games, however they were held to a draw in four of these, including the 0-0 against Napoli in the last match-day.
  • In fact, the Nerazzurri have drawns 15 games in this competition, more than any other side this season.
  • Should they keep a clean sheet against AC Milan, it would be the first time that the Nerazzurri don't concede for four games in a row this term.
  • AC Milan have shared only one draw over the last 13 match-days of Serie A (1-1 vs Lazio).
  • Rodrigo Palacio, who scored the winner in the reverse fixture back in December, is the only outfield player to have featured in each of the 35 match-days of this Serie A season.
  • Kaká has scored five goals in 12 appearances in the Milan derby so far in Serie A; against Inter he also scored his first ever goal in Italy, back in October 2003.

Napoli v Cagliari

  • Napoli and Cagliari have met 57 times in Serie A: the Partenopei lead by 21 wins to 13, with 23 draws.
  • Napoli are unbeaten in their last nine games against Cagliari in the league (W5 D4).
  • Napoli have scored an average of 3.7 goals over their last three games won against Cagliari at the San Paolo.
  • Last Saturday against Inter, Napoli shared their first 0-0 draw of the season. That was their first goalless draw since February 2013.
  • Cagliari have now won back-to-back Serie A games for the first time since February 2013; the last time the Sardinians won three in a row was in October 2012.
  • Cagliari won their last away game, two weeks ago, at the Marassi against Genoa; that was their first win on the road of this campaign.
  • The next victory for Cagliari will be their 350th win in Serie A.
  • Cagliari have conceded 12 headed goals, more than any other Serie A side this season.
  • Napoli have made the most passes in the opposition half so far in this Serie A (on average 306 per game).
  • Marek Hamsik has found the net in four of his 12 previous games against Cagliari; however, he hasn't scored now for 16 league appearances, his longest ever scoring drought in Serie A.
  • Mauricio Pinilla's last four goals have all come from the penalty spot.

Parma v Sampdoria

  • Parma have lost only one of their last seven games against Sampdoria in Serie A, winning four.
  • Only one of these last seven meetings saw more then two goals (2-1 for Parma at the Tardini in October 2012).
  • Parma have won their last three games at home against Samp, conceding only one goal overall.
  • Parma have won only one of their last eight league fixtures, and failed to score in the last two.
  • Before losing their last home game 2-0 against Inter, the Ducali had remained unbeaten at the Tardini for 10 league games in a row.
  • By beating Chievo last Sunday, Sampdoria ended a run of three consecutive losses in Serie A.
  • Samp's last away draw was in December (1-1 vs Inter); since then, they have recorded four wins and six losses away from the Marassi.
  • Parma have scored the joint-most headed goals in this Serie A (11, alongside Juventus).
  • Éder has now scored 10 Serie A goals for the frst time in his career; he boasts two goals in three previous meetings against Parma in the league.
  • Amauri has scored six goals against the Blucerchiati, including two braces; only against Torino (eight) has he scored more goals so far in the top-flight.

Udinese v Livorno

  • Udinese have won five of their last six games against Livorno, drawing the other. The Friulani have conceded only one goal in the process.
  • Udinese have scored two goals in each of their last four games against Livorno in Serie A.
  • Udinese have won three times against Livorno at the Friuli, losing and drawing one.
  • Francesco Guidolin's side have collected just one point from their last four league fixtures (1-1 vs Napoli).
  • The Friulani have never scored more than a single goal over their last seven Serie A games.
  • Livorno have lost six of their last seven Serie A games, drawing the other 2-2 against Inter.
  • Away from home, the Tuscans have lost their last five games, and failed to score in the last three.
  • Livorno have the worst defence of this competition (69 goals conceded so far).
  • Antonio Di Natale has scored five goals over his last six Serie A appearances against Livorno.
  • Innocent Emeghara made his Serie A debut against Udinese; three of his four goals of this campaign have been scored away from home.

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