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Stuart Dalgleish 3rd Oct 2013 - 15:46

Serie A Opta Facts | 5-6 October

Bologna - Verona


  • Bologna and Verona have met 34 times in Serie A, but their last meeting was in February 2002; the Felsinei lead by 10 wins to eight, with 16 draws.
  • Verona have won only one of their last eight games against Bologna (D2, L5).
  • Verona have failed to score in four of their last six games against Bologna.
  • Bologna are unbeaten at the Dall'Ara against Verona in Serie A since March 1987; since then they have managed five home wins and two draws in seven meetings.
  • Bologna are yet to win their first game of this campaign (3D, 3L) and are yet to keep their first clean sheet.
  • Bologna are winless in their last eight league fixtures at home (5D, 3L).
  • Verona have never repeated the same result for two games in a row so far in this campaign; last Sunday they beat Livorno 2-1.
  • Verona's last away win in Serie A dates back to October 2001 (2-0 vs Fiorentina); since then, they've collected four draws and 13 losses on the road.
  • Bologna have conceded the most goals in the first half so far in Serie A (nine).
  • Luca Toni has scored five goals in Serie A against Bologna; his last 11 goals in the top-flight have come at home.


Catania - Genoa


  • These teams have not drawn a game in their last eight league meetings; three wins for Genoa, five for Catania.
  • Catania have averaged three goals scored per game over their last three meetings against Genoa in Serie A.
  • Catania are unbeaten at home in their last six meetings against Genoa (5W, 1D).
  • Last Sunday, Catania got back to winning ways when they beat Chievo 2-0; ending a negative run of two draws and four losses.
  • Catania's last away win came back in February (2-1 at Parma); since then, the Sicilians have managed just three draws and six losses away from the Massimino.
  • Having lost to Udinese and Napoli, Fabio Liverani was replaced by Gian Piero Gasperini as Genoa's manager; this will be his second spell at Genoa having been in charge between 2006 and 2010 (49W, 31D, 44L).
  • This is Genoa's worst start to a Serie A season since 1983/84, when they were relegated.
  • Gonzalo Bergessio has already scored five goals in Serie A against Genoa; his favourite target alongside Siena.
  • Pablo Barrientos has already been fouled 31 times; more than any other Serie A player this term.
  • Alberto Gilardino has already scored six goals against Catania, but found the net only once over his last nine league appearances (including last season).

Chievo - Atalanta



  • Over the last 14 Serie A meetings between Chievo and Atalanta the same result has never been repeated two games in a row; their last meeting ended 2-2.
  • Atalanta have won only one of their last eight meetings against Chievo in the top-flight (D4, L3).
  • Chievo are still unbeaten against Atalanta in Serie A at the Bentegodi (4W, 4D).
  • Chievo have lost four of their last five league fixtures, winning the other.
  • Atalanta are one of the two sides of this campaign yet to share a draw (2W, 4L); the other being Roma.
  • Atalanta have lost their last five away games between this and last season, and have always conceded at least two goals.
  • Atalanta have already scored four headed goals; a league-high.
  • Chievo are the only Serie A side yet to score a goal in the second half.
  • Germán Denis has scored three goals over the last two match-days; previously he hadn't found the net for nine Serie A appearances.
  • Alberto Paloschi has failed to score in 14 of his last 15 league appearances.
  • Only Francesco Totti (six) has made more assists than Luca Cigarini (four) so far this term in Serie A.


Inter- Roma


  • Inter and Roma have met 160 times in the top-flight; the Nerazzurri have recorded 69 wins and scored 262 goals so far, more than against any other opponent in their Serie A history.
  • Roma are unbeaten in their last four meetings against Inter in the league (2W, 2D).
  • Inter have won only one of their last eight games at home against Roma, with three wins for the visitors.
  • Inter are still unbeaten after six match-days (4W, 2D) and have scored in each league fixture this term.
  • Roma are the first Serie A side to win six games out of six at the start of the season, conceding only one goal since Helenio Herrera's Inter back in 1966/67.
  • Roma have the best attack of this season with 17 goals scored, 14 of which after the break; Inter have the best attack from open play (15 goals).
  • Roma have used only 18 players (fewer than any other side), but have the highest number of goal scorers after six games (nine).
  • Six of Roma's last seven goals have been scored by newly signed players.
  • Francesco Totti is on the hunt for his 10th goal against Inter in Serie A; Totti currently leads the top-assist chart on six, a joint-record amongst Europe's top-5 leagues alongside Cesc Fabregas and Koke.
  • Daniele De Rossi has made (458) and received (381) the most passes in this Serie A campaign.
  • Against Inter, De Rossi has scored three goals, only vs Chievo he has bagged more so far in Serie A.
  • Morgan De Sanctis (91%) and Samir Handanovic (86) are the two ‘keepers with the best saves to shots ratio in this competition.


Juventus - AC Milan


  • Juventus and AC Milan have met 156 times in Serie A; the Old Lady lead by 54 wins to 48.
  • AC Milan are the team against which Juve have lost the most Serie A games in their history.
  • These two sides have shared only one draw over their last eight Serie A meetings, with four wins for the Rossoneri and three for the Bianconeri in the process.
  • AC Milan have never scored more than a single goal over their last six league meetings against Juventus.
  • Juventus did not concede a single shot on target last Sunday against Torino, after they had conceded a goal in each of their previous four league fixtures.
  • In 2013, only one team has been able to beat Juventus at their ground, Sampdoria back in January; since then their home record is nine wins and two draws.
  • AC Milan have never repeated the same result for two games in a row over their last nine league fixtures; last Saturday the Rossoneri beat Sampdoria at the San Siro.
  • AC Milan are yet to win away from home this season (2D, 1L).
  • Juventus have averaged the highest possession so far after six match-days (61.6%).
  • Alessandro Matri is yet to score his first goal of the campaign; he has scored four in his last four appearances against the Old Lady (when he was at Cagliari).
  • Carlos Tevez is the only player to have hit the post three times already, as well as that, he has had the most touches in the opposition box so far (39).


Lazio - Fiorentina


  • Fiorentina won both games against Lazio last season 2-0. Previously, the Viola had lost four games in a row against Lazio in Serie A.
  • These two sides have shared only one draw over their last eight meetings at the Olimpico, with four wins for the hosts and three for the visitors.
  • Over their last eight league meetings, Lazio have never repeated the same result twice in a row (they draw 2-2 in their last game, vs Sassuolo).
  • Lazio are on a run of five consecutive wins at home, scoring 16 goals and conceding only two in the process.
  • Fiorentina have won only one of their last four league games, though they've won six of the last seven away from home.
  • Fiorentina have already lost seven points from leading situations; a league-high.
  • Fiorentina had won six away games in a row before losing to Inter at the San Siro 1-2.
  • Antonio Candreva is Lazio's top scorer on three goals, but is also the Serie A player with the most shots off target (11).
  • Massimo Ambrosini has scored three goals in Serie A against Lazio; more than against any other opponent.
  • Only Mario Balotelli (13) has hit more shots on target than Hernanes (12) and Giuseppe Rossi (10) so far in this Serie A campaign.

Napoli - Livorno



  • Napoli have won 12 of their 24 previous meetings against Livorno (including the last five), drawing and losing six.
  • Also their last five meetings at the San Paolo have seen the hosts taking all three points.
  • Napoli are still unbeaten after the first six match-days (5W, 1D); they have the same number of points as last year but they've scored and conceded two more goals.
  • Before the 1-1 against Sassuolo, the Partenopei had won seven games in a row at home.
  • Napoli are still unbeaten at the San Paolo in 2013 (10W, 3D).
  • Livorno are winless in their last three games in the league (2D, 1L).
  • Away from home, Livorno had a win and a draw before losing last Sunday at Verona.
  • Napoli have scored five goals from outside the box; a record amongst Europe's top-5 leagues.
  • Gӧkhan Inler is the player with the most passes in the opposition half so far in Serie A (261).
  • Goran Pandev scored two goals last Saturday at Genoa, after failing to score for nine consecutive league games.
  • Pandev has already scored six goals against Livorno, making the Tuscans his favourite target alongside Genoa in Serie A.
  • Marek Hamsik has created 11 goal scoring chances for his teammates this campaign, but is yet to claim an assist.


Parma - Sassuolo


  • This will be the first ever meeting between these two sides in Serie A.
  • After picking up only one point from three games, Parma are now unbeaten in their last three league fixtures (1W, 2D).
  • Sassuolo drew their last two games against Napoli and Lazio, after they had lost their first four fixtures of their Serie A history.
  • Against both Napoli and Lazio, Sassuolo managed to come back from trailing situations (0-1 vs Napoli and 0-2 vs Lazio).
  • Sassuolo have the worst defence of this competition with 18 goals conceded so far in six games.
  • Last Sunday Antonio Floro Flores found the net after failing to score in his seven previous appearances in Serie A.
  • Floro Flores' first ever goal in Serie A came against Parma in February 2004.
  • Simone Zaza has already made 23 fouls in this competition; more than any other player.
  • Antonio Cassano has misplaced 67 passes so far, a league-high.
  • Alessandro Lucarelli has made 49 clearances this season; a Serie A-high.

Sampdoria - Torino



  • Sampdoria and Torino have met 108 times in Serie A; the Granata lead by 43 wins to 31.
  • Samp are unbeaten in their last five meetings against Torino (2W, 3D).
  • Samp's positive run against Toro extends to seven games if we take into account only their last meetings at the Marassi (4W, 3D).
  • The Blucerchiati have picked up only two points from the first six games of this campaign; this is their worst ever start in the top-flight.
  • Sampdoria are yet to pick up their first point of the season at home and have lost six of their last eight matches at home.
  • Torino have a record of 2W, 2D, 2L after the first six rounds of this Serie A campaign.
  • Prior to the win against Bologna, Torino had managed only three draws in nine away games in Serie A between this and last season.
  • Torino have not had a single shot on target last Sunday against Juventus.
  • Sampdoria have made only 16 shots on target in this Serie A; a competition-low.
  • Torino have hit the woodwork five times; a joint-high alongside Juventus.
  • Despite failing to score in last Sunday's derby, Alessio Cerci is still the Serie A top-scorer on five goals (alongside Giuseppe Rossi).


Udinese - Cagliari


  • Udinese are unbeaten in their last nine meetings against Cagliari in Serie A (5W, 4D).
  • Cagliari have scored only one goal over their last five games against Udinese in the league.
  • The Sardinians have won only once in 19 visits to Udine, with 12 wins for the hosts.
  • Last Sunday, Udinese failed to score for the first time after 13 consecutive league games in which they found the net.
  • Juventus were the last team to win at the Friuli, back in September 2012; since then the Friulani have gone unbeaten for 21 home games in a row (13W, 8D).
  • Cagliari have drawn their last four league games; three of which by 1-1.
  • Cagliari's six games of this campaign have seen both teams always scoring at least a goal.
  • The Sardinians' last away win came back in February (2-0 vs Pescara).
  • Cagliari have already recouped six points from trailing situations; only Juventus have done better (seven).
  • Luis Muriel has failed to score in his last three league appearances; previously he had scored for three Serie A games in a row.








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