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Stuart Dalgleish 4th Dec 2014 - 20:40

Serie A Opta Facts - 5-8 December

Atalanta v Cesena


  • Atalanta are unbeaten in their eight previous meetings against Cesena in Serie A (W6 D2), and won each of the four games in Bergamo.
  • Cesena have scored only two goals over these eight games against Atalanta, failing to find the net in six occasions.
  • Atalanta are winless in their last six league fixtures (D4 L2) - the last time they had been winless for a longer period of time was in May 2013 (seven games).
  • Atalanta have drawn four games 0-0 - a joint-most along with Sassuolo in this Serie A.
  • Atalanta have failed to score in eight of their last 11 league fixtures.
  • Cesena have the worst away record of this competition (only one point picked up away from home).
  • Cesena have conceded goals in each of their last 12 games - their worst run in Serie A since 1990/91.
  • Atalanta are the only Serie A side yet to score from a set-piece this term.
  • Germán Denis has found the net in his only previous appearance against Cesena at the Atleti Azzurri d'Italia, back in December 2011.
  • Franco Brienza has already scored a goal against his former side, back in December 2004 when he was at Palermo.


Cagliari v Chievo


  • Eight of the 18 previous meetings between these two sides have ended as a draw, five of which were 0-0.
  • Chievo are unbeaten in their last six league meetings against Cagliari, without conceding a single goal (W3 D3).
  • Chievo have won their last two games away to Cagliari in Serie A.
  • Cagliari are winless in their last five league games (D3 L2), conceding 13 goals in the process.
  • Cagliari are one of the only three top-European sides - alongside Almeria and Cordoba - yet to win a home game this season.
  • Chievo are unbeaten in their last four games, though they've drawn three times (twice 0-0).
  • Before drawing away to Udinese, Chievo had lost four away games in a row.
  • Chievo have scored 22% of their goals in the first half - the lowest ratio of any other side in this Serie A.
  • Diego Farias has netted three of Cagliari's last four goals in this competition.
  • Dario Dainelli has scored his first (September 2004) and last goal (May 2014) in Serie A right against Cagliari.


Fiorentina v Juventus


  • This will be the 151st meeting between these two sides in Serie A: Juventus lead by 69 wins to 32.
  • Juve are the opponent against which the Viola have suffered the most defeats and conceded the most goals against (244) in the top-flight.
  • Fiorentina have won only two of their last 25 games against Juve in Serie A, with 12 wins for the Old Lady in the process.
  • Vincenzo Montella's side have now won back-to-back Serie A games for the first time since last April.
  • Fiorentina have not obtained the same result twice in a row in their last five home league matches, losing the last game at the Franchi against Napoli.
  • Juve are on a run of four wins in a row and only one goal conceded in the process.
  • The Old Lady has the best games played/points ratio (2.6) in the top five European leagues.
  • Juventus (one) and Fiorentina (two, along with Sassuolo) are two of the three teams to have conceded the fewest goals from set-pieces in this Serie A.
  • The Bianconeri are unbeaten in their 14 games that Andrea Pirlo has found the net (W13, D1).
  • Mario Gomez found the back of the net 259 days after his last Serie A goal.
  • The German striker has bagged a goal against Juventus in the Champions League (with Bayern Munich) and in the Europa League (with Fiorentina).


Genoa v AC Milan


  • AC Milan are unbeaten in their last eight Serie A games against Genoa (W6 D2), conceding just three goals in the process.
  • The Rossoneri are the opponent which Genoa have drawn the most Serie A games (32); 15 wins for the Rossoblu in their previous meetings.
  • Milan have won the last three Serie A meetings at Genoa, scoring exactly two goals in each of these games.
  • The Grifoni are unbeaten in their last eight Serie A fixtures (W5 D3) - the last time they had gone nine games without a defeat was back in February 2009.
  • However they've never scored more than a single goal over their last 10 games at home.
  • AC Milan got back to winning ways last Sunday against Udinese, ending a five-game winless streak (D4, L1).
  • Genoa have scored five goals from corners in the league this season, no team has more.
  • On the other hand, Milan have suffered five goals from corner, fewer only than Cesena (seven).
  • The Rossoneri are still unbeaten away from home in this competition (W2, D4).
  • Each of Alessandro Matri's six goals of this campaign have been scored away from home.
  • Jérémy Menez has played a hand in AC Milan's last five goals in the league (4 goals, one assist).


Inter v Udinese


  • Inter lead by 38 wins to 19 in Serie A against Udinese, with 25 draws completing the 82 previous meetings in the top flight.
  • These two sides have shared only one draw over their last 12 Serie A meetings (0-0 last March).
  • Udinese were unbeaten in their last three visits to Inter (W2 D1).
  • The Nerazzurri have now gone four games without a win (D2, L2) - they had managed a five game winless streak across January and February of this year.
  • However, the Nerazzurri have found the net in each of their last seven home games.
  • Udinese have won none of their last five league matches for the first time since November 2012.
  • The Bianconeri are goalless in four of their six seasonal games on the road considering they also have the joint-worst attack algonside Atalanta away from home (two goals).
  • Cyril Théréau has scored these two goals.
  • Udinese didn't register a single shot on target last Sunday against AC Milan - it was the first time they failed to hit the target since November 2010.
  • Juan Jesus's only Serie A goal came against Udinese in May 2013.


Napoli v Empoli


  • Napoli have won three of the eight games against Empoli so far in Serie A, with two wins for the Tuscans.
  • Empoli were unbeaten in their last three games against Napoli in the top-flight (W2, D1): eight goals scored by the Tuscans in these games, only one by Napoli.
  • Empoli won at Napoli in February 2008 (3-1) after having always lost at the San Paolo previously.
  • Napoli have the longest unbeaten run (10 games) amongst this season Serie A sides, winning five and drawing five.
  • However, they have drawn their last two league games and they have never shared a draw three times in a row under Benitez.
  • Empoli are unbeaten in their last three league fixtures (W2 D1), previously they had lost three games in a row.
  • Empoli might have scored in each of their five away games of the season, though they've won only one of these (vs Parma).
  • Empoli have scored the most goals (nine) from set-piece situations in the league this term.
  • Napoli have netted four headed goals so far - they had found five headers in the whole 2013/14 season.
  • Massimo Maccarone has scored two goals against Napoli in Serie A, both with Siena.


Parma v Lazio


  • Parma have won only one of their last nine Serie A games against Lazio in Serie A (D3 L5).
  • Overall, Lazio have won 18 of their 46 previous meetings against the Ducali in the top-flight.
  • Three of the last four meetings at the Tardini between these two sides anded as a draw.
  • Parma have lost 11 games so far this season - a negative record amongst teams from Europe's top-5 leagues.
  • Lazio have not found the net in the last two Serie A matches, after having scored in each of their last seven home games (2.4 goals/game).
  • Parma conceded 32 goals after 13 matchdays, more than any other team amongst the top five European leagues.
  • Lazio and Parma are the teams that have used the most players in their starting eleven during the current term, 25.
  • Parma have used 19 players as substitutes, more than any other team in the current season.
  • Antonio Cassano has scored six goals against Lazio, none with Parma in his career.
  • Alessandro Lucarelli made his debut against Lazio in 1998, when he was playing for Piacenza.
  • Marco Parolo played two seasons for Parma collecting 72 appearances and 11 goals with the Ducali.


Roma v Sassuolo


  • Last season, Roma were held to a draw at home against Sassuolo, while the Giallorossi managed to win at the Mapei Stadium.
  • Furthermore, Sassuolo were one of the four sides to be unbeaten at the Olimpico in Serie A.
  • Roma have won their last three league fixtures, scoring on average three goals per game.
  • Last Sunday, Inter became the first team able to score at the Olimpico vs Roma this season.
  • Sassuolo are unbeaten in their last seven games (W4 D3) - their best ever run in Serie A.
  • Sassuolo have scored four goals in the last three away games - they also kept two clean sheets in this period.
  • Roma have scorded 16 goals before half-time - a league-high so far.
  • With a brace against Inter, Miralem Pjanic, reached his third goal during this term. Roma have won 12 out of 13 Serie A games in which the Bosnian scored a goal.
  • José Holebas was the 12th scorer for Roma this term - a league-high in Serie A.
  • Antonio Floro Flores has already scored three goals against Roma in Serie A, his favourite target after Lazio (five) and Genoa (four).


Torino v Palermo


  • Torino and Palermo have met 40 times so far in Serie A - the Granata lead by 18 wins to 10.
  • The last three meetings between these two sides have produced only one goal.
  • Palermo's only win away to Torino was back in October 1932 - since then there have been 15 wins for the hosts and four draws.
  • The Rosanero, in Serie A, have never scored more than one goal in away games against Torino.
  • Torino are in a run of three consecutive defeats - their worst run since last March.
  • Toro have scored only three goals in their seven home games - fewer than any other team in the current Serie A.
  • Palermo are unbeaten in the last five games (W3,D2) - last defeat came last October, against Juventus in Turin.
  • Torino are the only team in Serie A that have not found the net in the last 15 minutes of the two halves.
  • Bruno Peres' goal in the derby last Sunday was the only one bagged by Torino over their last four Serie A fixtures.
  • Paulo Dybala scored four goals in his last four appearances. Furthermore he bagged four of the last five Palermo's goals.
  • Both two players who have hit the woodwork the most times in this Serie A, are playing for Palermo: Vázquez (4) and Dybala (3).


Verona v Sampdoria


  • There was perfect balance over the last seven Serie A meetings between Verona and Sampdoria - two wins apiece and three draws.
  • Sampdoria have won only once away to Verona in Serie A (3-0 in April 1969).
  • Verona have won 10 times overall against Samp in Serie A, more than against any other opponent.
  • Verona are winless in their last three home games (D1 L2), and overall in the last seven match-days of Serie A (D3 L4).
  • The Scaligeri have conceded 17 goals over their last seven league fixtures.
  • Sampdoria have drawn their last three Serie A matches, for the first time since October 2010.
  • The Samp have drawn seven games, more than any other team during the current term.
  • The Ligurians have won only one of their six away games during this Serie A (D4,L1), the Derby against Genoa, played in the Marassi.
  • Sampdoria are the only team in Serie A that have not found the net in the first 15 minutes of their games.
  • Verona (with Fiorentina) are one of two sides yet to concede a goal in the first 15 minutes of their games.
  • Éder has scored three of the last five goals scored by Sampdoria in Serie A.


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