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Stuart Dalgleish 7th Mar 2013 - 13:16

Serie A Opta Facts - 8-10 March

Atalanta - Pescara

  • These two sides have met only seven times in Serie A: Atalanta lead by two wins to one, with four draws, including that in the reverse fixture (0-0).
  • Neither side has ever scored more than two goals in this fixture so far.
  • Atalanta are unbeaten in Bergamo against Pescara (2W 1D).
  • Atalanta have won only two of their last 11 league games, losing six and drawing three.
  • Atalanta are winless in their last five home games (3D 2L), and have failed to score in two of the last three on their own ground.
  • Pescara have picked up only one point from their last eight league games, failing to score in six of these.
  • Pescara have scored only one goal in their last four away games in Serie A, conceding 11.
  • Atalanta have picked up 10 red cards so far in the league - a joint-record amongst the top-5 European leagues shared with Sevilla.
  • Giacomo Bonaventura scored against Siena his first Serie A brace last weekend; he has been directly involved in three of Atalanta's last four goals in the league, scoring two and making one assist.

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Cagliari - Sampdoria

  • Cagliari are unbeaten in their last eight Serie A meetings against Sampdoria (4W 4D).
  • Sampdoria have failed to score on the last three occasions they've played against Cagliari.
  • The Sardinians have kept a clean sheet in seven of their last eight games played at home against Samp.
  • Against Samp, Cagliari have recorded the most wins (21) and draws (25) so far in the top-flight.
  • Last Sunday's defeat against Bologna ended Cagliari's seven-game unbeaten run in the league.
  • Against Bologna, Cagliari also failed to score for the first time after 10 Serie A games.
  • Cagliari are unbeaten in their last four home games in the league (2W 2D).
  • Cagliari netted four goals in their last home game against Torino - previously they had netted only five in seven games at their ground.
  • Samp are unbeaten in the last six match-days (4W 2D).
  • The Blucerchiati have conceded only four goals in their last 10 fixtures, and one in the last six; however, they've failed to score in their last three games on the road.
  • The last time Sampdoria kept three consecutive clean sheets away from home in Serie A was in October 2004.
  • Daniele Conti, who scored his first ever Serie A brace in his last home appearance against Torino, has already scored three goals against Samp, his favourite target after Roma (five).
  • Only Lionel Messi (13) and Cristiano Ronaldo (10) have scored more goals than Mauro Icardi (eight) in 2013 amongst the top-5 European leagues.

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Chievo - Napoli

  • Chievo and Napoli have never drawn in Serie A: the Partenopei lead by five wins to four so far, and had the better in the reverse fixture at the San Paolo (1-0).
  • In Verona, Chievo lead by three wins to one in the top-flight.
  • Napoli have won their last two league games against Chievo, without conceding a single goal.
  • Previously, Chievo had notched up three wins in a row, keeping a clean sheet twice.
  • Chievo have collected only one point from their last five league games, scoring four goals in the process.
  • However, Chievo have lost only one of their last 10 home games in the league (4W 5D).
  • Napoli have drawn their last four league games - their longest winless run in this campaign.
  • Napoli have scored only one goal in their last three Serie A games - prior to that, they had scored in 14 games in a row (on average 2.2 goals per game).
  • Edinson Cavani has failed to score in his last five league games - his longest goal scoring drought since October 2011.
  • El Matador has never failed to score in six consecutive games for Napoli in the league.
  • Valon Behrami has made (122) and won (94) the most tackles in this competition this season.
  • Morgan De Sanctis is the Serie A ‘keeper with the most clean sheets so far in this campaign (11).

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Genoa - AC Milan

  • This will be the 90th meeting between these two sides in Serie A: AC Milan lead by 43 wins to 14, with 31 draws.
  • Genoa have drawn against AC Milan more games than against any other Serie A opponent.
  • Genoa's last win against the Rossoneri was back in May 2010 - since then four wins for Ambrosini & co and a draw.
  • Genoa have scored only one goal in their last five Serie A meetings against AC Milan.
  • Seven of the last 11 meetings played at the Marassi between these two sides have ended as a draw, with two wins apiece completing the record.
  • Genoa have won three of their last four league games at home, as many as they had won over their previous 17 games at the Marassi.
  • AC Milan have collected 21 points in 2013 - more than any other side in this competition.
  • However, away from home the Rossoneri have won only one of their last five games (in Bergamo against Atalanta).
  • Genoa have lost 17 points from leading situations (only Roma have done worse with 18), while AC Milan have lost the lowest number of points after taking the lead (only four).
  • Five of Genoa's last nine goals have been scored by Marco Borriello, who has bagged only one against his former team so far, when he was at Roma.
  • Mario Balotelli has found the net in both of his two previous visits to Genoa in the league.
  • Giampaolo Pazzini has already scored 12 goals in 21 league appearances so far for AC Milan, more than twice as many as he netted in 33 appearances for Inter last term.

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Inter - Bologna

  • Bologna have won only one of their last 15 meetings against Inter in Serie A, right in their last trip to the San Siro in February 2012.
  • Prior to that, Inter had remained unbeaten for 10 home games in the league against Bologna (8W 2D).
  • These two sides have shared the points only once over their last 10 league meetings (0-0 in August 2010).
  • Inter have won only three of their last 11 league games (4W 4L), conceding an average of two goals per game in the process.
  • Inter have recouped 14 points from trailing situations in this campaign, including three in their last fixture against Catania (from 0-2 down to 3-2).
  • The Nerazzurri are unbeaten in their last 11 home league games, winning seven and drawing four.
  • Bologna have won back to back games for the first time in this competition (vs Fiorentina and Cagliari) - the last time the Felsinei won three in a row was between April and May 2012.
  • Bologna haven't shared the points away from home in their last 15 Serie A games (11L 4W).
  • Bologna have scored the most goals from direct free-kicks so far in this Serie A (six).
  • Last Sunday against Catania, Rodrigo Palacio scored his 8th Serie A brace - he has scored a goal and made three assists in his last two league appearances against Bologna.
  • Alessandro Diamanti has been directly involved in five of Inter's last nine goals (scoring two and making three assists).

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Juventus - Catania

  • Since their return to Serie A, Catania have lost only four times in 11 meetings against Juventus, with six draws.
  • Juventus have scored in their last 20 games against Catania in Serie A (on average 1.9 goal per game).
  • Both sides have scored in each of their last five meetings in Turin.
  • Juventus had the better in the last game against Catania in Turin (3-1 in february 2012), prior to that the Sicilians had remained unbeaten in four league games at Juve's ground.
  • Juventus have suffered only one defeat over their last eight league games, winning four.
  • Only twice over their last 53 Serie A fixtures Juventus have conceded more than two goals in a game.
  • The Old lady have recorded three wins and a draw in their last four games at the Juventus Stadium, conceding only one goal in the process.
  • Juventus have already kept 12 clean sheets - a league-high this term.
  • Catania have conceded four goals in their last two games, one more than the total they had shipped over their previous seven fixtures in the league.
  • The Sicilians have won three of their last six away games, as many as they had won over their previous 52 games on the road.
  • Juventus have scored the joint-most goals through subs this season, nine alongside Roma.
  • Mirko Vucinic has already scored seven goals against Catania, all when he was at Roma - only against Udinese (10) has he netted more.
  • This fixture will see the two best free-kick specialists of the Serie A: Andrea Pirlo (five goals this season from direct free-kick) and Francesco Lodi (four).

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Lazio - Fiorentina

  • Fiorentina won the reverse fixture 2-0, after Lazio had won the previous four meetings against the Viola in Serie A.
  • Fiorentina have not scored more than two goals against Lazio in any of their last 21 league meetings, since April 2000.
  • Fiorentina have netted only four goals over their last 12 visits to Lazio's ground in Serie A.
  • Lazio have won only one of their last seven league games (2D 4L).
  • However, the Biancocelesti have won seven of their last nine home games, losing only one.
  • Taking into account only the last six match-days, Lazio would be 16th in the table, alongside Palermo and Siena on four points.
  • Over the last six match-days of Serie A, Fiorentina have alternated between an away loss and a home win.
  • Lazio are unbeaten from leading situations in this campaign (10W 1D), while the Viola have lost the most points from leading situations away from home (11).
  • Fiorentina have scored 19 goals from set-piece (incl. penalties) - a competition-high this term.
  • Libor Kozák has netted three goals in four league appearances against Fiorentina, his favourite target so far. Against the Viola he also scored his first ever goal in Serie A.
  • Lazio are Adem Ljajic's favourite target: two goals scored for him against the Biancocelesti, including his first in this competition in September 2010.

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Palermo - Siena

  • Right against Siena, Palermo made their return to Serie A after 32 years in September 2004 (Palermo-Siena 1-0, with a goal from Luca Toni).
  • The Sicilians have won their last three home games against Siena, without conceding a single goal.
  • Overall, at the Barbera Palermo lead by five wins to two in the top-flight.
  • Palermo are winless in their last 13 league games - currently the longest run without a win in Serie A.
  • Palermo haven't conceded goals in their last two Serie A games, before this they had failed to keep a clean sheet in their previous 13 league fixtures.
  • Palermo have scored the fewest goals from dead balls this season in Serie A (three), while Siena have shipped the most from set-piece situations (17).
  • Siena have failed to score in their last two league games - this is the first time the Tuscans have not scored in consecutive games since December 2011.
  • Siena are winless in their last 11 games away from home (3D 8L).
  • Neither Palermo nor Siena have managed to win from trailing situations this season: 12L 2D for the Rosanero, 14L 1D for the Tuscans.

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Parma - Torino

  • Parma are unbeaten in their last seven meetings against Torino in Serie A (5W 2D).
  • Over these last seven games, the Ducali have scored an average of 2.3 goals per game against the Granata.
  • Parma have won seven of their last eight games against Torino at the Tardini, in between a 1-0 win for the Granata in Feruary 2002.
  • Torino have scored only two goals on their last eight trips to Parma combined.
  • Parma have recorded just three draws and five losses in their last eight league games, and have lost the last three.
  • The Ducali have taken only one point from their last six fixtures in Serie A.
  • Parma have picked up only one point from their last three home games, after they had remained unbeaten for 15 consecutive home games in the league (11W 4D).
  • Torino have won only one of their last six games, with 3D and 2L.
  • The Granata have lost their last two games on the road - this season they've never lost three in a row away from home.
  • Last Sunday, Torino shared their sixth goalless draw of the season - a record amongst the top-5 European leagues.
  • Amauri is the player with the most headed shots on target (12, including three goals) in Serie A.
  • Rolando Bianchi has already scored four goals against Parma, his favourite target in Serie A, all coming in his last three appearances against the Ducali.

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Udinese - Roma

  • Over the past five seasons, the record between Udinese and Roma is perfectly even: four wins apiece and a draw.
  • Overall, these two sides have shared the points only once in their last 15 league meetings (1-1 in March 2009).
  • Udinese have won three of their last four games against Roma at the Friuli, previously the guests had won this fixture six times out of nine.
  • Roma lost their last game played at Udinese's ground by a scoreline of 0-2 - prior to that, the Giallorossi had scored in 14 games in a row at the Friuli.
  • Udinese have shared only one draw in their last nine league games, winning five in the process.
  • Udinese have scored only four goals in their last seven games, after they had netted 14 in the previous six match-days.
  • Roma have won their last three games, after they had failed to win for six consecutive rounds in the league (2D 4L).
  • Roma won their last away game, before that they had taken only one point from their previous five league games on the road.
  • Roma have kept only one clean sheet in their last 13 away games in Serie A (excl. the 3-0 awarded against Cagliari).
  • Antonio Di Natale has already scored 13 goals against Roma, more than against any other Serie A opponent, including six in his last six appearances against the Giallorossi.
  • Francesco Totti has also netted 13 against Udinese, three of which came in his last three appearances.

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