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Stuart Dalgleish 7th Nov 2014 - 10:49

Serie A Opta Facts - 8-9 November

Cagliari v Genoa


  • Cagliari and Genoa have met 32 so far in Serie A - the Sardinians lead with 13 wins to nine.
  • These sides last played out a draw in Serie A in April 1995 - since then they've won seven times each.
  • Cagliari have won their last three league meetings against Genoa all by a 2-1 scoreline.
  • Cagliari have never repeated the same result in their last seven league games, losing the last one away to Lazio.
  • Cagliari are yet to win at home in this campaign (2D 2L).
  • Genoa are unbeaten in their last five Serie A games (4W 1D).
  • The Grifoni have 18 points from 10 games - their best start to a Serie A campaign since 1932/33.
  • Genoa are one only two sides yet to lose a game away from home this season - the other being AC Milan.
  • Marco Sau has scored four goals in his previous three appearances against Genoa in Serie A.
  • Alessandro Matri has netted five goals in his last four games away from home - indeed, he is the top-scorer in Serie A in terms of away goals.


Chievo v Cesena


  • These two sides have met only four times so far in Serie A - Chievo have won twice, Cesena once.
  • Both previous meetings in Verona have been won by the hosts.
  • By drawing against Sassuolo, Chievo ended a run of four consecutive losses in the league.
  • Chievo have scored only one goal in total in their last five games.
  • Chievo have netted only six goals in total after 10 matches - only in 2008/09 had they scored even fewer goals at this stage of a top-flight season.
  • Cesena are on a nine-game winless streak - currently the worst run of its kind in Serie A, while Chievo are without a victory in their last eight games.
  • Cesena have picked up only one point away from home (1-1 vs Udinese), and they're yet to score from open play on the road.
  • Cesena and Chievo currently boast the second and third worst attacks respectively in Serie A. Only Atalanta have scored fewer goals (four).
  • Maxi López has scored three goals in his four Serie A appearances against Cesena - he hasn't scored more against any other opponent in the competition.
  • Two of Luigi Giorgi's five goals in Serie A have been scored against Chievo, including the last one in May 2013.



Empoli v Lazio


  • In head to head meetings, Lazio lead Empoli by seven wins to two in Serie A, with five draws.
  • However, Empoli won their last meeting back in February 2008 (1-0).
  • Empoli have failed to score only once ever at home against Lazio (0-0 in March 1999).
  • Empoli have lost their last three Serie A games - previously they had remained unbeaten for five fixtures (1W 4D).
  • The Tuscans have only kept one clean sheet in this campaign (3-0 at home against Palermo).
  • Lazio are unbeaten in their last six games (5W 1D).
  • The Biancocelesti have scored an average of 2.7 goals per game in this run - in fact, the Romans currently boast the best attack in the competition (20 goals).
  • Empoli have conceded 18 goals - the second-highest tally in Serie A.
  • Massimo Maccarone has scored four goals against Lazio in Serie A - only against Palermo has he managed more (five).
  • Antonio Candreva has assisted four of Lazio's last seven goals, and six in total since the start of this campaign (a record).


Fiorentina v Napoli


  • This will be the 129th Serie A meeting between these two sides - Fiorentina lead by 51 wins to 42.
  • In fact, Fiorentina have won against Napoli more often than against any other opponent so far in Serie A.
  • However, the Viola have won only one of their last eight games aganst the Partenopei (4D 3L).
  • Fiorentina have scored more than a single goal only once in their last eight meetings against Napoli at the Franchi.
  • The Viola have kept a clean sheet in four of their five home games this seaon.
  • Napoli have failed to score away from home only against Udinese this season.
  • Rafa Benitez's side has been the most prolific in the last 15 minutes of play, with eight goals scored, while the Viola are yet to find the net in this period.
  • Last Sunday, Gonzalo Rodríguez failed to score from the penalty spot for the first time in Serie A, having converted the previous four.
  • Dries Mertens scored his first Serie A goal against Fiorentina at the Franchi in October 2013.
  • Christian Maggio has scored three goals against his former side, Fiorentina. Indeed, only against Palermo (four) has he netted more in the top-flight.

Inter v Verona



  • Inter have won 28 of their 50 meetings against Verona in Serie A, losing only four.
  • Those 28 losses make Verona's record against Inter their worst against any Serie A opponent.
  • Inter are unbeaten at home against Verona, and have won their last six games at the San Siro against the Scaligeri.
  • Verona have failed to score in 19 of their 25 previous visits to Inter in Serie A.
  • Inter have won only two of their last six Serie A games (1D 3L).
  • Inter have scored in every home game this term - however, they've only picked up four points from their last three games at the San Siro.
  • Verona's last four Serie A games have seen both teams scoring.
  • Verona have faced 166 opposition shots in this campaign - more than any other side.
  • Rodrigo Palacio found the net in both games against Verona last season.
  • Palacio has failed to score in his last nine league appearances - his longest scoring drought since he joined Inter.
  • Former Inter player Andrea Mandorlini has lost each of his three previous games as a manger against the Nerzzurri in Serie A.


Juventus v Parma


  • Juventus lead the Serie A head to head record between these two sides by 20 wins to Parma's nine.
  • Parma have played out 15 draws against Juventus in Serie A - more than against any other side.
  • Juventus are unbeaten in their last six games against Parma (4W 2D).
  • Parma have won only two games at Juve's ground, losing 14.
  • Juventus have scored on average of 2.7 goals per game in their last three home games against Parma.
  • Juve have already kept seven clean sheets in this campaign - a joint-league-high alongside Roma.
  • In beating Inter 2-0 last Sunday, Parma got back to winning ways after losing their previous six league games.
  • Juventus have won their last 23 home games in the league - an all-time Serie A record.
  • Carlos Tévez has been involved in 10 of Juve's goals this season, scoring six and providing four assists.
  • Andrea Pirlo has scored eight goals in Serie A against Parma - his best tally against any side in the division.
  • Paolo De Ceglie has ascored three goals in this campaign, including a brace last Sunday against Inter, making it his best-ever tally in a single Serie A season.

Palermo v Udinese



  • This will be the 33rd meeting between Palermo and Udinese in Serie A - the Friulani lead by 13 wins to 11.
  • Palermo's last win against Udinese came in October 2009 (1-0 at the Barbera) - since then, the Sicilians have taken only two points from seven games against the Friulani.
  • In February 2011, Udinese won 7-0 away to Palermo - that remains both the Rosanero's biggest home defeat and the Friulani's best away win in Serie A.
  • On that occasion, Antonio Di Natale scored one of his seven Serie A hat-tricks.
  • Palermo have won three of their last four league games, including the last two where they kept clean sheets in both.
  • The last time Palermo managed three Serie A wins in a row was in November 2010.
  • Udinese, on the other hand, have lost three of their last four league fixtures, and have won only one of their last 11 away from home..
  • Antonio Di Natale has been involved in nine of Udinese's 13 goals in this campaign (six goals, three assists).
  • Paulo Dybala has had a hand in four of Palermo's last six goals, scoring two and providing two assists.
  • Franco Vázquez scored for three games in a row between MD2 and MD4, before failing to find the net in any of the following six games.


Roma v Torino


  • Roma and Torino have met 138 times in Serie A - the Giallorossi lead by 56 wins to 44.
  • Roma have won more often against Torino than against any other Serie A opponent.
  • Torino's last win against Roma came in May 2007 - since then, there have been six wins for the Giallorossi and two draws.
  • Roma have won eight of their last nine games at home against Torino in Serie A.
  • Rudi Garcia's side have a 100% record at home this season with five wins in five games, along with five clean sheets.
  • Torino have kept three clean sheets in their last four games in the league, but have won only one of their last five on the road.
  • Roma have completed 88% of their passes - a Serie A-high.
  • Torino have found the back of net with only seven of their 106 shots, equating to a conversion rate of 6.6%, the second-worst in the division.
  • Daniele De Rossi's first-ever Serie A goal came against Torino in May 2003.
  • Roma lost their last game against Napoli (2-0). However, since Garcia's appointment the Giallorossi have lost consecutive Serie A games only once (the last three games of last season).

Sampdoria v AC Milan



  • In Serie A clashes between these two sides, AC Milan lead Sampdoria by 63 wins to 30.
  • AC Milan haven't conceded a single goal in their last three games against Sampdoria in Serie A.
  • AC Milan have managed 23 victories against Sampdoria at the Marassi, with the hosts winning 19.
  • Sampdoria scored three goals in a league game for the first time this season last weekend against Fiorentina, after they had failed to score at all in their previous two games.
  • AC Milan lost their last game (against Palermo) after remaining unbeaten in their previous six.
  • The Blucerchiati are still unbeaten at home this season (4W 1D).
  • The Rossoneri are yet to keep a clean sheet on the road this season. However, they are still unbeaten away from the San Siro (2W 3D).
  • Sampdoria are yet to find their first goal in the opening 15 minutes of play this season.
  • Filippo Inzaghi's side have conceded three own-goals so far this season - a league-high.
  • Giampaolo Pazzini scored 36 goals in 75 league appearances for Sampdoria between 2008 and 2011.


Sassuolo v Atalanta


  • Sassuolo and Atalanta have met only twice in Serie A, with the Emiliani winning both clashes 2-0 last season.
  • Atalanta are the only opponent ever to lose twice to Sassuolo in Serie A.
  • Sassuolo are unbeaten in their last four Serie A games (2W 2D), their best run since December 2013.
  • Sassuolo have conceded goals in 17 of their last 18 home games in Serie A.
  • Atalanta have won only one of their last eight league fixtures, losing five and scoring only two goals in the process.
  • Atalanta have failed to score in seven of their 10 games played so far this season and have managed a league-low four goals so far.
  • Atalanta have attempted the most open-play crosses this season (209).
  • Nicola Sansone is yet to score his first goal of the 2014/15 Serie A campaign - last season he scored a brace against Atalanta.


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