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Eden Jon 7th Nov 2013 - 13:05

Serie A Opta Facts 9-10 November

Matchday 12 - Serie A 2013/14

Atalanta - Bologna

  • Atalanta have won only one of their last seven games against Bologna in Serie A.
  • However, Atalanta have lost only one of their last 23 games at home against Bologna.
  • Atalanta have picked up only one point from their last three league fixtures, previously they had won three games in a row.
  • At home, Stefano Colantuono's side have picked up seven points from their last three games (wins vs Udinese and Lazio and draw vs Inter).
  • Bologna haven't conceded goals over their last three league games. The last time they kept four clean sheets in a row in Serie A was in November 1999 (over five games).
  • Bologna have lost three of their last five away games, but did win the last one (3-0 vs Cagliari).
  • The last time Bologna won back-to-back games away from home was in March 2012 (vs Inter and Lazio).
  • Atalanta have scored five headed goals - a joint-record shared with Inter and Parma.
  • Atalanta are yet to score in the first 15 minutes of play, while Bologna have already conceded four in the opening 15 minutes of their games.
  • German Denis scored his first ever goal in Serie A against Bologna, back in September 2008 when he was at Napoli.

Cagliari - Torino

  • Cagliari are unbeaten in their last five meetings against Torino (W4 D1).
  • Over these last five meetings, Cagliari have kept a clean sheet four times.
  • The Sardinians are unbeaten in their last nine home games against Torino (W5 D4).
  • Cagliari have lost their last three Serie A games, and won only one of the last 10.
  • The Sardinians lost their last home game 3-0 against Bologna, after they had remained unbeaten at their ground for five games (W3 D2).
  • Torino have won only one of their last 10 Serie A games, and have drawn four of the last five.
  • Away from home, the Granata have won only one of their last 13 games between this and last season (D5 L7).
  • Torino have been awarded five penalties so far - a joint-record amongst Europe's top-5 leagues, alongside Levante.
  • Torino have conceded 11 goals from set piece situations -the highest of any team in this Serie A campaign.
  • Cagliari have recouped nine points from trailing situations, only Juventus have done better so far (10).
  • Torino, instead, have dropped the joint-most points from leading situations, 10 like AC Mian.
  • Back in April 2011, Alessio Cerci scored his first Serie A brace at the Sant'Elia. He has already bagged three goals against the Sardinians, his favourite target alongside Bologna.

Catania - Udinese

  • Catania and Udinese have met 22 times in Serie A: the Sicilians lead by 10 wins to nine.
  • The same result never occurred twice in a row over the last six meetings played in Sicily between these two sides - the last meeting at the Massimino saw the hosts winning 3-1.
  • Catania have picked up only one point from their last four league games.
  • Catania's win over Chievo back in September remains their only win of this campaign - this is their worst start to a Serie A season since 1965/66.
  • Udinese have lost three of their last four Serie A fixtures, without scoring a single goal.
  • Udinese have shared only one draw over their last 19 league games played between this and last season.
  • Udinese are the only side yet to score a headed goal in this competition.
  • Catania have conceded the most goals from outside the box (six), while Udinese haven't scored any from long range from open play yet.
  • Catania are yet to score in the last 30 minutes of play.
  • Catania have mustered only 32 shots on target so far - a Serie A-low.
  • Antonio Di Natale has scored nine goals against Catania in Serie A, including a hat-trick in September 2009.


Chievo - AC Milan


  • AC Milan have won the last 13 meetings against Chievo in Serie A, keeping a clean sheet in three of the last four.
  • Overall, Chievo have beaten AC Milan only twice in Serie A, with both these wins coming at the Bentegodi (in October 2002 and December 2005).
  • Only once in 22 previous meetings have AC Milan failed to score against Chievo (a goalless draw at the San Siro in March 2003).
  • AC Milan have picked up only one point from their last three league games. Overall this is the Rossoneri's worst start to a Serie A campaign since 1981/82.
  • AC Milan have conceded 19 goals so far - only in 1941/42 (20) and in 1932/33 (23) had they shipped more after the first 11 games of the season.
  • Chievo are winless in their last seven games (D1 L6). This is their worst record since January 2011, when they went eight games without a win.
  • Chievo have scored only seven goals so far - no side has scored fewer in Serie A.
  • Mario Balotelli has had only one shot on target over his last three league appearances. He had 13 in the previous four.
  • For the first time since joining AC Milan, Balotelli has failed to score for three Serie A appearances in a row.
  • Since his return to Serie A, Balotelli has missed out seven games. Milan have won three, drawn two and lost two without him playing.
  • Kaká scored the first of his two Serie A hat-tricks against Chievo at the San Siro in April 2006.
  • Only in his first spell at Cagliari (10 points after the first 11 matchdays) has Massimiliano Allegri started a campaign worse than he has at AC Milan this season.


Fiorentina - Sampdoria

  • Fiorentina have won only one of their last five Serie A games against Sampdoria, their last meeting in April (3-0 at the Marassi).
  • Samp's last win in Florence was in September 2004. Since then, the Viola have won four times with three draws at the Franchi (including those in the last two meetings).
  • Fiorentina have won three of their last four games, losing the other against Napoli.
  • The five games played at the Franchi in Serie A this season has seen both teams scoring at least a goal.
  • Samp have lost their last two games against Verona and Sassuolo, after winning the previous two against Livorno and Atalanta.
  • Sampdoria have won only one of their last 14 away games in Serie A.
  • The Blucerchiati have conceded 17 goals after the break - a negative record in this competition.
  • The Viola have already converted four penalties this term, a joint-record in Serie A.
  • Giuseppe Rossi is the current Serie A top-scorer on nine goals - only Diego Costa and Cristiano Ronaldo (both on 13) have netted more so far this season amongst Europe's top
    five leagues.
  • Éder has been involved in five of Samp's 12 goals this term (four goals and an assist).


Genoa - Verona

  • The last Serie A meeting between these two sides was back in April 1992.
  • Overall, they've met 16 times in the top-flight - Verona lead by six wins to five.
  • At the Ferraris, the hosts have had the better of their opponents on four occasions, while the the guests have won only twice.
  • Genoa have won back-to-back games for the first time this season.
  • The last time they won three in a row in Serie A was at the start of the 2009-10 campaign.
  • Verona have won five of their last six league games.
  • Only in 1984-85 Verona had recorded a better start to a Serie A season after 11 games. On that occasion they went on to win the Scudetto.
  • Verona still have a 100% record at home this season, like Roma and Juventus.
  • Genoa have won each of the four games in which have taken the lead this season.
  • Verona have conceded five goals in the last 15 minutes of the first half - the most of any Serie A side.
  • Verona have conceded four goals from corner situations, a joint-high in Serie A shared with Torino.
  • This game will see Alberto Gilardino challenging Luca Toni, with the two 2006 World Cup winners locked on five goals in this campaign. Both have found the net in the last two match days.
  • Luca Toni returned to score for two consecutive appearances for the first time after a year.


Inter - Livorno

  • Inter are unbeaten in their last 13 games against Livorno in Serie A (W11 D2).
  • Inter have kept eight clean sheets over their last 11 games against Livorno, including the last three.
  • Inter have won their last seven games against Livorno at the San Siro, conceding only two goals in the process.
  • The Nerazzurri have alternated between a draw and a win over the last four match-days, beating Udinese 3-0 on Sunday.
  • Inter kept their first clean sheet last Sunday, after conceding goals in their previous six fixtures.
  • Livorno got back to winning ways last Sunday against Atalanta, ending a seven-game winless run in Serie A.
  • After taking four points from their first two away games of the season, Livorno lost the next three on the road.
  • Inter have the best attack of this competition (27 goals).
  • Seven of Inter's goals have come from a cross (a league-high).
  • Rodrigo Palacio has already scored seven goals in this campaign, but only two were at home.
  • Last Sunday Andrea Ranocchia was the first Italian player to score a goal for Inter this season in the league.
  • Innocent Emeghara scored his first Serie A goal against Inter in February, when he was at Siena.

Juventus - Napoli

  • Juventus are unbeaten in their last five games against Napoli (W2 D3).
  • Previously, the Partenopei had won three games in a row against Juve in Serie A.
  • Napoli have failed to score in five of their last seven trips to Juve's ground.
  • The last time Napoli kept a clean sheet away to Juventus was in May 1982 (0-0).
  • Juventus have won seven of their last eight league games, losing the other away to Fiorentina.
  • Juventus have kept three clean sheets in a row for the first time this season.
  • This is Napoli's best ever start to a Serie A season - they have never previously had 28 points after 11 rounds.
  • This is a record also for Rafa Benitez: his sides had never amassed as many points after 11 games.
  • 12 of Napoli's goals have come from new signings, more than any other side in this Serie A.
  • Juve have hit the woodwork nine times this term, a league-high.
  • Napoli have scored eight goals from outside the box, all from open play - a record amongst the top five European leagues this season.
  • Marek Hamsik has already scored five goals against Juventus, his favourite target in Serie A after Bologna (six).
  • Paul Pogba scored five goals last season, all at home. His three goals this season have all come away from home.
  • Pogba also scored his first Serie A goal against Napoli in October 2012.


Parma - Lazio

  • Parma have won only one of their last seven games against Lazio, and two of the last 15 in Serie A.
  • Over the last 10 meetings between these two sides, the same result never occurred twice in a row. The last game ended in a goalless draw back in April.
  • Parma have lost three of their previous four league games, winning the other against AC Milan.
  • The Ducali have kept a clean sheet only once in their last 10 league fixtures.
  • Lazio have won only one of their last six Serie A games (D3 L2).
  • Away from home, the Biancocelesti have won only one of their last 15 games between this and last season.
  • Parma have scored six goals in the 15 minutes before the break, a joint-record shared with Juventus.
  • Lazio have scored the joint-most goals with defenders this season (five, like Inter).
  • Amauri has scored three times against Lazio in Serie A, but has failed to find the net over his last 17 league appearances.
  • Antonio Cassano has bagged six goals against the Biancocelesti in the league - he is the player who has created the most goal scoring chances so far this season with his passes (33).

Roma - Sassuolo

  • This will be the first ever meeting between Roma and Sassuolo.
  • Roma are unbeaten in their last 13 games in Serie A (W11 D2) - currently the longest run in this competition.
  • Roma have won every game at home this term, one of three sides still boasting a 100% record at their ground (alongside Juventus and Verona).
  • The Giallorossi are the only team yet to concede a goal at their ground this season.
  • Last Sunday, Sassuolo won their first ever game away from home in Serie A (4-3 vs Sampdoria).
  • Over the last six matchdays, Sassuolo have never repeated the same result twice in a row.
  • Roma have the best defence of this campaign (only two goals conceded), Sassuolo have the worst (27).
  • Last Sunday, Sassuolo's Domenico Berardi became the youngest player to score a hat-trick this season amongst the top five European leagues.
  • Antonio Floro Flores also found the net last Sunday for Sassuolo - Roma are his favourite target in Serie A after Lazio (three goals for him against the Giallorossi).
  • Miralem Pjanic has been involved in three of Roma's last five goals in the league (scoring two and making an assist).
  • Pjanic is the player who received the most passes in this Serie A campaign (635).



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