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Stuart Dalgleish 7th May 2015 - 15:16

Serie A Opta Facts - 9-11 May

Cesena v Sassuolo


  • The only previous meeting between Cesena and Sassuolo in Serie A was their 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture.
  • These two sides have met four times in Serie B: three wins for Sassuolo, one draw.
  • Sassuolo have also scored at least one goal in each of their five matches against Cesena between Serie A and Serie B (on average 2.2 goals per game).
  • Cesena have won the fewest games in this Serie A campaign, four, and are winless in the last nine league fixtures (D5 L4).
  • Only Cagliari (13) have picked up fewer points at home than Cesena (16) in this Serie A campaign.
  • Sassuolo are without a win in their last eight league games on the road: two draws and six losses, including all their last five outings away from home.
  • Esubio Di Francesco's side have conceded goals in each of their last 11 away league fixtures (on average two per game).
  • Cesena have scored 31% of their goals (10 out of 32) from outside the box, the highest percentage in this Serie A campaign.
  • Three of Cesena's last five goals from open play have been scored by Carlos Carbonero - all from outside the box.
  • Simone Zaza has not scored for 11 consecutive Serie A appearances, his longest goalscoring drought in the Italian top-flight (his last goal came last February against Inter).



Chievo v Verona


  • These two sides have not shared the points in any of their five Serie A meetings: three wins for Chievo, two for Hellas Verona.
  • Chievo have failed to score just once over these two Serie A matches against Verona (a 0-1 defeat last season).
  • Only one of Chievo's last 10 league fixtures has seen one of the two teams score more than one goal (Genoa v Chievo 0-2).
  • Over these 10 games, Chievo have kept seven clean sheets, conceding just one goal in each of the other three fixtures.
  • Since their debut in Serie A (season 2001/02), Chievo have drawn 0-0 56 times in the top-flight, more than any other side.
  • Verona have conceded goals in six of their last seven league games, winning only twice in the process (D2 L3).
  • Verona have made five own goals, a league-high in Serie A this season.
  • Alberto Paloschi has been directly involved in five of Chievo's last seven Serie A goals (four scored, one assist provided).
  • Luca Toni has bagged four braces this season (only Carlos Tévez has netted more, five), all of these have come since January 1st 2015.
  • Rafa Márquez, suspended for this match, has been sent off three times in Serie A this season, more than any other player.



Empoli v Fiorentina


  • These two sides have met 15 times in Serie A so far: Fiorentina lead by seven wins to two, six draws complete the score.
  • Only against Udinese (seven) have Empoli drawn more Serie A games than against Fiorentina.
  • Empoli's last win in the top-flight against Fiorentina came in September 1997 (2-1): since then, three draws and sevens wins for the Viola.
  • That was also the only previous meeting in which Empoli managed to score more than one goal.
  • Empoli are unbeaten in their last six home league games (W4 D2), and have lost just once over their last 12 league fixtures at the Castellani.
  • Empoli have scored in each of their last seven home games, after four 0-0s in a row. Moreover, they have netted nine goals over their last three league games at home.
  • Fiorentina have picked up only point over their last four Serie A outings away from home, and have conceded on average three goals per game in the process.
  • Eighteen different players have scored for Fiorentina in this Serie A, a league-high this season.
  • Josip Ilicic has scored three goals and provided two assists over his last five Serie A appearances.
  • Riccardo Saponara is the only Empoli player to have scored from outside the box in this Serie A season. He has netted three goals in his last three league games at home.



Genoa v Torino


  • Genoa have won 27 times against Torino in Serie A, only against Lazio (35) and Roma (32) have they obtained more wins in the Italian top-flight.
  • However, Genoa are without a win in their last five Serie A meetings with Torino: three draws followed by two consecutive losses (both away from home).
  • Torino are winless in their last 11 league matches against Genoa away from home (D6 L5): their last success at Marassi came in September 1981.
  • Genoa have not drawn any of their last six league games (W4 L2).
  • Genoa have won their last three home fixtures in Serie A - they have not won four league games in a row at home since February 2012.
  • Torino have scored in each of their last nine league games on the road, but they have also conceded goals in seven of these.
  • Torino have picked up 19 points away from home in 2015, more than any other Serie A side.
  • Genoa have scored 32 goals with new players - a league-high in this Serie A.
  • Maxi López has scored three goals against Genoa in Serie A, including one for Sampdoria in the derby in February 2014.
  • Andrea Bertolacci has delivered six assists in this campaign, as many as he had provided in all his previous four seasons in the top-flight.



Juventus v Cagliari


  • This will be the 70th meeting between these two sides in Serie A: Juventus lead by 33 wins to 11 (25 draws).
  • Cagliari have won none of their last 10 Serie A matches against Juventus (D2 L8), conceding 2-5 goals per game in the process.
  • Juventus have scored in 10 of their last 21 league clashes against Cagliari.
  • Juventus have lost just twice in 34 home meetings in Serie A against Cagliari: 19 wins for the Bianconeri, 13 draws.
  • Prior to their 4-0 win over Parma, Cagliari had conceded goals in each of their previous 18 Serie A fixtures.
  • Cagliari have won two of their three league games under Gianluca Festa: seven goals scored, two conceded.
  • Juventus boast the second-best defence across the top five European leagues this season with 19 goals conceded, while Cagliari have the third-worst (63 goals shipped).
  • Juventus have scored 10 goals goals in the opening 15 minutes of play (only Palermo, 12, have done better so far). In contrast, Cagliari have conceded the most goals in the same period, 13.
  • Albin Ekdal has scored five league goals this season (four of which have been scored away from home) - as many as he had netted before in Serie A in his career, in six seasons.
  • Cagliari are Fernando Llorente's favourite target in Serie A: he has scored four goals in three appearances against the Sardinians, including his first brace in the Italian top-flight.



Lazio v Inter


  • There have been 143 meetings so far between these two sides in Serie A: 58 wins for Inter Milan, 33 for Lazio, 52 draws.
  • The last two matches have seen a win for Inter and one draw: prior to these, Lazio had won four in a row against the Nerazzurri in the league.
  • The Biancocelesti have won each of their last four home league meetings against Inter Milan (twice by 3-1, twice by 1-0).
  • After eight wins in a row, Lazio have won only once in their last four league fixtures (D2 L1).
  • However, Lazio have picked up 16 points over their last six home games, scoring four goals in three of these.
  • On the other side, Inter Milan have won four of their last six league games on the road, losing just one of these.
  • Lazio have scored the most goals with midfielders in this Serie A season, 43, but they are the only side yet to score via a defender.
  • Inter have conceded nine goals from set-pieces so far: only Juventus (eight) have shipped fewer in this Serie A campaign.
  • Last Sunday against Atalanta, Marco Parolo scored his ninth goal in this Serie A - a personal record in a single season in the top-flight.
  • Mauro Icardi has netted five goals in his last six league appearances away from home.



Milan v Roma


  • This will be the 160th Serie A meeting between AC Milan and Roma: the Rossoneri lead by 71 wins to 40 - against no other side have they obtained so many wins in the top-flight.
  • However, AC Milan haven't beaten Roma in any of their last five Serie A matches (D3 L2) and have failed to score in both the last two.
  • Despite 44 wins and 16 losses against Roma at home in their Serie A history, AC Milan have won only two of their last eight league encounters with the Giallorossi at San Siro , losing four times.
  • AC Milan have lost their last three league games - the last time they lost four in a row in Serie A was back in April 1986.
  • Over the last eight home league games, AC Milan have never repeated the same result twice in a row - they lost their last fixture at San Siro against Genoa.
  • Roma have won their last two Serie A games without conceding - the last time they have won three league fixtures in a row was in November 2014.
  • Only Juventus (32) have picked up more points than Roma (30) away from home in this Serie A.
  • Seydou Doumbia has scored two goals with his first two shots on target attempted in Serie A.
  • Alessandro Florenzi has netted three goals over his last five Serie A appearances - he has netted two goals at San Siro in his career, both against Inter though.
  • Alessio Cerci has assisted both AC Milan's last two league goals: since he joined the Rossoneri, he has provided four of their 10 assists in Serie A.



Palermo v Atalanta


  • There has been perfect balance in the previous Serie A meetings between Palermo and Atalanta: 15 wins apiece, nine draws.
  • Palermo have won only once in their last five Serie A encounters with Atalanta (D1 L3), after they had obtained four wins and three draws in the previous seven.
  • Palermo lost their last home league match against Atalanta, after three wins in a row at the Barbera against the Nerazzurri (scoring on average two goals per game).
  • The Rosanero have failed to score only once over their last 13 Serie A clashes at home with Atalanta.
  • Palermo have lost only one of their last five league fixtures (W2 D2).
  • Atalanta have drawn seven of their nine league games under Edy Reja (W1 L1).
  • Atalanta have both scored and conceded goals in each of their last seven Serie A fixtures.
  • The Nerazzurri are winless in their last seven league outings away from home (three defeats followed by four consecutive draws).
  • No side has scored fewer goals than Atalanta on the road in this Serie A campaign (12).
  • Only one of Maxi Moralez's five league goals in this season has come away from home - he has netted two goals in four Serie A appearances against Palermo in his career.
  • Paulo Dybala has scored 11 of his 13 league goals in the first half this season (only Carlos Tévez, 12 has netted more before half-time). Dybala has scored only one goal in his last 10 Serie A appearances.



Parma v Napoli


  • Napoli lead by 13 wins to 12 in their 31 Serie A meetings against Parma (six draws).
  • These two sides have never shared the points over their last 10 Serie A matches: four wins for Parma, six for Napoli.
  • Parma won their last match against Napoli at the Tardini, after they had picked up only one point in their previous five home league meetings against the Partenopei.
  • Parma have lost 0-4 in both of their last two Serie A games.
  • However, Roberto Donadoni's side have won their last three home league games, all 1-0: the last time they have won four in a row at the Tardini in the same Serie A season was in May 2012.
  • Napoli have won four of their last five Serie A games: in these five fixtures they have scored on average three goals per game.
  • However, Rafa Benitez's side have lost five of their last six league games on the road.
  • Napoli have netted 39 goals in the second half, 33 in the last 30 minutes of play - both records in this Serie A campaign.
  • On the other side, Parma have conceded the most goals in the first half of play, 35.
  • Five of Parma's last 10 league goals have come from outside the box (all scored by different players).
  • Gonzalo Higuaín is the only player who has failed to convert three penalties this season across the top five European leagues.



Udinese v Sampdoria


  • This will be the 68th Serie A match between these two teams: Udinese have won 19 times so far, Sampdoria 27 times, 21 draws complete the record.
  • Udinese have scored 101 goals in Serie A against Sampdoria, more than against any other side in the top-flight.
  • The last two Serie A meetings between the two sides have both ended in draws and have seen 10 goals in total.
  • Sampdoria have won only once over their last 10 league games away to Udinese, losing five times.
  • Sampdoria have conceded on average two goals per game over these 10 clashes on the road against Udinese.
  • Udinese have won only two of their last 12 home league games, after they had picked up 13 points in the previous five earlier this season.
  • Sampdoria are winless in their last six Serie A games (D3 L3): this is their longest streak since the start of the 2013/14 season, when they didn't win any of their opening seven fixtures.
  • Udinese have lost 14 points from leading situations at home in this Serie A season, more than any other side.
  • Antonio Di Natale - the sixth-best goalscorer in the Serie A history on 206 goals - has scored 12 league goals against Sampdoria: only against Roma and Lazio (13 apiece) has he netted more in the Italian top-flight.
  • Luis Muriel has made 57 Serie A appearances for Udinese, scoring 15 goals. All of his four league goals for Sampdoria have come away from home.


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