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Andrew Tibot 5th Feb 2015 - 17:29

Serie A Opta Facts - Feb 7-9

Cagliari v Roma

Cagliari and Roma have met 72 times so far in Serie A: the Giallorossi lead by 29 wins to 18.

Roma are unbeaten in their last three league encounters against Cagliari (W2 D1) and have conceded only one goal in the process.

Roma have won their last Serie A game away to Cagliari; prior to that, the Sardinians were unbeaten in their last 11 home league meetings with the Giallorossi (W7 D4).*

Roma have scored 103 goals in Serie A against Cagliari - only Inter (113) have netted more against the Sardinians in the Italian top-flight.

Over the last five match-days, Cagliari have not repeated the same results twice in a row -They have lost their last fixture away to Atalanta.

Roma have drawn each of their last four Serie A games (three of these by 1-1). It happened also in December 2013.

Since January 1st, no sides have conceded more goals than Cagliari in Serie A (11).

Each of the last seven goals conceded by Roma in Serie A have come in the first half of play, six in the opening 30 minutes.

Cagliari have conceded the most goals from indirect free-kicks in this Serie A season, six.

Daniele Conti has scored five goals in Serie A against Roma, his favourite target in the Italian top-flight. However, the last one came back in September 2011.

Francesco Totti has netted 14 goals against Cagliari in the league, the last three of which have come from set-pieces (two from penalties, one from indirect free kick).


* Excluding Roma's 3-0 forfeit win awarded in September 2012



Empoli v Cesena

There have been only three previous meetings between these two sides in Serie A, all ended in a draw.

Both sides have found the net in each of their three matches in the top-flight (10 goals scored in total).

Empoli are without a win in Serie A since last November; since then, they have drawn seven times and lost twice.

Four of Empoli's last five home league fixtures have ended in a goalless draw.

Cesena have won two consecutive games in Serie A for the first time since November 2011.

Cesena have scored and conceded goals in each of their last eight league fixtures.

Moreover, the Bianconeri haven't kept any clean sheet over their last 20 Serie A games - currently the longest run among Serie A sides.

Cesena won their last Serie A game on the road, away to Parma. Prior to that, they had lost five of the previous six league outings away from home.

Empoli have scored only eight goals at home in this Serie A season, a joint-low in the Italian top-flight along with Chievo.

The next will be Cesena's 350th goal in their Serie A history.

Since January 1st, no side have conceded more goals than Cesena in Serie A (11).

Mirko Valdifiori has attempted 1583 passes so far, more than any other player in this Serie A.

Gregor Defrel scored his first Serie A goal last September in the reverse fixture against Empoli.



Fiorentina v Atalanta

Fiorentina and Atalanta have met 103 times in Serie A so far: the Viola have won 45 times, the Nerazzurri 26 times.

Fiorentina have won each of their last five league encounters against Atalanta, keeping a clean sheet in each of the last four.

Fiorentina have scored two or more goals in each of their last seven home league meetings with Atalanta (on average 2.4 per game).

Fiorentina are unebaten in their last four Serie A match-days: two wins followed by two draws against Roma and Genoa.

The Tuscans have obtained one win and three draws in their last four league games at the Franchi, but have kept only one clean sheet in the process.

Atalanta have won only one of their last 10 league games away from home (D4 L5).

Atalanta have scored only five goals - with five different players - on the road this season, fewer than any other Serie A sides.

Fiorentina have netted the most goals from corners in this Serie A campaign (eight).

The next will be Alberto Gilardino's 100th goal at home in Serie A.

Mauricio Pinilla has already netted four goals against Fiorentina in the Italian top-flight, all of which have come in his last four games against the Viola.



Inter Milan v Palermo

There have been 53 Serie A meetings between Inter Milan and Palermo so far, with the Nerazzurri winning 27 times and losing only six times.

Palermo have conceded 108 goal against Inter in the top-flight, more than against any other side.

Palermo have never won at San Siro against Inter in Serie A.

Over the last six league meetings between Inter and Palermo, the same result have never repeated twice in a row. Their last match ended in a draw.

The Nerazzurri have failed to score only once over their last 12 Serie A meetings against Palermo.

Inter have already lost seven times this season, just one fewer compared to the whole last campaign.

Palermo have lost only once in their last 13 Serie A fixtures, 3-4 away to Fiorentina.

The Sicilians have scored in each of their last six league games on the road (12 goals in total).

Palermo have scored 22 goals in the first half, more than any other side in this Serie A season.

In the reverse fixture against Palermo, Mateo Kovacic scored his second goal in Serie A.

Franco Vázquez ahs provided seven assists so far: the joint-most in this Serie A, along with Antonio Candreva.

Last Sunday, against Sassuolo, Mauro Icardi scored his 11th league goal in this season, recording his best tally in a single Serie A campaign.



Juventus v AC Milan

This will be the 160th Serie A meeting between Juventus and AC Milan: the Bianconeri lead by 57 wins to 48.

Juventus have won each of their last four league encounters with AC Milan, keeping a clean sheet in three of these.

Juve have won their last three Serie A matches against AC Milan at home, scoring on average two goals per game.

AC Milan have lost 37 games and conceded 124 away to Juventus in Serie A, more than against any other side in the top-flight.

AC Milan won against Parma last Sunday. Prior to that game, they had't won for five consecutive Serie A games (D2 L3).

The Rossoneri are winless away from home in Serie A since last December (3-1 win away to Hellas Verona). Since then, they have drawn four times and lost twice.

Juventus have kept 13 clean sheets so far, no sides have done better across the top-5 European leagues this season.

AC Milan have conceded 81 shots since January 1st, only Chievo (86) have faced more shots in Serie A over this period.

Carlos Tévez has found two goals in three Serie A appearances against AC Milan, both away from home though.

Across the top-5 European leagues, only Cristiano Ronaldo (eight) has scored more goals from penalties than Jérémy Menez (six).

Menez has been directly involved in 11 of AC Milan's last 13 league goals (nine scored, two assisted).



Lazio v Genoa

This will be the 90th match between these two sides in the Italian top-flight: Genoa lead so far by 34 wins to 31.

Genoa have won the most games (34) and scored the most goals (127) against Lazio in Serie A.

Genoa have won each of their last seven league encounters against Lazio, scoring on average two goals per game.

Lazio have failed to score in four of their last five Serie A meetings against Genoa.

Lazio have attempted 67 shots over the last five Serie A match-days, more than any other side in this period.

Genoa have recouped seven points from trailing situations in games played on the road, more than any other side in this Serie A season.

The Rossoblu have also scored the joint-most goals away from home in this Serie A, 17.

Morevoer, Genoa are one of the only five Serie A sides that have picked up more points away from home than in home games (15 vs 14).

Miroslav Klose has scored one goal and delivered two assist in his last two league games. The German striker is yet to score in Serie A against Genoa (five games).

Juraj Kucka has scored two goals against Lazio at the Olimpico, the last one in November 2013.


Napoli v Udinese

This will be the 66th Serie A meeting between Napoli and Udinese: the most frequent result has been the draw so far (28 times).

Napoli are without a win against Udinese in Serie A since October 2012 (2-1 win at the San Paolo).

Napoli have won five of their last six Serie A match-days (one loss, against Juventus), picking up more points than any other side over this period (15).

On the other side, Udinese have won only once over their last seven league fixtures (D4 L2).

Udinese have conceded goals in each of their last eight league games on the road (12 goals shipped in the process).

Napoli have netted 20 goals in the last 30 minutes of play, more than any other side so far.

Udinese have made 56 substitutions in this Serie A, fewer than any other team.

Orestis Karnezis has faced the most shots so far in this Serie A, 334.

Manolo Gabbiadini has already scored one goal against Udinese this season, when playing for Sampdoria.

Napoli have won nine points thanks to Gonzalo Higuaín so far: the Argentinian striker is the most decisive player amongst the Partenopei.



Parma v Chievo

This will be the 24th Serie A game between these two teams: Parma have won 10 times so far, Chievo only five times.

Chievo are winless against Parma in Serie A since May 2007: since then, six wins for the Ducali and five draws.

Chievo have scored just one goal in their last five Serie A games away to Parma.

Parma have lost nine of their last 11 league games (W1 D1), including each of the lasr four.

Chievo have lost each of their last three Serie A fixtures, conceding two goals in each of these.

Chievo lost their last away game, against Juventus. Prior to that, they had been unbeaten for four consecutive outings away from home in the league (W2 D2).

Parma have conceded the most goals so far across the top-5 European leagues (46).

The next will be Chievo's 500th goal in their Serie A history.

The Venetians have scored four goals from indirect free-kicks, more tha any other Serie A side this term.

Alberto Paloschi, former Parma player, has scored four goals in seven Serie A appearances against the Ducali, but only one of these has come at the Tardini.

Valter Birsa has been replaced 16 times so far, more than any other player in this Serie A campaign.


Sampdoria v Sassuolo

There has been perfect balance in the previous three Serie A meetings between Sampdoria and Sassuolo: one win apiece, followed by a 0-0 draw in the reverse fixture last September.

Sampdoria have already conceded 3+ goals twice in 2015, after they had never shipped more than two per game over their previous 16 fixture of this Serie A season.

Sampdoria are unbeaten in their 10 home league games this season (W5 D5).

Sassuolo have found the net in each of their last 10 Serie A games (17 goals scored in the process).

Both sides have scored in each of Sassuolo's last five away league fixtures. These five games have produced on average 3.8 goals.

No sides have scored more than Sampdoria (seven goals) between minutes 46 and 60.

Sassuolo have netted only one goal from minute 31 to minute 45: the joint-lowest tally in that period.

Sampdoria have conceded only eight goals on home soil: only Juventus (five) and Roma (seven) have shipped fewers goals at home in this Serie A season.

Stefano Okaka haven't scored any goal in his last seven league appearances; he has already netted one goal against Sassuolo, in March 2014.

Domenico Berardi scored against Sampdoria his first hat-trick in Serie A, in November 2013 away from home.



Verona v Torino

These two sides have met 45 times so far in Serie A: Torino lead by 19 wins to nine, 17 draws complete the record.

The last two Serie A matches between Verona and Torino have both seen a win for the away team.

Torino have won five of their last eight Serie A encounters against Verona, scoring 14 goals in the process.

Verona have alternated a home win to an away defeat over the last four Serie A match-days.

Verona have won two consecutive home league fixtures for the first time since December 2013.

No sides have picked up more points than Torino (16) over the last eight Serie A match-days.

Torino have now won three consecutive league games: they have never won four in a row - in a single Serie A season - since March 1978.

95% of Torino's goals (21 out of 22) have come from inside the box: it's the highest percentage in this Serie A.

Luca Toni has scored three goals in Serie A against Torino, the last one for Verona in February 2014.

Last Sunday, against Sampdoria, Fabio Quagliarella scored his second hat-trick in Serie A: the first one came in November 2011 against Pescara (for Juventus).

Quagliarella has scored eight goals in Serie A this season: the other Torino's forwards have netted three altogether (one apiece for Josef Martinez, Maxi López & Amauri).


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