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Antony Heath 23rd Feb 2012 - 13:38

Serie A Opta Facts - MD 25



Atalanta v Roma

Atalanta have scored 102 goals against Roma in Serie A, only against Lazio (103) have they netted more.
Roma have won six of their last seven games against Atalanta, losing the other.
Over the last six meetings in Bergamo between these two sides, they have alternated a win each.
Roma have scored in 19 of their last 20 league games against Atalanta.
Atalanta have not conceded in their last three games (two goalless draws and a 1-0 win with Genoa).
At home, Stefano Colantuono's side have scored just one goal in their last four league games (Marilungo's winner against Genoa).
Roma have not repeated the same result for two consecutive games over the last seven match-days of this competition.
Luis Enrique's side have picked up just one point from their last three games on the road in Serie A.

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Bologna v Udinese

Udinese have scored in each of their last seven league games against Bologna, notching up three wins and two draws in the process.
Bologna have come out on top in the last two games at home to Udinese, with the same score line (2-1); Marco Di Vaio scored in both games.
Bologna's captain has netted three goals in his last four Serie A appearances, and is currently his side's top scorer on eight goals.
Bologna are, with Juventus, the only Serie A side still unbeaten in 2012 (three wins and four draws).
The Felsinei have not conceded in their last three league games. In their last three at home they have recorded two wins and a draw, without conceding.
Bologna have scored four goals before half time in their last two games; they had netted just five in the first half of their 21 previous league games.
Udinese have won just one of their last five games in the league.
Away from home, Francesco Guidolin's side have lost three games in a row, and won just one of their last 10 games.
Antonio Di Natale will miss this game injured: Udinese have won just one of the last seven Serie A games played without him, losing four.
Udinese have failed to score in five of these last seven games without Di Natale.

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Cagliari v Lecce

Cagliari are unbeaten in their last four meetings with Lecce (three wins and a draw).
At home the Sardinians are still unbeaten against Lecce in the top-flight (five wins and two draws).
Cagliari have already kept four clean sheets at home against Lecce in Serie A.
Cagliari have alternated a home win with an away draw in the last four match-days; should this trend continue, the Sardinians would beat Lecce.
Cagliari have scored six goals in their last two home games, as many as they had scored in their previous 10 games at the Sant'Elia.
Lecce are unbeaten for three games for the second time in this campaign; the last time they went four consecutive games without losing in Serie A was in February 2011.
Lecce have picked up more points on the road (12) than at home (nine) so far this term.
The goalless draw at Atalanta's ground ended a series of seven consecutive away games in which Lecce had always scored.

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Catania v Novara

Novara are still unbeaten against Catania in Serie A: two draws (including the 3-3 in the reverse fixture) and a win back in March 1955.
The only previous meeting in Sicily between these two sides was a 0-0 in October 1954.
At home, Vincenzo Montella's side are unbeaten in their last four games: wins against Genoa and Palermo, draws with Parma and Roma (both 1-1).
Catania have failed to score just once in their last 10 home games (0-1 with Cagliari back in December).
Novara have collected five points from their last three games, as many as they had picked up in their previous 10 Serie A fixtures.
Emiliano Mondonico's side have not conceded in any of their last three games; previously, they had not kept a clean sheet in the first 21 fixtures of this competition.
However, Novara have scored just three goals in the eight games played since start of 2012.
Novara's last eight goals have all been scored in the second half.
Catania have scored 29 goals so far this season: 16 by Argentine players, 13 by Italians.

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Chievo v Cesena

One win each and a draw in the three previous meetings between these two sides in Serie A.
The only meeting in Verona saw the hosts win 2-1.
On that occasion a last-gasp goal from French striker Théréau (his first goal in Serie A) gave the win to Chievo.
Since then, Théréau has scored six more goals in Serie A, including the last two for Chievo against Parma and Genoa.
Three wins, three losses and a draw for Chievo in their last seven league games.
However, Domenico Di Carlo's side have lost their last two games at home against Lazio and Parma.
The last time Chievo lost three home games in a row in Serie A was between October and November 2008.
Cesena have picked up just one point from their last five games, thanks to their 0-0 at the San Paolo against Napoli.
In light of this negative run, Daniele Arrigoni has been sacked and replaced by Mario Beretta.
Away from home, Cesena have taken just one point from their last five games in this competition.

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Genoa v Parma

In recent years the meetings between Genoa and Parma have been perfectly balanced: both sides have recorded two wins since 2008, with two draws completing the record.
Over their last five meetings, both sides have always scored in this fixture.
The last four meetings in Genoa have alternated between a draw and a home win; following this trend, the next meetings should end in a draw.
Genoa have lost their last three league games without scoring a single goal.
The last time the Grifoni lost four Serie A games in a row was in May 2008.
Prior to their 1-0 defeat against Chievo, Genoa had won four consecutive games at home.
Last Sunday's defeat against Roma was the first for Parma under Roberto Donadoni, after two wins and four draws.
Away from home, Parma have won just one of their last nine games, failing to score in four of the last six.

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Lazio v Fiorentina

Lazio are unbeaten in their last five meetings with Fiorentina in Serie A: two draws in the 2009/10 season, followed by three wins in a row for the Biancocelesti.
Fiorentina have never scored more than a single goal in their last 14 Serie A meetings against Lazio.
The Viola have scored just four goals in their last 11 visits to Lazio in Serie A.
Lazio are unbeaten in their last six games at home, and have won their last three fixtures at the Olimpico in the league.
However, last Sunday Lazio lost their game away to Palermo conceding five goals for the first time since April 2008.
In Palermo, the Biancocelesti conceded five goals from the first five shots on target they faced against the Sicilians.
Fiorentina have lost back-to-back games conceding five goals overall without scoring.
The Tuscans have shipped eight goals in total over their last four league games.
Lazio's striker Kozák has scored two goals in his last two Serie A appearances; he scored his first goal in this competition against Fiorentina back in September 2010.

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AC Milan v Juventus

This will be the 154th meeting between AC Milan and Juventus in Serie A: the Bianconeri lead by 53 wins to 47, with 53 draws completing the record.
AC Milan lead by three wins to two against Juve over the last three seasons, however the Old Lady came out on top in the reverse fixture in Turin (2-0).
Juventus also won the last meeting at the San Siro in October 2010 (2-1).
AC Milan have shared the points 32 times at home against Juve, more than against any other side in Serie A.
The Rossoneri have won their last two games against Udinese (2-1) and Cesena (3-1); however, they have won just one of the last three at home.
Lazio are the only side to have scored more than a single goal at AC Milan's ground this season, in the opening match-day back in September.
By beating Catania last Saturday, Juventus extended their unbeaten run to 23 games (13 wins, 10 draws): they are the only team still unbeaten amongst the top-five European leagues this season.
Juventus have not conceded a single goal in their last four league games on the road.
Antonio Conte's side have drawn the most games away from home in this Serie A campaign (six).
AC Milan and Juventus are the two sides with the most clean sheets in this competition (12).
This meetings will see the best attack in Serie A (AC Milan, 48 goals scored) playing the best defence (Juventus, only 14 goals conceded).
Against Catania last Saturday Andrea Pirlo scored his first goal for Juventus, and made two assists.
Pirlo and teammate Giorgio Chiellini are the only Serie A players with more than 2,000 touches in this Serie A campaign.

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Napoli v Inter

Napoli's win in the reverse fixture ended a run of four consecutive games without a defeat for Inter against the Partenopei (two wins and two draws).
Over the last 11 meetings between these two sides the same result has never come up twice in a row.
Napoli are unbeaten in their last five home games against Inter, but were held to a draw in the last two.
Only five goals have been scored overall in the last five meetings played at the San Paolo between these two sides (four by Napoli, one by Inter).
Napoli are unbeaten in their last four games: after drawing with Cesena and AC Milan, the Partenopei won against Chievo and Fiorentina without conceding a single goal.
Inter have picked up just one point from their last five league games: this is their worst run since March 2004.
Inter haven't scored in any of their last three fixtures, conceding eight.
The last time Inter scored more than a single goal on the road was back in September: 3-1 in Bologna, on Claudio Ranieri's debut for the Nerazzurri.
Wesley Sneijder has the worst conversion rate of all players with at least 10 shots in this Serie A campaign (3%).
Napoli have scored the most goals from open play in this competition (31).
Napoli's last seven goals have all involved Edison Cavani (four goals) or Ezequiel Lavezzi (two goals and an assist).
Claudio Ranieri has never won a Serie A game against Walter Mazzarri in his managerial career (six draws and three wins for Mazzarri).
Giampaolo Pazzini has scored just one goal in his eight previous meetings against Napoli in Serie A, when he was playing for Sampdoria in May 2010.

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Siena v Palermo

Against Siena in September 2004, Palermo played their first game in the top-flight after 31 years in the lower leagues: on that occasion the Sicilians won 1-0 at the Barbera.
Overall, these two sides have met 13 times in Serie A: Palermo lead by seven wins to three, three draws complete the record.
The Rosanero have come out on top in their last three meetings with the Tuscans, one of these at the Artemio Franchi.
Siena have beaten Palermo just once at home, 1-0 in May 2009.
Over the last six match-days of Serie A, Palermo have collected 13 points, a joint-most with AC Milan.
The Rosanero are still winless away from home: they have collected just four points on the road this season - a league-low.
Prior to last Wednesday's defeat against Catania, Siena had remained unbeaten in their previous four home games (two wins and two draws).
Over their last seven away games, the Sicilians have always alternated a loss with a draw: should they continue this trend, this game would finish in a draw.
Fabrizio Miccoli has scored five goals in his last three Serie A appearances.
Miccoli is also the player who has assisted the most goals in this competition (11).
In fact, the Rosanero captain is the first player to record double figures for goals scored (11) and assisted (11) this term in Serie A.

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