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Antony Heath 13th Apr 2012 - 10:27

Serie A OPTA Facts - Week 33

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Atalanta v Chievo

Chievo lead by six wins to three against Atalanta in their Serie A head to head, with four draws completing the record.
Of current Serie A sides Chievo have beaten Atalanta more often than any other team in the top-flight; overall, only against Livorno have they notched-up more wins so far (seven).
These two sides have never shared the points in Bergamo (three wins each).
Over these six meetings in Bergamo, the losing side has never managed to score.
In each of the last three meetings between these two sides there has been a red card.
On Wednesday against Napoli Atalanta got back to winning ways against after losing back-to-back games against Cagliari and Siena.
Chievo have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 10 Serie A fixtures.
BY losing to AC Milan on Tuesday Chievo ended a positive run of four unbeaten games in the league.
Chievo have lost just one of their last seven games on the road, winning three.
Sergio Pellissier has scored in three of his last four games against Atalanta in the top-flight.

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Cagliari v Catania

Should Cagliari win this game, their record against Catania in Serie A would be perfectly even: the Sicilian side currently lead by seven wins to six.
These two sides have shared the points four times, but only once in their last eight meetings.
Catania have won only once in their previous eight trips to Sardinia, four wins for the hosts and three draws complete the record.
Cagliari striker Nenè scored his first and so far only hat-trick in Serie A against Catania in December 2010.
Cagliari have lost just one of their last eight home fixtures (1-2 against Lecce), winning five times.
Catania have won just two games away from home this term, however only Juventus (nine) have drawn more away games than the Sicilians (eight).
Catania have scored 57% of their goals from set-pieces, the highest percentage in Serie A this season.
Mauricio Pinilla will come back after a one-game suspension for this match; he has scored seven goals in his nine league appearances for Cagliari.

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Cesena v Juventus

Cesena have beaten Juventus only twice in their 23 previous meetings in the top-flight, the Old Lady have had the better on 11 occasions.
The last time Cesena beat Juve was 24 years ago (2-0 in Turin in November 1987): the Old Lady have gone unbeaten for 10 games since then against Cesena.
Cesena have won just one of their 11 home meetings against Juve, the guests have had the better on four occasions.
Their last three meetings in the league have all ended as draws.
Chilean Luis Jimenez has netted two of Cesena's last three goals against Juventus in the league.
Juve have failed to score more than a single goal against Cesena only twice in Serie A.
This season, Cesena have won the fewest home games in the competition (just two); however, they have drawn their last two games at the Manuzzi.
Cesena have scored the fewest goals (19), whilst Juventus boast the best defence of this Serie A season (18 goals conceded).
Over the last four Serie A match-days, Alex Del Piero has played just 73 minutes (always as a sub), in this time he has created three goals scoring chances, scored two goals and assisted another.

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Lecce v Napoli

This will be the 20th meeting between these two sides: Napoli lead by eight wins to four.
Napoli have won just one of their nine previous meetings against Lecce at the Via del Mare.
Napoli have scored in each of their last eight league meetings against Lecce.
Edinson Cavani has already scored two braces against Lecce, for two different sides: one for Palermo in March 2009 and one for Napoli back in December.
Against Lecce, back in May 2011, Cavani picked up his first red card in his Serie A career.
Over the last three match-days, Cavani has attempted just four shots, two of which have been on target, without scoring.
Lecce are unbeaten in their last eight home fixtures in the league (three wins and five draws).
Lecce have collected more points away from home (19) than at home (15) in this Serie A campaign.
Lecce have conceded 24 goals at home, more than any side at their ground.
Napoli have lost their last three league games; the last time they lost four in a row in Serie A was between March and April 1998.
Daniele Corvia has scored in each of his last two appearances for Lecce against Napoli; he hasn't scored more than two goals against any Serie A opponent so far.

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AC Milan v Genoa

These two sides have met 87 times in Serie A: the Rossoneri lead by 41 wins to 15.
Genoa have won just two of their last 21 games against AC Milan in the league.
The Grifoni have won just four times in their history at Milan's ground, losing on 27 occasions.
Genoa have scored just 10 goals over their last 20 visits to AC Milan, picking up just five points in the process.
Massimiliano Allegri's side got back to winning ways on Tuesday against Chievo, despite attempting only four shots at the Bentegodi.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored three goals in his last four league meetings with Genoa.
Giuseppe Sculli has already scored five goals against AC Milan, the Rossoneri are his favourite target in Serie A, alongside Bologna.
This fixture will see Serie A's best attack (AC Milan, 62 goals scored) meet its worst defence (Genoa, 58 conceded).
This will also be a challenge between the Serie A current top-scorer (Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 23 goals) and the ‘keeper who has made the most saves so far (Sebastian Frey, 119 saves).

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Novara v Lazio

Lazio lead by 11 wins to six in the head-to-head against Novara in Serie A.
These two sides have shared the points just once in their last eight Serie A meetings, back in 1955 (1-1).
Lazio have managed to win at Novara's ground only once in 12 previous meetings, with the hosts having the better on the last three occasions.
Novara have won just three games on home soil this term, only Cesena have a worse home record.
Novara have drawn four of their last five home fixtures in this competition.
Novara have alternated between a home draw and an away loss over the last four match-days of this competition.
After keeping a clean sheet for four consecutive home games, Novara conceded in their last game at their own ground (1-1 v Genoa).
Lazio have not shared the points in their last 16 league games, eight wins and as many losses.
The last Lazio striker to score a goal was Miroslav Klose on February 26 - since then the Biancocelesti have scored nine goals.

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Palermo v Parma

In Serie A history Parma lead by four wins to three against Palermo, with six draws (including the 0-0 of the reverse fixture) completing the form.
Parma have failed to score against Palermo just twice over their 13 previous meetings in Serie A.
Parma have won just once in Palermo: 4-3 in 2006/07.
Parma's last eight goals against Palermo have been scored in the second half.
Palermo have taken just one point from their last four home fixtures; previously the Rosanero had notched-up four wins in a row at the Barbera.
Parma have won just two games on the road this season, only Palermo have a worse away record in this Serie A campaign.
Last December's 0-0 draw in the reverse fixture saw only 577 passes: it's the Serie A game with the fewest passes in this campaign.
Fabrizio Miccoli has been involved in 55% of Palermo's 44 total goals (scoring 12 and making as many assists); Sebastian Giovinco has been involved in 44% of Parma's goals (11 goals and seven assists).
Against Palermo Giovinco scored his first Serie A goal, in September 2007 for Empoli.

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Roma v Fiorentina

Fiorentina lead by 45 wins to 43 against Roma in Serie A, with 57 draws so far.
Both sides have drawn against each other more than against any other Serie A opponent.
At the Olimpico, Roma have won 32 out of 72 previous meetings, with the guests having the better only 13 times.
Roma have won their last five home meetings against the Viola, and are unbeaten in this fixture in the last 16 meetings at the Olimpico.
Roma lost 3-0 in the reverse fixture in Florence, ending the game with three players sent off.
Fabio Simplicio has already scored five goals against Fiorentina (for three different sides) - more than against any other Serie A opponent.
By beating AC Milan at the San Siro, Fiorentina ended a six-game run without a win away from home.
The Viola have the second-worst attack away from home in this campaign (only 10 goals scored).
Roma have drawn just five games so far, fewer than any other side in this competition.
After Osvaldo's and Marquinho's goals on Wednesday against Udinese, 71% of Roma's goals this season have come from new signings (37 out of 52).

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Siena v Bologna

This will be the 10th meeting between these two sides: Bologna lead by three wins to two, with four draws rounding off the record.
These two sides have not shared a draw in their last four meetings; previously, they had drawn three in a row.
The first three meetings between these sides in Siena ended as draws, while the Tuscans had the better in the last meeting at home (1-0).
Neither side has ever scored more than one goal in this fixture in Siena.
Siena lost their mid-week fixture at the San Siro against Inter, however they have won four of their last six home games in the league.
Novara were the only side able to score more than one goal in Siena's last nine home games in Serie A.
Bologna have won four away games this season, as many as they had won on the road in the 2010/11 campaign.
Bologna are winless in their last four league fixtures.
Over these last four games, they have faced 20 shots on target, conceding seven goals.
Against Siena, Marco Di Vaio will return from suspension: Di Vaio has already scored three goals against Siena, but never more than one in a game.
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Udinese v Inter

Inter have won 36 of their 77 previous meetings against Udinese in Serie A, the Friulani have had the better on 17 occasions, with 24 draws rounding off the record.
However, Udinese have won their last two meetings against Inter, after failing to win for 13 games in a row against the Nerazzurri in Serie A.
AC Milan have been the only side able to win at Udinese's ground so far this term.
Inter have shared the points only once in their last 10 games on the road, 2-2 against Cagliari.
Antonio Di Natale has already scored four times against Inter in Serie A, three of which have come for Udinese.
Giampaolo Pazzini has also netted four goals against Udinese, but never for Inter.
Should Inter win this game, Udinese would become the Italian side against which Diego Milito has won the most games in his career (five).
Milito has recorded a conversion ratio of 41% this term, better than that recorded in 2009/10 under Josè Mourinho (31%), when the Nerazzurri won the league.
Both Milito and Di Natale have reached the 20-goal tally for the third time in their Serie A careers.

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