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Rupert Wyman 10th May 2012 - 16:09

Serie A Opta Facts - Week 38

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Catania - Udinese

  • This will be the 20th meeting between these two sides in Serie A: the Sicilians lead by nine wins to eight, with only two draws.
  • However, Udinese have won three of their last five meetings with Catania
  • Udinese have won just twice at Catania's ground, with the hosts coming out on top on six occasions.
  • Vincenzo Montella's side have alternated a draw with a loss in their last four league games.
  • Catania have won just one of their last four home games, losing two and drawing one.
  • By beating Cesena, Udinese ended a five-game winless run away from home (three defeats and two draws).
  • Catania have scored the most goals from set-piece situations in this Serie A campaign (27, including two against Roma last Saturday).
  • Should he score in this game, Catania would become Floro Flores' favourite target in Serie A - the only team against which he would have scored more than three goals.
  • One of Antonio Di Natale's six Serie A hat-tricks was scored against Catania.
  • Di Natale has been caught offside the most in this Serie A campaign (88 times).
  • Catania have had the most goals scored by defenders this season in Serie A (10).
  • Catania have drawn the most Serie A games this season, 15, a joint-record with Juventus.

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Cesena - Roma

  • Cesena have beaten Roma just three times in their history in Serie A, 10 wins for the Giallorossi and 10 draws complete the record.
  • Roma have won just once in Serie A at the Manuzzi, on their last visit in January 2011 (1-0).
  • In their remaining meetings in Cesena, the hosts have won twice and eight times these two sides have shared the points.
  • Roma have never scored more than a single goal at Cesena's ground in Serie A.
  • Cesena are winless in their last 19 league games, and have lost their last four fixtures - currently the longest run in the competition.
  • Cesena have the worst attack of the Serie A (22 goals scored); they have failed to score in 10 of their last 14 league games.
  • Cesena are winless at home in their last nine games, and have lost the last two 0-1.
  • Roma are winless in their last five fixtures: after two losses, they have drawn three games in a row against Napoli, Chievo and Catania.
  • Luis Enrique's side have won just one of their last nine games on the road, and failed to score in the last two.

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Chievo - Lecce

  • These two sides have met 13 times in Serie A: Chievo lead by six wins to four, with three draws.
  • Chievo have won just one of their last six games against Lecce, losing two.
  • Lecce have taken just four of the 18 points available from their six previous trips to Chievo's ground, as result of a win and a draw.
  • Chievo have always scored at home against Lecce in Serie A.
  • Against Lecce, Alberto Paloschi netted one of two Serie A braces to date, when he was at Genoa.
  • Chievo are winless in their last six league games, four draws in the process.
  • Last Sunday against Palermo, Chievo scored four goals after they had failed to find the net in their previous five league games.
  • The last game in which Chievo had netted four goals was in April 2006 (4-4 against Roma).
  • Chievo have drawn three of their last five home games, the last two by 0-0.
  • Lecce must win if they want to stay in the top-flight, and hope that Genoa lose against Palermo.
  • Serse Cosmi's side are winless in their last five games, in which they have scored just three goals.
  • Lecce have taken more points on the road (21) than at home (15) this season.

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Fiorentina - Cagliari

  • This will be the 64th meeting between these two sides in Serie A: the Viola lead by 27 wins to 17, with 19 draws.
  • Fiorentina are unbeaten in their last six meetings against Cagliari (four wins and two draws).
  • At home, Fiorentina have won their last 16 league meetings against Cagliari.
  • The Sardinians' last win at the Franchi was back in 1971/72 (0-1).
  • Alessio Cerci has bagged two braces so far in Serie A, one against Cagliari.
  • The Viola have lost just one of their last seven league games, winning three.
  • However, at the Franchi they are winless in five games (two losses followed by three consecutive draws).
  • Cagliari have won just once in their last seven league games, losing four in the process.
  • Cagliari have lost their last six away games, conceding 16 goals in the process (2.7 per match).
  • Cagliari have drawn the most games 0-0 in this Serie A campaign (eight); Fiorentina have drawn 0-0 seven times.

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Genoa - Palermo

  • Genoa need one point to be sure of avoiding relegation - a defeat would make them safe if Lecce fail to win against Chievo.
  • This will be the 30th meeting between Genoa and Palermo in Serie A: the record is perfectly even (nine wins each and 11 draws).
  • Genoa are unbeaten at home in 14 meetings against Palermo - seven wins for the hosts and seven draws.
  • Palermo have kept only one clean sheet at Genoa's ground in Serie A (0-0 in 1950/51).
  • However, the Grifoni have won just one of their last five games against the Rosanero in the top-flight, with the Sicilians coming out on top twice.
  • Genoa have managed only one win from their last 16 Serie A games, in their last at the Marassi against Cagliari.
  • Palermo are winless in their last seven games (four draws and three losses).
  • The Rosanero have won just one game on the road in this Serie A - a negative record.
  • Last Sunday against Udinese, Genoa had two players sent off before half-time - the first time this had happened in the competition since February 2010.
  • Last Sunday Fabrizio Miccoli became the second Serie A player to score two hat-tricks in this campaign, the other is Inter's Diego Milito.
  • Palermo have scored the most headed goals in this campaign (14).
  • Genoa have the worst defence of this Serie A (69 goals conceded).
  • Frey has faced the most shots so far, and is also the 'keeper who has made the most saves (134).

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Juventus - Atalanta

  • Juventus could become the 3rd team to finish the season unbeaten in Serie A, after Perugia in 1978/79 and AC Milan in 1991/92.
  • The Old Lady however would be the first to do so in a Serie A with 20 teams.
  • This will be the 100th meeting between these two sides: the Bianconeri lead by 53 wins to 11.
  • Juventus are unbeaten in their last 13 home games against Atalanta (11 wins and two draws).
  • Juve's last home defeat against Atalanta in Serie A was in 1989/90 (0-1).
  • Juventus have scored in each of their last 18 meetings against Atalanta in Serie A (on average 2.2 goals per game).
  • No other sides have ever won the Scudetto after drawing as many games as Juve this term (15).
  • Antonio Conte's side have conceded just two goals in their last 11 league games.
  • In their last game against Cagliari, the Old Lady didn't concede a single shot on target to their opponent for the first time in this campaign.
  • Atalanta have not shared the points in their last nine league games (four wins, five losses).
  • Atalanta have lost their last two away games 2-0, against Catania and AC Milan.
  • The Nerazzurri have scored just once over their last seven games on the road.

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Lazio - Inter

  • Inter lead by 57 wins to 29 against Lazio in Serie A.
  • Lazio came out on top in their last home game against Inter - prior to that, the guests had remained unbeaten in six visits to Lazio in Serie A.
  • That remains Lazio's only win against Inter in their last 16 Serie A meetings.
  • Inter have failed to score on just one of their last 10 visits to Lazio in the league (0-0 in November 2005).
  • Last weekend against Atalanta, Lazio got back to winning ways after five match-days in which they had picked up just two points.
  • Inter have both scored and conceded in seven of their eight league games under Stramaccioni, a 0-0 draw in Florence completes this record.
  • Inter's last eight games under their new manager have produced an average of 4.1 goals per game.
  • Inter have won just one of their last five games on the road, losing and drawing two.
  • Hernanes is one of the two Serie A to have been subbed off the most this term, the other is Juve's Mirko Vucinic (21 times).
  • Lucio have made the most interceptions so far this term in Serie A (135).

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AC Milan - Novara

  • AC Milan have won 16 of their 25 previous meetings against Novara in Serie A, losing six times.
  • Novara have won just one of their last 18 meetings against the Rossoneri, back in 1952/53.
  • In Milano, Novara have had the better just once against the Rossoneri (0-2, in 1939/40).
  • These two sides have shared just one draw at the San Siro in Serie A (0-0 in 1953/54).
  • AC Milan had picked up 13 points out of 15 in the five games prior to the derby they lost last Sunday against Inter (4-2).
  • AC Milan have scored in each of their last 15 league games.
  • AC Milan have won back-to-back games against Genoa and Atalanta, without conceding a single goal.
  • Novara are already relegated, despite losing just one of their last four league games.
  • Novara have conceded more than a single goal in each of their last four games on the road.
  • AC Milan have scored the most goals from the penalty spot (10 - all by Zlatan Ibrahimovic).
  • Giuseppe Gemiti is the Serie A player with the most crosses in this campaign (227).

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Napoli - Siena

  • Only seven previous meetings between these two sides in Serie A: Napoli lead by two wins to one, with four draws.
  • Emanuele Calaio has already faced his former team, Napoli five times, scoring only one goal in Serie A.
  • The record at the San Paolo sees the hosts winning twice, with a draw so far.
  • Napoli had picked up 10 of 12 points available in the league before losing 2-0 against Bologna last weekend.
  • Prior to being shut out by Bologna, Napoli had scored in each of their previous six league games.
  • Napoli have won their last two home games 2-0 (vs Novara and Palermo), and have lost just one of their last 10 fixtures at the San Paolo.
  • Siena are winless in their last four league games (two draws two losses).
  • However, the Tuscans have won three of their last six away games, losing at the San Siro against Inter.
  • Marek Hamsik has already scored four braces in Serie A - one of which came against Siena.
  • Napoli have conceded just one penalty this term - a Serie A-low.

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Parma - Bologna

  • This is the 28th "Emilia derby" in Serie A: Bologna lead by nine wins to eight, with 10 draws.
  • The last three meetings between these two sides have ended 0-0.
  • Parma have beaten Bologna just once in their last 11 meetings in Serie A.
  • Bologna have won only twice in the top-flight at the Tardini, with the hosts coming out on top on four occasions.
  • Parma are on a run of six consecutive wins in the league - this is their longest ever run in Serie A.
  • They have also won their last four games at home: something they managed to do in 1999/2000, when they went unbeaten at the Tardini for five Serie A games.
  • Bologna are unbeaten in their last seven league games, and have won the last three.
  • Bologna have lost just one of their last 10 games on the road.
  • Bologna's Diego Perez has picked-up the most cards in this Serie A campaign (15, including a straight red).
  • Alessandro Diamanti has hit the woodwork the joint most times in Serie A this season - five, level with Pirlo.

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