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Eden Jon 2nd Oct 2014 - 10:03

Serie A Opta Stats: Oct 4 - 5

Empoli - Palermo

  • These two teams have faced each other six times in Serie A: the Tuscans lead by three wins to two, with one draw.
  • Just two of their six meetings have seen both teams scoring at least one goal.
  • The three meetings at the Castellani have produced two wins for Empoli and one for Palermo.
  • Empoli and Palermo are two of the three sides yet to win a single game in this Serie A season (along with Sassuolo).
  • Empoli have drawn each of their last three league games.
  • No team has managed to score more than two goals in Empoli's last 15 Serie A fixtures.
  • Palermo have conceded goals in each of their last nine Serie A games, without winning any of these (three draws, six defeats).
  • Palermo have lost the most points from leading situations in this Serie A season, seven.
  • Empoli and Palermo are two of the five sides yet to keep a clean sheet this season in the Italian top-flight.
  • Massimo Maccarone has scored four goals against Palermo in Serie A, more than against any other team in the top flight.
  • Manuel Pucciarelli, in his first top-flight season, has found the net in both his last two appearances, against AC Milan and Chievo.

Fiorentina - Inter

  • Fiorentina and Inter have met 152 times in Serie A: the Nerazzurri lead by 63 wins to 39.
  • The Viola have managed just one win the last 16 Serie A clashes between these two sides (L12, D3).
  • Moreover, Montella's men have won only one of their last eight home league games against Inter, losing four.
  • Inter have drawn 50 games against Fiorentina, fewer only than versus Lazio (51) in the top flight.
  • On the other hand, Fiorentina have bagged 187 goals so far versus the Nerazzurri, more than against anyone else in Serie A.
  • Inter have found the net in 21 of their 23 clashes between these two teams, with 1.8 goals per game on average.
  • Fiorentina are unbeaten in their last four league games, although they have drawn three of these.
  • Inter have not had the same result twice in a row in their last 10 league matches, losing the last one at home against Cagliari.
  • Inter have never lost two consecutive Serie A games under Walter Mazzarri, the last time this happened was back in May 2013.
  • Samir Handanovic has saved 19 penalties in Serie A, nine more than any other goalkeeper in the period since his debut in the Italian top-flight.
  • Josip Ilicic's first goal in Serie A came against Inter in 2010, when he played for Palermo.
  • Ilicic has attempted the most shots without scoring in this Serie A season (10).

Juventus - Roma

  • These two teams have met 160 times in Serie A: the Bianconeri lead by 76 wins to 37.
  • Juventus have won five of the last seven meetings against Roma (D1, L1).
  • The Old Lady has won 51 of their 80 league home encounters against Roma, with the Giallorossi winning only eight.
  • Juventus have won each of their last three games in Turin against Roma.
  • Juventus have defeated Roma 76 times in the top flight - only against Inter have they won more games in Serie A (77).
  • The Giallorossi are also Juventus' favourite target in the league, with 252 goals conceded.
  • Juventus are on a run of 12 consecutive league wins, equalling their longest winning streak in the top-flight; they have also won 19 of the last 20 matches in Serie A.
  • The Bianconeri have kept a clean sheet in eight consecutive matches in the league.
  • For the third time in Serie A history, two sides have kept a 100% win record after 5 match-days (after 1950-51 and 1976-77).
  • Prior to Juventus, the last team who did not concede a goal in the first five games of the season was Parma in 1998/99, when Gigi Buffon was in goal.
  • Arturo Vidal has netted four goals against Roma in Serie A, his joint-favourite target in the top flight.
  • Francesco Totti has scored eight goals in Serie A against Juventus, but only one in his last six league appearances against the Old Lady.

Lazio - Sassuolo

  • These two teams have only met twice in Serie A with the Biancocelesti still unbeaten (W1, D1).
  • These two games have seen nine goals scored in total.
  • Lazio have not shared the points in any of their last seven league fixtures across this and last season (three wins, four losses).
  • Prior to their defeat against Udinese, Lazio were unbeaten in seven consecutive home league fixtures (four wins).
  • Sassuolo are winless in six Serie A games (D3, L3).
  • Di Francesco's team has not scored a goal in their last four league matches.
  • Only Juventus (72) have fired more shots than Lazio (70) so far in this Serie A campaign.
  • Sassuolo have the lowest conversion rate in this Serie A season (2.4%), having converted into a goal only one of their 42 shots.
  • Lazio are Antonio Floro Flores favourite target in Serie A, with five goals scored.
  • Sergio Floccari made his debut in Serie A against Lazio in 2006 with Messina and he also netted his last goal in the top-flight versus the Biancocelesti (February 2014).

Milan - Chievo

  • AC Milan have won 18 of their previous 24 Serie A meetings against Chievo (D4 L2).
  • AC Milan are unbeaten in their last 15 league games against Chievo, winning 14 times in this period.
  • Chievo have scored only one goal in their last six clashes with AC Milan in Serie A - back in November 2012.
  • AC Milan are unbeaten at home against Chievo in the top-flight: 10 wins and two draws.
  • The Rossoneri have failed to score only once at San Siro against the Gialloblu: a 0-0 draw in March 2003.
  • The last time that AC Milan drew two Serie A games in a row was in December 2013.
  • AC Milan have conceded goals in each of their last seven league fixtures.
  • Last Sunday, Chievo drew for the first time in the league since last January.
  • The last time that AC Milan had score 11 goals in their opening five league fixtures was back in the 2003/04 season - when they won the Scudetto.
  • AC Milan have conceded the most headed goals so far this term (three).
  • Last Sunday Adil Rami scored his fourth Serie A goal in 2014 - no defender has netted more in the Italian top-flight since January 1st.
  • Seven players have scored for AC Milan in this Serie A campaign - a league-high so far.
  • Keisuke Honda has already delivered two assists in this Serie A campaign, as many as he had made in 14 appearances last season.

Napoli - Torino

  • Napoli and Torino have drawn 51 times in 120 Serie A meetings (38 wins for Napoli, 31 for Torino): for both sides this is the fixture that has seen the most draws.
  • Napoli have won each of their last three league clashes against Torino, after they had won none of the previous five (two draws, three defeats).
  • The Partenopei have won only two of their last nine league meetings against Torino at the San Paolo (D5 L2), but have scored in each of the last six.
  • Last Sunday Napoli got a win after three winless games and kept a clean sheet for the first time this season.
  • Torino have won only once in their last seven league fixtures - in their last game on the road (away to Cagliari).
  • Napoli have scored the most goals in the opening 15 minutes of play, three.
  • Gonzalo Higuaín has scored each of Napoli's last three goals against Torino; only against Lazio has he netted more goals in Serie A, five.
  • Higuaín has failed to score in his first five league appearances for the first time since his arrival in Europe.
  • José Callejón has been involved in four of Napoli's last six league goals (three scored, one assisted).
  • Fabio Quagliarella has found the net in back-to-back league games for the first time since April 2012, when he scored against Napoli and Palermo.

Parma - Genoa

  • These two sides have shared the points in four of their last five Serie A meetings - the other was won by Genoa.
  • Genoa have failed to score only in one of their last 10 league matches against Parma.
  • Parma have lost only once in their 11 clashes against Genoa at home in the top-flight.
  • Parma have lost four games so far in this Serie A campaign, more than any other side.
  • The Ducali also have the worst defence, with 14 goals conceded so far.
  • Parma have lost back-to-back home league games for the first time since April 2011; the last time that they lost three home fixtures in a row in Serie A was back in October 2006.
  • Genoa have won just one game so far in this campaign, as they did last season after five rounds.
  • Genoa's last away win in Serie A was in February - that is also their only away win in 2014.
  • Parma have scored the most goals from corners, three.
  • Roberto Donadoni's side have used the most players so far in this Serie A season, 25.
  • Antonio Cassano has scored four goals and delivered one assist in four league appearances this term. He has netted just one goal in 12 Serie A games against Genoa.

Sampdoria - Atalanta

  • Sampdoria have won 35 of their previous 90 Serie A games against Atalanta: only against Roma have they won more matches in the Italian top-flight (39, in 128 meetings).
  • Atalanta have failed to score in five of their last seven clashes against Sampdoria in Serie A.
  • The last eight league games between these two sides have seen six red cards in total.
  • Samp and Atalanta have not shared the points in any of their last 15 meetings at Marassi (10 wins for the hosts, five for the visitors).
  • The Blucerchiati have won five of their last six home league fixtures against Atalanta.
  • Sampdoria are still unbeaten in this competition (W3, D2) - last season they did not win any of their first five games in Serie A.
  • Samp have scored exactly two goals in each of their last four home games in the league.
  • Atalanta have lost their last three Serie A fixtures, without scoring any goals.
  • Sampdoria have scored five of their six league goals from set-pieces situations (three from corners, two from direct free-kicks), a league-high so far.
  • Atalanta are one of the three Serie A sides yet to concede a goal in the opening 30 minutes of play (along with Roma and Juventus).
  • All six Sampdoria goals in this Serie A season have been netted by Italian players.
  • Germán Denis has failed to score in six consecutive league appearances for the first time since September 2013.

Udinese - Cesena

  • These two sides have met 10 times in Serie A: Udinese have obtained six wins and one draw in the last seven, after they had lost each of the previous three.
  • Moreover, the Friulani have won each of their last five league matches against Cesena, conceding just one goal in the process.
  • Udinese and Cesena have never shared the points at the Friuli in Serie A: one win for the guests, followed by four for the hosts.
  • Udinese have picked up 12 points after the opening five match-days, their best tally since 2000/01.
  • Udinese have won three league games in a row for the first time since May 2013.
  • At home, the Friulani are unbeaten in their last six Serie A fixtures: four wins (including each of the last three) and two draws.
  • Cesena have won only once in their last 25 fixtures in the top-flight.
  • Cesena have lost 0-3 in each of their last three Serie A games on the road.
  • Since the start of this Serie A season, Cesena have not had the same result in two consecutive league games - they drew their last fixture 1-1 against AC Milan.
  • Antonio Di Natale has scored four goals in his four Serie A appearances against Cesena (two braces).

Verona - Cagliari

  • Verona and Cagliari have met 24 times in Serie A so far: the Sardinians lead by nine wins to eight (seven draws).
  • Prior to their defeat in the last meeting (last March), Verona had won their previous three Serie A fixtures against Cagliari.
  • Verona are unbeaten at home in Serie A against the Sardinians since January 1972, when they lost by a 0-2 scoreline; since then they have obtained five wins and three draws.
  • Verona have scored exactly two goals in each of their last seven home meetings against Cagliari in Serie A.
  • In Verona's five fixtures in this Serie A season, no team has managed to score more than two goals.
  • Andrea Mandorlini's side lost their last game at the Olimpico against Roma - they have not lost back-to-back league games since last March.
  • Last Sunday away to Inter, Cagliari got their first win in this Serie A season -they had picked up only one point in their preceding seven league fixtures.
  • Zdenek Zeman's side scored four goals in the match against Inter, as many as they had netted in their previous eight league games across this and last season.
  • Six of the eight goals conceded by Cagliari have come in the opening 30 minutes of play - a league-high so far in this Serie A season.
  • Albin Ekdal scored three goals last Sunday, as many as he had netted in the last three Serie A seasons.
  • Luca Toni has scored seven goals in 13 Serie A appearances against Cagliari; Verona's striker has found the net in three of his last five league games against the Sardinians.




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