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Eden Jon 11th Sep 2014 - 10:45

Serie A Opta Stats: Sept 13 - 15

Cagliari - Atalanta

  • There is a perfect balance in the eight previous Serie A meetings between Cagliari and Atalanta: three wins apiece and two draws.
  • These two sides haven't scored more than two goals in any of their last six Serie A clashes.
  • On the other hand, in three of the last four meetings both teams found the net.
  • Atalanta have won only two of their 21 away games with Cagliari in the top-flight: back in November 1964 and in February 2009.
  • The Nerazzurri have scored more than one goal in their away matches with Cagliari only once (3-3 in February 2005).
  • Last season, Cagliari had not lost any of their first four home matches: two wins, two draws.
  • By contrast, Atalanta lost their first and their last three games on the road last term.
  • Luca Cigarini was the player with the most attempted passes (102) in the last Serie A matchday.
  • Victor Ibarbo has been sent off only once in Serie A, against Atalanta in January.
  • Germán Denis has scored twice in 11 Serie A appearances against Cagliari, both goals coming in an Atalanta jersey.

Empoli - Roma

  • Empoli and Roma have met 18 times in Serie A: the Giallorossi have won 12 games, the Tuscans only three.
  • Only against Inter (13) have Empoli lost more Serie A games than against Roma.
  • On the other hand, Roma are the Empoli's favourite target in Serie A: the Tuscans found the net 16 times against the Giallorossi in the Italian top-flight.
  • There is a perfect balance in the last three clashes between these two sides: one win each and one draw.
  • Empoli are unbeaten in their last three home games against Roma in Serie A (W2 D1).
  • Roma won their first five games on the road last season but the Giallorossi lost their last two matches away from home.
  • Francesco Tavano played 14 Serie A games and scored two goals for Roma in 2006/07.
  • Marco Borriello collected 12 Serie A appearances and one goal with Empoli in 2002/03.
  • Against Fiorentina, Radja Nainggolan scored a goal and delivered an assist in the same game for the first time in Serie A.
  • Francesco Totti has scored five times against Empoli in Serie A so far: his last goals date back to April 2004 (a brace).

Fiorentina - Genoa

  • Fiorentina are unbeaten in their last nine Serie A games against Genoa with six wins, three draws.
  • These two teams have scored 18 goals in total over their last three Serie A meetings.
  • Since 1992/93, Genoa have won only one of their 18 Serie A clashes with the Viola (2-1, October 2009).
  • Fiorentina have found the net in each of their last 13 matches against Genoa in Serie A (an average of 2.2 goals per game).
  • The Viola are unbeaten in their last 16 home games against the Rossoblu (W10 D6): Genoa's last win at the Franchi came in March 1977.
  • Fiorentina remained unbeaten in their starting four games at home last season (W2 D2) but they haven't won any of their last three at the Franchi (D1 L2).
  • Also last season, Fiorentina and Genoa met at MD2: the Viola won 5-2 at the Ferraris.
  • Mario Gomez scored his first Serie A goals in this match last season: the German striker found a brace and delivered an assist.
  • Alberto Aquilani has scored five goals in the last three meetings between these two sides (incl. a hat-trick in January). In fact, Genoa are his favourite target in Serie A.
  • Mauricio Pinilla was the player with the most shots (seven, five on target) in the first matchday of the current season.

Inter - Sassuolo

  • Inter won both of their previous Serie A meetings with Sassuolo: 7-0 on the road, 1-0 at the Meazza.
  • That 7-0 scoreline (September 2013) remains the biggest away win for the Nerazzurri in the Italian top-flight.
  • That result is also the worst defeat for Sassuolo in Serie A.
  • Five different players scored for the Nerazzurri in that game but only one of them is still part of the Inter' squad (Rodrigo Palacio).
  • Walter Mazzarri's side won only one of their last five home games in Serie A 2013/14.
  • On the other hand, Sassuolo collected nine points in their last four games on the road last term, scoring eight times in these games.
  • Sassuolo were the only team to conclude the last Serie A season with scorers of the same nationality (Italian).
  • Inter hit the woodwork 20 times last season, a record in Serie A 2013/14. On the other hand, Sassuolo did it only six times, fewer than ony other team.
  • Hernanes has delivered four assists since joining Inter in January: more than any other teammate.
  • Domenico Berardi was the player with the most fouls won (six) in the last Serie A matchday.
  • Nicola Sansone has already scored three times against Inter in Serie A: more than any other Sassuolo player.

Juventus - Udinese

  • Juventus have won their previous five Serie A meetings with Udinese, without conceding goals in the last three.
  • These two sides have drawn only once in their last 18 Serie A clashes (0-0 in December 2011).
  • The last time Juventus and Udinese shared the points in Turin was in March 1990 (1-1) - since then the Old Lady have won 16 games, losing four.
  • Juventus won all of their home games last season - a record among the European top-5 leagues.
  • Udinese have won only one game on the road in 2014 - in February, against Bologna (2-0).
  • Since that game, the Friulani have kept only one clean sheet away from home.
  • Juventus were the side with the most passes in the last Serie A matchday (690) - the Bianconeri bettered that total only once in the last three seasons (including the current one).
  • Max Allegri's side hit the woodwork three times against Chievo: the previous time the Bianconeri managed as many in the league was in March 2012 (vs Genoa).
  • Fernando Llorente found the net in both of the games he played against Udinese last season.
  • With the brace against Empoli, Antonio Di Natale reached 195 Serie A goals in his career.
  • On the other hand, Di Natale has not found the net in the last nine league games he played against Juventus.

Lazio - Cesena

  • This will be the 19th Serie A match between Lazio and Cesena: the Biancocelesti lead with seven wins and only one loss.
  • Cesena's only win against Lazio in Serie A was in November 2010 (1-0), since then the Bianconeri have lost the following three games.
  • Lazio are unbeaten on home soil against Cesena in Serie A (W6 D3).
  • In 2014, Lazio have lost only one game at home in the league (W5 D5).
  • Cesena haven't won an away game in Serie A since December 2011 (1-0 against Palermo).
  • The Biancocelesti have never repeated the same result for two games in a row in their last eight Serie A matches.
  • Lazio conceded three goals in their opening game of this Serie A - the last time they had let in as many goals in the first game of the season was back in 2002/03.
  • Prior to the win vs Parma, Cesena went through a streak of 21 consecutive Serie A games without a win (since January 2012).
  • Lazio were the team with the most shots (16, excl. blocks) in the last Serie A matchday.
  • Antonio Candreva has scored eight league goals (four penalties) in 2014: a record amongst Lazio players.
  • Franco Brienza has found two goals in Serie A against Lazio: the second of which came in 2005 (for Palermo).

Napoli - Chievo

  • Napoli and Chievo have met 12 times in Serie A: the Azzurri lead with six wins and five losses.
  • These two sides have shared the points only once, in the most recent clash (January 2014).
  • Napoli have won four of their six home games against Chievo in Serie A, losing only once.
  • The Azzurri went unbeaten in their first six games at the San Paolo last campaign (W5 D1).
  • Rafa Benitez's side are also on a streak of four consecutive wins at home in Serie A.
  • In Serie A 2013/14, only once did Chievo score more than once on the road - against Livorno (4-2).
  • The last league game drawn by Chievo came in January 2014 (18 games ago), against Napoli at the San Paolo.
  • The Veneti faced the most shots (21, incl. blocks) in the last Serie A matchday.
  • Marek Hamsik has scored three goals in his last four appearances against Chievo in the league.
  • David Lopez made the most passes (1322) among Espanyol players in La Liga last season.
  • Gonzalo Higuaín scored his first Serie A goal versus Chievo on his second Serie A appearance (31st of August 2013).
  • Alberto Paloschi bagged a brace in that same game - those are still the only goals he's scored in six league appearances against Napoli.

Parma - Milan

  • Parma won both of their clashes with AC Milan last season - prior to these games the Emiliani had collected only one point in six league matches against the Rossoneri.
  • Since 2003/04, Parma won only three times (out of 20) against AC Milan in Serie A.
  • Both teams have found the net in their last four meetings in the league.
  • AC Milan have won nine times at the Tardini in Serie A, losing eight and drawing six.
  • The Rossoneri collected only three points in their first six games on the road last season.
  • AC Milan lost their last two away games in Serie A 2013/14: against Roma and Atalanta.
  • Antonio Cassano scored three goals in the two games against AC Milan last term: one in the first game, two in the reverse fixture.
  • Stephan El Shaarawy made the assist for Honda against Lazio: prior to that, he had not been involved in an AC Milan goal in Serie A since March 2013 (17 appearances).
  • AC Milan found the net with each of their first three shots on target in the game vs Lazio.
  • Diego Lopez saved the first penalty in Serie A for AC Milan since Amelia did so against Udinese back in May 2011.
  • If Giacomo Bonaventura will take part in this game, he will celebrate the first appearance for AC Milan and his 100th in Serie A.
  • Fernando Torres scored 65 Premier League goals at Liverpool while he only netted 20 during his spell at Chelsea.

Sampdoria - Torino

  • Sampdoria haven't lost any of their last seven meetings with Torino in Serie A (W3 D4).
  • Torino have never scored more than two goals in their last 25 Serie A clashes with Sampdoria.
  • There have been four wins for Sampdoria and four draws in the last eight Serie A games played at the Ferraris.
  • Neither of these sides have scored more than twice in each of their last 11 meetings at the Ferraris.
  • Sampdoria collected only one point in their first four home games last term - a draw against Torino (2-2).
  • Toro went unbeaten in their last four games on the road of the Serie A 2013/14 (W2 D2).
  • Torino have drawn their last three Serie A games - the last time they had recorded a longer run was back in February 2009 (five).
  • Torino last won the first away game of a new Serie A campaign in August 1993 (Piacenza-Torino 0-3).
  • Amauri has scored six Serie A goals against Sampdoria so far - but only two in his last 10 league appearances.
  • Fabio Quagliarella played for Sampdoria back in 2006/07 (35 apps, 13 goals): he has already found the net five times against his former team in Serie A.
  • Giampiero Ventura was the head coach at Sampdoria in 1999/2000 (Serie B): he has faced his former team nine times in Serie A so far (W2 D5 L2).

Verona - Palermo

  • These two sides have met only six times in Serie A (two wins for Verona, one for Palermo): their last clash dates back to March 1973.
  • Verona and Palermo have both found the net only once in their six meetings in the Italian top-flight: 1-1 in the most recent one.
  • The six Serie A games between Verona and Palermo have seen only seven goals scored.
  • The Veneti are unbeaten at home against Palermo in Serie A (W2 D1).
  • The Rosanero haven't lost any of their last seven Serie B matches with Verona: five wins, two draws.
  • Verona won all of their first six games on the home soil last season.
  • Palermo managed only one away win in their last Serie A campaign (2012/13) on Matchday 31.
  • Luca Toni scored 20 goals over the last campaign: as many as he made in 2004/05 for Palermo. He has managed more in a single Serie A term only once, with Fiorentina in 2005/06 (31).
  • Toni has scored only one goal in seven games against Palermo in the top flight.
  • Bosko Jankovic played 27 Serie A games with Palermo from 2007 to 2008: he scored two goals in the league with the Rosanero.



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