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Jon Riley 2nd Nov 2012 - 11:47

Serie A Week 11 Opta Facts

Bologna - Udinese

  • These two sides have met 56 times so far in the top-flight: Bologna lead the head to head by 23 wins to 18, with 15 draws (including their last meeting back in february).
  • Udinese have scored in each of their last eight meetings against Bologna, picking up four wins and two draws in the process.
  • Bologna have lost their last four league games - the last time they lost five in a row was between April and May 2011.
  • Bologna have won just one of their last four home games, losing two.
  • Udinese are unbeaten over the last three Serie A rounds, and have lost just one of their last seven league games.
  • Bologna have been trailing in the most fixtures of this competition - eight (they have lost seven of those).
  • Antonio Di Natale has scored in five of the last six meetings between these two sides in Serie A.
  • Di Natale boasts the record of braces netted over the last five Serie A campaigns - 14, including that against Catania on Wednesday.

Catania - Lazio

  • Catania lead by nine wins to eight in the head to head against Lazio in Serie A, with nine draws.
  • Only against Genoa (nine) have Catania won more home games than against Lazio (eight).
  • Catania have not scored more than one goal in any of their last 11 meetings against Lazio (nine overall in the process).
  • In Sicily, the hosts lead by eight wins to two, with three draws.
  • Catania have won just one of their last five league games, losing three and drawing the last one against Udinese on Wednesday.
  • The Sicilians have failed to score in five of their last eight fixtures, in the remaining three they've bagged two each time.
  • Lazio have lost back to back games for the first time since last May.
  • The Biancocelesti haven't shared the points over their last 18 league games on the road (seven wins and 11 losses).
  • Hernanes has already scored two goals against Catania, his favourite target in this competition after Chievo.
  • Lazio have scored the most goals before half time in this campaign (11).
  • Antonio Candreva has made the joint-most assists (four) and crosses from open play (62) in this competition.

Fiorentina - Cagliari

  • These two sides have met 64 times in Serie A: the Viola have won 27 times, while the Sardinians have had the better on 17 occasions.
  • The last two meetings between these sides have ended goalless.
  • Fiorentina are unbeaten in their last seven meetings against Cagliari (four wins and three draws).
  • Last May's draw ended a run of 16 consecutive wins for the Viola at home against Cagliari in Serie A.
  • Cagliari have managed overall only three wins at Fiorentina's ground, all by a one-goal margin.
  • In fact, Fiorentina are unbeaten at the Franchi against Cagliari since April 1972 ( a run of 24 games).
  • Fiorentina are unbeaten in their last four league games, and have conceded only one goal in the process.
  • Cagliari have won their last four league games, keeping three clean sheets in the process - this is their best run since November 2009.
  • However, away from home the Sardinians have scored only four goals over their last 10 games.
  • Cagliari have taken the most penalties in this campaign: five, but only two have been converted.
  • Stevan Jovetic has attempted the most shots so far in this competition (46).

Juventus - Inter

  • This will be the 159th Derby of Italy in Serie A: Juventus lead by 75 wins to 44, with 39 draws.
  • Juventus are unbeaten in their last four meetings against Inter - a draw, followed by three wins.
  • Over these last four meetings, Inter have scored just one goal against the Old Lady.
  • Over their last 14 meetings, neither side have managed to score more than two goals.
  • Juventus' 9-1 win in June 1961 remains the game where the Bianconeri have scored the most goals in their history, as well as Inter's worst defeat in this competition.
  • Juventus have equalled Arsenal's 49 game unbeaten run; the second longest ever across Europe's top five leagues (AC Milan recorded 58).
  • Inter have won their last six league games, their best tally under Andrea Stramaccioni - last season the Nerazzurri won seven in a row under Ranieri between December and January.
  • Inter are still unbeaten away from home (five wins out of five, in which they have conceded just one goal).
  • Antonio Cassano has already scored seven goals against Juventus, his favourite target in Serie A.
  • Juventus have the best attack of this competition (22 goals scored, 150 shots attempted).
  • Juventus also boast the best defence, with only five goals conceded.
  • On Wednesday, Esteban Cambiasso completed 100% of his 33 passes against Sampdoria, coming on from the bench at half-time.

AC Milan - Chievo

  • AC Milan have won their last 11 league meetings against Chievo, without conceding more than a goal per game.
  • Chievo have kept only one clean sheet in 20 Serie A meetings against the Rossoneri (0-0 in March 2003).
  • AC Milan have won just two of their last eight fixtures, and only three since the start of this Serie A campaign.
  • Taking into account the three points for the win, this would be the worst start to a Serie A season for the Rossoneri since 1981/82, when they got relegated to Serie B.
  • After five losses in a row, Chievo have recorded two wins, a draw and a loss under new manager, Eugenio Corini.
  • However, they have lost four games out of four away from home this term, scoring only one goal in the process.
  • Chievo have lost 15 times against AC Milan, more than against any other Serie A opponent so far.
  • Pato scored his last Serie A goal right against Chievo, almost a year ago (November, 27 2011).
  • Against Chievo, Robinho scored his first ever Serie A goals in October 2010.
  • Stephan El Shaarawy is currently the Serie A top-scorer on seven goals.

Napoli - Torino

  • Napoli and Torino have met 116 times so far in Serie A: the Partenopei lead by 35 wins to 31.
  • Napoli have drawn more games against Torino than against any other Serie A opponent (50).
  • Torino have also shared the points against Napoli more times than against any other side in the top-flight.
  • Napoli have won just one of their 11 Serie A meetings against the Granata, who won the last three.
  • Napoli have never scored more than a single goal over their last seven home meetings against Torino.
  • Napoli have lost four of their last six games between Serie A and Europa League, winning two.
  • At the San Paolo, the hosts have won their last eight Serie A fixtures, conceding overall only three goals.
  • Torino have won only one of their last eight league games.
  • However, away from home the Granata are still unbeaten in this campaign, in light of four draws and a win.
  • Only one of the last 33 shots attempted by Napoli over the last three match-days has found the back of the net.

Pescara - Parma

  • The only two meetings between these two sides in Serie A were in the 1992/93 season, both were won by the Ducali (1-0 at the Tardini, 2-0 in Pescara).
  • Pescara and Parma also met 10 times in Serie B between 1948 and 1990: Pescara won five times, Parma twice and three draws completed the record.
  • Pescara have picked-up only one point from their last four league games, without scoring a single goal.
  • At home, Pescara have a season record of three losses, a win and draw - in three of these five games Giovanni Stroppa's side haven't scored.
  • Parma have won three games in a row, scoring on average 2.7 goals per game.
  • Beating Torino, Parma ended a run of four winless games away from home, in which they had collected only one point.
  • Pescara have faced the most shots on target in this competition (68).
  • Parma have conceded the most fouls (197), and also picked-up the most yellow cards since the start of this competition (34).
  • Pescara are yet to score their first headed goal - a negative record shared with AC Milan in this campaign.
  • On the other hand, Parma are the only side yet to concede a headed goal.

Roma - Palermo

  • Roma and Palermo have already met 48 times in Serie A - the Giallorossi lead in the head to head by 24 wins to 13.
  • Roma got the better in both meetings last season, with both ending in the same score line (1-0).
  • These two sides have shared the points only once over their last 12 Serie A meetings.
  • Roma have always found the net in each of their last 14 meetings against the Rosanero (a total of 28 goals).
  • Roma have lost their last two league games by 3-2, despite leading on both occasions.
  • Overall, Roma have lost the most points from leading situations this term in Serie A (11).
  • The Giallorossi have won five of their last six home meetings against Palermo, scoring on average 2.3 goals per game.
  • Palermo have drawn their last four league games.
  • Away from home, the Sicilians have won just one of their last 24 games, back in April against Bologna.
  • Fabrizio Miccoli has already scored seven goals in Serie A against Roma, only against Chievo and Inter has he bagged more so far in the league.
  • On Wednesday against Parma Eric Lamela scored for the fourth consecutive Serie A game; he is now on six goals in this competition, only El Shaarawy has netted more so far (seven).
  • Roma have the worst defence after the first 10 match-days of this competition (19 goals conceded), and the best attack from open play (16 goals scored).
  • Roma have conceded the fewest fouls in this Serie A campaign (125).

Sampdoria - Atalanta

  • This will be the 87th meeting in Serie A between Sampdoria and Atalanta: the Blucerchiati lead by 34 wins to 23, with 29 draws.
  • Sampdoria have had the better in their last three meetings, without conceding a single goal.
  • These two sides haven't drawn since November 2004 (a total of nine meetings).
  • In Genoa, they haven't shared the points in their last 13 meetings - nine wins for the hosts (including those in the last four at the Marassi), four wins for the guests.
  • After winning the first three fixtures of the season, Samprodia are winless in the ensuing seven games (two draws and five losses).
  • After keeping a clean sheet in the opening game against AC Milan, Ciro Ferrara's side have always conceded in the ensuing nine match-days.
  • Atalanta have picked-up seven points from their last three games, however they have won just one of their last eight on the road, without scoring more than a single goal per game.
  • Sampdoria have already had five players sent off since the start of this campaign - a league-high.
  • The Blucerchiati have conceded 11 goals in the second half - more than any other Serie A side.

Siena - Genoa

  • These two sides have met only eight times so far in Serie A: Genoa lead by four wins to two, with two draws.
  • Siena had the better in their last meeting back in April (4-1); previously, the Tuscans had scored only five goals overall in seven meetings against the Grifoni in Serie A.
  • Genoa are unbeaten in their four previous visits to Siena, without conceding a single goal at their ground.
  • Siena have picked-up only one point from their last five league games, as result of a goalless draw against Palermo.
  • Siena have scored the most headed goals in this campaign (five out of their 11).
  • The Tuscans have conceded the most goals following set-piece situations this season: nine (five from corners, three direct free-kicks and a penalty).
  • Genoa are winless in their last six Serie A fixtures, and have lost the last three in a row.
  • Away from home, the Grifoni have won just one of their last 16 league games (in Rome against Lazio back in September); 12 losses and three draws complete their record.


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