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Simon Gott 11th Sep 2013 - 16:43

Serie A Week 3 2013-14


Fiorentina - Cagliari


These two teams have met 66 times in Serie A; the Tuscans lead by 28 wins to 18 with 20 draws.

Prior to Cagliari's 2-1 success over Fiorentina back in March, the Viola were unbeaten in eight Serie A matches against Cagliari.

The Viola are unbeaten in their last 25 home games against the Sardinians in the league, 21 wins.

Fiorentina have won eight of their last nine Serie A fixtures, losing the other one back in May against Roma.

The Viola have lost only one their last 10 league games played at the Franchi.

The Rossoblu have won two of their last three Serie A games, as many as they had won in the previous nine.

The Sardinians are without a win in their last seven Serie A away games, losing three and drawing four.

These two teams will meet in a Sunday early game for the first time: the Viola have never lost in 12 Serie A matches played early on Sunday (6W, 6D).

Cagliari have played seven times early on Sunday (4W, 2D, 1L).

Five of Fiorentina's seven goals in this campaign have come in the first-half, confirming their record from last season.

Fiorentina have scored the most goals in the first two match-days of this Serie A (seven), alongside Napoli.

134 of Mario Gomez's 140 goals across Serie A and Bundesliga have been netted from inside the box.



Inter - Juventus


This will be the 161st "derby of Italy" in Serie A: Juventus lead by 76 wins to 45, 39 draws.

Juventus have won more games against Inter than any other side, while Inter have also lost the most against the Old Lady.

Juventus have won four of their last five league meetings against Inter.

The last five Serie A meetings at the San Siro between these two sides have seen two wins apiece and a draw, however Juventus have won the last two.

The last time the Nerazzurri won the first three Serie A matches of the season was back in 2002/03, when they also managed to win seven of the first eight.

The Bianconeri have suffered just one loss in their last 15 league matches, 12 wins.

Juventus have found six wins in their last seven Serie A away games.

Juventus have conceded more than a single goal only once over the last 33 Serie A matches on the road.

Arturo Vidal has fired the most shots (six) and created the most chances (chances) amongst all Juventus players after the first two Serie A match-days.

Carlos Tevez has scored three goals in as many official games for Juventus, equalling Roberto Baggio's performance back in 1990-91.

Samir Handanovic is yet to concede his first goal in this Serie A campaign (three saves for him so far).



Lazio - Chievo


These two teams have met 22 times in Serie A: Lazio lead by eight wins to five, with nine draws.

Lazio have lost only one of their last eight league matches against Chievo, though this was the last one played at the Olimpico back in January.

The Romans have won just one of their 11 Serie A meetings versus Chievo at home, none of their last eight.

The Eagles have won four and lost two of their last six Serie A games played between this and last campaign.

Lazio have won each of their last three home matches in the league, scoring 10 goals and conceding just one in the process.

Instead, Chievo are winless in their last four Serie A matches (3D, 1L).

Chievo are unbeaten in their last four away games between this and last season, keeping three clean-sheets.

Lazio have attempted 31 shots in Serie A this campaign, fewer only than Roma (37).

Lazio's three goals in this campaign have all been scored in the first half.

Cyril Théréau has been involved in eight (6 goals + 2 assists) of Chievo's last 11 goals in Serie A.



Livorno - Catania

Livorno and Catania have never shared a draw in the Italian top-flight: four wins for the Tuscans, two for the Sicilians.

The Amaranto have won each of their last three league meetings against Catania, conceding just a goal.

Livorno's win over Sassuolo in the last fixture ended a streak of four consecutive losses for the Tuscans in Serie A.

Also, prior to the match versus Sassuolo, Livorno hadn't scored four goals in a single Serie A game in 77 fixtures (since their 4-2 over Atalanta in May 2007).

Livorno have won only one of their last 10 Serie A games (6L), and they have conceded at least one gol in each of their last 15 league fixtures.

Catania have lost the last two Serie A matches; they haven't lost three consecutive fixtures since Decemeber 2009.

The Sicilians are without a win in their last seven Serie A games on the road (4L, 3D).

Livorno have completed 469 passes in Serie A this season, only Sampdoria have completed fewer (459).

The Tuscans have scored 10 of their last 12 Serie A goals in the second-half, including three netted in this campaign.

Innocent Emeghara scored his second Serie A brace versus Sassuolo in the last match-day - the next will be his 10th goal in the top-flight.



Napoli - Atalanta

Napoli and Atalanta have met 84 times in Serie A: the Partenopei lead by 37 wins to 22.

Over their last five meetings, these two sides have shared two wins each and a draw.

Over the last seven meetings at the San Paolo, the same result the same result never occurred twice in a row - last time the hosts had the better (3-2 back in March).

Should Napoli win, it would be the second season in a row that they take nine points from the opening three matches of the Serie A.

Napoli are unbeaten in their last 11 home games, and have won their last six leagues games at the San Paolo.

Beating Torino 2-0, Atalanta ended a run of eight games without a win in Serie A.

Away from home, Atalanta have lost their last three games, conceding always two goals.

Napoli made 707 passes in their last game against Chievo, a record since their return to Serie A in 2007/08.

Marek Hamsik was the first player to score two braces in the opening two match-days of Serie A since Alessandro Del Piero back in 20002/03.

German Denis has scored three goals against Napoli in Serie A - he played for the Partenopei between 2008 and 2010, scoring 13 goals and making seven assists in 63 league appearances.



Parma - Roma


Parma and Roma have met 44 times in Serie A: the Giallorossi lead by 26 wins to nine.

Roma have won 11 of the last 14 Serie A meetings against Parma, losing only once in the process.

However, Parma won the last meeting played at home against Roma (3-2 back in October).

Parma are still goalless after the first two match-days of this Serie A campaign - the last time they failed to score for the first three games in the league was in 2007/08.

That was also the last season in which Roma won the opening three matches of Serie A - the Giallorossi went on to finish second in the table behind Inter.

Parma have failed to score in four of their last five home games in the league.

Roma are unbeaten in their last four away games in the league between this and last season (3W 1D), and have conceded only one goal in the process.

Roma have created the most goal scoring chances after the first two rounds of this campaign (39, at least nine more than any other side).

Francesco Totti has scored 17 goals in his 27 previous Serie A meetings against Parma, his favourite target so far.

Antonio Cassano has misplaced 36 passes so far this season - a Serie A-high.



Sampdoria - Genoa

This will be the 75th Serie A derby between these two teams: Sampdoria lead by 25 successes to 23, with 26 draws.

The last five Serie A derbies between Samp and Genoa have seen two wins apiece and a draw.

The last 15 derbies played with Sampdoria as home team haven't seen the same result twice in a row, with Samp winning the last one 3-1 back in November.

The Doriani have won only one of their last 13 league games, but they are still without a win in this campaign.

Genoa are without a single point in the league after the first two fixtures, the only team alongside Catania and Sassuolo.

Overall, Genoa have won just two of their last 15 Serie A games between this and last season.

Sampdoria (14) and Genoa (12) have attempted the fewest shots in Serie A this season.

Also, Genoa have already conceded seven goals this term, more than any other team.

Alberto Gilardino has netted nine goals against Sampdoria - only vs Roma (10) and vs Udinese (13) has he scored more.

Eder has scored four goals and assisted one over his last nine Serie A appearances.



Torino - Milan

This will be the 135th Serie A meeting between Torino and Milan: the Rossoneri lead by 56 wins to 31, with 47 draws.

Torino's last win against AC Milan came in November 2001: since then, three draws and eight wins for the Rossoneri, including the last three.

AC Milan have kept seven clean-sheets over their last 10 Serie A encounters against Torino.

AC Milan have averaged three goals per game over their last four meetings vs Torino in the top-flight.

Torino suffered their largest Serie A defeat against AC Milan: a 7-0 hammering back in February 1950.

The Granata have won only one of their last 11 matches in the league: 2-0 over Sassuolo on MD1 of this campaign.

Ventura's team have already hit the woodwork three times in these first two Serie A match-days.

Milan have conceded the most fouls in Serie A this season so far (39).

Riccardo Montolivo has had 219 touches and attempted 183 passes so far in this campaign, more than any other player.

Massimiliano Allegri has won all of his five Serie A meetings against Giampiero Ventura.



Udinese - Bologna

This will be the 59th Serie A meeting between these two sides: the Emiliani lead by 23 wins to 18, with 17 draws completing the record.

Bologna's last win over Udinese in Serie A came in September 2010; 2-1 at home with Di Natale, Gimenez and Di Vaio scoring a goal.

Last March's goalless draw ended a nine-game streak in which the Friulani had always scored at least one goal.

Bologna won their last Serie A match at the Friuli back in March 2005 (1-0): since then, two successes for the Bianconeri and three draws including a 0-0 last season.

Udinese have won nine of their last 10 Serie A games played between this and last season, losing MD1 against Lazio.

Bologna have won only one of their last 12 league fixtures (2-0 at Parma last May): seven draws and four losses complete the tally.

Udinese (216) and Bologna (226) completed the fewest passes on the last Serie A match-day.

However, Udinese have attempted 57 tackles in Serie A this term, more than any other team.

Stefano Pioli has never defeated Francesco Guidolin in Serie A: three draws and three losses is his current record.



Verona - Sassuolo


This will be the fist ever meeting between these two sides in Serie A.

These two teams finished in the top-2 position of the last Serie B season, earning direct promotion to the top-flight.

Verona and Sassuolo have met four times in Serie B: Verona won twice, Sassuolo once.

The two previous meetings played in Verona saw the hosts winning 1-0.

Verona are unbeaten at the Bentegodi in their last eight games (5W 3D) - their last defeat came back in March against Padova.

Verona have already faced more shots than any other side in Serie A this season.

Sassuolo conceded six goals from only eight shots on target faced in the first two matches of this campaign.

Luca Toni's last 11 goals in Serie A have all come in games played at home.

Rafaeil made 13 saves over the first two games of this Serie A season - more than any other 'keeper.

Simone Zaza scored the first goal in Serie A in the history of Sassuolo - he had already scored at Verona's ground last season in Serie B whan he was at Ascoli.



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