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Antony Heath 18th Oct 2012 - 15:20

Serie A Week 8 OPTA Facts

Atalanta v Siena

Atalanta lead by four wins to three in their Serie A head to head record with Siena, with five draws completing the record.
Only once in their 12 previous meetings have one of these two sides managed to score more two goals in this fixture (Atalanta 3-1 Siena in May 2007).
In Bergamo, Atalanta were unbeaten against Siena until last April when the visitors managed to win 2-1.
Atalanta have now lost three games in a row in the league, conceding nine goals in the process.
Atalanta have not drawn any of their last eight home games (four wins and four draws).
After beating Inter and Bologna without conceding a single goal, Siena have lost back to back games against Lazio and Juventus, both by a 2-1 scoreline.
The Tuscans have scored in each of their last 11 away games in Serie A.
Atalanta have lost the most points from leading situations so far this season (eight) - the Nerazzurri have won just two of the five games in which they have taken the lead.
German Denis has scored three goals in five previous meetings against Siena, including a brace last season.
Siena's Emanuele Calaiò has been caught offside 20 times this term - a league-high.

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Cagliari v Bologna

These two sides have met 48 times in Serie A: the Sardinians lead by 16 wins to 14, with 18 draws.
In fact, three of their last five meetings have ended in draws - with both sides winning one of the other two games.
Previously, the Sardinians had won three consecutive games against Bologna, conceding only one goal.
Cagliari are unbeaten in their last six home meetings against Bologna (three wins and as many draws).
Bologna have won only one of their last 12 games in Sardinia (1-0 in December 1998).
Beating Torino in the last game, Cagliari ended a winless run of six games (two draws and four losses).
Cagliari are the only side in Serie A this season yet to win a home game this term - they've taken only one point from their home fixtures so far.
Bologna have lost four of their last five away games, without scoring a single goal - with a 3-2 win at the Olimpico against Roma completing their record.
Cagliari have the least potent attack so far this season, netting only four goals.
The Sardinians are the only side yet to score before half-time in Serie A.
Mauricio Pinilla scored a goal in his only previous meeting against Bologna in the top-flight (Palermo-Bologna 4-1 in October 2010).
Alessandro Diamanti has completed the most dribbles so far in this campaign (24).

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Chievo v Fiorentina

This will be the 17th meeting between Chievo and Fiorentina in Serie A - the Viola lead by 10 wins to five, with only one draw.
This sole draw came in the teams' first meeting at the Bentegodi - in the ensuing seven meetings in Verona there have been two wins for the hosts and five for the visitors.
However, Chievo have won four of their last six meetings against Fiorentina in the league.
In their 16 previous meetings, neither side has ever managed to score more than two goals.
New manager Eugenio Corini marked his debut with Chievo with a victory, after a run of five consecutive defeats.
Fiorentina have a record of two wins, two draws and one defeat in their last five league fixtures.
However, away from home the Viola are yet to win this term, courtesy of a run of two losses and a draw.
Chievo have the joint-worst defence in the top division this season, alongside Pescara (14 goals conceded, nine of which have come after half-time).
Luca Toni has already scored six goals against Chievo, only against Parma (eight) has he bagged more in Serie A.
David Di Michele has scored in three of his last four league appearances against Fiorentina.

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Genoa v Roma

Genoa have won 31 of their league games against Roma, more than against any other Serie A opponent so far - 21 draws and 38 wins for the Giallorossi complete the record.
These two sides have not drawn any of their last 12 league meetings - Roma lead by seven wins to five.
At home, Genoa have beaten Roma in six of their last seven meetings, including each of the last four.
These last four meetings at the Marassi have produced a total of 19 goals.
The Grifoni are unbeaten in their last four league games, though they have drawn the last three.
Genoa have scored in each of their last nine home fixtures, however they have managed to win only three of those games.
In beating Atalanta 2-0 on the last Match Day, Roma kept their first clean sheet of the season (excl. the 3-0 awarded against Cagliari).
Prior to their 4-1 defeat against Juventus, the Giallorossi had won three games in a row away from home in the league.
Francesco Totti has scored in both of his last two appearances against Genoa at the Marassi.
Genoa's last three goals in the league have been scored by Marco Borriello.
Luigi De Canio has won only two of his 11 Serie A meetings against Roma in his managerial career, while Zdenek Zeman is unbeaten in eight meetings against Genoa (six wins and two draws).

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Inter v Catania

Inter lead by 21 wins to five in the head to head record against Catania in Serie A, with four draws completing the record.
However, last season, Catania were unbeaten against Inter, winning 2-1 at the Massimino and drawing 2-2 in Milan.
The Nerazzurri are still unbeaten at home against Catania in Serie A (13 wins and two draws).
Inter have won their last three league games, conceding only one goal in the process.
The Sicilians have won only three games on the road over the course of the last three Serie A seasons (17 draws and 21 losses).
This season, Catania have taken only one point from their three away fixtures played so far.
Seven of Catania's nine total goals have been scored by Argentinian players this season: Bergessio (three), Gomez (two) and Barrientos and Spolli (one each).
Esteban Cambiasso has already scored four goals against Catania in Serie A, only against Fiorentina (five) has he bagged more so far.
Inter have netted eight goals in the first half, only Lazio have been more prolific before half-time this term (nine).

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Juventus v Napoli

This is Napoli's best start to a Serie A campaign since 1987/88 - also on that occasion the Partenopei had secured six wins and a draw after seven match-days.
The Old Lady has won only one of their last six meetings against Napoli, losing three times in the process.
Juventus have failed to score in only one of their last 31 home meetings against Napoli in Serie A (0-0 in May 1982).
Napoli are unbeaten in their last eight league fixtures, taking into account this and last season (seven wins and a draw).
Walter Mazzarri's side haven't conceded at all in the three games played away from home this season, recording two wins and a draw.
Napoli can boast the best defence in Serie A this season, with only three goals conceded; Juve are second-best with four goals conceded.
Napoli are Alessandro Matri's favourite opponent in Serie A, scoring five goals against the Partenopei so far.
Against Napoli, Matri scored his first-ever Serie A goal, in August 2007.
Juve and Napoli have always won after taking the lead in this campaign (for both six fixtures).
Giorgio Chiellini has scored in three previous meetings against Napoli, but in two of these games the Old Lady didn't win: a 2-2 draw in May 2011 and a 3-1 loss in March 2010.
Napoli are unbeaten against Juve in each of the games in which Marek Hamsik has found the net (three wins and a draw).
Hamsik has already netted five goals aganst Juve, only against Palermo has he bagged more in Serie a (seven).

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Lazio v AC Milan

Last February's win for Lazio ended their run of 27 consecutive games without a win against AC Milan (14 wins for the Rossoneri and 13 draws).
Back in February, Lazio kept their first clean sheet against AC Milan at the Olimpico following a run of four consecutive games where they had shipped an average of 2.75 goals per game.
AC Milan and Roma are the two sides against which Lazio have drawn the most games in Serie A (54).
This is the first time since 1941/42 that AC Milan have lost four of their first seven games in a Serie A campaign.
Lazio haven't drawn any of their last nine league fixtures (seven wins and two losses).
Lazio have scored the most goals in the first half in this campaign (nine out of their 12).
AC Milan have conceded 85.7% of their goals from set-pieces (six out of seven).
Miroslav Klose has averaged a goal every two games in Serie A so far: 17 in 34 appearances, including a brace in the last game against Pescara.
Hernanes has created the most goal scoring chances so far in this campaign (21).
Only one of Lazio's 12 goals this season has been scored by an Italian player (Antonio Candreva's against Palermo).

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Palermo v Torino

Palermo and Torino have met 38 times in Serie A: the Granata lead by 18 wins to 10, with 10 draws.
Palermo are unbeaten in their last six home meetings against Torino in Serie A (five wins and a draw).
Over these last six meetings, the Sicilians have conceded only two goals.
Palermo have won just two of their last 21 league fixtures between this and last season, losing 11 times.
Palermo have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 13 Serie A fixtures.
Torino are still unbeaten away from home in this campaign (a win and two draws).
Torino have scored nine goals, more than half of which came in their last away game, a 5-1 win against Atalanta.
Torino have conceded only two goals before half-time - no other side have shipped more in this Serie A campaign.
Matteo Brighi has scored 21 goals in Serie A, with four coming against Palermo, his favourite target in the top-flight.
Against Palermo, Rolando Bianchi netted his only hat-trick in Serie A back in September 2006.

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Parma v Sampdoria

This will be the 33rd meeting between Parma and Sampdoria - the Ducali currently lead by 13 wins to 11, with eight draws.
Parma have won each of the last three meetings with Samp, all by a 1-0 scoreline.
Roberto Donadoni's side are winless in their last five games (three draws, two losses).
Ciro Ferrara's are winless in the last four, after having won their opening three fixtures.
Parma are unbeaten in their last eight home games including this and last season (six wins and two draws).
Sampdoria have attempted only 56 shots so far in this campaign - a total superior only to Siena (45).
Lorenzo De Silvestri scored the only two goals of his Serie A career right against Parma, when he was at Fiorentina between 2009 and 2011.
Daniele Galloppa (one) and Cristiano Zaccardo (two) are the only two Parma players who have scored against Sampdoria for their current team in Serie A.
Roberto Donadoni is unbeaten in his managerial career against Sampdoria (three wins and a draw).

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Udinese v Pescara

These two sides have met only four times in the top-flight: Udinese are still unbeaten courtesy of two wins and two draws.
The four previous meetings between these two sides have averaged four goals per game.
Udinese have won on both previous occasions when they hosted Pescara in Serie A, the last being a 5-2 in October 1992.
Udinese have won only one of their first seven games in this campaign (vs AC Milan), with three draws and three losses completing the record.
Should Udinese lose against Pescara, it would be their 500th defeat in the top-flight.
The last time Udinese had only one win after seven match-days in Serie A was in 2004/05, when they eventually finished 4th on 62 points.
Pescara's win away to Cagliari ended a negative trend of 16 losses and two draws on the road for the team in Serie A.
Pescara have scored only three goals away from home in this campaign, two of which came from direct free-kicks.
Pescara have posted the highest shooting accuracy figure in this tournament, with 50% of their shots on target (28 out of 56).

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