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Antony Heath 30th Aug 2012 - 16:16

Week 2 – Serie A 2012-13

Bologna v AC Milan

This will be the 131st meeting between Bologna and AC Milan in Serie A - the Rossoneri lead by 57 wins to 37, with 36 draws.
AC Milan have scored 201 goals in Serie A against Bologna, only Inter have scored as many against the Rossoblu.
AC Milan are unbeaten in their last seven league games against Bologna (four wins and three draws).
At home, Bologna have picked up only two points from their last seven meetings with AC Milan.
Over these last seven games, Bologna have scored only three goals while the Rossoneri have netted 15.
AC Milan were the Serie A side with the most shots (excl.blocked) attempted on matchday one (19, seven of which were on target).
Bologna instead attempted the joint-fewest shots (like Udinese) - only three (one on target).
Prior to last Sunday's loss against Sampdoria, AC Milan had scored in 16 Serie A games in a row (31 goals overall).

The Rossoneri were the only side to hit the woodwork twice on matchday one of the Serie A 2012-13.

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Cagliari v Atalanta

The record in Serie A between Cagliari and Atalanta is even: 14 wins each and 10 draws.
These two sides have not shared the points in their last seven meetings (Atalanta leads by four wins to three).
Atalanta have won just twice in 19 games at Cagliari's ground, both 1-0 (in 64/65 and in 08/09).
In seven of their last eight meetings, only one of these two sides managed to find the net.
Cagliari have scored just a goal in their last five league fixtures.
The Sardinians made 35 open play crosses in their opening game against Genoa, a league high.
Nenê scored his first Serie A brace against Atalanta in November 2009.
German Denis had his most prolific campaign last season scoring 16 goals, however he has managed to find the net only once in his last ten league appearances.
This will be the 100th game for Stefano Colantuono as a Serie A manager (32W, 32L, 35D so far).

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Catania v Genoa

Catania and Genoa have met 20 times in Serie A; the Sicilians lead by nine wins to seven with four draws.
Genoa are the Serie A side against which Catania have recorded the most wins so far in their history.
These two sides haven't shared a draw in their last six Serie A meetings, all won by the home team.
Since their return to Serie A, Catania have never lost at the Massimino against Genoa. The draw in 2007 was followed by four consecutive wins for the Sicilians.
Back in February, Pablo Barrientos scored his first (and so far only) brace in Serie A against Genoa.
Genoa completed just 225 passes on matchday one - fewer than any other Serie a team.
Ten of Catania's last 15 Serie A goals have been scored following a set-piece situation (four corners, four from indirect free-kick and two penalties).

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Inter v Roma

Inter lead by 69 wins to 44 against Roma in Serie A, 45 draws complete the record.
Inter have won more games against Roma than any other Serie A opponent.
The Nerazzurri's record against Roma at the San Siro is 42 wins to 12, with 25 draws.
Inter are the team against which Roma have scored (199) and conceded (260) the most goals in Serie A.
Inter have won only one of their last seven games against Roma, losing three times.
However, Inter are unbeaten in their last five home games against Roma, four of which ended as draws.
Inter have made the most passes on matchday one in the league (609).
Francesco Totti completed the joint-most dribbles on matchday one (six, like Jovetic of Fiorentina).
Diego Milito has netted 21 goals since start of 2012, more than any other Serie A player.
Since Andrea Stramaccioni's appointment as Inter manager, the Nerazzurri have scored an average of 2.3 goals per game in the league and failed to score only once.

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Lazio v Palermo

This will be the 45th league meeting between these two sides: Lazio lead by 18 wins to 16, with 10 draws.
Only against Sampdoria (17) have Palermo won more Serie A games in their history.
Lazio are unbeaten at home in their last four games against Palermo (two wins and two draws), and have conceded only one goal in the process.
Last season, Palermo were the first side to score five goals against Lazio in Serie A since Juventus did so in April 2008.
Palermo have conceded 17 goals in their last seven league games (on average 2.3 per game).
Tommaso Rocchi is on the hunt for his 100th goal in Serie A - he has netted seven goals so far against Palermo, his favourite target in the top-flight.
Antonio Candreva and Fabrizio Miccoli are (alongside Wesley Sneijder) the players who created the most goal scoring chances with their passes on matchday one (five apiece).

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Napoli v Fiorentina

Fiorentina lead by 50 to 40 in the head to head against Napoli in Serie A with 34 draws completing the record.
Napoli have won more Serie A games against Fiorentina than against any other opponent.
Napoli have lost only once in their last eight home meetings against Fiorentina, winning three times and drawing four.
The last two games between these two sides at the San Paolo have ended 0-0.
Fiorentina had the most shots on target on matchday one: eight (four apiece for Jovetic and Ljajic).
Stevan Jovetic has scored the first (and so far only) brace of this Serie A campaign.
Jovetic won seven fouls on matchday one against Udinese, more than any other Serie A player so far.
Valon Behrami won more tackle than any other player on the opening weekend (seven).
Marek Hamsik has scored in the opening fixture of the last four Serie A seasons.
Edinson Cavani has scored in five of his last six Serie A appearances.
Walter Mazzarri has never won as a manager against Vincenzo Montella (a loss and a draw).

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Parma v Chievo

Parma lead by seven wins to five against Chievo in Serie A, with six draws.
Parma are unbeaten in their last six meetings with Chievo (three wins and three darws, with only two goals conceded overall).
Neither side have managed to score more than two goals over their last 13 league meetings.
Chievo have won just once at the Tardini in Serie A in nine previous meetings (1-0 in November 2002).
With defeat to Juventus last Saturday, Parma's longest ever winning streak in the league (seven wins) ended.
Parma made the most fouls (21) and received the most yellow cards (six) of any Serie A on matchday one.
Chievo misplaced the most passes on the opening weekend (119).
Sergio Pellissier has scored in both games played by Chievo this season in all competitions (vs Bologna in the league and vs Ascoli in Coppa Italia).
Roberto Donadoni has won his three previous meetings as a manager against Domenico Di Carlo.

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Sampdoria v Siena

This will be the 15th meeting between these two sides in Serie A: Sampdoria lead by six wins to two.
Sampdoria are unbeaten in their last eight league meetings against Siena in the top-flight (five wins and three draws).
At home, the Doriani are unbeaten against the Tuscans in Serie A (three wins and four draws).
Siena were the only side not to register a single shot on target during the first weekend of the Serie A campaign.
Siena attempted the fewest passes on matchday one (only 286).
Emanuele Calaiò was caught off-side four times in the opening game - more than any other player.
Simone Vergassola has scored five goals against Sampdoria in Serie A, more than against any other player.
Against AC Milan last Sunday, Andrea Costa scored his second goal in 47 Serie A appearances. It was his first for Sampdoria.

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Torino v Pescara

Torino and Pescara have met ten times in Serie A so far: the Granata lead by five wins to two, with three draws.
Torino have failed to score only once in Serie A against Pescara (a 2-0 loss in November 1988).
Torino are unbeaten at home in Serie A against Pescara (four wins and a draw), and conceded just two goals in the process.
Both sides were in Serie B last season and the clashes between them were won by the home side each time. In Turin, it ended 4-2.
Torino recorded the highest ball possession on matchday one (64.1%).
Pescara conceded the fewest fouls of the opening weekend (only seven against Inter).
The two players who made the most successful passes on moatchday one play for Torino: Kamil Glik (101) and Angelo Ogbonna (92).
Debutant Vladimir Weiss attempted 15 dribbles during the opening game, completing five - a league high.

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Udinese v Juventus

This will be the 77th meeting between Udinese and Juventus: the Old Lady have won 50, while the Friulani had the better 11 times.
Udinese have conceded 154 goals in Serie A against Juventus, more than against any other opponent.
These two sides have shared the points only twice over their last 22 meetings, Juventus won 15 of those 22.
Udinese have scored in just three of their last 11 meetings at home against Juventus.
The Old Lady are unbeaten in their last 49 Serie A fixtures (24 wins and 16 draws).
Udinese picked up 43 points at home last term - only Juventus had a better home record.
Juventus have failed to convert three of their four penalties in Serie A in 2012, including Vidal's last Saturday against Parma.
Udinese's Maicosuel scored the first goal of the Serie A season last Saturday against Fiorentina.
Stephan Lichtsteiner scored Juventus' first goals of the last two Serie A campaigns - on both occasions this has been against Parma.
Francesco Guidolin has never won against Antonio Conte in Serie A (a draw and two losses for him against the current Juve manager).

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