Week 3 – Serie A 2011/12
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Atalanta - Palermo
Palermo are unbeaten in their last seven meetings with Atalanta in the top-flight, winning four.
At home Atalanta have taken only two points from their last four meetings with the Rosanero.
Despite his, Atlanta have scored on each of the last 11 occasions they have hosted the Sicilians in Serie A.
Palermo have not shared the points in their last seven league games (five wins, two defeats).
The Sicilians have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 10 games on the road in the league.
Maxi Moralez marked his Serie A debut with a brace last Sunday, allowing Atalanta to draw at the Marassi with Genoa.
Palermo captain Fabrizio Miccoli was involved in three of his side's four goals against Inter last Sunday, scoring two and delivering an assist.
Germán Denis is yet to score in his six previous meetings against Palermo in Serie A.
Stefano Colantuono is unbeaten against his former team, Palermo in Serie A (a win and a draw so far).
Bologna - Lecce
Bologna have won each of their last three Serie A encounters with Lecce, and are unbeaten in the last nine against the Salentini (five wins and four draws).
At home, Bologna are unbeaten against Lecce in the top-flight, having won seven and drawn four.
Bologna have conceded only one goal in their last three league games against Lecce at the Dall'Ara.
Bologna are winless in their last 10 Serie A games, scoring just one goal in the last eight.
Bologna picked up only three points from their last seven games played at home in the 2010-11 campaign, and failed to score in the last four at their own ground.
On the opening match-day, Lecce tested the opposition's ‘keeper with just two of the 14 shots they attempted: their 14% was the worst shooting accuracy in the competition.
Marco Di Vaio didn`t manage a single shot in the game against Fiorentina; last season this happened only twice in 38 appearances.
Pierpaolo Bisoli has won only two games out of 13 so far in his managerial career in Serie A.
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Cagliari - Novara
This will be the first ever meeting between Cagliari and Novara in the top-flight.
Cagliari failed to win each of the last five away games of the last Serie A campaign, picking up only two points.
Novara will play their second consecutive game on the road after holding Chievo to a draw in Verona last Sunday.
Last season in Serie B, Novara conceded only 21 goals on the road, a competition-low shared with Siena.
Prior to the win against Roma, Cagliari had gone seven Serie A games without a win.
Novara completed the most crosses from open play on the opening match-day of the Serie A (eight).
Alex Pinardi created seven goal scoring chances for his teammates on the opening weekend, more than any other player last weekend.
Attilio Tesser is yet to win the first game in his managerial career in Serie A after 13 attempts.
Catania - Cesena
The only two previous meetings between these two sides were those played last season: Catania won 2-0 at home, while at the Manuzzi it finished 1-1.
Catania have lost only one of their last six Serie A fixtures, on the last match-day of the 2010-11 campaign against Inter (1-3).
Cesena have not shared the points in their last seven games between this term and the last Serie A campaign (four wins, three draws).
Catania have won six of the last eight games played at the Massimino in the league, losing only once in the process.
Cesena have scores exactly two goals in each of their last four games on the road.
Adrian Mutu has already scored five goals against Catania in Serie A, including a brace on the last occasion these sides faced off back in March (Fiorentina-Catania 3-0).
Maxi López scored in both games he played against Cesena last season.
Inter - Roma
Inter lost their opening game of the Serie A for the first time since 2000/01: on that occasion they finished 5th in the table, and Roma won the Italian league.
Last time the Nerazzurri lost the first two fixtures of a Serie A campaign was in 1983.
Last time this happened to Roma was 2009/10, when they finished second in the final table behind Inter.
Prior to the defeat against Palermo, the list time Inter had conceded four goals in a Serie A game was against upcoming opponents Roma, in March 2004.
Inter are on a run of 13 consecutive wins at home in Serie A, and are unbeaten since the derby loss against AC Milan in November.
In nine of these 13 games Inter have scored three or more goals.
Roma won four of their last six games played away from home last season.
Inter attempted 17 shots against Palermo, more than any other side in the opening match-day of this competition.
Gian Piero Gasperini has never shared the points in seven previous Serie A meetings against Roma in his managerial career.
Lazio - Genoa
Lazio are unbeaten against Genoa in the last seven Serie A fixtures, as result of five wins and two draws.
At the Olimpico, the Biancocelesti have lost just one of their last 17 games against the Grigoni (1-2 in January 2008).
Only against Torino (117) have Genoa scored more goals than against Lazio (113) so far in Serie A.
Lazio have shipped exaclty two goals in each of their last four Serie A fixtures, however they remained unbeaten in the last three of these.
At home, Lazio have won seven of the last nine games played in Serie A, losing only once in the process.
Genoa picked up only one point from the last six games played away from home in the last Serie A campaign.
Rodrigo palacio has scored two goals in two starts against lazio so far in Serie A.
The two managers, Edy Reja and Alberto Malesani have never shared a draw in five previous Serie A meetings so far.
Napoli - AC Milan
AC Milan are unbeaten in the last six Serie A meetings with Napoli (three wins for the Rossoneri and three draws).
The Partenipei have managed to beat AC Milan only once in their last 16 league encounters, 3-1 at the San Paolo back in 2008.
AC Milan have won more Serie A games at the home of Napoli than any other side (22 times).
Napoli have scored in each of their last 11 Serie A fixtures - currently the longest streak in the competition.
AC Milan are unbeaten in their last nine Serie A games, however they have been held to a draw in three of the last four.
The Rossoneri have suffered only one defeat in 2011, at Palermo last March (1-0).
Massimiliano Allegri's side collected 39 points away from home last season, at least nine more than any other Serie A side.
AC Milan won seven of the nine league games they played without Zlatan Ibrahimovic last season (78%); with Ibra on the pitch their win percentage was 59%.
Antonio Cassano was caught offside more than any other Serie A player on the opening match-day (four times).
Allegri is currently unbeaten against Walter Mazzarri in Serie A: three wins for the Rossoneri manager and two draws.
Parma - Chievo
Parma lost their opening game in Serie A for the first time since 1992; on that occasion they finished the campaign 3rd in the table.
Chievo wasted a 2-0 lead against Novara to draw 2-2 last Sunday: last season Chievo had been the only side in Serie A able to win every single game in which they had taken the lead.
No goals have been scored in the last three Serie A games between these two sides.
Parma won their last three home games of the 2010-11 campaign.
Chievo won only one of their last four on the road last term, but the win came in their last trip of the season, to Palermo (3-1).
Parma attempted only one shot agaist Juventus; the penalty that was converted by Giovinco.
This game will feature the two sides who made the fewest passes on the opening match-day of this campaign: Chievo 239, Parma 243.
Siena - Juventus
Siena claimed the most points (49) and scored the most goals (45) at home in the last Serie B campaign.
Juventus conceded only 16 goals away from home last season, only AC Milan (12) had a better record in Serie A.
Juventus have won 10 of the 12 games played against Siena so far in the top-flight, losing only once in May 2008; the last meeting ended in a 3-3 draw.
Siena have only scored one goal in six home Serie A meetings with the Old Lady so far.
Juve conceded only one goal in their last four games on the road last season.
5 minutes and 38 second were enough for Arturo Vidal to score his first Serie A goal after coming on from the bench on his debut for Juventus against Parma.
Juve recorded the highest ball possession of the opening match-day of Serie a (65.9%).
Andrea Pirlo made (109) and completed (96) more passes than any other player in the first round of this competition, and also made two assists.
Udinese - Fiorentina
Prior to this year, the last time Fiorentina won their opening fixture of the Serie A was in 2007/08, when they finished 4th and secured a Champions League spot.
These two sides have not shared the points in their last 10 Serie A meetings (five wins each).
Udinese have come out on top in four of their last five games against Fiorentina at the Friuli.
Francesco Guidolin's side are unbeaten in their last four Serie A fixtures, winning three and keeping three clean sheets.
However, at home the Friulani have won only one of the last four (2-1 vs Lazio in May).
The Viola have suffered only one defeat in their last seven league games between this and last season (3-1 at the San Siro vs Inter).
Alberto Gilardino has already scored 13 goals vs Udinese, at least five more than against any other Serie A side.
Stevan Jovetic attempted more shots than any other player in the opening round of the Serie A.
Francesco Guidolin has lost only three of the 23 previous clashes with Fiorentina in his managerial career in the top-flight, winning 10 and drawing 10.