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Lewis Constable 17th Feb 2016 - 16:47

Opta Facts Serie A Matchday 26 – 19-22 February 2016

Bologna - Juventus

o Juventus have won each of their last five Serie A clashes vs Bologna, keeping three clean sheets and scoring an average of two goals per game.
o Juventus are unbeaten in 12 Serie A games at the Dall'Ara (8W, 4D): the last time Bologna defeated Juventus at home was back in November 1998 (3-0).
o Bologna have conceded goals in each of their last seven home games in the league, shipping at least two goals in five of them.
o Bologna have taken 27 points from their last 15 Serie A matches under Donadoni, fewer only than Juve (45), Napoli (35) and Fiorentina (28).
o Juventus have conceded only six shots on target over the last five Serie A match-days, at least four fewer than any other side.
o Juventus have won 13 more points in their last six league games (18) than they had in their opening six (5) this season.
o Juventus have caught their opponents offside 29 times so far, fewer than any other Serie A team this term.
o Juventus have shipped only nine goals from inside the box this season, at least eight fewer than any other side - on the other hand, each of Bologna's 18 goals conceded on their soil have come from inside the box.
o Only Higuain (16) and Dybala (9) have scored more goals than Mattia Destro (8) over the last 15 Serie A match-days.
o The first two goals scored by Sergio Floccari in Serie A came versus Juventus in Feb 18th 2006 when he scored a brace in Messina-Juve 2-2.
o Juan Cuadrado's second brace in the top flight came away from home at Bologna in April 2014 in Fiorentina's shirt.
o Gianluigi Buffon has kept a clean sheet seven times since the start of 2016, more than any other ‘keeper across the top-5 European leagues.

Verona - Chievo

o This will be the eighth Serie A Derby of Verona: Chievo lead by three wins to two so far.
o The only two draws between these two sides in Serie A have come in the most two recent clashes: 2-2 in May 2015 and 1-1 back in October.
o In losing at Lazio, Verona ended a five game unbeaten run in the league (1W, 4D).
o Chievo have scored 30 goals so far - they have not netted as many goals after 25 MDs since 2005/06, when they scored 33.
o Despite scoring two goals in the first 30 minutes of play in their last home game against Inter, Verona remain the team to have netted the fewest goals in the opening half-an-hour of play (two).
o Verona have scored only one goal from substitutes so far in 2015-16 (Ionita vs Sampdoria in October) - no team have scored fewer in Serie A this season.
o However, Chievo have attempted the joint-fewest shots on target (81) in Serie A this term.
o Valter Birsa is the Chievo player to have been involved in the most goals this season (11), having scored five and assisted six.
o Luca Toni has scored eight goals in 16 Serie A appearances aganist Chievo, including two in four Verona's derbies played so far.
o Luigi Delneri - former Chievo's coach - has faced his current team twice in a Verona's derby: he lost the first by a 2-3 score line, winning the second 2-1 (both in the 2001/02 season).

Inter - Sampdoria

o Inter are unbeaten in the last 13 Serie A home games against Sampdoria (8W, 5D): the last Sampdoria's win at the Meazza came in December 1996 (4-3 with a brace scored by Vincenzo Montella; the current Samp coach).
o Besides, Montella's only win at the San Siro against Inter as a manager came on his last trip to Milan in March 2015, when he was training Fiorentina.
o Excluding the game against Frosinone, Inter have not been able to score more than a single goal in their other 11 Serie A home games this season.
o Inter have won six points in their last six league games - they had taken 15 in their opening six this season.
o No Serie A side have picked up fewer points than Sampdoria (nine) over the last 13 Serie A games since Montella took over the team.
o No side has shipped more goals than Sampdoria in the opening 30 minutes of play (14) in the league this season - however, Inter have scored only once in this period so far in 2015-16.
o In the last game against Fiorentina, Mauro Icardi did not attempt any shot on target for the ninth time in 22 Serie A appearances this season - however, he's scored at least a goal in nine of the other 13 games that he's made at least one shot on target in.
o Icardi found the net on the only previous occasion he's faced Sampdoria at the Meazza (October 2014).
o Luis Muriel has scored four goals in Serie A versus Inter, including two in his three appearances at the San Siro.
o Éder is yet to find the net in the league in an Inter shirt despite having already played 334 minutes - when he was at Sampdoria he kept a scoring average of a goal every 137 minutes played.

Atalanta - Fiorentina

o Fiorentina have won each of their last seven Serie A meetings against Atalanta, keeping five clean sheets in the process (17 goals scored, three conceded).
o Atalanta have failed to score in each of their last three league games on home soil against Fiorentina.
o Atalanta have never scored more than one goal over their last 10 Serie A fixtures, failing to score in five of these.
o The Nerazzurri are without a win in the last 10 match-days (D5 L5): they are the only Serie A side yet to win in this period.
o Fiorentina have alternated between a home win and an away draw in their last five Serie A fixtures.
o In the reverse fixture, Fiorentina recorded their joint-season-high nine shots on target. Only against Juventus (10) have Atalanta faced more shots on target in Serie A this season.
o Fiorentina have picked up 49 points so far - since 1994-95 (three points per win), only in 2005-06 have they collected more points (50) after 25 match-days in Serie A.
o Fiorentina have had a possession figure of more than 50% in 24 of their 25 league games this season: they boast the highest possession percentage of the competition (62.6%).
o Borja Valero has scored two goals in his last three league appearances. The first of his four goals in this Serie A season came in the reverse fixture against Atalanta.
o Mauricio Pinilla has netted four goals against Fiorentina in Serie A, including one of his four braces in the Italian top-flight.

Genoa - Udinese

o Three of the last four Serie A clashes between these two sides have ended in a draw (the other was won by Genoa).
o Udinese have won only one of their last 11 league matches away to Genoa (D3 L7).
o Four of the last eight Serie A meetings between Genoa and Udinese at the Ferraris have seen at least five goals scored: there has been 30 goals in total in these eight games.
o Genoa have picked up 25 points so far: since 1994-95, they have never collected fewer points after 25 Serie A match-days.
o Udinese's last win came in January 6th vs Atalanta - since then, they have picked only three points in seven Serie A fixtures.
o Udinese are the only Serie A side yet to score in the opening 15 minutes of play this season. They have also netted the fewest goals from outside the box (one, by Francesco Lodi against Frosinone).
o Only Carpi (two) have scored fewer set-piece goals than Genoa (four) and Udinese (seven) in Serie A 2015-16.
o Udinese have got the worst shot conversion rate in Serie A this season (8.5%).
o Alessio Cerci - who scored vs AC Milan last Sunday after a 21-game scoring drought in Serie A - has bagged one of his three braces in the Italian top-flight right against Udinese in May 2011 for Fiorentina.
o Luca Rigoni has netted three league goals against Udinese, his joint-best tally in Serie A, including his last goal in the top-flight (August 30th 2015, for Palermo).
o Antonio Di Natale has scored only one goal over his last 19 Serie A appearances - that goal came in the reverse fixture against Genoa.

Sassuolo - Empoli

o There has been no draw in the previous three Serie A meetings between these two sides: two wins for Empoli and won for Sassuolo (this one came in the only match played at the Mapei Stadium).
o Sassuolo are without a win in their last seven league games (D4 L3), their longest winless run in Serie A in a single season since March 2014.
o Over the opening six match-days of this Serie A, Sassuolo have picked up on average 2.0 points per game, while from MD 20 to MD 25 they have collected on average 0.5 points per game.
o Empoli have picked up four points in their last six Serie A games (D4 L2), after they had collected 15 points in the previous six fixtures (W5 D1).
o Sassuolo have scored 72% of their goals (21 out of 29) in the first half of games this season; the highest proportion in Serie A 2015-16.
o No side have lost more points than Empoli from leading situations in Serie A this season (15), while Sassuolo have recouped the most points from trailing situations in home games (eight).
o Sassuolo are one of the three Serie A sides (along with Verona and Carpi) with no players with 5+ goals scored this season.
o Massimo Maccarone has scored seven goals and provided two assists over his last 10 Serie A appearances. He has netted 10 league goals this season, and is three goals away from his best goal scoring tally in a Serie A campaign (13 in 2007-08).
o In his only previous match against Sassuolo, Riccardo Saponara scored his only brace in Serie A (March 22nd 2015).
o Domenico Berardi has been involved in six goals in Serie A 2015-16 (4 scored + 2 assisted): after 25 match-days, he had had a hand in 15 goals in 2013-14 (12+3) and 13 in 2014-15 (7+6).

Torino - Carpi

o Carpi got their first ever Serie A win against Torino in the reverse fixture last October (2-1 at home).
o Carpi have lost each of their last three Serie A games. Prior to this, they had been unbeaten for five consecutive fixtures; their longest streak in Serie A.
o Last Sunday vs Palermo, Torino won a Serie A match after a five-game winless run (D3 L2).
o The Granata have conceded goals in 10 of their last 11 Serie A games.
o Carpi have picked up only six points away from home this season (out of 19 collected in total), and just two in their last five games on the road.
o Only Fiorentina (seven) have scored more goals from penalties than Torino (five) in Serie A this season, while no side has conceded more than Carpi from the penalty spot (five).
o 26 Torino's goals have been scored by Italian players, a league-high this season in Serie A.
o 28 different Carpi's players have picked up at least one yellow card this season, at least six more than any other Serie A side.
o Since 1994-95, only three teams who picked up fewer than 20 points after 25 Serie A match-days have not been relegated (Parma in 2006-07, Cagliari in 2007-08 and Sassuolo in 2013-14).
o Over the last six Serie A match-days, only Juventus (40) have fired more shots on target than Torino (35).
o Ciro Immobile has had a hand in 30 goals in his 40 Serie A appearances for Torino (25 goals scored, 5 assists).
o In his last six Serie A games as a substitute, Kevin Lasagna has scored three goals and provided one assist.

Frosinone - Lazio

o In the reverse fixture vs Frosinone, Lazio recorded their best tally of both total shots (29 incl. blocked) and shots on target (11) in Serie A 2015-16.
o Lazio won last Thursday vs Hellas Verona after a three-game winless run (D2 L1) in which they hadn't scored any goal.
o Frosinone have picked up six points in their last three Serie A games - they had collected two points in their previous eight league fixtures.
o Away from home, Lazio are unbeaten in their last five league games, but have drawn each of the last three (the last two of these were 0-0 draws).
o Lazio have taken the most corners in Serie A this season, 170, while Frosinone have allowed their opponents the most (188).
o The Biancocelesti have scored the most goals in the last 15 minutes of play (14), Frosinone have conceded the most in the same period (13).
o Lazio have scored the most goals through substitutes (10), while eight goals conceded by Frosinone have been netted by opponents coming off the bench - a league-high this season in Serie A.
o Frosinone (14) and Lazio (13) have conceded the most goals from set-pieces in Serie A 2015-16.
o Daniel Ciofani and Federico Dionisi (seven goals apiece) have netted 54% of Frosinone's league goals this season (14 out of 26).
o Keita has scored four league goals this season, one away from his best scoring tally in a Serie A season (five in 2013-14).
o Filip Djordjevic has not scored a goal for 625 minutes in Serie A: his last goal came in October 4th 2015, against Frosinone.

Roma - Palermo

o Roma have found the net in each of their last 10 Serie A home games against Palermo (on average 2.1 goals per game in the process). The last time that Palermo kept a clean sheet at the Olimpico against the Giallorossi was in January 1973.
o These two sides have not shared the points in any of their last nine league matches played in Rome - six wins for the hosts, three for the guests.
o Roma have kept just one clean sheet over their last eight Serie A fixtures.
o Under Luciano Spalletti (six Serie A games), AS Roma have faced on average 4.2 shots on target per game - the same average recorded in the 19 league fixtures under Rudi Garcia earlier this season.
o Palermo have picked up 14 points in 12 Serie A games under Giuseppe Iachini this season, and 12 in 13 fixtures with the other managers.
o Roma have scored the joint-most goals from outside the box in Serie A this season (11, alongside Napoli). The Giallorossi have scored one goal every 13 shots from outside the box, the best average this season in the Italian top-flight.
o Only Frosinone (524) have faced more total shots than Palermo (415) in Serie A this season.
o Last Friday against Carpi, Edin Dzeko scored a goal after a personal 709-minute scoring drought. The Bosnian striker had three shots on target in his last Serie A game, as many as he had fired in his previous five league appearances.
o Mohamed Salah's last goal at home came in October 17th vs Empoli: his last three league goals have been scored away from home.
o Alberto has netted 11 league goals against Roma: only against Udinese (15) and Chievo (12) has he scored more in the Italian top-flight. Of these 11 goals, four have come in his last three matches against the Giallorossi.

Napoli - Milan

o In the reverse fixture, Napoli won 4-0 at the San Siro and in doing so recorded their best win over AC Milan in Serie A history.
o Napoli have won of their last four home league meetings against AC Milan, drawing the other. The Partenopei have scored at least two goals in five of the last six league clashes against the Rossoneri at the San Paolo.
o AC Milan have collected 14 points in the last six Serie A match-days - only Juventus (18) and Napoli (15) have won more in this period.
o Napoli have picked up 32 points at home this season, more than any other Serie A side (W10 D2).
o AC Milan have lost only once over their last eight away league fixtures (W3 D4), 0-1 away to Juventus.
o Napoli have lost none of their six Serie A games played after a Europa League round this season, winning five of these - including the reverse fixture against AC Milan.
o Napoli have used 20 players this season, fewer than any other side in Serie A. Five of Napoli's players have played all 25 games this season - another league-high in the Serie A 2015-16.
o Conversely, no AC Milan player has started all 25 league fixtures this season, and only Carlos Bacca has appeared in each of these games.
o Napoli have made the most recoveries in the opposition half in this Serie A (427).
o After having played only 50 minutes between October and November 2015, Keisuke Honda has started each of AC Milan's last nine league games, providing three assists and finding his first goal vs Genoa last Sunday.
o Gonzalo Higuaín has scored three goals in his two Serie A games at the San Paolo against AC Milan, including one of his four headed goals in the Italian top-flight.



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