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Lewis Constable 12th Mar 2015 - 18:05

Opta Facts Serie A - Matchday 27

Atalanta - Udinese

These two teams have met 61 times in Serie A: Udinese lead by 24 wins to 17, with 20 draws.
Atalanta have won only one of their last eight league clashes against Udinese (5D, 2L).
Udinese are winless away at Atalanta in Serie A since December 2006: since then they have picked up four draws and two losses with just one goal scored.
Atalanta have lost their last two Serie A home games - they haven't lost three league games in a row on their soil since November 1997.
Atalanta have both scored and conceded goals in each of their last eight home games in the league.
Udinese won against Torino last week after a four league games winless streak (1D, 3L).
Moreover, prior to their last game against Torino, the last time that Udinese had netted 3+ goals in a Serie A match was back in September (4-2 versus Parma).
Udinese have claimed 12 points from losing positions in Serie A this term, a joint-record along with Verona.
On the other hand, Atalanta have wasted 18 points from winning positions this season, no team have thrown away more points so far.
Antonio Di Natale has reached double figures of goals in Serie A for the ninth season in a row.
Di Natale has scored four goals in his last four league clashes against Atalanta.
Germán Denis - a former Udinese player - has not found the net in seven consecutive Serie A appearances for the first time since last October.

Cagliari - Empoli

Cagliari and Empoli have drawn only one of their nine Serie A meetings, with four wins apiece.
The Tuscans have never won at Cagliari in the top flight, picking up just one point in four games.
Cagliari are the only team to have scored 4+ goals against Empoli in this Serie A campaign.
The Sardinians have taken just a point from the last six Serie A fixtures, a run that led to Gianfranco Zola's departure.
Cagliari have conceded goals in their last 11 league games and they are yet to keep a clean sheet at home this season.
The Rossoblu have shipped the most goals at home in this league campaign (25).
Empoli are unbeaten in six games (2W, 4D), conceding just three goals in the process.
Maurizio Sarri's men have drawn five of their last six league games away from home, losing the other one at Sampdoria.
Empoli have drawn the joint-most games this season across the top-5 European leagues (14).
Cagliari and Empoli, alongside Atalanta, have conceded the most goals from outside the box in this Serie A campaign (10).
Daniele Croce has created 30 goalscoring chances so far this season, but he's yet to deliver an assist.
Luigi Sepe has kept a clean sheet in five games since the start of 2015 - no other ‘keeper has kept more over this period.

Fiorentina - Milan

This will be the 150th meeting between these two teams in Serie A: the Rossoneri lead the head to head record by 68 wins to 40, with 41 draws.
Milan have scored 234 league goals against Fiorentina, more than against any other opponent in Serie A.
The Rossoneri have won only one of their last seven league clashes versus Fiorentina (3D, 3L).
However, Fiorentina are yet to defeat Milan at the Franchi since November 2005; since then they have played out three draws and suffered five losses.
Milan have scored two goals in five of their last six encounters in Serie A at Fiorentina; the excpetion being a 0-0 in the game back in November 2011.
Fiorentina lost their last league match 0-4 against Lazio after an eight game unbeaten run (5W, 3D) - they had not conceded four goals in Serie A this season before this game.
The Viola have lost none of their last six games at home (2W, 4D), despite conceding at least one goal in each of the last five.
AC Milan have the same number of points (35) as last season after 26 match days; however, the last time the Rossoneri had gained fewer wins than this season (8) after 26 games was in 1983/84 (7).
AC Milan are winless in eight Serie A matches on the road - this is their longest winless run away from home since May 2001.
No team have scored fewer goals than Fiorentina (1) in the opening 15 minutes of the game this season.
Alessio Cerci; who's yet to score a goal for AC Milan, has found the net in two of his five league matches against Fiorentina.

Genoa - Chievo

The last draw between these two teams dates back to January 2011 - since then there have been four wins for Chievo and three for Genoa.
Chievo have found the net in each of the last four meetings at Genoa, winning three times in the process.
Genoa are unbeaten in five Serie A fixtures, thanks to three draws and two wins.
The Rossoblu have scored at least one goal in the last 10 Serie A match days but they have kept a clean sheet only once in the process.
On the other hand, Chievo are without a goal in three successive league matches: one defeat followed by two 0-0 draws.
In fact, Chievo have the least prolific attack in this Serie A with just 18 goals scored.
Only Cesena (10) have conceded more goals from corners than Chievo (nine) in the league this season.
Chievo have recouped just two points from losing situations so far, fewer than any other Serie A team.
M'Baye Niang has bagged three goals in his last three Serie A appearances after scoring none in the previous 36.
Alberto Paloschi has netted five goals in seven previous clashes versus Genoa, thanks to a brace and a hat-trick. He's goalless in 10 league appearances.
Perparim Hetemaj is the player with the most fouls won in this Serie A term, 114.

Inter - Cesena

Cesena have managed only one win in 25 Serie A meetings against Inter (17L, 7D).
Since that win (back in March 1975), Cesena have picked up only six points over the following 21 league clashes against Inter.
Moreover, Inter have won each of the last seven matches versus Cesena and found the net in all the last 17.
Inter have conceded goals in six of their last seven games in the league at home, winning only twice in the process (2D, 3L).
Each of the last six Serie A goals scored by Inter have come after half-time.
Cesena haven't shipped any goals in the last two Serie A games after conceding at least one in each of the previous 23 match days.
However, the Bianconeri have conceded goals in every game away from home this term, and they are yet to score a goal in two consecutive games on the road.
Inter have conceded the fewest headers so far (two), while Cesena have conceded the joint most headed goals (eight).
Cesena have also conceded the most goals (20) from set piece situations this season.
Hernanes has scored two goals in four Serie A matches against Cesena - the Brazilian is yet to start a game in the league since last 17th of January.

Palermo - Juventus

Juventus have won 30 of the 51 Serie A meetings against Palermo, leading 10 wins to the Rosanero (11 draws).
Juve have won the last five Serie A clashes with Palermo, keeping a clean sheet in each of these games.
The last draw between these two sides in the league dates back to September 2004; since then there have been seven wins for the Sicilians and nine for the Bianconeri.
The last eight Serie A meetings played at Palermo since 2005 have seen four wins apiece.
Palermo are winless in three league games: a defeat followed by two goalless draws.
The last time that the Sicilians failed to score in three matches in a row within a single Serie A season was back in December 2011.
Palermo are unbeaten at home in 10 league matches, seven wins and three draws.
Only Juventus (16) and Lazio (12) have picked up more points at home than Palermo (11) since the beginning of 2015.
Juventus are unbeaten in 17 league games, winning 11 times in the process.
However, the Bianconeri have not won any of the last three away league matches (3D) - the first time they have done this since March 2012.

Arturo Vidal has found the back of the net in each of his last two league appearances against Palermo, but both of them came at the Juventus Stadium though.

With seven goals in 22 appearances Paul Pogba has already equalled his personal best in a single Serie A term set last season.

Roma - Sampdoria

Roma have won 55 of the 129 Serie A meetings against Sampdoria, with the Blucerchiati winning 39 times (35 draws).
Sampdoria haven't scored any goals in the last three league clashes against Roma.
Roma have suffered only one defeat over the last 12 encounters against Sampdoria at the Olimpico (8W, 3D), averaging 2.1 goals per game in the process.
This fixture has seen six red cards in the last seven meetings in the Serie A, five of which were given to Sampdoria.
Rudi Garcia's side are unbeaten in 16 league games, but they have drawn eight of their last nine matches.
After having won the first seven home games this season, Roma have then drawn the following six - they had never shared the points for six consecutive home matches in Serie A before.
Sampdoria have won their last two Serie A games after a winless run of five matches.
The Blucerchiati have found the net in each of their last nine Serie A fixtures, scoring just 12 goals in the process.
Francesco Totti has scored 14 goals against Sampdoria in Serie A, only against Parma (19) has he netted more.
Samuel Eto'o found his first goal for Sampdoria last week against Cagliari on his sixth Serie A appearances since his return in Italy. Eto'o has netted three goals in four previous clashes against Roma in the top flight.

Sassuolo - Parma

These two teams have met three times in the top flight, with Parma winning twice and losing once.
The only previous meeting at the Mapei Stadium saw a 1-0 win for the hosts, with a goal by Marco Parolo at the first minute of play.
These three games have seen three red cards, two of which were given to Sassuolo.
Sassuolo have lost four consecutive Serie A games for the first time since March 2014.
Di Francesco's men have failed to score in their last three league matches and have conceded at least a goal in each of the last 14.
Parma have drawn nil-nil their last two games played in the league - they had never been unbeaten before in two consecutive Serie A games this season.
Also, the last time the Gialloblu had kept two clean sheets in a row was in Serie A was back in March 2014.
However, Parma have failed to find the back of the net in three games for the first time since April 2013.
Both Sassuolo and Parma have seen players of two different nationalities score for them in Serie A this season - the least diverse spread of all clubs in the competition.
Parma are the only team against who Saphir Taïder has scored more than one goal in Serie A - two goals so far.

Torino - Lazio

This will be the 120th meeting between these two teams in the top flight: Torino lead by 37 wins to 31, with 51 draws.
Lazio have lost only two of their last 13 Serie A clashes against Torino (5W, 6D).
Torino have found the net in each of his last seven league matches against Lazio.
However, Torino have not bagged more than a single goal in any of their last seven home encounters versus Lazio, winning three times in the process (including the last two).
Torino's defeat at Udinese in the last match day ended a 12 game unbeaten streak for the Granata in the top flight (6W, 6D).
Ventura's side is still unbeaten at home in six league matches (3W, 3D).
Lazio are in a run of four consecutive Serie A wins - the last time they had recorded five wins in a row in a single Serie A campaign was back in October 2010.
Stefano Mauri has found the net in three of his nine league appearances against Torino, including in both of the last two.
Lazio are the only side that Kamil Glik has found the net against in two different Serie A games.
Bruno Peres is the Serie A defender with the most shots attempted (24) and the most dribbles completed (51) this season.

Verona - Napoli

These two teams have met 47 times in the top flight: Napoli lead by 24 wins to 11, with 12 draws.
Napoli have gained a win in 11 of their last 13 clashes against Verona, including in each of the most recent four.
Napoli have scored 14 goals in their last three league matches versus Verona - 4.7 goals per game on average.
Verona have picked up points in each of the last three Serie A match days (2D, 1W), this coming after losing three games in a row.
Napoli have won only once in their last four league fixtures (1D, 2L).
The Partenopei have lost their last two away games in the league - they have not suffered three defeats in a row away from home since October 2009.
Verona have claimed the joint-most points (12) from losing positions in this Serie A season.
Verona have scored the most goals (seven) via substitutes in this Serie A campaign - four of which have been netted by Nico López.
Dries Mertens has netted three goals in as many games against Verona in Serie A - the Gialloblu are his favourite target in the top flight.
Gonzalo Higuaín has scored one of his two hat-tricks in Serie A against Verona, this coming in the reverse fixture of this campaign.
Manolo Gabbiadini has scored the joint-most goals away from (six) home in this Serie A term.



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