Serie A - Match facts: Lazio target top two
Facts and figures ahead of the weekend's Serie A action, with Lazio visiting Palermo on Sunday night.
Cesena v AC Milan
AC Milan have won 13 of their 21 previous meetings against Cesena in Serie A, losing five.
All five Cesena wins in the league against the Rossoneri have come on home soil.
AC Milan have picked up the three points in six of the last seven meetings against the Romagnoli, in between Cesena’s 2-0 win in September 2010.
On that occasion Zlatan Ibrahimovic made his Serie A debut for the Rossoneri, failing to convert a penalty.
AC Milan have kept a clean sheet in seven of their last eight games with Cesena in Serie A.
These two sides have shared just one draw so far at the Manuzzi, with the hosts leading by five wins to four.
One of Adrian Mutu’s 12 total braces in Serie A came against AC Milan in December 2006, back when he was playing for Fiorentina.
Overall, the Romanian has netted four goals against AC Milan in this competition.
Against Lazio on his debut for Cesena, Vincenzo Iaquinta scored his first goal in Serie A for almost 15 months; he had scored his last goal for Juventus in November 2010.
Stephan El Shaarawy has already scored two goals and assisted one in just 411 minutes played in this campaign, including the winner for the Rossoneri last Saturday in Udine.
AC Milan got back to winning ways last week after taking just one point from their previous two league games, in which they hadn’t scored a single goal.
Away from home, Massimiliano Allegri’s side have won four of their last five league games, with the exception of the defeat at the Olimpico against Lazio.
Fiorentina v Napoli
The last three Serie A meetings between Fiorentina and Napoli have ended as draws: a 1-1 in August 2010 at the Franchi, followed by two goalless draws.
Napoli have not managed to score more than a single goal in any of their last six meetings against the Viola.
The 1-1 in their last meeting in Florence ended a run of eight consecutive games without a draw in Tuscany (six wins to the hosts, two for the guests).
Fiorentina have suffered just one defeat over the last seven match-days of this competition (0-1 at home vs Lecce) – three wins and as many draws complete this record.
Fiorentina have won their last two games; last time they managed three wins in a row in Serie A was in May 2009.
Last Monday’s win against Chievo ended a run of four draws and a defeat for the Partenopei in Serie A.
Walter Mazzarri’s side have not conceded goals in their last three league games: the 2-0 over Chievo was preceded by two goalless draws with Cesena and AC Milan.
Ezequiel Lavezzi has already scored three goals in Serie A against Fiorentina – only against Udinese he has netted more so far.
El Pocho scored one of his three braces in Serie A against the Viola, at the San Paolo in March 2008.
Amauri made his Serie A debut with Napoli, collecting six appearances and a goal in the 2000/01 season.
Genoa v Chievo
This will be the eighth Serie A meeting between these two sides: Chievo lead by three wins to two.
Genoa have taken just one point from their last three meetings against Chievo in the top-flight.
The record in Genoa sees one win each and a draw, with the guests having the better in the last meeting at the Marassi in September 2010.
Genoa have won their last four home games in this campaign, scoring three goals in each of the last three.
However, the visiting sides have always found the net in the last six games played by Genoa at the Marassi.
Genoa have lost their last two games against Catania and Atalanta without scoring a single goal.
In their last game the Grifoni didn’t manage any shot on target against Atalanta.
Chievo have won just one of their last five league games, losing the last two against Parma and Napoli.
Away from home, Chievo have picked up just four points from their last seven games in Serie A.
Alberto Gilardino has failed to score in each of his last five appearances against Chievo: however, he has already netted six goals in his career against the Veronesi in the top-flight.
Inter v Bologna
Inter have taken just one point from their last four league games: this is their worst run in Serie A since February 2004.
This is the first time since October 2010 that Inter have failed to score in back-to-back games in the league; last time the Nerazzurri didn’t score for three games in a row was between February and March 1999.
However, in the game lost on Sunday against Novara Inter recorded the highest number of shots (incl. blocked) attempted by a team in a single Serie A game this season (30).
13 of these shots were attempted by Wesley Sneijder, no other player has managed as many in a single Serie A game this season.
Inter are unbeaten in their last 13 Serie A games with Bologna (11 wins for the Nerazzurri and two draws).
The Nerazzurri have had the better in eight of the last 10 occasions they have received Bologna in Milan, sharing the points twice.
Bologna are unbeaten in the last five match-days of Serie A, however after winning 2-0 against Catania they have recorded four draws in a row.
Diego Milito have scored nine goals over the last eight Serie A match-days; eight of Inter’s last 12 goals in the league have been netted by the Principe.
Only one goal has been scored in the first half of Bologna’s last five games, that scored by Robert Acquafresca against Napoli.
Juventus v Catania
Since their return to Serie A in 2006/07, Catania have lost only two of their nine meetings against Juventus.
However, the Sicilians have managed to beat Juve only once in the process (in December 2009), with six games ending as draws.
All these nine recent meetings between Juve and Catania have seen both sides find the net.
Only once in 27 total meetings between these two sides have Catania managed to score more than two goals, in September 1964 (3-1 for the Sicilians).
The Sicilians remain unbeaten in their last three trips to Turin (three draws and a win).
Juventus have drawn 0-0 their last two games against Siena and Parma, despite attempting 24 total shots.
Nine of these shots were attempted by Mirko Vucinic, only three were on target.
However, Juve remain the only side still unbeaten amongst the top-5 European leagues (12 wins, 10 draws).
No Italian sides have drawn more games than Juve so far this season.
Lecce v Siena
Siena have won just two of their nine Serie A meetings against Lecce in Serie A: the first and the last played so far, in between Lecce won three times, with four draws completing the record.
Lecce are unbeaten at home against Siena in Serie A, but three meetings out of four at the Via del Mare have ended as draws.
In the reverse fixture Emanuele Calaiò netted one of his four Serie A braces.
With his goal against Roma, Calaiò took his goal scoring tally for this season to 10, recording double figures for the first time in a Serie A campaign.
David Di Michele has already scored five goals against Siena in Serie A, his favourite target after Parma (seven).
Lecce have lost just one of their last seven games in the league, but were held to a goalless draw in their last two fixtures.
After picking up just one point from their first eight games at home, Lecce have managed a win and two draws in their ensuing three games at the Via del Mare.
Siena beat Roma 1-0 in their last game; the last time the Tuscans managed back-to-back wins in Serie A was in December 2009.
Siena are yet to win their first away game this season, and have not scored more than a single goal as the visiting side in this campaign.
Only Palermo (four) have taken fewer points than Siena (five) away from home this season in Serie A.
Novara v Atalanta
Atalanta’s 2-1 win in the reverse fixture is the only previous meeting between these two sides in the last 55 years in Serie A.
Overall, Atalanta have won 10 of their 19 games against Novara, losing six times and drawing three (all by 1-1).
Novara have kept a clean sheet in their last two Serie A games, after having conceded in each of the previous 21.
At home Novara are winless in their last six games (three draws and as many defeats).
Atalanta got back to winning ways on Wednesday against Genoa, however the Bergamaschi have won just two of their last seven Serie A games.
Atalanta have scored just two goals over these last seven league games, enough for two 1-0 wins.
Atalanta have won just one of their last seven games on the road, conceding two or more goals in five of these games.
German Denis (12 goals in this campaign) has failed to score in each of his last six Serie A appearances.
Palermo v Lazio
Palermo haven’t scored a single goal in their last three Serie A meetings with Lazio: two defeats, followed by the goalless draw in the reverse fixture.
However, Palermo have already won 15 times against Lazio in Serie A, only against Sampdoria (17) have the Sicilians managed more wins so far in the top-flight.
Last Saturday’s loss to Cagliari ended a run of four unbeaten games in which the Sicilians had picked up 10 points.
Palermo have won their last three home fixtures, scoring on average three goals per game.
Lazio have not shared the points in their last seven games (four wins, three losses).
The Biancocelesti have lost three of their last four games on the road.
Lazio have already recouped 16 points from trailing situations – more than any other Serie A side.
However, Palermo have won all the nine games in which have taken the lead at home this term.
Fabrizio Miccoli has been involved in 12 of Palermo’s last 15 goals in this competition (scoring six and making as many assists).
Roma v Parma
Roma are unbeaten in their last 11 meetings with Parma in Serie A (nine wins and two draws).
The Giallorossi have not conceded goals in eight of their last 10 meetings against the Ducali in the league.
Parma’s last win at the Olimpico against Roma came in April 1997; since then the hosts have notched up 10 wins and three draws.
Francesco Totti has already scored 15 goals against Parma, his favourite target in Serie A.
Totti has found the net in five of his last six games at the Olimpico against Parma.
In Roma’s last game, the defeat against Siena, Totti didn’t make a single touch in the opposition box in the 59 minutes he played before being substituted by Osvado.
Roma have won just once in the last five match-days (4-0 vs Inter), losing once and drawing twice.
At home the Giallorossi are unbeaten in their last six games (four wins and two draws).
Luis Enrique’s side have always scored at home in this Serie A campaign.
Wednesday’s goalless draw with Juventus extended to five games Parma’s unbeaten run in the league (two wins, three draws).
The win against Chievo in Verona ended a run of seven away games without a win for Parma in Serie A
Udinese v Cagliari
Udinese are unbeaten in their last six Serie A meetings with Cagliari (three wins and as many draws).
At home, Udinese have suffered just one defeat in 17 meetings with the Sardinians (0-2 in May 2008), winning 11 times.
Udinese have lost three of their last four league games, and four of the last six.
Against AC Milan, Udinese lost their first game of the season at the Friuli; taking into account last season, their unbeaten run at home was 13 Serie A games.
In fact, Udinese would be top of the Serie A table considering just the games played on home soil, on 31 points.
Cagliari have lost just one of their last seven Serie A games, and are unbeaten in the last three.
However, the Sardinians are winless in their last four away games (two draws, two losses), and have scored only one goal in the process.
Antonio Di Natale, current Serie A top-scorer on 17 goals, has been directly involved in 65 per cent of his side’s 34 total goals, adding to his scoring tally also five assists.
Di Natale has already netted five goals to Cagliari in Serie A, four of which came in his last four appearances against the Sardinians.
Udinese will not be able to count on Mauricio Isla, who came off injured against AC Milan: the Friulani have won just 15 per cent of their league games without the Chilean since 2008/09 (three out of 20), and 48 per cent with him on the pitch (54 out of 112).