Match facts: Lazio looking to cement third

Serie A facts: week 29


Atalanta v Bologna

Bologna lead by 34 wins to 24 in the head-to-head against Atalanta in the top-flight, 25 draws complete the record.

Over the last four meetings between Atalanta and Bologna, the home side have never won.

Atalanta lead by 20 wins to seven in Bergamo, but the Orobici have only beaten Bologna once in their last seven clashes at home.

Atalanta are unbeaten in their last seven league games, but have been held to a draw in the last three against Udinese, Parma and Inter.

Bologna have lost just one game since the start of 2012 – they would be 4th in the Serie A table on 21 points in this time-frame.

Away from home, Bologna are unbeaten in their last five games, a run which has included wins against Inter and Lazio.

Away from home, Bologna have won four and lost four league games this season, drawing the other five.

Atalanta have conceded just 29 goals this campaign – only AC Milan, Juventus and Udinese have a better defensive record.

Bologna have scored the joint-most goals following an indirect free-kick (six, as many as Napoli).

Cesena v Parma

These two sides have met just five times so far in Serie A: Parma are unbeaten in light of three wins and two draws.

Parma have scored in each of their five previous meetings against Cesena in Serie A, but have never netted more than two in a game.

On each of the two occasions that Cesena have scored against Parma, they have avoided defeat.

Cesena are winless in their last 10 league games, picking up just two points in the process (0-0 vs Napoli and Catania).

Cesena have failed to score in their last five league fixtures.

In fact their attack is the worst in Serie A (16 goals scored, only nine at home).

Cesena have also conceded the joint-most goals from corners (nine, alongside Lecce).

Parma are winless in the last seven match-days (four losses and three draws).

Parma have conceded the most goals in the second half in this campaign (32).

Only 24% of Parma’s goals have been scored by strikers (eight out of 33).

Sergio Floccari is the only Parma striker who has managed to score away from home this campaign (2-2 in Genoa back in February).

Adrian Mutu is Cesena’s leading scorer on seven goals in 22 appearances.

Chievo v Siena

This will be the 14th meeting between these two sides: Siena lead by six wins to five.

Chievo have won just one of their last seven meetings against Siena (2-0 in April 2009).

Chievo have won just one of their six games against Siena in Verona (4-1 in March 2006).

Away from home, the Tuscans ended a run of 18 winless games in the top-flight by beating Cesena at the Manuzzi in their last game on the road.

Last weekend though, Siena ended their three-game winning run in the league by losing to Novara.

Chievo have lost three of their last four home fixtures in Serie A.

Emanuele Calaiò is Siena’s leading goalscorer this term on 11 goals – previously, he had never scored more than eight in a Serie A season.

Chievo have conceded seven goals in total in their last four home games, as many as they had shipped overall in their previous 15 league fixtures at the Bentegodi.

Genoa v Fiorentina

Fiorentina lead by 39 wins to 16 against Genoa in Serie A, 26 draws complete the record.

Over the last 20 years, Genoa have won just once in 13 league meetings against Fiorentina, 2-1 at home in 2009/10.

Genoa have picked up 25 of their 33 points this season on home soil.

Fiorentina have won just one game on the road so far, only Palermo (still winless) have a worse record away from home this term.

Only six of the Violas’s goals have been netted away from home in this campaign.

Genoa have the worst defence of this Serie A (49 goals conceded).

Rodrigo Palacio is Genoa’s leading scorer on 14 goals, nine of which have been netted in the second half.

The Tuscans have taken just four of the last 21 points available, losing five games out of seven.

Alberto Gilardino has scored three goals in this Serie A, two for the Viola and one for Genoa.

Since 2003/04, Gilardino has only once failed to record 10 league goals in a single Serie A season; when he was at AC Milan in 2007/08.

Amauri is still looking for his first goal with Fiorentina, his last goal in Serie A came in April 2011 against Udinese for Parma.

Juventus v Inter

This will be the 158th “derby of Italy”: Juventus lead by 74 wins to 44, with 39 draws completing the record.

Inter suffered their worst defeat in Serie A against Juve (9-1 in 1960/61).

Juventus are unbeaten in their last five meetings against Inter (three wins and two draws).

Juve are the only side still unbeaten across the top-5 European leagues (14 wins and as many draws).

Only Genoa and Napoli have managed to score more than a single goal in a game against Juventus in this campaign.

Siena are the only side so far able to keep a clean sheet at the Juventus Stadium in Serie A this season (0-0 back in February).

Away from home, Inter have recorded only six wins this season, six losses and a draw complete their record.

Inter have already conceded 17 goals on the road, in 2009/10 when they won the treble under José Mourinho the Nerazzurri shipped 19 in total away from the San Siro.

Inter’s defenders have scored seven goals this season, the most of all Serie A sides.

Lazio v Cagliari

Lazio have won 23 of their 53 previous meetings against Cagliari in Serie A, the Sardinians have had the better on 16 occasions, 14 draws complete the record.

These two sides have not shared the points in their last 10 league meetings, since a 0-0 in 2006/07.

Losing 3-1 against Bologna, Lazio have ended a run of seven consecutive games without a defeat at home in Serie A.

Lazio have kept a clean sheet in four of their last six home games in this competition.

Last Sunday’s win over Cesena ended a run of three consecutive defeats for the Sardinians in Serie A.

Lazio have conceded the most goals in the opening 15 minutes of play (nine), and the fewest in the last 15 (only two).

50% of Miroslav Klose’s 12 goals have been scored in the last 10 minutes of play, four in the last five minutes.

Only Andrea Pirlo has made more touches (2786) than Ledesma (2336) since the start of this campaign.

Lazio’s Senad Lulic has already scored four goals – with Catania’s Nicola Legrottaglie he is the most prolific defender of this competition.

Napoli v Catania

Napoli lead by nine wins to seven against Catania in Serie A, five draws complete the record.

Napoli have scored exactly one goal in each of their last four league meetings against Catania.

The Partenopei are unbeaten in their last eight games (five wins, three draws, including the 2-2 against Udinese last Sunday).

Napoli have scored 16 goals in total over their last six fixtures, on average 2.7 per game.

When Catania have conceded goals away from home this season, they have never won.

Should they keep a clean sheet at the San Paolo, the Sicilians would equal their record of consecutive games without conceding goals in Serie A (four in 1963/64).

Napoli have scored the most goals in the last 15 minutes of play (15) this term.

Catania are unbeaten in their last six games (four wins, two draws).

Napoli are still unbeaten at the San Paolo since the start of 2012 – this season they have lost just twice at home in Serie A.

Catania have converted the most penalties in this Serie A campaign (eight).

Edinson Cavani has found the net with 18 of his 79 attempts (23% conversion rate).

Novara v Lecce

The 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture is the only previous meeting between these two sides in the top-flight.

Novara have won just three games at home in this campaign, including the last one against Udinese (1-0).

Novara have kept three successive clean sheets at home having previously gone 11 home games without recording a shutout.

Only Genoa (49) have conceded more goals than Novara (46) so far in this Serie A season.

Only once this season have Lecce scored more than a single goal away from home, in their 3-3 draw at Parma’s ground.

Novara have won back-to-back games for the first time in this competition.

Lecce have conceded goals in each of their last five league games.

Novara have scored just four goals before half time this season – a league-low

Lecce, however, have conceded 24 goals in the first half – a league-high.

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