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Sunday October 28 2012
Serie A Week 9: Did You Know?

From Antonio Di Natale's favourite targets to an Inter away record and Napoli setting the Scudetto pace, Susy Campanale rounds up the stats from Serie A Week 9.

Antonio Di Natale has scored 12 top flight goals against Roma in his career, making them his favourite targets, and takes his grand total to 157. Roma have lost eight points from leads this season and gained four from losing situations. Erik Lamela’s first Serie A brace means he has netted five times in eight appearances this term – more than the four he got in 29 games last season.

Inter, Barcelona and Bayern Munich are the only clubs in the major leagues to have won all their away games this season.

Napoli hadn’t won eight Serie A home games on the bounce since April 1990, when the run of 11 victories took them towards the Scudetto.

Milan have scored only three goals in their five home games this season. Overall, half of their 10 goals have arrived in the final 15 minutes, while Genoa have conceded eight in the last half-hour. Stephan El Shaarawy netted his sixth of the Serie A campaign, the seventh in 12 competitive matches. The last Rossoneri player to score on his birthday was Jose Mari on December 10 2000, Milan 4-1 Lecce.

Genoa extended their winless streak to five rounds, but haven’t won at San Siro for 54 years. Between Serie A and B they have managed five draws here and 18 losses here. Considering home and away ties in the top flight, Milan have lost only two of their last 23 meetings with Genoa and both of them were at Marassi.

Gigi Buffon celebrated his 500th League appearance between Serie A and B. Catania lost their unbeaten home record after three wins and a draw. The Sicilians haven’t beaten Juventus here since 1964, a 3-1 result followed by five losses and four stalemates. Arturo Vidal marked his 10th Serie A strike.

Bologna fell to a third loss on the bounce. Inter are unbeaten at the Dall’Ara since February 10 2002, a 2-1 result, managing seven wins and a draw. Niccolò Cherubin had only ever scored once before in the top flight, netting against Catania on January 8 2012. His was the first goal conceded by Inter on their travels in Serie A this season.

Inter notched up their seventh consecutive victory in all competition, but it was the eighth away win on the trot too. Andrea Ranocchia took his Serie A tally to seven goals, where he hadn’t scored since December 18 2011 at Cesena. Diego Milito has netted 24 times in 2012, more than any other Italy-based player, but also marked his 55th goal in 100 Serie A matches for Inter. Esteban Cambiasso took his career top flight total to 35.

Fiorentina are unbeaten at the Stadio Franchi in nine games and haven’t conceded a goal here for 422 minutes of football. Adem Ljajic has put two of his total five Serie A goals past Lazio, so they are his favourite victims. Luca Toni raised his tally to 103. Vincenzo Montella has faced the Biancocelesti four times in his management career, earning three wins and a draw.

Lazio had won their last four meetings with Fiorentina, home and away, before this setback. The last time the Aquile ended a game with nine men was March 11, Lazio 1-3 Bologna, when Alvaro Gonzalez and Francelino Matuzalem saw red. It confirms the Biancocelesti have the worst disciplinary record in Serie A this century, seeing 88 dismissals since January 2000 followed by 81 for Roma and 80 for Udinese.

Pescara haven’t beaten Atalanta in any competition, home and away, since a 1-0 Serie B result on September 20 1998. That rare result was followed by eight losses and three draws. The Orobici finally grabbed their first away point of the campaign after defeats to Catania and Roma.

Sampdoria fell to a fourth defeat on the bounce and are without a victory since September 16, when they beat Pescara 3-2. Ciro Ferrara’s men have scraped only two points from the last six rounds. Cagliari have won all three games since Ivo Pulga took charge and it’s the first time since November 2009 that the Sardinians have notched up three straight Serie A wins. Cagliari are unbeaten in their last eight Serie A trips to Samp, winning two. Andrea Dessena loves facing former teammates Sampdoria, as he has put two of his total 12 top flight goals past them.

Torino have just one point from the last four home games, but ended their 388-minute goal drought at the Olimpico. Toro haven’t beaten Parma, home or away, since a 1-0 at the Tardini on February 17 2002, managing five defeats and two draws. Migjen Basha and Nicola Sansone scored their debut Serie A goals.

The Ducali finally secured their first away win of the campaign after one point from four journeys. Amauri has found the net in four of his six top flight meetings with the Granata. Roberto Donadoni’s previous record against Torino was of three losses.

Siena and Palermo hadn’t drawn 0-0 since January 2005, which was also at the Stadio Franchi. The Tuscans ended a run of three consecutive defeats and Simone Vergassola marked his 300th appearance for the club. Palermo have now drawn their last three games and are still without an away victory since the 3-1 at Bologna in April, managing five defeat and four stalemates.

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Have your say...
Antonio Di Natale is amazing. He might be 35 Prandelli but I would still consider him. He is world class, its a shame he never played for a bigger team. He is another player who should have more italy caps than he has, in some ways like baggio who got 56 caps, which was a disgrace as he is and always will be the greatest italian player we will ever have and my favourite player ever.
on the 29th October, 2012 at 5:10pm
Parma away and palermo at home, we must win both. We ve got to improve mentally when we get ahead and stop throwing away leads, 6 points dropped so far from winning positions. Every time we concede we panic and you can visibly see the team panic, we must be stronger mentally if we are to qualify for europe this year which we have too, we cant have a 3rd season with no euro football. I would be very happy to finish 5th and get in europa league. People need to wake up and set realistic targets.
on the 29th October, 2012 at 5:04pm
Zeman blames the officials largely for us dropping points so far. Yes Udinese third goal wasnt a penalty, but this is very lame from him. The reason we have only 14 out of 27 points is due to his terrible attacking philosphy of you score 3 we ll score 4. We cant play like that with the terrible defense we have, there is no balance between attack and defense. All great teams build from the back with a solid defense, unless your Barcelona. Should never have let Montella go.
on the 29th October, 2012 at 4:59pm
@Alabion_intermilan: Inter can only stay quiet because they were gifted 5 titles on the bounce with crazy decisions against all other teams. Inter have contributed the least Italian national players out of the big Serie A teams so what do they contribute to Italian football??
And @Saitotti: it's not the refs that are a problem, it's your loser manager, Zeman. His teams NEVER know how to defend which is why he's never won anything. Roma will be take the Most Attractive Loser title...
on the 29th October, 2012 at 1:57pm
Spot on roy i totally agree with you why waste energy against juventus
on the 29th October, 2012 at 1:48pm
FORZA INTER now all italian fans can see what inter are fighting for because they always favour juventuse even if they try to score goal and they always find means to confuse the referee to blow against the opponent that is why i think juventuse is the problem of italian football.
on the 29th October, 2012 at 1:27pm
I tottaly agree with roy ubo!!

Calciopoli still exist until now..

Italian football need a revolution!!

Stupid ref every week..

Forza roma!!
on the 29th October, 2012 at 10:41am
@roy ubo, that's right... lets close Juventus, the great embarrassment to sportivity, coz it's always Juventus who get favors, right? See the double standard here ladies and gentlemen, when other teams got favorable calls from the officials, it's bad officiating, and when that team is Juventus, there must be 'something'. This very culture of suspicion, IS DISGUSTING!
on the 29th October, 2012 at 10:32am
@roy ubo: what an idiotic comment spoken like a true Zemanista. I bet you weren't calling for a Juve boycott when they provided most of the players in the 2006 World Cup winning Italy team...not to mention the 2012 Euro finalists.
Let's face it, Juve are the strongest side in Italy and the rest are trying to keep pace.
Silenzio!
on the 29th October, 2012 at 9:57am
lets boycott juventus

I ask for all italian club to boycott juventus.
Lets not play them because its useless.
They will win it in anyway via help by referees.

What a shame...

No wonder they cant do anything in europe since no help from referees.

This condition just killing the beauty of serie-A.

close juventus, a great embarrassment to sportivity.
Save our league.
on the 29th October, 2012 at 4:36am
FORZA INTER!!!!!!!
on the 29th October, 2012 at 12:39am

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