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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