Juventus equalled Arsenal’s 49-match unbeaten run, so the only top European League record still beyond them is Milan’s 58-game streak under Fabio Capello. Before this season, only Milan in 1954-55 and Torino in 1976-77 had started the campaign with nine wins and a draw.
Andrea Pirlo hasn’t lost a Serie A match in exactly two years, stretching to 37 wins and 17 stalemates. His last defeat was for Milan against his current club on October 30, 2010.
The Bianconeri had previously drawn all four midweek games this season, three of them in the Champions League and a 0-0 at Fiorentina domestically.
Fabio Quagliarella has netted four times this term between Serie A and the Champions League, while Paul Pogba registered his second top flight goal. Bologna have lost four on the bounce and emerged defeated in seven of their 10 games this season. They hadn’t tasted defeat to Juve in four meetings, including three draws.
Francesco Totti scored his 218th Serie A goal, catching Giuseppe Meazza in third place in the all-time charts and just seven adrift of Gunnar Nordahl. It was also his 16th past Parma, his favourite victims.
Parma are still unbeaten at the Stadio Tardini this term and celebrated a third consecutive victory. Ishak Belfodil got his second Serie A goal after netting past Chievo on September 2, while it was Marco Parolo’s eighth and the 20th for Cristian Zaccardo. With his long clearance, Antonio Mirante became the first goalkeeper to register an assist this season.
Roma have lost their last two games, both by 3-2 scorelines after having taken the lead. They have dropped 11 points from leading situations. It means they have the worst defence in the Division with 19 goals conceded, but have also played only nine matches. Erik Lamela has found the net five times in the last four rounds.
Antonio Di Natale bagged his 14th brace in the last five Serie A campaigns, more than any other player.
Fiorentina celebrated their first away victory of the season and did so in Genoa, a fixture they hadn’t won since 1982.
Palermo hadn’t notched up four consecutive Serie A draws since November 2007, when the run ended at five, but at least the Rosanero broke their goal drought after 300 minutes of football. Milan have only won one of their last seven visits to the Stadio Barbera, losing four. Fabrizio Miccoli got his 99th top flight goal, just one shy of Pierino Prati in 74th place in the all-time charts. Franco Brienza became only the fourth different player to find the net for Palermo this season.
This is Milan’s worst start to a campaign for 31 years with 11 points in Week 10. Back in 1981-82 they had eight points when translated to three for a win.
Milan have amassed only two points from their last four Serie A away tests, but have scored 12 of their total 15 goals on their travels. Riccardo Montolivo’s 21st top flight strike was his first in a Rossoneri jersey. Stephan El Shaarawy has netted eight goals in 13 official games this term and his League average in 2012-13 is of a goal every 114 minutes. Massimiliano Allegri had never previously shared the spoils with Gian Piero Gasperini, earning three wins and as many defeats.
Napoli have only won one of their last 11 visits to Bergamo between Serie A and B, losing five and drawing five. Carlos Carmona has only ever scored two Serie A goals in his entire career – they were both against Napoli. The Partenopei fell to a fourth away defeat on the bounce between Serie A and Europa League, having scored only one goal.
Cagliari had not celebrated four victories on the trot since November 2009. Before this match, they hadn’t scored a single goal in the first half of games this season. Nene took his total Serie A tally to 18 with his third brace, while it was only the second for Marco Sau. Thiago Ribeiro was yet to find the net this season. Siena have amassed only one point in the last five rounds, but their record in Sardinia is poor with only a 2009 victory, five defeats and two stalemates here in Serie A. Erjon Bogdani’s 40th top flight goal was his first since Siena 1-4 Milan in April.
Chievo stretched their unbeaten Bentegodi run to three rounds with Luciano’s first goal of the season, his 13th in Serie A and his first ever penalty. Adrian Stoian broke his Serie A duck at the sixth appearance. Pescara have just one point from four matches and have the second worst defence in the League – their 17 beaten only by Roma’s 19 – along with the most anaemic attack of six goals.
Inter have won their last eight official matches in a row. Diego Milito took his Serie A tally to 80, while he remains the most prolific hitman of 2012 with 25 in the calendar year. Rodrigo Palacio’s 37th strike was his fifth with an Inter jersey in all competition, while Fredy Guarin broke his Serie A duck.
Sampdoria suffered five consecutive defeats and are without a victory since taking Pescara 3-2 on September 16, scraping together only two points. The Blucerchiati are without a win away to Inter in the League since an epic 4-3 result in 1996, followed by seven defeats and four draws. Gianni Munari took his career total to eight goals, nine for Eder.
Lazio are without a win in three between domestic and European competition, but Stefano Mauri got his first goal of the campaign, his 39th in Serie A overall. Torino are still unbeaten on their travels thanks to a win and four stalemates, while Kamil Glik scored his first ever Serie A goal at the 22nd appearance.