Mathieu Flamini had never scored in back-to-back Serie A games before, now at five goals overall, and this was his 92nd appearance. The Frenchman saw red for the third time in his Italian career after Udinese in 2009 and Genoa in 2010.
Napoli have not beaten Milan at San Siro since a 2-1 result in 1986, managing only nine points from 19 visits. Goran Pandev’s 65th Serie A goal was his fifth of the campaign. Walter Mazzarri has only beaten Massimiliano Allegri once in 10 meetings, drawing six and losing three.
Milan remain the only unbeaten side in 2013 with nine wins and five draws. San Siro witnessed a stalemate after 11 wins and four draws this season.
Juve have won their last four League visits to the Olimpico without conceding a goal. The Bianconeri are unbeaten in this top flight fixture since a 2-0 result in December 2003, followed by six wins and two stalemates in which Lazio failed to score more than once per game. The Old Lady extended their lead at the top of the table with a fifth victory on the bounce. Arturo Vidal celebrated his second Serie A brace after a 4-0 against Roma last season, but he hadn’t found the net for 15 rounds.
Lazio finally capitulated to Juve after a win and two draws this season between Serie A and Coppa Italia, but have not beaten the Turin giants in 17 League encounters, home and away, earning six draws. Vladimir Petkovic’s men have lost four of the last six rounds, picking up four points.
Andrea Costa earned the ninth red card in the last nine Serie A Derby della Lanterna fixtures, Sampdoria’s eighth of the season. This was the 60th top flight edition with 15 Genoa victories, 21 for Sampdoria and 24 draws, but there hadn’t been a stalemate since 0-0 in September 2007, followed by five Grifone victories and three for the Blucerchiati.
Genoa extended their negative streak with three points from seven rounds. Francelino Matuzalem’s 10th Serie A goal was his first since Lazio 1-1 Lecce on April 22 2012. Eder took his career tally up to 13, including five in the current campaign. Delio Rossi has never lost away to Genoa, earning two wins and seven draws.
Inter have lost four of their last five games and kept only two clean sheets in 17. In 2013, the Nerazzurri have conceded a whopping 26 goals – only bottom of the table Pescara have leaked more with 31.
Mauricio Pinilla has found the net in three of the last four meetings against his former club, going up to 25 overall Serie A strikes. Cagliari have lost one of the last 13 rounds, winning seven, and picked up 26 points in the second half of the season – behind only Juventus and Milan.
Pablo Daniel Osvaldo had not scored since January, but on 12 this season sets a new personal best in Serie A, 31 overall. It was also Osvaldo’s third against Torino, who become his joint favourite victims along with Genoa and Juventus. It was also Roma’s 16th headed goal of the campaign, more than any other club. Erik Lamela’s 19th career Serie A strike was his 14th of the campaign.
Torino have lost their last six meetings with Roma, home and away between Serie A and Coppa Italia, scoring four goals and conceding 16. The Giallorossi are unbeaten in Turin in the League since a 1-0 in October 1990, notching up seven draws and five wins. Rolando Bianchi went up to 44 top flight goals, his second in as many games.
Aurelio Andreazzoli registered only his second away win after a 3-2 against Atalanta, along with two losses and one draw.
Fiorentina and Cagliari have been awarded 10 penalties this season, more than any other club. David Pizarro went up to 27 Serie A goals and maintained his 100 per cent record from the spot this season, converting all three.
Marcelo Larrondo has only found the net four times in Serie A, but half of them were past Atalanta, as he scored against them for Siena on April 7 2012. The Orobici have only beaten the Viola twice in their last 13 encounters, home and away. Fiorentina are set-piece specialists, scoring 27 goals this term from dead ball situations.
German Denis earned Atalanta’s 13th red card of the campaign, confirming their status at the bottom of the disciplinary charts. The Orobici have managed one win and four draws in their last eight home fixtures. The Tuscans hadn’t won in Bergamo since a 2-1 result in April 2009, falling to five defeats and four draws.
Palermo were unable to register three consecutive victories, something they haven’t managed in Serie A since November 2010. Josip Ilicic was on the scoresheet for the third round on the bounce, going up to 19 in his career, while it was the fourth past favourite targets Bologna. The Rossoblu notched up a third consecutive stalemate and have only ever won once in Palermo in the top flight, 1-0 in 1934, along with eight draws and 14 losses. Manolo Gabbiadini got his seventh Serie A career goal, six of them coming this season.
Pescara set a new unenviable club record with their eighth consecutive Serie A defeat, but at least scored on home turf after a 367-minute drought. The Adriatico club have scored three own goals this season, more than any other side, and extended their winless streak to one point from 13 rounds. Mervan Celik’s fourth of the campaign makes him joint top Delfini scorer alongside Vladimir Weiss, while Togni got his second.
Angelo broke his Serie A duck at the 85th appearance, as his last goal was in Serie B on April 24 2010 for Lecce against Grosseto. Innocent Emeghara took his tally up to seven goals in 11 matches. Siena have amassed seven points in their last three away matches and are unbeaten in five rounds, something they hadn’t managed since March 2010. This was their first ever victory in Pescara in nine games between Serie A, B and C.
Catania, Siena and Torino have all registered six goalless draws this season. Chievo are unbeaten at home to the Elefantini in Serie A, managing three wins and three stalemates.
Udinese had not conquered the Tardini since another 3-0 result in October 2006, picking up just one point from four visits. Luis Muriel bagged his second career Serie A brace after the one against Roma for Lecce and sets a new personal best of eight goals this season. Roberto Pereyra has scored two of his total five Serie A goals against Parma, both of them this season, who become his favourite targets.
Parma are in free-fall with 10 points from the last available 39, as only Pescara have done worse in that period. The Ducali are without a goal in 205 minutes of football and hadn’t conceded three at the Tardini since a 3-3 draw with Catania on December 21 2011. Roberto Donadoni has never beaten Francesco Guidolin with two points from five encounters.
In the previous four League games without Antonio Di Natale this season, Udinese had scored only twice. The last time the Friulani won a Serie A match without their captain was in April 2011 against Napoli.
Chievo marked their 400th regular season Serie A match, made up of 127 wins, 121 draws and 152 defeats. Catania have drawn their last two games 0-0 and are one point behind the club record 48 set last season. The Elefantini have never conquered the Bentegodi with three draws and as many defeats here.