Juventus have fallen off the top of the Serie A table for the first time in 17 months. It would’ve been Napoli’s first time at the helm on their own for 23 years, but Roma ruined that for them. The Giallorossi will be hoping to maintain the curious trend of finishing second ahead of a World Cup, achieving this in 2002, 2006 and 2010.
Antonio Conte celebrated his 100th game on the Juventus bench with 64 wins, 26 draws and only nine defeats. However, the Bianconeri maintained their run of scoring in 16 consecutive rounds for a total 27 goals.
Mauro Icardi has scored four goals against Juve in three meetings. Of the 15 goals the Bianconeri conceded in 2013, four of them came from Icardi. Inter hadn’t managed seven points after three rounds since 2010-11. Juve are unbeaten at San Siro since a 2-0 defeat in 2010, followed by two draws and as many successes. Inter have never beaten Conte in Serie A with two draws from five attempts.
Luca Antonini scored on his Genoa debut, but it was only his fifth career goal in 149 Serie A games. He hadn’t hit the back of the net since Milan 3-0 Juventus on May 15 2010. Emanuele Calaiò was also making his first Grifone appearance and last scored for Siena on October 31 2012. Francesco Lodi has fired in 11 free kicks since January 2011 – five more than any other player in that period.
Genoa have beaten Sampdoria four times by a 3-0 scoreline in Serie A, most recently in November 2009, but it’s the most emphatic ever ‘away’ victory in a Derby della Lanterna. They had won by two clear goals on nine occasions between Serie A and B. The first scorer has won nine of the last 10 Serie A derbies, interrupted by one draw.
Sampdoria have lost 24 derbies, drawn 26 and won 25 between Serie A and B. With one point after three rounds, it’s their worst top flight start since 2004-05, and they have just one victory in the last 14 rounds. The Blucerchiati have had just 10 shots on target this season, fewer than any other side.
Fabio Liverani only lost once against Sampdoria as a player, when Lazio fell 2-1 at home in January 2005, along with six wins and six draws. Liverani worked in Delio Rossi’s teams at Lazio in 2005-06 and Palermo from November 2009 to June 2011.
Jose Maria Callejon maintained his run of a goal in all three Serie A appearances, the first player to achieve this since Diego Milito and Mauro Zarate in 2008. Gonzalo Higuain netted his first at the San Paolo. Atalanta have won only four of their top flight trips to Napoli with eight draws and 31 defeats. The Orobici have lost their last four consecutive away games. The Partenopei remain unbeaten at the Stadio San Paolo in 2013, winning 10 of their 12 home fixtures.
Mario Balotelli netted 14 goals in 16 League games for Milan, but half of them were penalties. SuperMario maintained his 100 per cent record from 21 competitive spot-kicks in all competition, nine in Serie A. The Rossoneri have kept only one clean sheet in their last six Serie A away fixtures.
Giampiero Ventura has never beaten Massimiliano Allegri with six losses and two draws. Torino haven’t got the better of Milan, home or away, since a 1-0 home result in November 2001, managing only four stalemates and six defeats. Danilo D’Ambrosio’s third Serie A goal was his first since November 11 2011.
Parma confirm their status as Francesco Totti’s favourite targets, as he has now put 18 Serie A goals past this club. Alessandro Florenzi scored two in the opening three rounds, just like last season.
Antonio Di Natale celebrated his 300th Serie A appearance in an Udinese jersey and marked it with his 159th goal for the club, 177 in the League overall and just one shy of Giampiero Boniperti’s tally. The captain made his debut in a 0-0 draw away to Reggina on September 12 2004. Francesco Guidolin also got his 200th Serie A victory in 520 games.
Bologna have not conquered Udine in all competition since 2005, followed by two losses and four draws, but last season was also a stalemate. Their total record at the Friuli is now eight wins, 14 draws and 15 defeats. The Rossoblu have won just one of their last 13 Serie A outings, losing four and drawing eight. Alessandro Diamanti had not found the net in 11 rounds, a 3-0 over Cagliari on March 3.
Stefano Pioli has never beaten Udinese in his management career with three draws from seven attempts. He is also winless against Francesco Guidolin with six stalemates in nine meetings.
Lazio had not beaten Chievo at the Olimpico since a 1-0 result in 2003, managing five draws and three defeats in this fixture. They had also scored only twice in the previous six meetings. Luis Pedro Cavanda netted his debut Serie A goal at the 21st appearance. Senad Lulic went up to six, but hadn’t scored since Lazio 2-0 Pescara on February 25. The Flying Donkeys extended their winless streak to five rounds, though only lost two.
Fiorentina failed to score in the first half for only the second time in their last nine Serie A games. They hadn’t shared the spoils in nine rounds, winning eight and losing one. Cagliari haven’t won in Florence since the 1-0 in 1972, followed by five draws and 22 defeats. The most recent stalemate in this fixture was 0-0 in 2011-12. David Pizarro received his first red card in a Viola jersey.
Catania had not lost three Serie A games on the bounce since December 2009. Their record in Livorno in all competition is now two wins, six draws and 12 defeats, although they haven’t been victorious in Sicily since a 1966-67 Serie B tie.
Paulinho put three of his career total five Serie A strikes past Catania, who are by far his favourite victims. Livorno kept a top flight clean sheet for the first time since their last encounter with Catania, winning 1-0 in Sicily on December 13 2009, conceding 46 goals in 24 games. The Elefantini have not won any of their four Serie A visits to Livorno.
The last time Verona had six points in Week 3 was in 1984-85 – the year they won the Scudetto – although at the time it was thanks to three straight wins. Hellas have not played a top flight home draw since a 2-2 with Juventus in November 2001, notching up 10 victories and four defeats. Martinho scores his debut Serie A goal at the 32nd appearance.
Sassuolo’s only ever victory in Verona was 2-0 in Serie C1 in 2008, followed by three defeats.
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