For the first time in their history, Roma have a 100 per cent record after five rounds. The Giallorossi had not been on their own at the top of the table since April 18 2010.
Sampdoria have won just one of their last 16 Serie A matches, 3-2 over Juventus on May 18, losing nine. Their most recent clean sheet was 0-0 away to Atalanta on March 30, conceding 28 goals in 14 games. Roma hadn’t conquered Marassi in Serie A since a 3-0 result in 2007-08. The Lupi have found the net with nine different players in the opening five rounds, as Gervinho got his debut Serie A strike. Delio Rossi lost to Roma after earning five consecutive victories against them.
Napoli had not shared the spoils in Serie A since a 1-1 at Milan on April 14, managing one defeat amid nine victories. This result ended their run of eight consecutive home victories between Italy and Champions League. The Partenopei have netted in each of their last 16 competitive matches for a total 40 goals.
Sassuolo marked their first ever Serie A point after four consecutive defeats. Simone Zaza has scored both the club’s top flight goals.
Fiorentina have lost their last 13 consecutive trips to Inter between Serie A and Coppa Italia, not emerging with points since a 4-0 victory on May 7 2000. This fixture hasn’t ended in a stalemate since the 2-2 in November 1996. The Viola’s run of seven consecutive away victories in all competition ground to a halt, as their last defeat was 2-1 at Cagliari’s Is Arenas on March 30.
Jonathan is the eighth different Inter player to find the net this season. Esteban Cambiasso loves facing Fiorentina, as he scored six past them during his career. Andrea Ranocchia marked his 100th Serie A appearance.
The Nerazzurri hadn’t started a campaign with 13 points from five rounds since 2009-10, when Jose Mourinho won the Treble. When Walter Mazzarri and Vincenzo Montella face off, both teams are always on target for a total of 15 goals.
Milan are unbeaten in Bologna since a 2-0 result in March 2002, followed by six wins and three draws. At this stage last season the Rossoneri had only one more point than they do now. Massimiliano Allegri’s sides perform at their worst in September with an average of 1.36 points per game.
Stefano Pioli has never defeated Milan in his career, thanks to three points from nine attempts. On the other hand, Allegri is unbeaten against Bologna after seven wins from 10 encounters. Sparks fly when Allegri and Pioli meet, as in seven encounters there have been a total 26 goals. Bologna have not won at the Dall’Ara since March 3, a 3-0 over Cagliari, followed by five draws and three losses.
Chievo have only ever beaten Juventus once, home and away, in 21 meetings. Aside from that 1-0 result in 2010, the Flying Donkeys scraped only seven draws and 14 defeats. The Bianconeri have now scored 18 goals in their 10 visits to the Bentegodi.
Catania and Chievo are still without a single goal in the second half this season, while Roma scored all their strikes after the break. Hernanes broke Lazio’s second half duck. Half of all Milan’s 10 goals arrived in the final 15 minutes.
Lazio notched up a sixth consecutive home victory between Serie A and Europa League, in which they conceded just two goals (the Rome Derby was ‘away’ and the Italian Super Cup on ‘neutral turf’). Catania’s only League victory at Lazio was 1-0 in 2010 along with eight losses and six draws. Pablo Barrientos has scored both the Elefantini’s goals this season, the other being against Fiorentina on August 26.
Livorno extended their unbeaten streak to four and have still not conceded in the first half. The last Cagliari stalemate in Livorno was 0-0 in the 2009-10 Serie A campaign, taking their total record here to six wins, four draws and seven losses.
Torino have won just one of their last nine home games in all competition, 2-0 over Sassuolo on August 25, along with four draws and as many defeats. Hellas Verona are still without an away victory in Serie A since a 2-0 in Florence in 2001, followed by four draws and 13 defeats, while Coach Andrea Mandorlini has never won on his top flight travels. This fixture wasn’t a stalemate since a 1-1 in the 2003-04 Serie B season, but Verona confirmed their tendency to score in each of their last nine visits to Turin.
Udinese are still unbeaten on home turf in Serie A since September 2 2012 against Juventus, notching up 13 wins and eight stalemates. Antonio Di Natale scored his 178th Serie A goal, catching Giampiero Boniperti in the all-time charts. Francesco Guidolin celebrated his 200th Serie A victory.
Genoa picked up just one point from their last three League visits to the Stadio Friuli and are without a goal here for 279 minutes of football. Alessandro Gamberini marked his 300th Serie A appearance.
Parma got their first win of the campaign, but the last time they scored four Serie A goals by half-time was in a 4-4 draw with Torino in February 2008. Djamel Mesbah scored his fourth Serie A goal, where he hadn’t netted since Lecce 1-2 Atalanta on September 21 2011. Marco Parolo went up to 11 Serie A goals, three of them past favourite victims Atalanta, though this was his first career brace.
The Orobici have only won two of their 17 top flight trips to the Tardini, drawing six and losing nine. They haven’t kept a clean sheet here since the 0-0 in December 1996, leaking 23 goals in 12 visits.
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