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Tuesday November 1 2016
Serie A Week 11: Did You Know?

Gonzalo Higuain is improving, Napoli continue their Turin taboo, Crotone make history and Empoli the least prolific side since 1937 in Susy Campanale's stats.

Gonzalo Higuain has seven goals in 11 rounds, one off his record-breaking pace from last season, but his ratio is actually better, finding the net every 98 minutes. This term Pipita has scored with precisely half of his total 14 shots on target in Serie A, whereas in 2015-16 with Napoli it was 43 per cent (36 goals from 83 attempts).

Only one player featured in all 11 competitive Juve victories this season – Higuain.

Juve have won their last 22 Serie A home fixtures and are now just three shy of the all-time record, which was also set by the Turin giants from August 2013 to December 2014.

Napoli have lost seven of their last eight trips to Juve between Serie A and Coppa Italia. In the top flight, the Partenopei have conquered Turin just seven times with 20 draws and 45 defeats. This was their sixth League loss here in a row, scoring two goals and conceding 14 since a 3-2 thriller in October 2009.

Maurizio Sarri’s men have lost three of the last five Serie A rounds. Jose Callejon marked his 40th Serie A goal in 124 appearances and with seven has already matched last season’s total. Lorenzo Insigne provided four assists this term, three of them for Callejon.

All of Leonardo Bonucci’s last nine Serie A goals were scored at the Juventus Stadium. His last away celebration was during a 2-0 win in Palermo on April 7, 2012.

The Old Lady have won 12 of the 15 Serie A games with Hernanes in the starting XI, losing just twice and drawing the other.

Inter have lost exactly half of Frank de Boer’s 14 competitive games in charge. They’ve lost five of the first 11 Serie A rounds, the worst start since 2011-12. The Nerazzurri have lost eight of their last 10 away matches in all competition.

Fabio Quagliarella found the net just once in his first 18 top flight meetings with Inter, but now has scored in each of the last two. Sampdoria have hit the woodwork eight times this season, more than any other side.

This is only the third time that the Blucerchiati have beaten Inter in Serie A, home or away, since March 1999. They were all 1-0 at Marassi in September 2009, March 2015 and October 2016, along with 10 draws and 12 defeats.

Milan notched up four consecutive home wins, something they hadn’t achieved in over a year, and have found the net in seven of the last eight. With 22 points after 11 rounds, it is the Rossoneri’s best start in five years.

Jack Bonaventura is the first Milan man to score a direct free kick in Serie A since Mario Balotelli against Udinese in September 2015. Bonaventura had only managed it once before with the Rossoneri, also in September 2015 with Palermo.

Pescara have lost all seven Serie A visits to Milan, scoring three goals and conceding 22, never keeping a clean sheet.

Carlos Bacca failed to find the net for the fourth game running, his longest dry run since March. So far seven of Milan’s 17 goals were scored from outside the box.

Empoli are without a win – or a goal – in eight rounds. With two more they will equal the Serie A record run of 10 goalless matches set by Verona in 1978-79.

Scoring just twice in the first 11 games, Empoli are the least prolific side in the top five European Leagues since France’s Olympique Lillois got one goal in 1937-38.

Roma hadn’t played a 0-0 top flight draw since visiting Napoli on December 13, 2015. It is only the second time this season the Giallorossi fired blanks after a 1-0 defeat to Fiorentina.

Lazio extended their positive streak to four wins and two draws and this is their best start to a campaign for five seasons.

Ciro Immobile is the first Lazio player since Hernan Crespo in 2001 to find the net in five consecutive Serie A games. Immobile’s personal best is six rounds set between in April 2014 for Torino.

Sassuolo have failed to win in four competitive matches, their worst run since February. The Neroverdi have visited Lazio four times in the top flight, winning one and losing all the others.

Crotone made history with their first ever Serie A victory after two draws and eight defeats. The Squali have taken the lead five times in 11 rounds, but had never previously kept it to the final whistle.

Chievo had beaten Crotone in both their previous meetings, in the 2000-01 Serie B season. The Flying Donkeys are without a win in four and haven’t scored on their travels for 185 minutes of football.

Atalanta have won five of the last six games, conceding only two goals in that time, and this is their best start to a season in 16 years.

Genoa were unbeaten in four Bergamo Serie A visits, winning three of them, since a 1-0 result in February 2012. The Grifone suffered the second defeat in three away fixtures and have conceded eight of the total 10 goals on their travels.

Ivan Juric worked with Gian Piero Gasperini as his player at Genoa, then assistant manager and this was their first meeting as fellow Coaches.

Jasmin Kurtic had two goals in 32 games last season, but now has three in 11 for the current campaign. This was his first ever Serie A brace and Genoa are now his favourite targets with three strikes.

Fiorentina notched up a third consecutive away victory in all competition, their best run since November 2015. All five of Nikola Kalinic’s Serie A goals this season were outside Florence.

Bologna extended their negative streak to four draws in six rounds, including one point from the last three Dall’Ara fixtures. The Rossoblu have lost four of their last five meetings with Fiorentina, home and away, drawing 1-1 in February 2016.

Torino enjoyed nine first half goals this season, second only to Juventus on 10. Udinese haven’t shared the spoils with Toro, home or away, since September 2012 with five Granata wins and three for the Friulani.

Gigi Del Neri has never beaten Sinisa Mihajlovic, losing two and drawing the other four meetings.

Palermo had not lost to Cagliari since another 2-1 away result in February 2012, managing two 1-1 draws and two consecutive wins.

Ilija Nestorovski has scored five goals this season, four of them in away fixtures. Cagliari have scored 15 goals after the break this term, second only to Roma on 19. However, they also conceded a whopping eight in the final 15 minutes.

Daniele Dessena had only ever bagged one previous Serie A brace, in May 2009. The Sardinians netted at least two goals in each of their last six Serie A home games.

Marco Borriello marked his 300th Serie A appearance, playing in the top flight for Milan, Empoli, Reggina, Sampdoria, Treviso, Genoa, Roma, Juventus, Carpi, Atalanta and Cagliari.

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