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Monday December 5 2016
Serie A Week 15: Did You Know?

Roma continue to rule the Derby, Atalanta add to Juventus taboo, Inter struggle in Naples and Eugenio Corini's unhappy Century in Susy Campanale stats.

Roma continue their successful Serie A Derby della Capitale streak with five wins (the last four on the bounce) and three draws since their last defeat in November 2012.

Lazio saw their unbeaten run come to an end after six wins and three stalemates, but are still nonetheless nine points better off than at this stage last season.

Kevin Strootman has his first Derby della Capitale goal, but had provided an assist in the last meeting with Lazio.

All 20 teams have lost at least three games by Week 15, something that only happened once before in Serie A during the 1942-43 season.

Juventus registered their 24th consecutive Serie A home victory and are only one shy of the all-time record, also set by the Old Lady from August 2013 to December 2014.

Juve have won their last 13 meetings with Atalanta, home and away, equalling the Serie A record run against a single team set by Milan with Chievo between 2006 and 2013. The last interruption was a 2-2 in Turin on May 17, 2009.

La Dea’s last League victory in Turin was sealed by Claudio Caniggia, 1-0 on October 8 1989, followed by three draws and 17 losses. Atalanta have only ever won four Serie A games away to Juventus, drawing 14 and losing 37.

Juventus have won all 14 Serie A matches in which Mario Mandzukic found the net. The Croatian has contributed three goals and an assist in his last four League appearances. For the first time since Roma-Sassuolo in April 2015, Miralem Pjanic provided two assists in a single Serie A game.

Daniele Rugani has scored five Serie A goals for Juventus, three of them on home turf. Juventus scored eight goals with defenders in the top flight this season, more than any other side.

Atalanta saw their run come to an end after eight wins and a draw. They had also equalled their club record of six top flight victories in a row. Gian Piero Gasperini’s men hadn’t conceded a goal from open play for 739 minutes of Serie A football. They kept a clean sheet on their travels for 378 minutes.

Juve haven’t shared the spoils in Serie A this season, becoming the first team to achieve this after 15 rounds since another Bianconeri run in 2005-06.

Napoli are unbeaten at home to Inter in Serie A since a 2-0 result in October 1997, managing only three draws and eight defeats. They hadn’t enjoyed a San Paolo victory by three clear goals since sweeping Frosinone aside 4-0 in May.

Marek Hamsik equalled Edinson Cavani’s Napoli tally of 104 goals, putting him joint third in the all-time club charts behind Attila Sallustro on 108 and Diego Armando Maradona’s 115.

Piotr Zielinski scored his first goal in a Partenopei jersey, but after one minute and 47 seconds it was their fastest in Serie A since November 2015, when Gonzalo Higuain took one minute and four seconds also against Inter. Lorenzo Insigne has scored four goals in the last three games.

Inter have picked up just one point from their last eight away fixtures between Serie A and the Europa League – and that was also at San Siro (2-2 with Milan). The Nerazzurri were 12 points better off at this stage last season. Inter leaked five goals in the opening 15 minutes this term, more than any other side.

The last time Inter were 2-0 down in a Serie A match after six minutes was the eventual 4-3 victory over Lazio on May 13, 2007.

Milan have won four of the last five rounds and with 32 points after 15 rounds it’s their best start to a season since 2010-11, when they went on to win the Scudetto.

Gianluca Lapadula celebrated his first ever San Siro strike after netting in each of the last two away fixtures. He has scored four goals in his last three meetings with Crotone, facing them twice last season for Pescara in Serie B.

Mario Pasalic got his first Serie A goal. The Chelsea loan player hadn’t scored in a League competition since Monaco-Nantes in November 2015.

M’Baye Niang became the first Milan player to fail from the spot in Serie A since Mario Balotelli in a 3-3 draw with Frosinone on May 1. Niang last saw a penalty parried in January 2014 for Montpellier against Monaco.

Crotone picked up one point in the opening nine rounds and six in the last five games. The Squali have dropped 17 points by conceding second half goals this season, letting in eight out of a total 13 strikes after the break.

Diego Falcinelli has scored five of Crotone’s last seven goals, including the most recent three. The Calabrians had faced Milan only once before, a Coppa Italia tie in December 2015 that was 1-1 after 90 minutes, 3-1 for the hosts in extra time.

Sassuolo got back on track after a run of four draws from nine matches between Serie A and the Europa League.

Eugenio Corini made his debut on the Palermo bench, their third Coach of the season. It was his 100th competitive game as a tactician with 31 wins, 20 draws and 49 defeats.

The Rosanero set a new club record with eight consecutive Serie A defeats – nine including the Coppa Italia. The Sicilians have scored one goal in each of their last eight away fixtures.

Fiorentina are unbeaten at home to Palermo since a 2-1 result in October 2010, followed by three wins and two goalless stalemates.

Khouma Babacar has scored three in his last six Serie A appearances, but hadn’t found the net at the Stadio Franchi in the League since February against Inter. The Senegal striker grabbed eight of his total 16 Serie A goals in the final 20 minutes of play.

Federico Bernardeschi scored four goals in his last four top flight games. He has seven in 14 matches this season, having found the net only three times in his previous 40 appearances.

Mato Jajalo has scored only two Serie A goals and they were both against Fiorentina, the other being on May 24 2015 at the Stadio Barbera.

Empoli have lost four on the bounce between Serie A and the Coppa Italia, their worst streak since March. The Tuscans are 11 points worse off than at this stage last season. They hadn’t conceded two goals in the first half since September 21 against Inter.

Sassuolo only lost the first home fixture against Empoli, 4-0 in 2008, going on to enjoy six victories and a draw between Serie A and B.

All four of Sassuolo’s penalties have been converted in Serie A this season by four different players: Domenico Berardi, Matteo Politano, Lorenzo Pellegrini and Federico Ricci.

Sampdoria extended their positive streak to four wins and two stalemates between Serie A and the Coppa Italia. The Blucerchiati hadn’t beaten Toro since a 2-0 result in September 2014, managing just one point from three encounters, home and away.

Doria have won their last five games at Marassi, their best home run in six years.

Torino ground to a halt after five wins and a draw in all competition. The Granata have not won a Serie A fixture away to Samp since their 1-0 result in 1993, followed by five draws and six defeats.

Samp have rattled the woodwork more than any other team in Serie A this season, 10 times, followed by Sassuolo on nine and Genoa eight.

Pescara finally picked up a point after six losses on the bounce, seven including the Coppa Italia. The Delfini had never previously shared the spoils with Cagliari in Serie A, managing two victories and four defeats, home and away.

Cagliari’s only previous stalemate of the campaign was 2-2 at home with Roma in Week 2, followed by six wins and as many losses. This result also ends their run of four consecutive away defeats in all competition.

Davide Di Gennaro received Cagliari’s first red card of the campaign.

Genoa ended their run of three consecutive away defeats. Chievo have just one victory in the last eight rounds, drawing three.

Valter Birsa converted nine penalties for club and country in his professional career, but has now failed two spot-kicks in a row. The other was during Chievo’s 1-0 win away to Sampdoria on March 20.

Danilo didn’t find the net in Serie A from December 2014 to September 2016, but now has two goals in his last 11 games. Bologna have won just one of their last 10 meetings with Udinese, home and away, scraping four draws and five defeats.

The Friulani celebrated after two points from four rounds. It is only their third clean sheet of the season, the first since a 1-0 away to Milan on September 11. The only other home game without conceding saw them defeat Empoli 2-0 on August 28.

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