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Monday December 19 2016
Serie A Week 17: Did You Know?

Dries Mertens has the most prolific run in 42 years, Juventus match their own record and Palermo end the disastrous streak in Susy Campanale's stats.

Dries Mertens is the first player to score consecutive Serie A hat-tricks since Pietro Anastasi for Juventus in May 1974. The last Napoli man to bag four goals in a single top flight match was Giuseppe Savoldi on December 18, 1977 – a gap of 39 years to the day. Mertens is the first Serie A player to get four since Domenico Berardi for Sassuolo against Milan in January 2014.

The Partenopei received their first penalty of the season. Torino have lost seven of their last eight meetings with Napoli, home and away, save for a 1-0 result in Turin in March 2015. The Granata suffered three consecutive defeats, their worst streak since January.

Maurizio Sarri’s men have 37 goals after 17 rounds, six more than at this stage last season.

Juventus equal their own all-time Serie A record of 25 consecutive home wins, set by Antonio Conte’s side from August 2013 to November 2014.

Roma have lost their last six Serie A trips to Turin, scraping one point here since a 2-1 victory in January 2010, conceding 17 goals and scoring just four. The Giallorossi kept one clean sheet in their last 23 meetings with Juve, home and away in all competition, a 1-0 victory in February 2013.

Luciano Spalletti has beaten Juve only once, drawing three and losing 18. The Bianconeri are the most prolific starters this season, bagging seven goals in the opening 15 minutes.

Juve are Winter Champions with two rounds to spare and have taken this crown in five of the last six years.

Gonzalo Higuain reaches double figures for the fourth Serie A campaign in a row. The last striker to achieve this was Antonio Di Natale’s run of nine from 2006-14.

Inter had won their first three encounters with Sassuolo, then lost the next three until this success. The previous two trips to the Mapei Stadium had both ended 3-1.

The Nerazzurri hadn’t won on their travels since a 2-0 at Empoli on September 21, managing seven defeats and a draw – which was at San Siro with Milan – in all competition. Antonio Candreva has scored three goals in just seven meetings with Sassuolo.

Inter kept two consecutive clean sheets for the first time since April and hadn’t won three competitive games in a row since March. Gabriel ‘Gabigol’ Barbosa made his second Serie A appearance, after coming off the bench against Bologna on September 25, and now has 19 minutes on the pitch.

Eusebio Di Francesco’s side have one win in 13 official matches, beating Empoli 3-0, losing eight and drawing four.

Milan-Atalanta had more fouls than any other Serie A fixture this season – 51. The Rossoneri extended their unbeaten home run to seven games, winning five, their longest streak since 2013. However, they fired blanks for the second match in a row and only the second time at home after a 1-0 loss to Udinese in September.

Atalanta have lost just one of their last six meetings with Milan, home and away. The Orobici are unbeaten at San Siro since a 3-0 hammering in January 2014, emerging with a victory and two draws – all of them clean sheets.

Lazio have only lost one of the last 12 rounds, the Derby della Capitale. Fiorentina haven’t shared the spoils away to Lazio since October 2013, emerging with one win and five defeats.

Stefan Radu has scored two Serie A goals this season – as many as in the previous nine campaigns put together. Ciro Immobile marked his 100th Serie A appearance with the ninth assist, having also scored 41.

Josip Ilicic had converted his first eight top flight penalties in Italy, but has now failed two of the last three.

Keita Balde Diao celebrated his fifth Serie A goal of the season, equalling his personal best set in 2013-14. Lucas Biglia has 11 Serie A goals, six of them from the spot.

Genoa conceded four goals in their first eight home games of the season, then four in one go with Palermo. Mattia Perin received his third Serie A red card.

The Sicilians finally ended their club record run of nine consecutive Serie A defeats, 10 including the Coppa Italia. Palermo had never won a top flight game in Genoa before, managing only nine draws and as many losses.

Empoli finally enjoyed a home victory after four draws and two defeats at the Stadio Castellani, ending a 253-minute goal drought. Levan Mchedlidze hadn’t scored in Serie A since his only other brace, in a 4-3 defeat to Inter on May 31 2015.

Cagliari haven’t kept a clean sheet for 13 consecutive top flight matches and boast the worst defence in the division with 39 goals conceded. Massimo Rastelli’s men picked up only one point from the last six away fixtures.

Lukas Skorupski enjoyed his debut Serie A penalty save at the eighth attempt. The Sardinians have only ever conquered Empoli once in the top flight, a 4-0 triumph in 2014, along with five defeats here.

Marco Giampaolo has never beaten Rolando Maran with just a draw and two defeats. Sampdoria have scored more goals off the bench than any other club this season, three from Patrik Schick and three from Bruno Fernandes.

Edgar Barreto has more Serie A appearances than any other Paraguayan player, his 206th game matching Dionisio Arce, who featured from 1949-60 for Lazio, Napoli, Sampdoria, Torino, Novara and Palermo.

Samp are Riccardo Meggiorini’s favourite victims, as he’s put four goals past them in Serie A. Sergio Pellissier took his top flight tally to 101 goals.

The Blucerchiati won their first away game of the season, 1-0 at Empoli, followed by three draws from eight attempts.

Udinese notched up a third consecutive victory, something they hadn’t achieved since September 2014.

Cyril Thereau had never previously scored two Serie A braces in the same season. Crotone haven’t kept a clean sheet in their nine away games this term. Udinese won their first ever meeting with Crotone in all competition.

Bologna received their first penalty of the season. The Rossoblu have scored seven away goals this term, all of them by different players. Roberto Donadoni’s men have not lost any of the nine matches in which they took the lead, winning five.

Adam Masina marked his 50th Serie A appearance with his debut goal. Bologna ended their three-game goal drought and hadn’t won on their travels in the top flight since a 1-0 at Udinese on February 14, managing just seven draws and as many losses. The last time Bologna bagged three goals in a Serie A away match was 3-0 at Cagliari in October 2013.

Valerio Verre got the quickest red card of the campaign, taking just 16 minutes to be sent for a very early shower. Pescara technically haven’t won a match yet this season, as the ‘victory’ at Sassuolo was handed to them for the fielding of an ineligible player. They’ve picked up one point from the last 10 games between Serie A and the Coppa Italia.

The Delfini haven’t won any of their last 13 meetings with Bologna, home and away in all competition, with just six draws since a 5-0 Serie B triumph in May 1992.

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