Juventus are the eighth wonder of Serie A, Roma's defensive record took a hit and Inter shipped four in Naples as Susy Campanale has the Week 16 stats.
Carlos Tevez has now scored 10 Serie A goals and it was his first hat-trick in a League since Manchester City’s 6-1 against Norwich on April 14 2012. Federico Peluso got his third top flight strike, the second in a Juventus jersey after finding the net against Lazio in the Coppa Italia semi-final on January 22.
Juventus are the first side in Serie A history to win eight on the bounce without conceding a goal, but netted 19 in that time. Gigi Buffon extended his unbeaten run to 730 minutes of domestic football. With 43 points after 16 rounds, this is the same tally Juve had in 2005-06 and one point shy of the all-time record set by the Bianconeri in 1949-50 (calculating three points for a win).
Sassuolo have lost three in a row in all competition without finding the net. They had been unbeaten on their Serie A travels since a 3-1 in Parma on October 6, earning three draws and a victory.
For the first time since a 2-0 defeat at Palermo on March 30, which was 23 rounds ago, Roma conceded more than one goal in a single game. The Giallorossi let in their first from a corner this season, meaning only Inter have avoided that. Milan gave away six goals in the opening 15 minutes, more than any other club.
Mattia Destro made his comeback last week from seven months out and has now scored two in as many matches. All four of Kevin Strootman’s Serie A goals came away from home. The Dutchman has played a part in 10 goals this term, providing six assists. Nicolas Burdisso marked his 100th appearance in a Roma jersey.
Milan are without a League home win since beating Udinese 1-0 on October 19, picking up just three draws and a defeat. The Rossoneri extended their unbeaten run to seven in all competition, though only two were victories. Cristian Zapata’s sixth Serie A goal was his first since Juventus 1-2 Udinese on January 30 2011, a gap of 82 games. Sulley Muntari matched his personal best of four in a single campaign, set in 2007-08 at Portsmouth and 2008-09 at Inter, with his 23rd overall top flight strike.
Roma (13) and Milan (12) have the most individuals to have found their way on to the scoresheet this season. The Rossoneri have faced the Lupi three times on the anniversary of their foundation, December 16 1899, but have never won.
Inter’s unbeaten Serie A run terminated after three wins and five draws, last tasting defeat in a 3-0 to Roma on October 5. They haven’t won at the San Paolo since a 2-0 result in 1997, followed by three points from 10 visits in all competition. In their 69 trips to Naples, the Nerazzurri had never previously shipped four goals, but this was the most prolific game since a 4-3 away victory in February 1980. Esteban Cambiasso got his 41st Serie A strike, the eighth for Yuto Nagatomo and with four this season the Japan international is the top-scoring defender.
Samir Handanovic saved his first Serie A penalty in an Inter jersey at the 10th attempt. He last parried a spot-kick on May 13 2012 for Udinese against Catania. Walter Mazzarri has never beaten Napoli at the San Paolo.
Napoli had scraped just one point from their previous two home games. Inter are the most prolific side in the League this season with 36 goals, followed by Napoli and Juve on 35. Gonzalo Higuain has scored 12 times in 20 official appearances for the Partenopei this term, while Jose Maria Callejon scored 10 in 22. Dries Mertens got his second Serie A goal, the 14th for Blerim Dzemaili and eighth for Callejon. The Partenopei have won all six League games in which Pipita found the net.
Lazio terminated their League winless streak of three points from six rounds since their last victory, 2-0 over Cagliari on October 27. Miroslav Klose has now scored 32 Serie A goals, including five braces. Livorno’s 2-2 with Milan was their only point from the last five rounds. The Amaranto haven’t beaten Lazio, home or away, since 2005 with just one draw from eight encounters. They conquered Rome only once in the top flight, 1-0 back in 1943, and lost their last eight visits.
Borja Valero matched his personal best of five goals in a single campaign, set in 2007-08 with Real Mallorca and 2011-12 at Villarreal, having scored just one throughout all of last season. Of Giuseppe Rossi’s 13 Serie A goals this term, nine of them were netted at the Stadio Franchi, eight in the last five home games. Fiorentina are still without a top flight draw since their 0-0 away to Lazio on October 6, winning six and losing three. Josip Ilicic hadn’t scored in Serie A since Palermo 1-0 Inter on April 28 and his career tally is now 22 goals. Bologna extended their negative streak to three points from six rounds and managed just one draw from their last four League visits to Florence.
Torino are on stunning form, as not since 1994-95 had they amassed 22 points by Week 16, earning three wins and a draw in their last four. Udinese had not lost three out of four home games since February 2008 and scored only one goal in that period. The Granata last conquered the Stadio Friuli in 1984, that 1-0 result followed by six draws and as many defeats. Alexander Farnerud bagged his second Serie A goal, the 11th for Ciro Immobile, who set a new personal record with six for the season.
Chievo had been unbeaten in five, including three wins on the trot under Eugenio Corini, and their clean sheet was terminated after 489 minutes of football. Sinisa Mihajlovic remains unbeaten on the Sampdoria bench thanks to three victories and two stalemates between League and Coppa Italia. Eder marked his 21st Serie A goal, the second in as many games.
Verona kept their first Serie A clean sheet away from home since a 0-0 at Brescia on April 7 2002, conceding 26 in the next nine attempts. Catania ended a run of three consecutive defeats and had never previously picked up a point at home to Verona in Serie A, losing in both 1971 and 1983. Hellas earned a draw after four away losses on the bounce between Serie A and Coppa Italia.
With five points from eight rounds, Gigi De Canio has the exact same average results as the Coach he replaced, Rolando Maran. The Elefantini have the worst strike force in the League with 10 goals and fired blanks in half their eight home matches this season.
Genoa notched up a second consecutive 1-1 at Marassi and have slowed their progress considerably with just three points from the last four rounds. They conceded a last-gasp goal for the second week running. Andrea Bertolacci’s 11th Serie A goal was his first since Genoa 4-1 Pescara on May 5. Giuseppe De Luca’s third top flight strike ended his drought from Udinese 2-1 Atalanta on May 12. Atalanta earned just one victory and two draws in their last 12 Serie A away fixtures.
Parma are unbeaten in six, albeit with only two victories, in all competition. Cagliari are without defeat in five rounds. The Ducali had failed to score at the Tardini just once before this season in another 0-0 against Chievo in Week 1. Parma have gone an entire year without receiving a Serie A penalty, the last being 37 rounds ago on December 16 2012.
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