Juventus do the double over Milan and match Inter's record, Napoli continue their Livorno curse and Bostjan Cesar is card crazy in Susy Campanale's stats of the week.
The last time Juventus did the double over Milan in a single season was in 1994-95, winning 1-0 in Turin and 2-0 at San Siro.
Juve set a new club record with 22 wins from the opening 26 games, matching the all-time Serie A record made by Inter in 2006-07. The Bianconeri have scored in each of their last 39 League outings for a total 83 goals. Carlos Tevez becomes the new Capocannoniere with 15 goals, four of them scored from outside the area, while Fernando Llorente went up to 11.
Clarence Seedorf’s League record as Coach is now four wins, a draw and two defeats, but it is his first without a goal. With 35 points after 26 rounds, it is Milan’s worst Serie A campaign since 1996-97. The last time the Rossoneri had fewer points by this stage was 32 in 1983-84, calculating three points for a win.
Roma had not managed just one defeat in their first 25 Serie A games since 2001-02. Inter haven’t conquered the Olimpico in the League since a 4-0 result in 2008, managing only two points from five visits. The Giallorossi extended their unbeaten home run to 13 wins and three draws in all competition. However, the only other time this season they fired blanks here was a 0-0 with Cagliari on November 25. It was also Inter’s first clean sheet on their travels after a run of eight goals in six away games.
Napoli have drawn three of their last four official games, winning the other against Swansea City. Pepe Reina’s own goal is their third of the season after helping Lazio and Udinese.
With 21 points in the opening 26 rounds, it’s Livorno’s worst start to a Serie A campaign since 1930-31, when they had 12 if calculating three points for a win. The Amaranto’s top flight record against the Partenopei in Tuscany is surprisingly strong with seven wins, three stalemates and only five defeats. Livorno have given away seven penalties – all converted successfully – more than any other club this season.
Fiorentina suffered a second consecutive home defeat in Serie A. They also fired blanks at the Stadio Franchi, something that hadn’t happened since a 1-0 loss to Roma on May 4 2013, netting 27 goals in the next 13 games. For the first time this season, Lazio put together two Serie A wins on the bounce. In the second half of the campaign, the Biancocelesti have 14 points – the same as Roma (with a game in hand) and second only to Juventus on 17. Lorik Cana celebrated his fourth career Serie A goal, the second of 2013-14.
Cagliari hadn’t won any official games by three clear goals since another 3-0 against Catania on February 24 2012. Victor Ibarbo netted his 12th Serie A goal, but Matias Vecino and Agim Ibraimi broke their ducks. Udinese’s last defeat, home or away, to the Sardinians was 2-0 in 2009 followed by six wins and four stalemates. This result also terminated their four-round unbeaten streak.
Atalanta got the victory after one point from three rounds and Carlos Carmona scored his fourth career Serie A goal, his first since Palermo 1-2 Atalanta on February 3 2013. Luca Cigarini took his tally up to 14. Chievo have lost eight of their last 12 official games, winning one and drawing the other three. The Flying Donkeys picked up just one point from their last three trips to Bergamo.
Dario Dainelli took his career total up to nine Serie A goals, but hadn’t found the net since Bologna 1-1 Genoa on March 20 2013. Bostjan Cesar is not only the most ill-disciplined player in Serie A with 14 bookings and one red card, he also has the worst tally in the top five European Leagues.
Genoa extended their unbeaten run to four rounds and under Gian Piero Gasperini amassed 31 points in 20 games, an average of 1.55 per match. Luca Antonelli has scored three goals this season, all of them in 2014, while it was Stefano Sturaro’s debut Serie A strike at his sixth appearance. Catania haven’t even scored on their travels for six hours of football.
Parma continue to increase their club record-breaking Serie A unbeaten run to seven wins and seven draws. Marco Parolo’s seventh goal of the season is a new personal best. Sassuolo failed to pick up a single point since the halfway stage of the season, losing all eight games, while Alberto Malesani is 0 for 5 since taking over.
Torino suffered two consecutive Serie A defeats for the first time this season. The Granata haven’t beaten Sampdoria in the top flight, home or away, since a 1-0 result in 2007, managing only four draws and three defeats. Since replacing Delio Rossi, Sinisa Mihajlovic has put together 22 points in 14 games, an average of 1.57 per match. Stefano Okaka celebrated his first Serie A goal since Palermo 1-2 Parma on April 25 2012, while Manolo Gabbiadini set a new personal best with his seventh of the campaign.
Verona are still without a home victory in 2014, scraping only two points from five attempts. Bologna terminated a run of two straight defeats, but failed to find the net for a third round running. Davide Ballardini marked the 200th game of his professional management career with 64 wins, 65 draws and 71 losses.
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