Sunday October 7 2012
Serie A Week 7: Did You Know?

Susy Campanale rounds up the stats from Week 7, including Javier Zanetti's derby record, Milan's worst start in 60 years and Andrea Pirlo's feeling for free kicks.

Javier Zanetti took part in his 45th Derby della Madonnina, overtaking Beppe Bergomi’s Inter record, but Paolo Maldini is still in the history books overall with 56.

Milan had not lost two home derbies in a row since 1990, while Inter hadn’t emerged with two clean sheets on the trot as the ‘away’ side since 1979-84. The last time the Rossoneri lost four of their opening seven rounds was in 1941-42. The derby hasn’t ended in a stalemate since the 0-0 in October 2004, followed by six Milan wins and 10 for Inter.

Yuto Nagatomo became the 10th player to be sent off in the Milan derby since 2006-07, but seven of them wore Nerazzurri jerseys. The Japanese international had never previously seen red in 89 Italian club games.

Inter secured their seventh straight win away from home in all competition, having conceded only once. However, they won with only six shots on goal – fewer than in any other Serie A victory since 2009. Walter Samuel marked his 21st Serie A goal, the first in this fixture.

Napoli have won eight in a row at the San Paolo in all competition. Udinese have just one win, three defeats and three draws in Serie A this season. Giampiero Pinzi hadn’t scored since another meeting with Napoli, 2-2 at the Stadio Friuli on March 18. That goal interrupted a 245-minute drought for Udinese.

Roma had been without an Olimpico victory since April 11, beating Udinese 3-1, after just four draws and two defeats. Atalanta have lost their last seven consecutive League visits to Rome, conceding 15 goals, and haven’t won here in nine years. Erik Lamela got his seventh top flight goal, the second for Michael Bradley. The Orobici fell to a third consecutive defeat.

Eugenio Corini’s debut ends a run of five consecutive Chievo defeats. It was the tactician’s Serie A bow after 31 games between Lega Pro and Serie B. Sampdoria had only lost once before to Chievo in 15 top flight meetings, home and away, along with seven draws and six victories. David Di Michele has put 10 of his 83 Serie A goals past Samp, who are his favourite targets, including each of their last four encounters.

Having been unbeaten until last week, Sampdoria have now lost two on the bounce. Enzo Maresca’s 11th Serie A goal was his first since May 22 2005, Lazio 1-1 Fiorentina. He hadn’t scored directly from a free kick in this League since April 13 2003, Torino 1-3 Piacenza.

Juventus extend their unbeaten League run to 29 wins and 17 draws. Andrea Pirlo has scored 48 Serie A goals, but with three this season he has already matched the total he netted throughout all of the last campaign. Of his last 17 League goals, 12 have come directly from free kicks. Claudio Marchisio now has 20 top flight goals, but he becomes the ninth different Juventus scorer of the season.

Genoa have never lost at home in Serie A to Palermo thanks to eight wins and as many stalemates. In all competition their last defeat here was 3-2 on November 12 1978, followed by nine victories and seven draws. Marco Borriello took his top flight career tally to 60 goals, his 22nd in a Genoa jersey. The Rosanero are without an away victory since a 3-1 at Bologna on April 1, managing only three points from eight trips, but at least ended their 508-minute away goal drought.

Luigi Giorgi has only scored three Serie A goals in his career – two of them were against Genoa. The other was when he represented Siena back in April.

Catania are still unbeaten at the Massimino and have never lost in their 14 home games with Parma between Serie A and B, managing seven wins. Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gomez now has 10 Serie A goals to his name, 15 for Gonzalo Bergessio. The Ducali have just one point from their four away matches this term. It is only the second time in the last 17 Serie A games that Parma have fired blanks, the other being against Juventus on August 25, for a total of 27 goals.

Fiorentina have the strongest home defensive record in the Division thanks to three consecutive clean sheets. Stevan Jovetic got his fifth goal of the current campaign, his 27th in Serie A overall. Bologna have only ever won one of their last 12 visits to Florence, earning five draws and six defeats around their 2010 victory.

Pescara’s three-match unbeaten run came to an end, but they have the worst home defensive record in the League along with Chievo, having leaked 14. Lazio have amassed two wins and a draw in their last three Serie A visits to Pescara, adding to a 0-0 in 1989 and 3-2 in 1992.

The last time the Biancocelesti went into the half-time break with a three-goal lead was in August 2003. Hernanes took his tally to 23 Serie A goals, while Miroslav Klose’s fourth brace brought him up to 18. The German international has netted six this season in all club competition and his career Serie A average is a goal every two games.

Siena have only ever beaten Juventus once in their eight Serie A home meetings, back in 2008, losing all the others. That was also their lone victory home and away, notching up two stalemates and 12 losses. The Tuscans hadn’t scored at the Stadio Franchi for 400 minutes of football, but Emanuele Calaiò got his 30th Serie A strike.

Cagliari finally celebrate their first win of the campaign, as their last top flight victory was 3-0 over Catania on April 24, followed by seven losses and four stalemates. Away from home they were without a win since December 4 2011, 1-0 at Catania, managing only 10 defeats and five draws.

Torino haven’t been able to score against Cagliari home and away for 364 minutes of football. They last pierced the Sardinian defences on October 27 2007, Torino 2-0 Cagliari. Nene got his 16th Serie A goal, where he hadn’t scored since October 26 2011, Cesena 1-1 Cagliari.

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Have your say...
HaHa! "Inter are playing like a bottom side in Serie A" whilst they sit in 3rd place 8 points ahead of AC?! lol Stop your complaining and making excuses, we beat you with 10 men, it does not matter in which manner you win a derby when playing with 10 men as it is a huge win, but I guess you AC fans wouldnt know anything about that as it is Inter who always get punished with red cards in Derbys and it is Inter who always win with 10 men! Forza Inter
on the 8th October, 2012 at 1:19pm
While Milan on the other hand are struggling because of Boateng and Abbiati poor poor performances. Boateng can't score and Abbiati makes silly mistakes. Still Forza Milan per sempre.
on the 8th October, 2012 at 11:05am
Inter will never attack unless they are behind. They are a very poor team offensively despite having quality players like Cassano Milito Countinho and Palcio. They are relying on counter attacks. Against Sienna they lost becauseucky for them it is paying dividends. While Milan again and again show how poor Abbiati and Boateng are time after time. they attacked. Inter are playing like bottom sides in Serie A.
on the 8th October, 2012 at 11:03am
I have backed Allegri this season but after he once again changed the centre back pairing for last night's game I am rapidly losing faith. This is the most important part of the team and he has changed the centre backs nearly every game. I don't care who the centre backs are if you change the centre backs every game you will concede goals. For this reason alone unless he is prepared to pick 2 centre backs and stick to it I'm afraid it is time for him to go.
on the 8th October, 2012 at 9:47am

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