Sunday March 17 2013
Serie A Week 29: Did You Know?

Edinson Cavani and Goran Pandev break their droughts, Francesco Totti breaks a record and Michael Ciani is double-booked as Susy Campanale rounds up the Week 29 stats.

Edinson Cavani had not scored in eight official matches, since a 2-1 win away to Parma on January 27, but went up to 102 in the top flight. It means El Matador has reached 20 in each of his three campaigns with the Napoli jersey. Cavani has put eight goals past Atalanta, who become joint favourite victims along with Roma. Goran Pandev’s last goal was against Udinese on October 7, taking him up to 63.

Napoli were without a victory in seven games between Serie A and the Europa League, managing only four points. Paolo Cannavaro scored his second own goal of the campaign after gifting Parma, his third for Napoli thanks to a howler in 2007 against Genoa.

Atalanta have conceded 34 goals in their last 19 games, keeping just two clean sheets, while they have lost seven of their last nine away matches. German Denis has put three goals past Napoli in their last five meetings and goes up to 45 for his career.

Francesco Totti is now the lone second all-time top scorer in Serie A history with 226 goals, leaving Gunnar Nordahl behind on 225. Only Silvio Piola is still in front on 274, although this would be 290 if the 1945-46 ‘group’ season is taken into account. Parma are Totti’s favourite victims with 18 goals and he has now netted 13 from direct free kicks in his career.

Cavani and Antonio Cassano have rattled the woodwork six times this season, while Totti hit the frame of the goal on five occasions.

Daniele De Rossi celebrated his 300th Serie A match. Roma have scored 11 goals in the first 15 minutes of their games this season, more than any other club. In the last five rounds, the Giallorossi have amassed four wins and a draw, as Coach Aurelio Andreazzoli has won four of his total six matches in charge. Roma continued their ability to score in each of their last 34 League home ties for a total 74 goals. Erik Lamela went up to 17 goals in his Serie A career, 13 in the current campaign. Both Lamela and Totti were also on target in a 3-2 defeat to Parma earlier this season. The Giallorossi kept a clean sheet after just one in the previous 14 games.

Parma hadn’t lost four consecutive away games in Serie A since January 2010, when that run was five on the bounce. The Ducali have picked up just one point in their five trips outside the Tardini in 2013. Parma have just one victory at the Olimpico, 1-0 in 1997, along with five draws and 16 defeats here.

Lazio have lost three of their four Serie A games played straight after a Europa League knock-out match. In all, five of their 10 defeats have followed a UEFA fixture.

Michael Ciani received two yellow cards in the space of 43 seconds, both for fouls on Paulo Vitor Barreto. Lazio fell to a fourth consecutive League away defeat in which they scored twice and conceded 10. They hadn’t lost against the Granata, home and away, since 2002 with a run of four wins and five draws. Torino are still unbeaten on home turf in this calendar year thanks to three wins and two stalemates. Jonathas got his second goal of the season, the other was for Pescara against Fiorentina.

Palermo’s total record away to Milan in the League is two wins, two draws and 22 defeats in which they scored 16 goals and conceded 64. This fixture hasn’t seen a share of the spoils since a 3-3 result in May 2005, followed by six home successes and two for the visitors. They have lost their last three visits to San Siro, netting once and conceding eight. Palermo failed to score for the 14th time this season and are without a win in 15 games, their longest top flight negative streak since 2004-05.  Since beating Catania 3-1 in November, the Sicilians have amassed only eight defeats and seven draws.

Mario Balotelli has scored seven goals in six games with a Milan jersey, helping his team to a ninth consecutive home win in all competition, and continued his 100 per cent penalty record between Serie A and the Premier League. SuperMario was born in Palermo and they are his favourite targets, as he has now put five goals past the team, all of them at San Siro. The Rossoneri’s excellent 2013 continues, as in Serie A they have amassed eight wins and three stalemates, scoring 18 goals and conceding six.

Juventus are unbeaten at the Dall’Ara since a 3-0 result in November 1998, picking up eight wins and four draws between Serie A and B. This victory ended a run of two consecutive draws here. Bologna had found the net in all but one of their previous 11 games with Juve, home and away, firing blanks only in October 2010. Despite that, they have won just one of their last 23 encounters with the Bianconeri, including 14 defeats. The Rossoblu’s last home defeat was 2-1 to Parma on December 22 and this was only the second time they failed to score at the Dall’Ara this season, as in 2013 they had notched up 13 goals in three wins and two draws here.

Mirko Vucinic has put six goals past Bologna in a total 10 meetings, 89 in his Serie A career. Claudio Marchisio’s 24th was his first since December 16 against Atalanta and he had never previously netted against Bologna. Antonio Conte is unbeaten with the Rossoblu, earning three wins and four stalemates. Juventus have kept a clean sheet for 304 minutes of football between Serie A and Champions League games.

Genoa haven’t won a Serie A game in Florence since March 1977, followed by five draws and 10 losses, but they finally ended their 424-minute goal drought in the city. This was their seventh consecutive top flight loss here. Home and away, the Viola are unbeaten against the Grifone since October 2009 thanks to five wins and two draws. This was Fiorentina’s fourth home win on the bounce, in which they netted 11 goals. Alberto Aquilani got his 17th Serie A strike, the fifth for Juan Cuadrado.

Genoa have lost three on the bounce and scraped just one point from the last four rounds. Daniele Portanova scored his second goal of the season, the other being in a Bologna jersey against Napoli, and now has 16 in Serie A overall. Luca Antonelli celebrated his third Serie A goal, but hadn’t netted since Genoa 2-0 Brescia on April 17 2011. The Grifone scored their second own goal of the campaign after Cesare Bovo put through his net against Sampdoria.

Catania-Udinese has only been a stalemate once in Serie A, 1-1 in October 2010, along with seven home victories and three for the Friulani. Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gomez set a new personal best in Serie A with seven goals this season, his second brace. In all 10 of Francesco Lodi’s 19 Serie A goals have been directly from free kicks and, like Andrea Pirlo, he netted five set pieces this season. The Elefantini have scored 12 goals during the period from the 60th to the 75th minute. The Sicilians have 45 points after 29 rounds, just three shy of the club record set last season. Luis Muriel’s 13th top flight goal was his sixth of the campaign, one short of his personal best.

Siena had their first home draw since a 0-0 with Palermo on October 27, but are without a goal at the Stadio Franchi for 209 minutes of football. Cagliari have never won in Tuscany with five draws and six losses here in all competition. The Sardinians suffered just one defeat in their last 10 games, winning five.

Adrian Stoian had also scored when Chievo beat Pescara 2-0 earlier this season at the Bentegodi, so two of his total three Serie A goals were against them. Cyril Thereau set a new personal best with his seventh of the campaign. For 11 games in a row the Flying Donkeys failed to score more than one goal, but have now netted twice in their last two. In the last 10 rounds, the Delfini have amassed one point and four goals. Pescara have more home defeats (10), overall losses (20) and the worst defence (58) in the Division, while they haven’t scored on home turf for 315 minutes of football. 

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