Sunday September 1 2013
Serie A Week 2: Did You Know?

Susy Campanale rounds up the intriguing stats from Week 2, including Marek Hamsik's brace record, Robinho ending his drought and Roma's best start in eight years.

Marek Hamsik went up to 74 goals in a Napoli jersey, just three shy of Giuseppe Savoldi in sixth place in the all-time club charts. It was his sixth Serie A brace, but the last player to have netted a double in both opening matches was Alessandro Del Piero in 2002-03 against Atalanta and Empoli.

Chievo saw their six-round unbeaten run terminated after two wins and four defeats. The last 11 Serie A meetings between the Flying Donkeys and Napoli have seen six Partenopei victories and five losses, but no draws. Alberto Paloschi took his Serie A tally to 22 goals with his third brace.

Napoli have won their opening two games for the third year on the bounce, the 10th time in their Serie A history. The Azzurri had conquered Chievo only once in Verona, 2-1 in 2010, followed by three consecutive defeats without finding the net.

For the third season running, Juventus have a 100 per cent record after two rounds. It’s the 12th time they have achieved this in Serie A. Lazio have not beaten Juve in the League, home or away, since a 2-0 at the Olimpico in 2003, managing just five points from 18 attempts. Their last Serie A victory in Turin was 2-1 in 2002, followed by three draws and seven losses.

Arturo Vidal’s 19th Serie A goal saw him net his second consecutive brace against Lazio, who are now his favourite targets. Mirko Vucinic went up to 95 in Serie A with his eighth against the Biancocelesti (one for Juve, three for Lecce and four with Roma). It was the Montenegrin’s 100th goal in Italian football between Serie A and B.

Carlos Tevez has scored three goals in as many official games for Juventus. Miroslav Klose finally scored his first ever career goal against Juve at the fifth encounter. Hernanes earned his second red card in Serie A, the other being against Fiorentina on October 28 2012.

Roma got off to their best Serie A start since 2007-08, winning both opening games with clean sheets. Those results (2-0 at Palermo and 3-0 with Siena) were identical to this season’s. Adem Ljajic scored on his Giallorossi debut. All six of Roma’s goals this term have come in the second half.

Verona have lost their last seven visits to Roma, conceding 22 goals. They only won twice away to Roma, 2-1 in 1969 and 1-0 in 1973 (albeit on neutral turf in Arezzo). Hellas were unbeaten in 15 official games between Serie A, B and Coppa Italia, ending a run of 10 victories and five stalemates.

Milan have won their last 10 consecutive home games against Cagliari, scoring 25 goals and conceding just seven. The last victory was 1-0 in 1997, followed by 11 defeats and one draw. The Rossoneri are unbeaten against Cagliari, home and away, in 22 official encounters.

Robinho’s 23rd Serie A goal ended a drought that lasted since December 2012 against Torino, but it was his third past the Sardinians who now become his joint favourite targets along with Catania. Philippe Mexes last scored in Serie A on May 19, a 2-1 victory in Siena.

Atalanta ended a five-round winless streak on home turf after three draws and two defeats. The Orobici had lost both meetings with Torino in 2012-13, 5-1 in Bergamo and 2-1 in Turin. Guglielmo Stendardo got his 11th Serie A goal, the second in as many games – something he had already achieved in 2007 for Lazio against Udinese and Messina. Toro are without an away victory since the 2-0 at Pescara on January 20, managing only three draws and six losses with 21 goals conceded.

Bologna-Sampdoria has ended in a draw on seven of the last nine occasions with one win apiece. Stefano Pioli continues his taboo of never having beaten Sampdoria with four points from six attempts. Delio Rossi has never conquered the Dall’Ara in eight visits, losing four of them. Samp are without an away victory since a 2-1 at Torino in January, followed by four losses and six draws.

Catania have only beaten Inter twice in the last 10 meetings at the Massimino, in 2010 and 2011, losing seven and drawing one.

Inter hadn’t started the season with two victories since 2003-04 against Modena and Siena. Rodrigo Palacio’s 49th Serie A goal was his sixth past Catania, though Parma remain his favourite victims with seven. La Trenza has now found the net seven times in his last seven Serie A games.

Yuto Nagatomo failed to find the net throughout last season in the League, but has now scored twice in as many rounds.

Genoa have not beaten Fiorentina at Marassi since a 2-1 result in 2009, followed by two stalemates and as many defeats. The Rossoblu extended their Serie A winless streak to three draws and two losses.

Alberto Gilardino marked his 160th Serie A goal, making him the fourth top scorer of those currently still active.

Fiorentina are unbeaten on their travels in the League since a 2-1 at Cagliari on March 30, managing five consecutive victories with 16 goals scored. Giuseppe Rossi hadn’t bagged a brace since January 23 2011 for Villarreal against Real Sociedad.

Mario Gomez broke his Serie A duck with a double. Between the Bundesliga and Serie A, 133 of his 139 goals were netted from inside the penalty area.

Parma were unbeaten at the Stadio Friuli in Serie A since another 3-1 result in 2011-12, as last season this was a 2-2 draw. This is a high-scoring fixture with an average of four goals per game in the last three years. Roberto Donadoni has never beaten Francesco Guidolin, managing two points from five encounters.

Emmanuel Badu scored his first goal in an Udinese jersey at the 68th appearance in all competition, 50 in Serie A. Thomas Heurtaux also broke his Serie A duck at the 18th game, while Antonio Cassano scored his first in a Parma jersey.

Sassuolo have now lost four of their nine meetings with Livorno, home and away between Serie A and B, winning four and drawing just one. Simone Zaza scored his debut top flight goal which was also the first ever netted for Sassuolo in Serie A.

Livorno had also won away to Sassuolo in 2009 with a 3-2 scoreline, then lost three on the trot here. Leandro Greco broke his Serie A duck at the 37th appearance, while Innocent Emeghara netted his second brace and ninth top flight goal. Paulinho’s last top flight goal was on May 27 2007, Livorno 4-2 Atalanta.

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Have your say...
Conte Blocked Quagliarella's transfer... Plus his work rate off the ball is not that great and his first touch is not that great either. Yes he scores pretty often when called off the bench, but compare Tevez's workrate on and off the ball compared to ANY game Quagliarella has played for Juve. Night and Day.
on the 5th September, 2013 at 10:45pm
I always believed Conte disliked Quags, and therefore thought he was always pushing him away from Juve, thank god he never moved him and killed all deals for him, where do you pick up a play maker, striker the caliber of Quags, a very smart and unselfish striker who puts the team first!! A man who is great on the ball and can kick with both feet, one of Italy's most underrated players, this message needed to be posted somewhere, well done Conte for recognizing this valuable asset on Juve
on the 3rd September, 2013 at 12:54am

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