Sunday December 22 2013
Serie A Week 17: Did You Know?

Susy Campanale has the statistical anomalies from Serie A Week 17, including Milan Derby dismissals, the first goal against Juventus in 12 hours and non-stop Mattia Destro

Inter are unbeaten in the last five League editions of the Milan Derby, winning four and sharing the spoils once. The last Rossoneri victory was 3-0 on April 2 2011 and for the first time since 1999 they failed to win five in a row. The Derby della Madonnina has provided nine red cards and 44 yellows in the last seven meetings.

Rodrigo Palacio has netted 57 Serie A goals and in his career put two past Milan – the other for Boca Juniors in the 2007 Club World Cup. Livorno are now the only current top flight team La Trenza hasn’t scored against. Mario Balotelli was top scorer with 18 Serie A goals in 2013, followed by Palacio on 17.

Erick Thohir celebrated his first victory since taking over as President after three draws and a defeat. Esteban Cambiasso made his 300th Serie A appearance. The Rossoneri’s unbeaten run ended after two wins and five draws in all competition.

Walter Mazzarri had only ever beaten Massimiliano Allegri once in the top flight, Napoli 3-1 Milan in 2011-12, along with five draws and three defeats.

Gianluigi Buffon hadn’t conceded a Serie A goal in 745 minutes of football (12 hours and 25 minutes) and is now sixth in the all-time record books on a par with Luca Marchegiani. Sebastiano Rossi remains top with 929 minutes for Milan in 1993-94. The Bianconeri scored eight goals in their last two games, their most prolific run since March 2009.

A ninth consecutive Juventus victory is one shy of the all-time club record of 10 in 1931-32.With 46 points in Week 17, this matches Fabio Capello’s tally in 2005-06 and is one point behind the 1949-50 record (calculating three points for a win).

Juve’s top scorer in each of the last four seasons managed a grand total of 10 goals, but Carlos Tevez already has 11. Paul Pogba matches last year’s tally of five, while Arturo Vidal has netted 12 this term in all competition. For the 16th time in their history, Juventus went into the Christmas break top of the table. They went on to win the Scudetto in 13 of those years, failing only in 1929-30 and 1975-76.

Between home and away, Atalanta managed only two draws from 18 meetings with Juventus since a 2-1 win in 2001. The Old Lady have won their last seven visits to Bergamo on the bounce. The Orobici are without a win since beating Bologna 2-1 on November 10, earning only two points from five rounds. Maxi Moralez netted his ninth Serie A goal. Stefano Colantuono has never beaten Antonio Conte with one Serie B draw and six losses.

Mattia Destro has found the net in each of his three appearances this term. Mehdi Benatia bagged his first brace and set a new personal best with four goals for the season. Gervinho ended his goal drought, which had lasted since a double past Bologna on September 20. The last time Roma were second at Christmas was in 2007-08, when Inter went on to take the title.

Catania are the only side to have lost all nine away games this season and the last club to do that was Reggiana in 1994-05. Yet nine straight away defeats is a negative streak the Elefantini had already experienced from November 2007 to March 2008. The Sicilians have never won in Rome with only four draws from 17 top flight visits, in which they conceded an extraordinary 55 goals. Gigi De Canio’s men are without a goal in 347 minutes of football.

Napoli were held to their first away draw of the season after five wins and two losses, last sharing the points with a 1-1 at Milan on April 14. This term they had never been able to score after going behind. Gonzalo Higuain has contributed with either a goal or an assist in the last four Serie A matches and scored 13 in 21 games in all competition.

Cagliari haven’t got the better of Napoli, home or away, since a 2-0 result in 2009 with just four draws and five defeats. Nene has scored two goals this season despite having a grand total of five shots on target and is now on 20 career Serie A strikes. Cagliari picked up the 400th draw in their Serie A history.

Fiorentina earn a victory on their travels after two consecutive defeats. Giuseppe Rossi scores his 23rd Serie A goal, the 14th of the current campaign. Sassuolo have lost their last four between League and Coppa Italia, failed to score in 341 minutes of Serie A football and boast the worst defensive record after leaking 36 goals.

Torino hadn’t amassed 25 points after 17 rounds since 1994-95 and the last time they won three on the trot was in November 2006. Ciro Immobile went up to 13 career goals with his first Serie A brace. Alessio Cerci set a new personal best with his ninth of the season and is the League’s top assist man with seven. Giuseppe Vives has scored only two Serie A goals and both of them were against Chievo, the other being in January 2009.

Chievo were unbeaten on their travels since a 1-0 at Roma on October 31, picking up a draw and two victories, and last conceded four away from home in a 4-0 at Bologna on January 12. Cyril Thereau found the net three times in the last four rounds, 23 in Serie A overall. The Veronese club has never won in Turin with four draws and six losses between Serie A and B.

Verona have won all but one of their nine games at the Bentegodi this season, losing only to local rivals Chievo. Luca Toni went up to 116 Serie A goals, catching Sandro Mazzola in the all-time charts, and has put eight past Lazio.

The Aquile are still without a win away from home this season, scraping four points from nine attempts. Lazio lost their last four consecutive visits to Verona, grabbing a 1-1 draw in 1997 and not winning since a 2-0 result in 1991. Lucas Biglia broke his Serie A duck at the 11th appearance.

Eder marked his 100th Serie A game with the 22nd goal, his third in as many rounds. Parma may be unbeaten in six, but five of those were draws, interrupted only by a 1-0 victory at Napoli. Alessandro Lucarelli scored his 17th top flight goal, the second of the campaign. Parma completed 2013 without receiving a single penalty.

Alessandro Diamanti hadn’t scored from open play for 23 rounds, since March 30, but is now on 29 in Serie A. Bologna celebrated a victory after three stalemates and four losses between League and Coppa Italia. Genoa suffered their third defeat under Gian Piero Gasperini and amassed just three draws in the last five rounds, their longest winless streak of the season.

Nico Lopez scored only his second Serie A goal, the other being on his August 2012 debut in Roma-Catania. Defender Thomas Heurtaux is now Udinese’s joint top scorer with Antonio Di Natale on four goals and is one shy of his personal best set with Caen in 2011. All three of Luca Siligardi’s strikes have been at the Stadio Picchi. Livorno have one point from their last six games and won just one in 14 rounds. The Amaranto haven’t beaten Udinese since a 1-0 result in 2006, scraping one draw from the next six encounters. In fact, Livorno’s only other victory in this fixture was back in 1931 in Serie B. The Friulani go two away games unbeaten for the first time this season.

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Have your say...
You know everybody is complaining about Saponara this and Saponara that, it truly isn't his fault due to Allegri 's misuse of him in certain formations if any at all. That is the problem with seria a as a whole we must introduce our youth (18 or 19 yrs of age to the game so they can progress to a mature level in a shorter time span. Just like la liga and the bundesliga. The Figc must implement their influence to a more progressive role and see how other countries have progressed.
on the 30th December, 2013 at 6:39am
From day one I've been saying play the 3421 system and they will be very competitive but Allegri chooses the awkward formation. Bonera was a very good move to put him in. He's conceded less than Mexes and also Constant has gotta go.
on the 28th December, 2013 at 10:56pm
For the new year I would like to see Allegri try the following formation:

De Sciglio/Zaccardo Zapata/Silvestre Rami/Bonera Constant/Emanuelson

De Jong/Muntari Poli/Montolivo/Cristante

Abate/Brsa Kaka/Honda/Saponara El Shaaraway/Niang

Anyone not listed above needs to be either sold or loaned including Robinho, Mexes, Nocerino and loan Vergara.
on the 23rd December, 2013 at 3:41am
Milan are such a mess. Saponara finally starts but will soon be pushed out by Honda. The insistence on playing Muntari and De Jong. Every season that goes past only seems to add to confusion as the squad hemorrhages average players. The squad is getting so big its hard to figure out what exactly the starting line up should look like. And Allegri doesn't seem to have a clue what his team/formation is while blaming injuries. The whole thing is embarrassing.
on the 23rd December, 2013 at 3:39am

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