Sunday January 26 2014
Serie A Week 21: Did You Know?

Alberto Aquilani got a hat-trick, Gigi Buffon saw red, while Lazio, Cagliari and Genoa curses continued as Susy Campanale has the week's curios.

Gianluigi Buffon hadn’t seen red since a 2-0 defeat to Lecce on February 20 2011, but this is his fourth top flight dismissal. The last four Serie A Juventus games have been four straight red cards, though this was the first to go against the Bianconeri.

Lazio have not got the better of Juventus in their last 19 Serie A encounters, managing six draws home and away. The Bianconeri are unbeaten at the Olimpico in the League since 2003, winning six and drawing three. Juventus found the net in each of their last 34 Serie A games and one more will match the all-time record set by Juve from April 1957 to April 1958. Antonio Conte’s men ended their run of 12 consecutive victories. The only other draw this term was also 1-1 away to Inter.  

Parma and Juventus have scored with eight headers, more than any other club this term, but with five Fernando Llorente is the top aerial hitman.

Edy Reja hasn’t lost since replacing Vladimir Petkovic, putting together three wins and two draws between Serie A and Coppa Italia. Antonio Candreva has scored eight of his nine career penalties in the top flight, the last seven in a row. His sixth goal of the season matches last term’s personal best.

Alberto Aquilani celebrated his first ever Serie A hat-trick, going up to 23 overall. All four of his goals this season were against Genoa and in his career he has put five past them, making this club his favourite targets. Including last term, the ex-Roma midfielder put five past the Grifone in three meetings. Alberto Gilardino went up to 168 career Serie A strikes, Luca Antonini six and Sebastian De Maio celebrated his first. In Fiorentina-Genoa, five of the six goals were scored by former Milan players.

Fiorentina had kept a clean sheet for 500 minutes of football (over eight hours) before letting in three in one game. The last three top flight encounters between Fiorentina and Genoa have provided a total 18 goals, as the Viola won 3-2 in March 2013 and 5-2 in September. The Rossoblu’s last victory in Florence was 2-1 in 1977, followed by seven draws and 10 losses between Serie A and B. Vincenzo Montella’s side are undefeated in nine official matches, winning seven.

Torino, Fiorentina and Genoa have all received seven penalties this season.

Roma celebrated a fifth consecutive victory between League and Coppa Italia, but the clean sheet was marred after seven hours of football. Rudi Garcia’s men win on their travels after three draws and a defeat.

Verona haven’t beaten Roma, home or away, since 1996 with just two points from nine attempts. Emil Hallfredsson’s only other previous Serie A goal was on April 26 2009, Reggina 2-2 Juventus. Adem Ljajic went up to 20 in his career, Gervinho five and Francesco Totti 232. It was Totti’s 64th successful Serie A penalty, four shy of Roberto Baggio’s record.

For the first time this season, Milan have won two consecutive Serie A games. Their only other away victory was 3-1 at Catania. Cagliari haven’t beaten the Rossoneri in their last 23 Serie A attempts, home and away, with five draws and 18 defeats since a 1-0 victory on October 18 1998. Diego Lopez’s side have one win from the last nine rounds, drawing five.

Giampaolo Pazzini’s 96th Serie A goal was his first since a brace in Milan 4-2 Catania on April 28 2013. Mario Balotelli scored 12 of his total 21 Rossoneri top flight goals from dead ball situations with eight penalties and four direct free kicks. He now has 41 in his career, three in as many games. Marco Sau went up to 17 career Serie A strikes.

The Rossoneri confirmed their status as late bloomers, scoring 13 goals in the final 15 minutes – more than any other club. Verona have the worst record in this stage of the match, leaking 11 goals.

Napoli extended their unbeaten run to six wins and four draws in all competition, their best streak since going 13 without defeat from October 2009 to January 2010. The Partenopei hadn’t drawn two Serie A ties in a row since March 2013. Chievo have scored 11 of their total 16 goals in the first half this season. This is the first Flying Donkeys stalemate at the San Paolo in the top flight after one win and four losses.

Raul Albiol scored his first Serie A goal, while Gennaro Sardo got his eighth. Sardo has put two goals past his hometown club Napoli and hadn’t found the net since Chievo 2-0 Cagliari on December 17 2011. Chievo are without a win in seven between League and Coppa Italia, including four losses.

Catania finally picked up their first away point of the campaign after 10 defeats and also kept the first clean sheet on their travels after conceding 27 goals. The Elefantini have drawn two of their last three visits here, earning a 2-2 result in March 2012, but have never won with an overall record of three stalemates and 14 losses. Inter have won just one of the last nine rounds, scraping together five draws and three defeats. The only other time they fired blanks at San Siro this season was a 3-0 defeat to Roma in October.

Livorno were without a victory since beating Atalanta 1-0 on November 3, earning a draw with Milan and eight defeats. Domenico Di Carlo made his debut on the Amaranto bench and earned his first Serie A victory since Chievo 2-0 Bologna on August 26 2012. Leandro Greco set a new personal best with his third of the campaign, while Paulinho has now put three past Sassuolo. Marco Benassi broke his Serie A duck at the 12th appearance.

Sassuolo have picked up only four points from the last eight rounds and three of those came against Milan. With 46 goals conceded, they let in on average over two per game. Domenico Berardi’s 12th goal of the season sets a new personal best, improving upon his 11 for the club in Serie B last term.

Amauri fired blanks for 22 Serie A fixtures, but since the breakthrough has netted four in as many games and his career total now stands at 80. Parma extended their positive streak to five wins (including four on the bounce) and five draws. Udinese, Livorno and Catania have lost 13 out of 21 games, more than any other club.

Sampdoria are still unbeaten at Marassi with Sinisa Mihajlovic as Coach, earning three victories and as many draws. Bologna had not picked up a point away to Samp since a 0-0 in 2005, losing four in a row. Manolo Gabbiadini’s sixth goal of the season equalled the personal best he set with Bologna last season. The Rossoblu haven’t lost with Davide Ballardini at the helm, drawing all three matches.

The only team to have beaten Torino on home turf this season is Juventus, along with five wins and as many draws. Alessio Cerci now has 30 Serie A goals and 10 for the campaign matches his personal best set with Pisa in the 2007-08 Serie B season. Ciro Immobile has taken eight penalties between Serie A and B, but converted only five successfully. Atalanta have lost their last four top flight visits to Torino since a 2-1 result in 2007.

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Better from us! Good work Reja back three looks better and we seem more solid Keita is better coming off bench from out wide, dam the post and bar!
on the 27th January, 2014 at 9:46am

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