Sunday March 23 2014
Serie A Week 29: Did You Know?

Inter confirm their Atalanta taboo, Antonio Di Natale sets another record and Sampdoria go mad with Verona as Susy Campanale has the Serie A curios.

Inter had been unbeaten in six rounds, including four victories, but Atalanta remain their taboo team. The Nerazzurri are without a victory in their last six encounters with Atalanta, home and away, scraping only three draws. The Orobici have conquered San Siro for the second season running and haven’t lost here in three visits.

Atalanta hadn’t notched up four consecutive Serie A wins since December 1995.

Walter Mazzarri failed to match Jose Mourinho’s run of four consecutive Serie A clean sheets at Inter. The Biscione hit the woodwork four times, the most any team has had in a single game since May 2012. Mauro Icardi scored his fourth of the campaign, 14 overall in the top flight. Giacomo Bonaventura went up to 14 Serie A goals thanks to his second brace, the other being against Siena in March 2013. German Denis celebrated his 100th appearance for Atalanta.

Antonio Di Natale set a new record as the Udinese player with the most Serie A appearances with 324, leaving behind Valerio Bertotto. This was his 186th Serie A goal (two shy of Alessandro Del Piero and Beppe Signori) and his 168th in the League for the Friulani. He also reached double figures for the eighth consecutive Serie A campaign. Francesco Guidolin’s men extended their unbeaten home run to four wins and two draws.

Fiorentina hadn’t beaten Napoli, home or away, since a 3-1 result in 2010, amassing just four points from seven encounters. Napoli’s last San Paolo defeat was 1-0 to Parma on November 23, followed by nine wins and four draws in all competition. They fired blanks on home turf after 29 goals in 13 official games. Joaquin’s only other Serie A goal was against Juventus in October.

Joint Capocannonieri Ciro Immobile and Carlos Tevez have 16 goals this season without taking any penalties. Immobile could become the first Toro player to win the scorers’ crown since Ciccio Graziani in 1976-77. This was the Granata talent’s first Serie A hat-trick and the last Torino striker to bag a treble was Aguilera in Roma 4-5 Torino on May 9 1993.

Torino ended a run of four consecutive defeats and three home losses on the bounce, as their last Olimpico success was 1-0 over Atalanta on January 26. The Granata also ended their 413-minute goal drought (almost seven hours). Livorno haven’t kept a clean sheet for 18 official games, conceding a total 38 goals. The Amaranto’s last Serie A defeat at Torino was 1-0 in 1949, followed by a draw and a victory.

Juventus haven’t lost in Catania since a 3-1 result in 1964, managing six wins and four draws. The Bianconeri have won six Serie A games on the trot, but four of them were 1-0 scorelines. In the last three rounds Juve had just five shots on target and won them all by 1-0. They extended their unbeaten League streak to 21 rounds and have scored in each of the last 42 for a total 86 goals. Juve have kept a clean sheet for 489 minutes of football (over eight hours).

Chievo have only ever beaten Roma at the Bentegodi once in Serie A, a 1-0 result in 2012-13, along with six stalemates and seven defeats. This was the Giallorossi’s first win in Verona since another 2-0 scoreline in 2010, followed by two draws and a loss. The Flying Donkeys had won two home ties on the bounce before this setback.

Mattia Destro has put five Serie A goals past Chievo, making them his favourite targets. He nets an average of one every 96 minutes this season, a better strike ratio than any other player.

Lazio have just one win from their last six official home games, a 3-2 over Sassuolo, drawing two and losing two. Alvaro Gonzalez got his fourth Serie A goal and hadn’t found the net since a 3-0 win over Udinese on November 27 2012.

Milan ended their run of four consecutive defeats in all competition. The Rossoneri also registered a result at the Olimpico against Lazio following two losses on the bounce here. Clarence Seedorf’s men didn’t have a single shot on target in this game, the second time it has happened this season.

Alessandro Lucarelli made his 200th appearance in a Parma jersey. Genoa won only once at the Tardini, 3-2 in 2010, along with 10 draws and eight defeats between Serie A and B. The Ducali’s club record unbeaten run now stretches to nine wins and eight draws. Ezequiel Schelotto has four goals this season, three of them for Parma and one when he was still at Sassuolo. El Galgo has been involved in three of Parma’s last six goals, scoring two and providing an assist. Isaac Cofie’s third Serie A strike was his first since a 2-1 at Fiorentina on March 3 2013.

Bologna terminated their negative streak of two points from five rounds since the 2-1 away victory at Torino on February 9. The Rossoblu hadn’t won at the Stadio Dall’Ara since beating Genoa 1-0 on December 22. Lazaros Christodoulopoulos had only one Serie A goal before last week, but has now netted twice in as many games. Of Bologna’s last five Serie A goals, three were penalties.

Cagliari amassed only one point from the last three games and their away record since a 2-0 at Pescara in February 2013 now stands at 11 draws and nine defeats. Mauricio Pinilla marked his 100th Serie A appearance.

Sampdoria’s last home win by five clear goals was a 6-0 over Pescara on January 27 2013. However, their biggest Serie A victory remains 7-0 against Pro Patria in 1955-56. Sansone found the net for the second week running, while Renan’s only previous Serie A goal was against Inter in December. Roberto Soriano had only one top flight goal before now, against Lazio in November, but netted two in one game. Angelo Palombo celebrated his 10th Serie A strike, the first since a 3-1 win over Bologna on February 13 2011.

Between Serie A and Coppa Italia, the three meetings between Verona and Sampdoria this season provided 12 goals – the Blucerchiati scoring 11 of them.

Verona scraped just one point from the last four rounds and are without a goal in 405 minutes of football (almost seven hours). The last time Hellas conceded four on their top flight travels was a 5-1 defeat to Torino on November 7 1999. This still isn’t their worst away defeat, as they lost 6-0 to Napoli in 1957-58. Their record at Samp is one win, 1-0 in 1972, eight draws and 17 defeats between Serie A and B.

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