Thursday March 27 2014
Serie A Week 30: Did You Know?

Parma's record ends where it began, Francesco Totti hit 700, Atalanta matched their best and Milan thrived in Florence as Susy Campanale rounds up the stats.

Juventus set one record and ended another, as Parma’s unbeaten run ground to a halt after nine wins and eight draws. The Ducali’s last Serie A defeat was 1-0 to Juve at the Stadio Tardini on November 2. The Bianconeri beat Torino’s 1975-76 all-time record of 15 consecutive top flight home wins, achieved with Gigi Radice on the bench.

Amauri was the ninth player to be sent off against Juve this season, more than any other club. Parma haven’t beaten Juve, home or away, since a 1-0 Tardini result sealed by Sebastian Giovinco on May 15 2011, followed by two draws and four defeats.

The Bianconeri’s clean sheet was ended after nine hours of football and five games, since a Martin Caceres own goal in favour of Chievo on February 16. The last opposition player to score past Juve was Juanito Gomez Taleb in a 2-2 draw at Verona on February 9.

Roberto Donadoni has never beaten Antonio Conte, managing two draws from five encounters. The first Serie A game played at the Juventus Stadium was a 4-1 victory over Parma on September 11 2011.

Francesco Totti made his 700th appearance in a Roma jersey in all competition. Mattia Destro confirmed his remarkable campaign with an average of a goal every 95 minutes of football. Gervinho has provided nine assists this term, more than any other player. The Giallorossi are bench specialists, as seven goals were scored by substitutes this season.

Torino boss Giampiero Ventura became the first Coach not to make a single substitution in a game this season. Ciro Immobile has scored nine of his total 17 Serie A goals away from home. Toro have lost their last four trips to Roma, but this fixture hasn’t ended in a stalemate since 1994-95.

Gianluca Sansone found the net after just 16 seconds in Sassuolo-Sampdoria. It’s the fastest in Serie A since Eran Zahavi for Palermo against Cagliari on September 21 2011. The Blucerchiati beat Sassuolo to promotion in the 2011-12 Serie B play-offs, but their only two previous visits ended in draws.

Atalanta matched the all-time club record of five consecutive Serie A victories, a run they had already achieved in 1990-91. Livorno, on the other hand, have lost three of the last four games. The Orobici have the third best home record this season with 32 points behind Juventus and Roma. The Amaranto won twice in Serie A in Bergamo, in 1937-38 and 1942-43, along with 10 defeats and not a single draw here.

Milan are unbeaten away to Fiorentina since a 3-1 result on November 20 2005, when Luca Toni bagged a brace, followed by five wins and three stalemates. However, the Rossoneri hadn’t defeated the Viola home or away since a 2-1 at the Stadio Franchi in April 2011, followed by two draws and three losses.

Mario Balotelli hadn’t found the net away from home since a 2-1 victory at Cagliari on January 26, scoring two at San Siro in that time. Philippe Mexes got his second goal of the season, the other in a 3-1 home win over Cagliari on September 1. The French centre-back now has 14 Serie A goals in 237 games between Roma and Milan.

Inter have scored only 10 Serie A goals in 2014, so only Bologna have netted fewer with seven. This was the first stalemate between Inter and Udinese, home and away, since another 0-0 at the Stadio Friuli on January 27 2008. It had been followed by seven Nerazzurri wins and five for the Bianconeri.

Udinese kept a clean sheet for only the second time in their last 22 away fixtures in all competition. The other was a 2-0 victory at Bologna on February 1 2013, conceding 36 goals in 20 games. Walter Mazzarri’s record with Francesco Guidolin is five wins, seven draws and five defeats.

Verona fell to their fourth defeat on the bounce and have not scored for 495 minutes of football (over eight hours). Hellas haven’t won in Cagliari since a 1-0 result in 2000, so their total record here between Serie A and B is four victories, six draws and 16 losses.

Napoli had never previously won a Serie A game away to Catania, losing six and drawing six, while they had failed to score in eight. In one night the Partenopei netted as many goals as in the previous 12 visits. Jose Callejon has scored 11 goals this season, more than in his previous three campaigns at Espanyol put together.

At the Stadio Massimino, Duvan Zapata, Paulo Henrique, Norbert Gyomber and Fabian Monzon all broke their Serie A ducks.

Genoa have won their last six meetings with Lazio, home and away, scoring 13 goals and conceding five. Back in November it was also a 2-0 scoreline at the Stadio Olimpico. Edy Reja has beaten Gian Piero Gasperini only once between Serie A and B, drawing two and losing five. Ioannis Fetfatzidis got his debut Serie A strike at the 23rd appearance, while Alberto Gilardino went up to 172.

Chievo haven’t shared the spoils for nine rounds, earning three wins and six defeats. Alberto Paloschi continued to improve his personal best, going up to 10 Serie A goals. Bologna have beaten Chievo only once in Verona, a 1-0 result in 2011, along with five draws and seven defeats between Serie A, B and C1. Eugenio Corini’s only previous encounter with Davide Ballardini saw his Chievo lose 1-0 at home to Genoa in 2013.

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Have your say...
what constitutes a penalty? Handball in the box X 2? clearly not in Italy.
on the 28th March, 2014 at 10:01am
Scuffet the new buffon? I never remember the legend Buffon feigning injury? Video replays and bans anyone?
on the 28th March, 2014 at 10:00am
Did the Udinese goalkeeper recover from the life threatening tackle made by Cambiasso? Surely he must be on life-support?
on the 28th March, 2014 at 8:28am

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