Monday November 24 2014
Serie A Week 12: Did You Know?

Antonio Di Natale's 200th Serie A goal, a rare Milan Derby draw and Lazio's Juve taboo continues as Susy Campanale sums up the Week 12 curiosities.

Antonio Di Natale scored his 200th Serie A goal in 400 matches, an average of one every other game. He is now just five shy of Roberto Baggio in the all-time charts and only the seventh player to hit the double Century. Toto’s first was in Como 0-2 Empoli on September 14 2002.

There have only been two Derby della Madonnina draws in the last 20 Serie A editions, along with 11 Inter wins and seven for the Diavolo. With Milan as the ‘hosts’ it hadn’t ended with a share of the spoils since 0-0 on October 24 2004, providing six Rossoneri victories and four for the Nerazzurri. Between them, the San Siro sides have 35 points this season – their worst Serie A tally after 12 rounds since 2000-01.

In this Millennium, the Serie A Milan Derby record is perfectly even: 13 wins each and four draws.

Roberto Mancini made his comeback with his 11th Milan Derby in all competition, so his record now stands at four wins, two draws and five defeats. In Serie A that’s four victories, two draws and three losses.

Milan’s winless streak now runs to five rounds – including four draws – their longest since November 2013. Inter have drawn their last three games between domestic and Europa League.

Jeremy Menez went up to 12 Serie A goals, two in as many games. He is the first French player to score in the Milan Derby since Youri Djorkaeff for Inter in April 1997. However, if we count own goals, then Milan defender Bruno N’Gotty was on the scoresheet on March 13 1999.

Joel Obi enjoys facing Milan, as his first Serie A start was also in the derby in November 2011. His only other goal in all competition was during a 3-1 Europa League win away to Neftchi Baku on October 4 2012.

The last time Juventus won a top flight game away to Lazio by three clear goals was in 1961. Lazio have not beaten Juventus in the League, home or away, since a 2-0 result in 2003. They put together only six draws from 20 encounters. The Aquile suffered a second consecutive defeat, but had not lost at home in Serie A by three clear goals since a 3-0 to Chievo on March 15 2009.

With 28 goals after 12 rounds, this is the Bianconeri’s second most prolific start in the last 60 years. They only improved upon this tally once with 29 in the 2012-13 campaign. Conceding just four goals by Week 12 is also Juve’s best start since 2004-05. With Bayern Munich, the Old Lady shares the top five European record for this season with nine clean sheets. When Juventus have taken the lead in Serie A this term, they have always gone on to get three points.

Stefano Pioli has never beaten Max Allegri in his career with just three draws from eight attempts. Paul Pogba has scored 15 Serie A goals, but his only other brace was against Udinese on January 19 2013. Carlos Tevez has scored nine goals in his last 10 Serie A appearances.

Lazio have let in seven goals in the opening 15 minutes this season, more than any other club. Roma have scored 15 times in the first half, also a season record.

Roma finally got an away victory after two draws and three losses in all competition over two months. Adem Ljajic went up to 13 Serie A goals with his second in as many games, while Radja Nainggolan got his 11th.  

Atalanta have won just one of the last 10 rounds, including six defeats, but ended their goal drought after 213 minutes of football. Nonetheless, with just five scored after 12 games, this is their worst Serie A start since 1978-79. Maxi Moralez’s 13th Serie A goal was his first since a 1-0 win away to Lazio on March 9.

The last four editions of Napoli v Cagliari at the Stadio San Paolo have provided a total 23 goals.

Napoli have scored two goals from throw-ins this season: Jose Callejon against Inter and Gonzalo Higuain against Cagliari. No other team in the division managed even one.

Higuain has found the net in each of the last five rounds for a total seven goals. Gokhan Inler got his 15th Serie A goal, the first since a 3-1 over Milan on February 8, while it was Jonathan de Guzman’s second. Napoli extended their success streak to five wins and four draws, while Cagliari are without a victory in four.

The Sardinians have not beaten Napoli since a 2-0 result in 2009, managing five draws and six defeats between home and away. Victor Ibarbo has scored 15 Serie A goals, two of them at the Stadio San Paolo after his strike on April 21 2013. Diego Farias had never found the net in the Italian top flight before Week 11, but now has three in two games.

Parma have lost 10 of their 12 rounds this season with the worst overall defence (30 goals) and worst at home (14). The second leakiest home defence is Napoli with 10 goals. Empoli had lost their previous nine visits to the Tardini in all competition.

Empoli celebrated a second consecutive victory, something they had not enjoyed in the top flight since 2008. This was their first away win after three draws and two losses. Matias Vecino took his Serie A total up to three, while Francesco Tavano has 41, including five in his last six top flight games against Parma.

Torino have now failed to convert any of their last five Serie A penalties, including three this season with three different players. Marcelo Larrondo was denied by Inter’s Samir Handanovic, Omar El Kaddouri kept out by Verona’s Rafael and Jose Sanchez Mino by Sassuolo’s Andrea Consigli.

Toro had been unbeaten at home in all competition since a 1-0 to Verona on September 21, managing four victories and two stalemates. The Granata hadn’t conceded at the Olimpico for 548 minutes of Serie A football, but still haven’t scored in 260.

Sassuolo set a new club record by going six rounds without defeat in the top flight. Antonio Floro Flores took his career tally up to 47 with his first goal since a brace in the 4-2 win over Genoa on May 11. The Neroverdi’s first ever Serie A game was a 2-0 loss to Torino on August 25 2013.

Cesena are still without victory since the opening weekend, putting together five draws from the next 11 rounds. This was the 400th Serie A game for the Sea Horses, divided into 77 wins, 152 stalemates and 171 defeats.

Sampdoria had kept a clean sheet at the Stadio Manuzzi for 345 minutes of football. The Blucerchiati have drawn four of their last six games, winning one. Their only ‘away’ victory of the campaign was 1-0 to Genoa on September 28 at Marassi, the stadium they both share. Stefano Lucchini scored his fourth Serie A goal, the first since September 1 2013, and did so against his former club.

Chievo have amassed five points in three rounds and hadn’t managed to go unbeaten for three games in a row since November 2013. They broke their away goal drought after 343 minutes of football. Ivan Radovanovic had only ever scored once before in Serie A, in Novara 1-1 Napoli on December 11 2011.

Verona scraped just one victory in the last nine rounds along with four draws and four defeats. Hellas have now gone six games without a win, their worst Serie A run since February 2000. Nico Lopez rose to seven goals, two in as many matches.

Fiorentina have won their last four trips to the Bentegodi, a new record for the club. Gonzalo Rodriguez got his 11th Serie A goal, the first since Fiorentina 3-4 Sassuolo on May 6, while Juan Guillermo Cuadrado rose to 21.

Paulo Dybala has contributed to six of Palermo’s last eight Serie A goals, netting four and providing two assists. He has found the net for the last three consecutive rounds. The Rosanero have won away to Genoa only twice in 82 years and those were in Serie B, most recently a 3-2 result in 1978, followed by eight wins and seven draws. 

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