Juventus were held on their travels for the second time in a row, having drawn 0-0 at Udinese. The last time the Bianconeri conceded two goals in a Serie A fixture was their 3-2 victory over Roma on October 5. They had conceded four away goals in total before this game.
Juve were trailing at the Stadio Manuzzi for 10 minutes. That’s longer than the seven minutes they were behind throughout the rest of the entire Serie A season put together.
Alvaro Morata found the net for the second week running and has contributed to seven goals in his last eight games for Juve (scoring four, providing three assists). Claudio Marchisio now has 31 Serie A goals to his name, two of them against Cesena.
Cesena have only beaten Juventus once on home turf, 2-1 in 1976, along with eight draws and five defeats between Serie A and B. The Sea Horses haven’t kept a clean sheet in 22 rounds, conceding 45 goals. In his debut Serie A season, Milan Djuric has scored against Chievo and Juventus. Franco Brienza loves facing Juve, as he put three of his 37 top flight goals past the Old Lady.
The Sea Horses have 16 points this season, but seven of those were earned over the last four rounds.
The last time reigning Scudetto holders failed to beat Cesena was Napoli’s 0-0 draw in 1990.
Gigi Buffon marked his 375th Serie A start for Juventus, surpassing Gaetano Scirea’s tally. Only Alessandro Del Piero (378) and Giampiero Boniperti (443) have had more.
Roma v Parma hadn’t ended goalless since April 22 2000, this fixture providing 39 goals in the next 14 editions. The Giallorossi registered a fifth consecutive home draw, something fans hadn’t seen since 1981. The last team to lose here was Inter, 4-2 on November 30. Before the five straight draws, Roma had won seven in a row here.
Rudi Garcia’s men have failed to score in the first half only 10 times this season, going on to win one, draw eight and lose one.
Parma ended their negative streak of five consecutive defeats, plus eight losses on the trot away from home. This was only the Ducali’s fourth clean sheet of the season after a 2-0 over Inter, 0-0 with Cagliari and 1-0 against Fiorentina.
Roberto Donadoni had previously lost all seven of his career games away to Roma. The Lupi had won their last four against Parma, home and away.
Palermo’s positive home run is now seven victories and two stalemates, their best since failing to lose all 19 in the 2009-10 campaign. The Sicilians have picked up 23 points from an available 27 at the Barbera.
Achraf Lazaar scored his debut Serie A goal at the 18th appearance, but set a new record for the campaign by finding the net from a distance of 39.53 metres. The previous long-ranger was Mattia Destro for Roma against Verona on September 27 from 37.4m. Luca Rigoni set a new personal best with five in the current season, 15 in the top flight overall.
Napoli had been unbeaten in six games, including five victories, between Serie A and Coppa Italia. The Partenopei last conceded three goals in a Serie A away fixture when beaten 3-0 by Atalanta on February 2 2014.
The Azzurri had won their last two visits to the Stadio Barbera since a 2-1 loss in April 2011, 3-1 and 3-0. They had scored three goals in each of their previous three meetings with the Rosanero, home and away.
Manolo Gabbiadini has scored in each of his last four away games, something Alessandro Matri also managed for Genoa this season. In total he has six away strikes this season, again on a par with Matri. Palermo now become Gabbiadini’s favourite targets, on a par with Atalanta and Bologna, with three goals.
For only the second time this season, Juventus, Roma and Napoli all failed to register a victory in the same round. The other was Week 14. However, it is the third time that Juve and Roma both shared the spoils in the same weekend.
Sassuolo had been unbeaten at home since a 1-0 to Napoli on September 28, followed by four wins and as many draws in all competition. That was their only defeat in the last 13 games here. Domenico Berardi has put four of his 23 Serie A goals past the Viola, making them his joint favourite victims along with Milan.
The Neroverdi haven’t kept a clean sheet in 11 rounds, but they have also scored in each of those matches.
Fiorentina have played at the Mapei Stadium twice in the top flight and won both games. Their unbeaten run in official matches now stretches to six wins and two draws.
Mohamed Salah got his first Serie A goal at the second appearance and is now the 17th different Fiorentina player to find the net this season. Khouma Babacar had just one Serie A goal before this campaign, but now has eight, including two braces (the other against Udinese).
Milan have picked up just five Serie A points in 2015, so only Parma have done worse with four. They haven’t kept a clean sheet in nine competitive matches, leaking 14 goals.
Mattia Destro celebrated his first goal in a Rossoneri jersey, taking his tally for the season to six and his career in Serie A to 39. Massimo Maccarone now has 56 Serie A goals, finding the net for the third round on the bounce.
Diego Lopez received Milan’s eight red card of the season. Over the last 17 campaigns, they only matched that tally once in 2009-10.
Empoli had never previously shared the spoils at San Siro in the top flight, losing seven and winning two. They have lost only one of their last six Serie A away fixtures, 1-0 at Sampdoria, along with one win and four stalemates.
Atalanta have lost four of the last five rounds, but were unbeaten on home turf since a 2-1 to Roma on November 22, notching up three victories and two draws in all competition. Maxi Moralez is now just one goal off his personal best of six set in 2011-12.
Inter hadn’t conquered Bergamo since a 2-0 result on April 6 2008, managing two wins and three draws. The last Nerazzurri Coach to succeed here was also Roberto Mancini. For only the second time this season, Inter have been able to win two Serie A games in a row. This was the first competitive away victory of 2015 after two points from four attempts since beating Chievo 2-0 on December 15.
Fredy Guarin celebrated his first Serie A brace, taking his career tally to 13. This term only one other player netted twice from outside the box in the same match: Mati Fernandez for Fiorentina against Cagliari. The Colombian scored three in the last two rounds and with five for the season has set a new personal best. Xherdan Shaqiri broke his Serie A duck at the fifth appearance.
Rodrigo Palacio had not scored in an away fixture since April 13 2014, a 4-0 victory at Sampdoria.
Genoa had been winless for seven rounds, but now enjoyed their second victory on the bounce, the first on home turf in 2015 after three draws. Verona have not won at Marassi since a 1-0 result in 1989, followed by four draws from 10 visits between Serie A and B.
M’Baye Niang had never previously scored a Serie A goal, but got two in one go. It only took him 37 appearances and 52 shots. Diego Perotti found the net for the second game in a row, while it was Andrea Bertolacci’s 14th career strike in the top flight. The Grifone found the net with seven headers this season, more than any other club.
Verona have lost three on the bounce, five of the last six including the Coppa Italia. Apart from a 2-1 win at Udinese, Hellas have managed three draws and seven defeats in the last 11 competitive trips.
Luca Toni matches Enrico Chiesa’s career total of 138 Serie A goals (with a 23rd brace) and is now just three shy of Vincenzo Montella.
Torino slowed down after four consecutive victories, but their unbeaten run now stands at five wins and five draws. Between Serie A and B, the last edition of this fixture to end in a stalemate was 1-1 in 2000, registering five Granata wins and two for Cagliari.
Omar El Kaddouri hadn’t scored at all this Serie A season before last week against Verona, but now has two in as many rounds. Godfred Donsah’s only other strike was against Cesena on January 11.
Gianfranco Zola has an average of 1.14 points per round compared to predecessor Zdenek Zeman’s 0.75 points.
Udinese are still without a home victory since beating Atalanta 2-0 on October 26, scraping just three draws from seven attempts. Lazio hadn’t kept a clean sheet at the Stadio Friuli since a 3-0 win in 1999, conceding 32 goals in their next 15 visits. The Aquile had won only one of the last seven editions of this fixture, losing three.
Antonio Candreva has put three goals past his old club Udinese, making them his favourite targets alongside Cagliari. Of the three goals in Serie A this season, it was the first scored away from home.
The only other Chievo home victory of the campaign was 2-1 over Genoa on November 9, along with four draws and six defeats. The last time the Flying Donkeys netted twice in a single Serie A game was December 8. Sampdoria are Riccardo Meggiorini’s favourite victims along with Sassuolo and Inter, as he scored three of his total 13 Serie A goals against them.
Samp extended their negative run to two points from five competitive matches. The Blucerchiati had only ever lost this fixture once before in the top flight, earning three wins and five stalemates.
Luis Muriel had not scored a Serie A goal in precisely a year, but celebrated on his Sampdoria debut. He last found the net on February 16 2014 in Udinese’s 3-3 draw at Genoa.
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