Monday April 18 2016
Serie A Week 33: Did You Know?

The unbreakable Francesco Totti, Juventus shatter more records, Inter end their Napoli hoodoo and Cristian Brocchi back at Marassi in Susy Campanale's stats round-up.

Francesco Totti marked his 245th Serie A goal in 595 games. In all competition he has 295 goals in 728 appearances in a Roma jersey. The veteran has contributed to three goals – scoring one and two assists – in his last four League appearances. He found the net only once before this season, a 2-2 draw with Sassuolo on September 20.

Roma were held to a second consecutive stalemate after their 1-1 with Bologna. Luciano Spalletti has overseen nine Serie A wins, four draws and only one defeat – to Juventus – since replacing Rudi Garcia, an average of 2.21 points per game.

Atalanta are unbeaten in their last three Serie A encounters with Roma, a run not seen since February 1994 to December 1996.

Roma have not lost at the Stadio Azzurri d’Italia since a 4-1 loss in February 2012, followed by two wins and two draws. The Giallorossi’s top flight record in Bergamo is perfectly even: 18 wins each and 19 draws.

Marco Borriello found the net in each of his last three Serie A games against Roma, scoring four goals for Genoa, Carpi and Atalanta.

Inter ended their Napoli hoodoo, failing to beat them in Serie A since a 2-1 result in 2012, earning three draws from six meetings home and away.

However, Napoli have conquered San Siro in the League only once in the last 20 years, a 3-0 in 2011 interrupting 10 defeats and two stalemates.

Mauro Icardi found the net five times in the last six San Siro League matches. The Argentine has 15 Serie A goals this term and all of them were scored from inside the penalty area. For the second time this season, Maurito both scored and assisted in the same match.

The Nerazzurri hadn’t won 10 home games in a top flight season since 15 in 2010-11. They kept two clean sheets on the trot for the first time in 2016.

Napoli suffered their fifth Serie A defeat of the campaign, all of them on their travels. The last time the Partenopei lost two top flight away fixtures in a row was April 2015 at Roma and Verona. Maurizio Sarri’s men have never won from a trailing situation away from home this season, scraping just two points from seven attempts.

Juventus have won 22 of the last 23 rounds, drawing at Bologna. This was the 13th consecutive Serie A victory at the Juventus Stadium, but above all eight straight clean sheets here, equalling a club record set from October 1974 to February 1975 and again from November 1977 to April 1978.

The Bianconeri have conceded only 17 goals after 33 rounds, the best defensive record at this stage of the campaign since Milan let in 14 in 1993-94 and a new all-time club record for the Turin side.

Not only are Juve heading for a fifth consecutive Scudetto, but for the fourth year running they are at least eight points clear at the top of the table in Week 33.

Paul Pogba matched his personal best of eight Serie A goals, set last season. For the fourth time in this top flight campaign, the midfielder contributed both a goal and assist. With five League goals, this is Sami Khedira’s most prolific season since eight with VfB Stuttgart in 2008-09. Simone Padoin’s last Serie A goal was against Atalanta on May 5, 2014.

Palermo lost each of their last eight Serie A encounters with Juve, home and away, without scoring a single goal and conceding 17. This is a new club record, beating the stretch of seven goalless meetings with Milan from 1969 to 2005. The last Rosanero player to score against Juventus was Giulio Migliaccio in a 2-1 home victory on February 2, 2011.

The Sicilians picked up just four draws in their last 12 games. A 19th defeat of the season equals the club record set in 1956-57 and 1962-63.

Cristian Brocchi won his debut on the Milan bench and in senior management. He did so at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, the same arena where he played his final game, Lazio’s 3-2 defeat to Genoa, on February 3 2013. Brocchi’s career was cut short by a fractured metatarsal.

Sampdoria haven’t beaten the Rossoneri since a 1-0 result at San Siro in August 2012, getting just three draws from eight meetings in all competition. The last Milan defeat at Marassi was 2-1 in April 2010, followed by four wins and three draws between Serie A and the Coppa Italia.

Carlos Bacca got his second goal in the last four rounds, but hadn’t scored in an away fixture since Palermo on February 3. Jack Bonaventura has provided eight assists this season and five of them, including the last four, were finalised by Bacca.

For the first time this season, Lazio kept two consecutive Serie A clean sheets. Eddy Onazi has scored one goal in each of his last four Serie A seasons.

Empoli haven’t shared the spoils with Lazio since a 0-0 at the Olimpico in September 2007, earning three wins and two defeats. The Tuscans have never won away to Lazio in all competition, managing three points from 11 visits.

Fiorentina got back to winning ways after just four draws in seven matches between Serie A and the Europa League. The Viola have never lost from a leading situation on home turf this season, winning 11 and drawing three.

Sassuolo had never previously lost at the Stadio Franchi, coming away with a victory and a draw. Despite this loss, the Neroverdi are still 12 points better off than at this stage last season.

Torino marked their 900th top flight success, becoming the seventh club to achieve this milestone. The Granata get three consecutive wins for the first time this season, while they hadn’t enjoyed two straight Serie A away wins since April 2015.

Toro have received eight penalties in 2016, more than any other side in Europe’s top five Leagues. Andrea Belotti has scored 10 Serie A goals this season, nine of them since the turn of the year.

Bologna are without a victory in two months, picking up just four draws and as many losses. Their tally in the last five rounds is only a single point. Toro have won two of their last three trips to the Dall’Ara, drawing the other, and are unbeaten here since a 5-2 hammering in December 2008.

Carpi have won three of the last five rounds, but before this 4-1 success they had never even scored more than two goals in a single Serie A match. They hadn’t netted four since a 4-0 Serie B result against Perugia on December 24 2014.

Genoa become the first club Carpi have done ‘the double’ over in the top flight, having lost 2-1 at home in November. Stefano Sabelli marked his debut Serie A goal at the fourth appearance. Leonardo Pavoletti found the net for the first time since January 17.

The Grifone again failed to win two consecutive away games in Serie A, something they haven’t achieved since November 2014. The last time Genoa conceded four goals on their travels was 4-2 at Sassuolo on May 11 2014.

Chievo extended their positive streak to three wins and two draws. The Flying Donkeys haven’t beaten Udinese since a 2-1 result at the Bentegodi in September 2013, managing only three stalemate in the next five meetings, home and away.

Dias Felipe has received 10 red cards – three direct – in 266 Serie A games between Udinese, Fiorentina, Cesena, Siena, Parma and Inter.

Riccardo Meggiorini was only sent off once before in his Serie A career, Novara’s 1-0 defeat at Genoa in November 2011.

Verona fell to their 17th defeat of the campaign. Matteo Bianchetti (22nd appearance) and Adriano Russo (sixth) got their debut Serie A goals.

Frosinone were able to celebrate again after one point from the previous four rounds. Verona have never beaten the Canarini, managing only a 2-2 Serie B draw at the Bentegodi in May 2007.

Have your say...
The stats on Totti are a bit wrong. He has scored a total of 301 goals in 753 matches. Remember when he scored against Sassuolo in the early stages of the campaign and the TV-screen celebrated his 300th goal?
on the 18th April, 2016 at 1:23am

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