Thursday April 21 2016
Serie A Week 34: Did You Know?

Dries Mertens hat-trick hero, Lazio's Juventus taboo, Inter make it a Marassi treble and Francesco Totti enjoys another career first in Susy Campanale's stats.

Dries Mertens got only the third Serie A hat-trick of the season after Fiorentina’s Nikola Kalinic away to Inter and Suso for Genoa against Frosinone. The last treble Mertens netted was when PSV Eindhoven conquered VVV-Venlo 6-0 on September 30 2012.

Napoli enjoyed their biggest Serie A victory since another 6-0 over Pescara on October 11, 1987. The Partenopei are the fifth side in the history of Serie A to score at least 70 goals in four consecutive campaigns.

Manolo Gabbiadini has scored in each of his total four encounters with Bologna for a total of five goals. Gabbiadini started just nine competitive games for Napoli this season, but scored seven goals in those fixtures.

Gabbiadini now has 143 Serie A appearances under his belt, but it was the striker’s first brace.

Napoli and Bologna have not played a goalless draw in all competition since March 1998 at the San Paolo in Serie A, followed by a total 67 goals in 20 meetings – an average of 3.35 per game.

Bologna picked up just one point in the last six rounds and are without a win in over two months, earning four stalemates and five defeats, scoring just two goals. The Rossoblu’s last win at the San Paolo was a 3-2 thriller in December 2012, when Manolo Gabbiadini was on target for the visitors.

Maurizio Sarri celebrated his first ever victory over Bologna after one point from four attempts, Pescara’s 0-0 Serie B result in January 2006.

Bologna had not conceded a goal in the opening 15 minutes this season until Gabbiadini broke that taboo. Both Raul Albiol and Emanuele Giaccherini marked their 100th Serie A appearance.

Napoli retain the only unbeaten home record in Serie A this season with 14 wins and three draws. The Partenopei have scored four or more goals in 10 different competitive matches this term, at least four more than any other Italian top flight side.

Francesco Totti scored the fastest goal from a substitute in Serie A this season, taking only 22 seconds. Totti hadn’t netted in two consecutive top flight games since October 2014. In nine Serie A appearances this season, he’s scored four and provided three assists.

Totti had never before scored a brace when coming off the bench, but it was his 44th double in Serie A and he converted his 69th penalty. His last brace was against Lazio, complete with selfie, on January 11 2015.

Il Capitano now has 247 goals in 596 Serie A games, while in the Roma jersey he’s netted 287 in 729 appearances.

Roma haven’t lost to Torino in Serie A since a 1-0 home result in May 2007, followed by eight victories and four draws, home and away. The Granata saw their run of three straight wins come to an end.

Toro have both earned (11) and converted (nine) the most penalties in the League this term.

The Giallorossi have kept only six clean sheets this season, second only to bottom of the table Verona with three. For the first time all term, Roma have won a Serie A match from a trailing situation.

In all competition, including last year’s Italian Super Cup and Coppa Italia Final, Lazio have managed one draw from their last 11 meetings with Juventus. The last time the Bianconeri lost to Lazio was a 2-1 Coppa Italia semi-final in January 2013.

Lazio have eight Serie A victories in Turin, drawing 18 and losing 46. Their last win League win here was 2-1 in December 2002 with Stefano Fiore’s brace and Pavel Nedved on target, followed by 17 losses and six draws.

Paulo Dybala has scored 32 Serie A goals in his career, but this was the first with his right foot. Mario Mandzukic netted six of his nine Serie A goals from within the six-yard box.

Simone Inzaghi suffered his first senior management defeat after two successes on the Aquile bench.

Inter haven’t won away to Genoa since a 1-0 result in December 2011, managing one draw and three consecutive defeats. Since returning to the Grifone bench, Gian Piero Gasperini won both meetings with his old club at Marassi.

Genoa have put together an impressive 20 points from their last eight home games, drawing twice. Inter managed only one win and three stalemates in their last eight away matches.

Udinese enjoyed their first victory over Fiorentina, home and away in all competition, since a 2-1 Coppa Italia semi-final in February 2014. This result ended a run of just one draw from five encounters.

Cyril Thereau has reached double figures in terms of goals for three of his six Serie A campaigns.

Carpi are in their maiden Serie A season, but emerged from San Siro with draws against both Inter and Milan. The last absolute beginner to achieve this was Reggina in 1999-00.

Carpi kept home and away clean sheets against only one club so far this term – Milan, with two 0-0 results.

The Rossoneri are without a home win since beating Torino 1-0 on February 27, followed by two draws and a 2-1 defeat to Juventus. Manuel Locatelli made his Serie A debut at the age of 18.

Milan had 76.9 per cent possession against Carpi, a new record in the current Serie A campaign, but still only managed a 0-0 draw. The previous highest figure was for Napoli, also against Carpi, at 76.2 per cent.

Chievo have won all five competitive meetings with Frosinone, scoring 13 goals and conceding two between Serie B, A and the Coppa Italia.

The Flying Donkeys had never before managed to net five goals in a single Serie A match. The last time they got five was in a Serie B 5-0 win over Spezia on May 3 2008 – and Sergio Pellissier was on target then too.

Verona have never conquered the Castellani in Serie A, coming away with one point from four visits and failing to score a single goal. There was a lone 3-1 Serie B victory here in November 2011.

Referee Marco Serra made his Serie A debut in Empoli-Verona.

Atalanta are unbeaten in Sicily since February 2012, coming away with four victories and two draws. Their top flight history away to Palermo is of six wins, three stalemates and 12 defeats. Franco Vazquez now has four career goals past Atalanta in just four meetings.

Palermo converted their first penalty of the season, so now every team has scored at least once from the spot.

Sampdoria have never lost away to Sassuolo in Serie A, emerging with a win and two draws, but the Neroverdi did win 3-1 at Marassi in December. In all competition these sides have met 10 times with two wins each. Samp failed to find the net after 15 goals in their last 10 Serie A away fixtures.

Sassuolo have already equalled their best ever Serie A tally for a season with 49 points.

This was the first round all season without a single away victory, as there were seven home wins and three stalemates. 

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