Monday April 25 2016
Serie A Week 35: Did You Know?

Juventus become pentacampeon, Napoli fall again in Rome, Daniele Rugani historic card and Milan hit rock bottom in Susy Campanale's stats round-up.

Juventus win their fifth consecutive Scudetto, something the club only achieved once before from 1931-35. No team had ever won the Serie A title after losing four of the opening 10 rounds and picking up one point in the first three.

Torino are the only other side to have won the Scudetto despite losing the first two games back in 1942-43.

Since Serie A returned to 20 teams in 2004-05, Juve are the first side to win the Scudetto without being Winter Champions. In fact, they didn’t reach the summit until Week 25. After 10 rounds on October 28, Juve were 11 points off then-leaders Roma, nine adrift of Napoli, Inter and Fiorentina.

No side in Serie A history had managed to win 24 out of 25 games in a single season.

For the fourth time, Juventus take the Scudetto with a decisive final result against Fiorentina. It already happened in 1935 (1-0), 1958 (0-0) and 1981 (1-0).

Daniele Rugani picked up the first yellow card of his Serie A career at the 53rd appearance. His last card at club level was in Serie B during Siena-Empoli on March 1, 2014.

Juve hadn’t won at the Stadio Franchi in Serie A since a 5-0 triumph in March 2012, followed by two draws and a 4-2 defeat. However, the Viola have won just one of the last 16 League meetings with Juve, a 4-2 thriller in October 2013, along with six draws and nine losses.

Juventus are the side against whom Fiorentina have suffered the most defeats (72) and conceded the most goals (252) in Serie A.

In his Serie A career, 19 penalties did not beat Gigi Buffon (13 saved, six off target). He parried spot-kicks from Oliver Bierhoff, Ronaldo (twice), Enrico Chiesa, Roberto Muzzi, Marco Ferrante, Stefano Fiore, Roberto Baggio, Francesco Totti, Emanuele Calaiò, German Denis, Lorenzo Insigne and Nikola Kalinic.

Mario Mandzukic has 10 Serie A goals, but eight of them were match openers. The Croatian has found the net in four of his last five League games.

Paul Pogba provided the assist for six of Juve’s last 13 League goals.

Inter v Udinese made history as the first ever Serie A match without a single Italian in the two starting line-ups. There were 14 different nationalities represented. In Europe’s five major leagues, the only other similar situation was Portsmouth v Arsenal in the Premier League on December 30, 2009.

Napoli haven’t conquered the Olimpico in the top flight since a 2-0 result in February 2011, managing a 2-2 draw and four consecutive defeats. These sides shared the spoils only once in their last eight Serie A meetings, home and away, with four Roma victories.

Roma and Napoli have played just one goalless stalemate since April 1995, along with 75 goals in the other 24 encounters.

Napoli have kept just one clean sheet in their last 20 visits to Roma, a 2-0 win in February 2011.

Radja Nainggolan’s strike was Roma’s 17th from outside the area, more than any other Serie A side this season. Napoli are second with 15.

Marek Hamsik marked his 400th competitive appearance in a Napoli jersey.

Maurizio Sarri dropped Lorenzo Insigne for back-to-back Serie A games, the first time he’s done that as Napoli Coach. This was the first ever meeting between Coaches Luciano Spalletti and Sarri.

Spalletti has only ever lost once against Napoli in Serie A, winning four and drawing three. That lone defeat was the first when Empoli fell 2-1 at the San Paolo on September 14 1997.

Sarri has never beaten Roma as a Coach, earning two draws from five attempts in all competition.

Inter have won six of their last seven home games. Udinese had been unbeaten at San Siro in Serie A since a 2-1 result in September 2010, coming away with three wins and a 0-0 draw.

Stevan Jovetic has eight goals in just eight meetings with Udinese. In fact, of his six Serie A strikes this season, half of them were against Udinese. He hadn’t found the net since December 12, a 4-0 win in Udine.

Eder broke his Inter duck and did so against his favourite targets, as he put six past the Friulani in nine matches.

Udinese are still without an away victory in 2016, managing three draws from nine attempts. Cyril Thereau celebrated his 47th Serie A goal, the 11th of the current campaign matching his personal best set in 2012-13 at Chievo.

Milan have just two points from their last three Serie A meetings with Verona, home and away. The Rossoneri were subjected to 28 shots at the Bentegodi, 12 of which were on target – both negative records for them in the current campaign.

The last time Milan lost to the bottom club in the final five rounds of the season since May 25, 1952.

Jeremy Menez’s last Serie A goal was on April 4, 2015, Palermo 1-2 Milan, a gap of 387 days.

Frosinone picked up only four points in the last seven rounds. The Canarini have lost both clashes with Palermo, falling 4-1 in Sicily in December. Roberto Stellone’s men have the worst defence in the top flight, conceding 68 goals.

Palermo got back to winning ways after just five draws in 13 rounds. Alberto Gilardino got his 187th Serie A goal, just one shy of Alessandro Del Piero and Beppe Signori in the all-time charts.

Sampdoria hadn’t enjoyed a top flight victory over Lazio since a 2-0 at Marassi in 2010, followed by two points from eight attempts, home and away.

Emiliano Viviano has parried four penalties this season, including his last two in a row, having also denied Domenico Berardi at Sassuolo. That’s more than any other goalkeeper in the Division this term.

Lazio had not fallen to two consecutive Serie A defeats since December. Simone Inzaghi won his first two games as a Coach with clean sheets and then lost the next two.

Torino have only one victory in their last seven home games, 2-1 over Atalanta. The Granata are six points off their tally at this stage last season. Giampiero Ventura succumbed to the 300th defeat of his management career.

Sassuolo have already set a new club record in Serie A with 52 points. Eusebio Di Francesco’s men got back to winning ways after one point from three rounds.

The Neroverdi won four of their seven trips to Torino between Serie A and B, losing only twice, while the stalemate was in the promotion play-offs. The Granata haven’t celebrated any of the last four meetings with Sassuolo, home and away, with just two draws.

Bologna ended their nine-round negative streak, having amassed just four points in that period. They also managed to break a four-game goal drought on home turf.

Genoa have lost six of their last seven away games. The Grifone have a terrible record at the Dall’Ara, winning only four of their 48 trips between Serie A and B, plus 19 draws and 25 defeats. The most recent Serie A success here was 3-1 in October 2009, followed by two stalemates from five visits. Home and away, Bologna are unbeaten in five meetings with Genoa.

Atalanta extended their unbeaten home run to three wins and a stalemate. The Orobici have mathematically secured their Serie A safety thanks to a superior head-to-head record with Palermo.

Marco Borriello has found the net in his last three consecutive top flight matches, something he had not achieved since April 2010.

Chievo hit the brakes after four wins and two draws. The Flying Donkeys haven’t won in Bergamo since 2010, managing just two points from the last five visits.

Atalanta defender Guglielmo Stendardo became the first substitute to be replaced in the first half this season, as he lasted only eight minutes before getting injured.

Carpi have scored 12 goals with substitutes, more than any other side in Serie A this season. Kevin Lasagna alone got five goals off the bench, fewer in Europe’s top five Leagues only than Robert Lewandowski on seven and Kamil Grosicki’s six. Lasagna is the top supersub on the continent’s big divisions this term, coming on 26 times.

Empoli hadn’t lost away to Carpi since a 2-0 Serie C1 result in 1989, followed by two wins and four draws.

Have your say...
It would have been great to have put EUR 1m on Juventus in October to win Seria A. Maybe some Chinese? cartel did.....
on the 26th April, 2016 at 5:04am

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