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Tuesday May 3 2016
Serie A Week 36: Did You Know?

Welcome back Kevin Strootman, Francesco Totti and Gonzalo Higuain just keep going and Francesco Bardi's spot-kick hit-list in Susy Campanale's stats.

Kevin Strootman made his first Serie A start for 463 days, since a 1-1 with Fiorentina on January 25, 2015.

Francesco Totti hadn’t scored from a free kick in Serie A since facing Parma on March 17, 2013. This was his 304th goal for the club.

Totti now has 21 top flight goals from free kicks, matching Roberto Baggio’s tally, but is still behind Alessandro Del Piero on 22, Sinisa Mihajlovic and Andrea Pirlo on 28.

In his last five Serie A games, all coming off the bench, Totti has contributed four goals and an assist.

Daniele De Rossi made his 386th Serie A appearance for Roma, matching the tally of Giacomo Losi, and he only trails Totti.

Genoa v Roma hasn’t ended in a draw since September 1992. That 0-0 result was followed by eight home wins and four for the visitors. These sides haven’t shared the spoils home or away since January 1994.

Roma have won eight of their last nine meetings with Genoa, home and away, faltering only in May 2014. This result ends Gian Piero Gasperini’s run of five home wins on the bounce, unbeaten at Marassi since January 5, but Luciano Spalletti’s men are now without defeat in 15.

Spalletti has visited Genoa six times on the Roma bench and there are always fireworks for a grand total of 22 goals. In their last six away matches, the Giallorossi have both scored and conceded.

The Lupi are the most prolific side in the opening half-hour this season, scoring 23 goals in that period. However, Panagiotis Tachtsidis scored only the second goal Roma had conceded in the first 15 minutes, the other being Adam Masina for Bologna. Tachtsidis hadn’t found the net since October against Chievo.

Mohamed Salah enjoyed seven goals and six assists in his last 12 Serie A games.

Diego Perotti has provided seven assists in 14 top flight matches for the Giallorossi, as many as in 43 games for Genoa. Leonardo Pavoletti hadn’t scored at Marassi since facing Palermo in January, but found the net for the second time in four matches.

Gonzalo Higuain has scored 32 goals in 33 Serie A games – more than the entire Verona squad. He is only three away from Gunnar Nordahl’s 35 goals in 37 appearances for Milan in 1949-50, the record for a 20-team Serie A.

In Serie A history only two strikers were more prolific in a single campaign, as Antonio Valentin Angelillo got 33 for Inter in 1958-59, while Milan’s Nordahl managed 35 in 1949-50 and 34 in 1950-51.

Pipita has nine League braces this season, but is yet to celebrate a hat-trick. He has netted nine in the last seven Stadio San Paolo outings.

Higuain is already now the top-scorer in Serie A during the era of three points for a win, beating Luca Toni’s 31 for Fiorentina in 2005-06.

Napoli are the first Italian side to score 100 goals this season in all competition, the eighth among Europe’s top five Leagues.

Atalanta’s last victory at the San Paolo was 3-1 in April 2012, followed by four defeats and last season’s 1-1 draw between Serie A and the Coppa Italia.

Inter have lost five of their last six top flight trips to Lazio, interrupted only by last season’s 1-0 result. Roberto Mancini’s men have one victory from their last nine Serie A away fixtures, picking up just three draws.

There has been only one draw in the last 16 Serie A meetings between these clubs, with eight Inter victories and seven for the Aquile. Their last goalless stalemate was at the Olimpico in November 2005 and the Biancocelesti have found the net in each of their last 12 games against Inter.

Jeison Murillo received Inter’s 12th red card of the campaign. There have been five red cards in the last three clashes between Lazio and Inter, three of them for the Romans.

Lazio scored 31 goals in the final half-hour, more than any other club, but Inter conceded 13 of a total 33 goals in the last 15 minutes.

The Biancocelesti received 10 penalties this season, second only to Torino with 11. Antonio Candreva has put five career goals past Inter, including four in the last three games, making them his favourite victims.

Miroslav Klose and Candreva have contributed to 11 of Lazio’s last 12 goals, either by scoring or providing the assist. Klose has found the net in three of his last four meetings with Inter at the Stadio Olimpico.

Roberto Mancini was Simone Inzaghi’s teammate at Lazio in 1999-00 and his Coach at the same club from 2002 to 2004.

Milan faced Frosinone only twice in their history, but these two games provided a total 12 goals, as the other ended 4-2 to the Rossoneri in December.

Francesco Bardi has parried three Serie A penalties in his career, denying Gonzalo Higuain, Mauricio Pinilla and Mario Balotelli.

Frosinone score three away goals for the first time in their top flight history, while they had also never been leading by two clear goals on their travels. Oliver Kragl scored his maiden Serie A goal.

Milan have one win from the last nine rounds (drawing four and losing four), while Frosinone have won win from eight (plus two stalemates).

Juventus are the first side since Empoli in 1987 to keep 10 consecutive home Serie A clean sheets, while this was their 14th domestic win in a row. Since facing Carpi in the reverse fixture on December 12, Juve have picked up 52 points from an available 54.

Hernanes scored his first goal in a Juventus jersey at the 20th competitive appearance and is the 15th different player to find the net for his team in Serie A this season.

Chievo finally ended their run of seven consecutive defeats to Fiorentina between Serie A and the Coppa Italia. They still haven’t beaten the Tuscans since a 2-1 result in Florence in April 2012. The Viola have just one victory in the last 10 rounds, drawing five.

Since 1995, Torino have scored five Serie A away goals only twice, the other being 5-1 with Atalanta on September 30, 2012.

Andrea Belotti has scored 11 of this season’s 12 goals in 2016. Pontus Jansson broke his Serie A duck at the 14th appearance.

Udinese had won their last two meetings with Torino, home and away, and were unbeaten in this fixture since a 2-0 result in December 2013.

It’s the third time this season Udinese have lost at home by four clear goals after 4-0 results with Inter and Juventus.

Empoli had never beaten Bologna in the opening seven meetings, home and away, then won two before this stalemate. Bologna are yet to score a single goal at the Stadio Castellani in Serie A.

The Rossoblu have been 0-0 at half-time on 19 different occasions this season, more than any other club. Roberto Donadoni’s men picked up just six points in the last nine rounds.

Sampdoria have only ever conquered Sicily three times in the top flight, most recently 2-0 in May 2008, losing 12 and drawing eight. The Blucerchiati have won just one of their last 12 meetings with Palermo, home and away in all competition.

Alberto Gilardino and Franco Vazquez have contributed to 10 of Palermo’s last 12 goals, either scoring or assisting.

Sassuolo v Verona has never been a draw in Serie A, with two home wins and one for the visitors. In all competition, the Neroverdi found the net in each of the eight meetings here for a total 14 goals.

Have your say...
Let him live in his bizarro world.
on the 5th May, 2016 at 1:05am
you do realize that an italian club played the CL final less than 12 months ago right? and this year they got eliminated by Bayern after 183 minutes of amazing football. oh and Buffoon, really? real mature, but sadly not surprising.
on the 4th May, 2016 at 11:00am
@ Jake. No problem. Its the only entertainment you guys get I suppose so glad to oblige. I hope Buffoon is working on crosses for Euro 2016, and the rest of the Juve defence because they will not be able to rely of refs there. They will be seen for their lack of quality same as at the WC, the CL etc etc.
on the 4th May, 2016 at 6:13am
Totti is still the best player Italy has, he should be the first one on the plane for Conte....Imagine him coming in as a super sub with 20 minutes to go if Italy needs a result, magical.
on the 3rd May, 2016 at 9:32pm
Hi hypocricy,
Happy you made the EL? I bet you can't wait seeing your team play against Qarabag.
Or maybe Simeone will save the day!

Inter, thanks for existing. You provide us with free entertainment.
on the 3rd May, 2016 at 6:27pm
I have no reason to expect an Italian Champions League winner. HAHAHAHA:)
on the 3rd May, 2016 at 10:17am
EPL's refereeing? HAHAHAHAHA!

Better luck next year, though I have no reason to expect a new winner at this rate.
on the 3rd May, 2016 at 9:42am
Well done to Raineiri & Leicester. What a decent guy. It reminded me of the him losing the cool when Napoli were awarded a penalty when Claudio managed Inter and the incident was as near the corner flag as the penalty area. It just goes to show what players can achieve in a fair system when their confidence is not been drained every week by the pressure placed on them due to crazy refereeing decisions. Well done all around.
on the 3rd May, 2016 at 6:47am

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