Tuesday January 17 2017
Serie A Week 20: Did You Know?

Fiorentina end their Juventus taboo, Torino pay the penalty, Inter comeback kings and Francesco Totti's 25th year in Susy Campanale's stats.

Fiorentina had lost their previous five competitive meetings with Juventus, home and away. The Turin giants have now lost two of their last 18 trips to the Stadio Franchi, winning seven and drawing nine. The other was a 4-2 thriller in October 2013.

Paulo Sousa had never previously beaten the Bianconeri, losing all three attempts. The Viola were without a Serie A win since beating Sassuolo 2-1 on December 12.

Nikola Kalinic has scored in each of his last three Serie A meetings with Juve. In the current campaign, Fiorentina are the only side to have beaten both Juventus and Roma.

Juve hadn’t conceded in five consecutive away league games since March 2013. The ‘BBC’ defence started together for the first time since October 29 against Napoli.

Gonzalo Higuain has six goals in his last four top flight games after a run of just one in the previous eight rounds. Pipita scored in each of his last four Serie A encounters with Fiorentina.

Torino haven’t beaten Milan since November 2001, managing just eight draws and 12 defeats, home and away in all competition.

Gianluigi Donnarumma faced two Torino penalties this season and saved both of them. He has now parried three in the current campaign – the other Fiorentina’s Josip Ilicic – and four out of seven faced in his Serie A career.

The Granata scored 17 goals in the first half, more than any other club. Andrea Belotti has scored in each of his last three competitive meetings with Milan.

Francesco Totti has now featured in 25 consecutive years of Serie A football.

Roma continued their impressive streak of six wins in the last seven rounds, including two consecutive 1-0 away results. They are now nine points better off than at this stage last season.

Edin Dzeko had until now converted all three of his Serie A penalties. The Giallorossi received 10 spot-kicks this season, more than any other club in Europe’s top five leagues.

Radja Nainggolan scored four League goals this season, three of them in away fixtures.

Roma are unbeaten in Friuli since a 2-0 result in November 2011, managing a draw and four consecutive victories. Udinese have lost nine of their last 12 meetings with the Giallorossi, including eight in a row.

Inter had not celebrated five consecutive Serie A victories since September 2015. It’s the first time they’ve managed six top flight home wins on the bounce since May 2011, when the run was 13.

Ivan Perisic has seven League goals this season, already matching his total tally from last term.

Mauro Icardi has contributed to 22 Serie A goals this season, comfortably more than any other player. The Argentine has scored at least 15 goals for the third campaign running – the last Inter players to manage that were Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Christian Vieri.

The Nerazzurri have recovered 15 points from trailing situations this term – winning four and drawing three – at least six more than any other side.

Chievo fell to a fourth official defeat in a row, their worst run since October 2014. Sergio Pellissier has scored four in the last five Serie A games. The Flying Donkeys conquered Inter at San Siro since once, 2-1 in 2001, along with four draws and 10 losses.

Napoli enjoyed a fourth league home win on the trot and extended their unbeaten run to nine rounds, winning six.

Dries Mertens now has 50 goals in 162 official appearances for Napoli. With six goals, Marek Hamsik has already equalled his Serie A tally from last season.

Lorenzo Tonelli has started two games in a Napoli jersey and scored in both of them. The last time he found the net in back-to-back Serie A games was in October 2014 for Empoli.

Pescara have never won at the Stadio San Paolo in Serie A, managing a single 1-1 draw in 1978 from seven visits, scoring five goals and conceding 27.

Lazio have won six of the last eight rounds and are 12 points better off than at this stage last season.

Atalanta lost nine of their last 11 Serie A trips to the Stadio Olimpico against Lazio.

Marco Borriello enjoyed his 11th top flight career brace, the second in a Cagliari shirt. All four Diego Farias goals this season have been at the Stadio Sant’Elia.

Giovanni Simeone has seven Serie A goals for Genoa, but this was only his second in an away fixture. The Grifone fell to their fourth consecutive defeat, the worst run in over a year.

Genoa have only three Serie A victories on Sardinian soil, all of them 1-0 results in 1974, 2009 and 2010, along with four draws and 11 defeats.

Sampdoria have lost just once at home to Empoli in the top flight, drawing two and winning eight. The Blucerchiati have lost just one of their last eight Serie A home games and it’s the second time in that run they’ve fired blanks.

Empoli failed to find the net after three rounds, but have lost just one of the last five. Marco Giampaolo’s men scraped two points from the last five games, both of them 0-0 draws.

Sassuolo have conceded eight goals in the opening 15 minutes, more than any other side. The Neroverdi got back to winning ways after one point from their previous five competitive matches.

Alessandro Matri hadn’t scored a Serie A brace since September 2015, for Lazio against Udinese. Domenico Berardi made his first start since August 29 and immediately contributed two assists, something he hadn’t done since May 2015 (Cesena 2-3 Sassuolo). Alfred Duncan got his 100th Serie A appearance, the first since October 30.

Palermo have just two victories in 20 rounds, their worst top flight start since 1962-63.

Crotone have lost their last three games without finding the net. The Pitagorici have conceded 23 goals in the second half (more than any other club) compared to only 11 before the break.

Bologna have won two of their last three away games, interrupted by a 3-0 defeat at Juventus. The Rossoblu have scored nine goals from outside the box, more than any other club on a par with Fiorentina.

There has only ever been one draw between Crotone and Bologna, 0-0 in January 2007, along with five Rossoblu victories and three for the Calabrians, home and away in all competition.

Bologna have 23 points this season, but 12 of those were earned against the bottom three clubs.

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