Match facts: Title-chasing Udinese host Atalanta
Facts and figures ahead of the weekend's Serie A action, as championship hopefuls Udinese hope to contain Atalanta and in-form striker German Denis.
Bologna v Novara
Bologna had the better of Novara in their last meeting back in October (2-0, goals by Gaston Ramírez and Robert Acquafresca); their previous game before this was in 1956.
Novara have already lost 10 times at Bologna, more than at any other Serie A ground in their history.
In fact, Bologna are unbeaten at home against Novara (10 wins and two draws, all between 1937 and 1956).
Last Sunday’s defeat against Udinese ended Bologna’s seven-game unbeaten run in Serie A (three wins and four draws).
Before conceding three goals against Udinese, Bologna had kept three consecutive clean sheets at the Dall’Ara.
Last Sunday’s loss against Catania ended a three-game unbeaten run without conceding for Novara.
Novara have only managed to score more than two goals away from home once this season, in Verona against Chievo (2-2).
Novara have already conceded 10 headed goals – a Serie A league-high this season.
Seven different Bologna players have already been booked at least five times – a Serie A-record.
Fiorentina v Cesena
Cesena’s last win against Fiorentina in Serie A came back in November 1987 (1-0 at the Manuzzi); since then, the viola have notched up six wins and four draws against Cesena in the league.
Cesena have drawn more games against Fiorentina than against any other Serie A opponent so far (10).
Fiorentina are unbeaten against Cesena at home in the top-flight (eight wins and three draws).
Fiorentina have conceded just two goals in the last seven occasions they have hosted Cesena.
Fiorentina have lost their last three games (v Napoli, Bologna and Lazio), without scoring a single goal.
The Tuscans have scored two or more goals in four of their last six home games, however they have conceded at least once in the last five games at the Franchi.
Cesena have picked up just one point from their last six league games (their goalless draw at the San Paolo with Napoli).
They have also taken one point from their last six games on the road in this campaign.
Cesena have scored the fewest goals so far in Serie A (16); they are also the team who have scored the fewest after half-time (only six).
Stevan Jovetic has scored in seven of the last games in which Fiorentina have found the net.
Inter v Catania
Inter and Catania have not shared the points in their last 12 Serie A meetings: Inter lead by 10 wins to two.
Catania’s two wins have come in the last four meetings
Over these last 12 meetings, Inter have always scored against the Sicilian side.
Inter have won 13 of their 14 games against Catania at the San Siro, with a draw completing the record.
However, only in four of their 14 visits to Inter’s ground have Catania failed to score.
Inter have picked up just a point from their last six Serie A fixtures, and have lost the last four without scoring a single goal.
Inter are on a four-defeat run for the first time since 2004, while this is the first time since 1987 that the Nerazzurri haven’s scored for four games in a row.
This is the first time Inter have lost 11 of their first 25 Serie A games in a season.
Inter have lost their last two games at home: the last time they lost three in a row at home was in 1955/56.
Catania have won three of their last four league games, and have lost just one of the last six.
Vincenzo Montella’s side have scored in each of their last seven league games.
Last Saturday against Siena, Catania recorded their first away win, this after taking just two points from their previous five games on the road.
On the last five occasions Inter have scored this season, Diego Milito has netted at least a goal.
Juventus v Chievo
Chievo are unbeaten in their last four meetings against Juventus in the league: after Chievo’s win in January 2010, these two sides have since shared three draws in a row.
However, Juventus have never lost at home against Chievo in Serie A (six wins and two draws).
The Old Lady have always scored at home against Chievo, while the Gialloblu have failed to score in four of their previous eight games at Juve’s ground.
Juventus are the only side still unbeaten in the top five European leagues (13 wins and 11 draws).
However, the Bianconeri have drawn the most games so far in Serie A, including three of the last four.
Only Genoa have managed to score more than a single goal at Juve’s ground so far this campaign (2-2 back in October).
Chievo have gone six games without a draw (three wins and three losses).
Chievo have won their last two games 1-0: the last time they kept three consecutive clean sheets was more than a year ago, between January and February 2011.
Davide Moscardelli has already scored four goals in this campaign, all in the last 20 minutes of play, including one against Cesena last Sunday.
Sergio Pellissier scored his only Serie A hat-trick in Turin against Juventus (3-3 in April 2009).
Lecce v Genoa
Lecce have won just once against Genoa in the top-flight, in their first meeting in Salento back in January 1990.
Since then, Genoa have won six times along with three draws, including a 0-0 in the reverse fixture.
Lecce have failed to score in three of their last four meetings with Genoa at home, taking only one point in the process.
Lecce have lost just one of their last eight games, collecting 15 points. They are joint-top of Serie A with Lazio in this timeframe.
Lecce are unbeaten in their last four games at home (two wins and as many draws).
Overall, the giallorossi have lost seven games at home, more than any other side in this Serie A campaign.
Genoa are winless in the last four games: three losses followed by the last-gasp draw against Parma last Saturday, in which they came from 0-2 down.
Genoa are on a negative run of five consecutive defeats away from home, and have conceded 19 goals in the process.
The grifoni have the worst defence in Serie A this season (46 goals conceded so far).
On the last five occasions Genoa have scored in the league, Rodrigo Palacio has been among the goal scorers.
Palermo v AC Milan
Palermo and Milan have not drawn any of their last nine meetings in the league: Palermo lead by five wins to four.
The Sicilians are unbeaten in their last five meetings at the Barbera against AC Milan: a goalless draw, followed by four consecutive wins.
Taking into account the Coppa Italia game played last May, Palermo are on a run of five consecutive wins at home against the Rossoneri.
Palermo have alternated a home win to an away defeat over the last four matchdays of this campaign.
Palermo have scored in each of their last seven games, but also conceded in 11 of their last 12.
Palermo have won their last four home fixtures, scoring five goals in two of these (against Genoa and Lazio).
Palermo are the only side yet to draw at home in this campaign (10 wins, 2 losses so far).
Only Udinese (32) have picked up more points than Palermo (30) at home this season.
AC Milan, in contrast, have the most points (26), and the most goals scored (24) away from home.
The Rossoneri have won just two of their last five games, drawing two and losing one.
Away from home though, Massimiliano Allegri’s side have won five of their last six games, losing only against Lazio.
Palermo have recorded the highest percentage of shots on target (50.2%), while AC Milan boast the best conversion ratio (16.8%).
Fabrizio Miccoli has been involved in 14 of Palermo’s last 18 goals, scoring six and providing eight assists.
Parma v Napoli
Parma and Napoli have two wins each in their last four league meetings.
Napoli are unbeaten in their last three visits to Parma (two wins and a draw).
However, the Ducali have scored in each of their last 12 home games against Napoli in Serie A.
Parma have drawn four of their last six league games, winning one and losing the other.
Parma are unbeaten in their last seven games at the Tardini, but have been held to a draw in four of the last five.
Napoli are unbeaten in their last five fixtures, in which they haven’t conceded a single goal: two goalless draw followed by three wins.
Napoli have the second best defence away from home: they have conceded just 11 goals away from the San Paolo.
Napoli have lost just one of their last seven games on the road, winning two.
Napoli have scored the most goals from open play so far in this Serie A season (32).
Parma have recorded the lowest average possession in Serie A (only 43.6%).
Ezequiel Lavezzi has scored four goals in Napoli’s last three games in all competitions.
Sergio Floccari has scored five goals against Napoli, more than against any other Serie A opponent.
Roma v Lazio
This will be the 136th Capital derby in Serie A: Roma lead by 47 wins to 34, with 54 draws completing the record.
After winning five consecutive games against Lazio in Serie A and the Coppa Italia, Roma lost their last meeting 2-1 in the reverse fixture back in October.
The Giallorossi have scored in each of their last nine league fixtures against Lazio.
Totti & Co. are unbeaten in their last 13 Serie A derbies played as the host team: eight wins (including the last four meetings) and five draws.
Roma have not conceded in six of their last eight league games against Lazio as the host side, including the last three.
Luis Enrique’s side have won just two of their last seven league games, losing three times.
However, at home the Giallorossi are unbeaten in their last seven (five wins).
Lazio have not shared the points in any of their last nine league games, winning five times and losing four.
The Biancocelesti have lost four of their last five league away games.
Seven of Roma’s players have scored three or more goals in this campaign (a record in Serie A this season).
Fabio Borini has scored five of Roma’s last seven league goals.
Miroslav Klose has already scored 15 goals for Lazio this season in all competitions.
Siena v Cagliari
Cagliari have won just one of their last six meetings against Siena in the top-flight, the Tuscans winning three.
The Sardinians have not scored more than a single goal in their last seven meetings with Siena in Serie A.
Siena are still unbeaten at home against Cagliari in Serie A (three wins and three draws).
Siena have conceded just one goal in their last four games against Cagliari in Serie A.
Siena have recorded two wins and two losses in the last four matchdays.
The Tuscans have lost just one of their last six home games, winning three.
In these last six games at home, they have never conceded more than a goal (three in total).
Last Sunday’s loss against Lecce ended a four game unbeaten run in the league for Cagliari.
The Sardinians are winless in five games away from home (three draws, two losses), and have scored just one goal in the process.
Cagliari have lost just two points from winning positions this term (a Serie A record), winning seven and drawing one of the eight games in which have held the lead.
Udinese v Atalanta
The last two Serie A games between these two sides have ended 0-0.
Over the last eight meetings against Udinese, Atalanta either didn’t score (five times) or netted exactly three goals (three times).
These two sides have not drawn any of their last 11 meetings at the Friuli: the hosts lead by seven wins to four.
Udinese have scored in each of these last 11 home games against Atalanta.
Last Sunday against Bologna, Udinese got back to winning ways after three winless games (two losses and a draw).
Udinese would be top of the Serie A table, taking into account just home games, on 32 points.
Atalanta are unbeaten in their last four games (two wins and two draws).
However, away from home, Stefano Colantuono’s side have won just one of their last eight games (1-0 against Cesena) and have lost three times.
Udinese have conceded just three goals in the first half – fewer than any other side so far in Serie A.
20 of Atalanta’s 30 goals have been netted by Argentine players, the remaining ten by Italians.
Last Sunday, German Denis scored his first goals of 2012, and his second hat-trick in Serie A after one for Napoli against Reggina in October 2008.