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Tuesday November 27 2012
Serie A Week 14: Did You Know?

Juventus falter at San Siro, Inter face a Tardini curse, Fabrizio Miccoli hits a century and Marek Hamsik is decisive as Susy Campanale sums up the Week 14 stats.

Juventus had been unbeaten in their last 25 Serie A away games, capitulating 1-0 at the Stadio Tardini on May 15 2011. They had also won 10 of their previous 11 trips around Italy.

Robinho got his first goal of the campaign, the most recent being against Atalanta in May. Milan won despite having only 38.5 per cent possession – less than they’ve managed in any other game this season. The Rossoneri remain the only Serie A side yet to score with a header.

Fabrizio Miccoli celebrated his 100th Serie A goal, catching Pierino Prati in 74th place in the all-time charts. Josip Ilicic had never previously bagged a top flight brace in Italy and took his total tally to 14. Franco Brienza made his 200th Serie A appearance.

Palermo are unbeaten in their last four home derbies, winning two. They had won just one of the previous eight editions of the Derby di Sicilia, home and away. In all competition the Rosanero have lost only once at the Barbera this season, 3-0 to Napoli, along with four victories and three stalemates.

Catania are still without an away win since the 1-0 at Siena on January 22, managing only eight draws and 16 losses. The Elefantini have won just one of their last seven visits to Palermo, losing four and drawing two around that 2009 triumph. Francesco Lodi’s 17th Serie A goal was his eighth from a direct free kick, while this season all four of his goals have come from set plays, including a penalty.

Inter have lost their last three trips to the Stadio Tardini, not winning since a 2-0 result sealed by Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s brace in May 2008. In those four games the Nerazzurri have scored twice and conceded seven. This is the first time Andrea Stramaccioni’s men have failed to score on their travels this season in all competition after 21 goals in 10 visits. Their last blanks were fired in a 0-0 at Fiorentina on April 22.

Parma continued their remarkable home record of nine wins and three draws here since their 2-0 defeat to Milan on April 17. They are, along with Napoli and Fiorentina, the only sides still unbeaten at home this season.

Marek Hamsik has scored six goals and provided seven winning assists for Napoli this season. His team have won all 11 of the last Serie A games when Hamsik was on target. The Partenopei are unbeaten in Cagliari since a 2-0 result in April 2009, followed by two victories and two stalemates, while Walter Mazzarri has lost just one of his total 17 top flight games in Sardinia.

Napoli have rattled the woodwork eight times this season, more than any other club.

Lazio-Udinese is always a high-scoring affair, as the last five editions have seen the net rippled a grand total of 20 times. It is also the first time the Aquile have kept a clean sheet in this fixture since their 5-0 win in November 2006.

Miroslav Klose has scored in both his encounters with Udinese. Hernanes had not found the net in Serie A since a 3-2 win over Milan on October 20. This was Alvaro Gonzalez’s first goal since a 3-2 defeat in Genoa on February 5 and only his third in Serie A overall.

Atalanta fell to a second consecutive defeat and fired blanks at the Stadio Azzurri d’Italia for only the second time this season, the other being a 1-0 loss to Lazio in Week 1. Genoa had been without a win in nine rounds since their 1-0 away to Lazio, earning three draws and six consecutive defeats. Andrea Bertolacci’s eighth Serie A goal was his second of the current campaign. Emiliano Moretti marked his 100th official match in a Genoa jersey with the club’s first red card of the season.

Chievo extended their unbeaten Bentegodi run to five rounds, though only two were wins. The Flying Donkeys have only ever beaten Siena here once in eight Serie A meetings, that 2006 result joined by four defeats and three draws. The Tuscans have drawn their last two away ties 0-0, but had previously scored at least a goal in each of their eight top flight trips to Verona for a total 12 goals.

Siena goalkeeper Gianluca Pegolo has kept eight clean sheets this season, more than any other shot-stopper.

Pescara fell to their third consecutive defeat, having already achieved such a negative streak in the opening three rounds. Roma have never lost in their seven Serie A trips to Pescara, earning two wins and five stalemates. The Delfini have the worst strike force (nine goals) and defence (25, on a par with Chievo) in the Division.

Roma kept a clean sheet for the second match running, but it’s the first time this season their game has provided only one goal. The Giallorossi have netted 11 times in the first half-hour, more than any other club. Mattia Destro took his Serie A career total to 16 goals. Zdenek Zeman celebrated his 100th official game on the Roma bench, summed up in 46 wins, 28 draws and 26 defeats.

Sampdoria had not notched up two consecutive victories since the opening two rounds of the season. The last time the Blucerchiati kept a clean sheet was in Week 1, a 1-0 victory away to Milan. Andrea Poli had never scored in Serie A before last week, but now has two in as many games.

Bologna fell to a sixth consecutive away defeat, their worst club record since February 2000. In this period they have scored only once, at the Juventus Stadium. The Rossoblu haven’t conquered Samp in a Serie A match in Genoa since a 3-2 result on March 29 1998, followed by five losses and two stalemates.

Torino continue to be the team with the most stalemates, as this was their seventh of the campaign. Fiorentina are unbeaten by the Granata since a 1-0 result on March 24 2002, followed by seven wins and two draws. Alessio Cerci’s 13th Serie A goal was his first for Toro, while Valter Birsa broke his duck at the 12th appearance.

The Viola hadn’t shared the spoils since a 1-1 at Chievo on October 21, registering five consecutive victories. Gonzalo Rodriguez got his fourth Serie A goal, his second in as many games, and is this season’s top-scoring defender. Both of Mounir El Hamdaoui’s goals have been away from home, as the other was at San Siro.

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Have your say...
@Viktor

If you are serious about Milan playing better than Juve then you are living in a dream world. Juve outplayed Milan by a mile. Though neither team played well and Milan certainly played smart and deserved the win. They definitely didn't play better than juventus. The only reason Milan managed to keep a clean sheet was the all out defending mentality which if we are going to be honest on any other day wouldn't be enough to keep a clean sheet.
on the 29th November, 2012 at 12:05am
@Alberto

There's is a difference between winning and robbing. Milan fully deserved the win and frankly played a lot better. Don't be a sore loser.
on the 28th November, 2012 at 3:24pm
Alberto, Juve and man utd have one thing in common, nobody can rob them other than themselves.
on the 28th November, 2012 at 2:54pm
Alberto,

And what of it? She, like you, can support whomever she wants. She's not a robot. Objectivity is a fiction - it doesn't exist.

Also, as Buffon noted, Juve deserved to lose.

And you say robbed? Soft penaltyd, schmoft penalty. I say Muntari, schmuntari. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
on the 28th November, 2012 at 2:51pm
Funy how Susy wrote "Catania robbed by Juve" in a previous article but no mention of Milan robbing Juve now. Milan bias coming out day by day.
on the 28th November, 2012 at 12:49am

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