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Monday April 8 2013
Serie A Week 31: Did You Know?

Rome Derby records, Napoli and Fiorentina's penalty problems, Palermo travel joy plus Inter's worst home run for 57 years as Susy Campanale sums up the Serie A stats.

There have been 138 Serie A editions of the Derby della Capitale, 55 of them draws with 47 Roma wins and 36 for Lazio. The Rome Derby had not ended in a stalemate since a 0-0 in April 2007, followed by seven Roma wins and five for Lazio. This result ended a run of three consecutive Lazio Stracittadina victories, falling just short of their record four wins in a row in 1950-53 and 1972-74.

Hernanes has scored four goals in the Rome Derby, but the other three were penalties. This was the Brazilian’s first strike from open play since December 22 away to Sampdoria. The Aquile have only nine points from the last 11 Serie A games.

Francesco Totti got his ninth goal in 36 editions of the derby (32 in Serie A, four in the Coppa Italia). Il Capitano becomes the joint all-time top scorer in Serie A derbies with Marco Delvecchio and Dino Da Costa, though Da Costa is still out in front with 11 in all competition. Totti’s first derby was in March 1994 at the age of 18.

There have been 14 red cards in the last nine editions of the Derby di Roma. Giuseppe Biava hadn’t been dismissed since Lazio’s 4-3 defeat at Napoli in April 2011. Lazio failed to convert three of their last seven penalties in the derby.

Milan are unbeaten at the Stadio Franchi since a 3-1 result November 2005, picking up four wins and three draws. The Rossoneri’s run of four consecutive clean sheets came to an end and Fiorentina picked up their first stalemate since a 1-1 with Napoli on January 20.

Massimiliano Allegri’s men hadn’t conceded two goals in a single game since the 4-2 defeat to Roma on December 22. They are still unbeaten in 2013, the strongest streak since 19 in 2004.

Adem Ljajic set a new personal best with his sixth goal of the season, improving upon the five with Partizan Belgrade in 2008-09. Mathieu Flamini got his fourth Serie A strike, his first since Milan 2-1 Novara on May 13 2012. Riccardo Montolivo found the net against his former club and on four goals matches his personal best set with the Tuscans in 2008-09 and 2011-12.

Fiorentina have received nine penalties this season, a record on a par with Cagliari. Milan had nine opponents sent off this term, more than any other club along with Juventus. The last time Milan had two penalties given against them in a single game was against Inter on May 6 2012. The Diavolo hadn’t fumbled a two-goal lead in Serie A since a 2-2 at the San Paolo in October 2009.

Inter had not lost three Serie A home matches in a row since 1955-56 when they capitulated to Lazio, Atalanta and Padova. Tommaso Rocchi marked his 100th Serie A goal, the first since February 1 2012 in Lazio 2-0 Milan. Ricky Alvarez celebrated his debut Serie A brace, five goals overall.

Atalanta had not won away to Inter in the top flight since a 2-1 victory in 2002, followed by six defeats and a draw. Giacomo Bonaventura went up to nine Serie A goals, seven of them in the current campaign, and had also scored against Inter earlier this season. German Denis took his total up to 48 Serie A strikes, but Inter are his favourite targets, as he has put six past them in three games. The last time Atalanta scored four goals on their top flight travels was a 4-2 win at Udinese on January 28 2001.

Napoli have scored more goals in 2013 than any other team, notching up 24. Goran Pandev’s 64th Serie A strike confirmed all four this season have been scored at the San Paolo. Blerim Dzemaili went up to nine, his fourth in two games. Genoa extended their winless streak to four defeats and two draws, but on their travels managed just four points from nine trips since the 1-0 win at Atalanta on November 25.

Edinson Cavani has failed to convert eight of his total 21 spot-kicks for Napoli in Serie A. Over the last two campaigns, the Partenopei wasted nine of their 18 penalties.

Emmanuel Cascione has scored only two Serie A goals – both of them were against Juventus this season. The Bianconeri hadn’t conceded in Turin between Serie A and Champions League for 465 minutes of football. Mirko Vucinic is the top scorer for Juventus in all competition this season, netting nine Serie A strikes and four between Champions League and Coppa Italia. Vucinic went up to 91 Serie A goals, but it was only his second Juve brace after the one against Novara.

Pescara had not lost seven League games on the bounce since 2007 in Serie B. Their record in Turin is one point from seven visits between Serie A and B.

Palermo finally earned their first away win of the season, over a year since the last 3-1 victory at Bologna on April 1 2012. That was followed by 11 defeats and eight draws. Only twice this term had the Sicilians found the net three or more times in a single match before now, both at the Stadio Barbera. The Rosanero had also conquered Marassi 2-1 last time out, when Delio Rossi was on their bench.

Samp have now lost their last four meetings with Palermo, home and away, scoring two goals and conceding 10. The Blucerchiati haven’t beaten the Sicilians since a 2-0 at the Barbera in 2008, managing four draws and four defeats. Fabrizio Miccoli has been either scored or assisted four of the Rosanero’s last five goals.

Steve Von Bergen had never scored in Serie A before, finding the net at his 89th appearance. It was only the defender’s second goal in 394 professional matches. Santiago Garcia had one previous top flight strike for Novara against Milan in 2012. Gianni Munari took his career Serie A tally to nine goals, three in the current campaign, but this was the first at Marassi.

Antonio Di Natale took his Serie A career tally up to 170 goals in 351 games, while it was his 22nd brace. Since Juventus won here 4-1 in Week 2, Udinese have been unbeaten at the Stadio Friuli with eight wins and seven draws in which they conceded 10 goals. Mehdi Benatia took his Serie A total to five, but hadn’t netted since a 2-0 win over Bologna on October 2 2011. Since Chievo’s last victory in Udine in 2008, they have scraped four draws from nine visits. Paul Papp celebrated his debut Serie A strike at the fifth appearance.

Cagliari continue their strong run of one defeat in the last 12 rounds, including six victories. They had never shared the spoils in Catania before with two wins and four defeats, but earlier this season their meeting in Sardinia was also goalless. This was the second consecutive 0-0 away from home for the Sardinians.

Bologna are unbeaten at home to Torino since a 2-1 result in May 1980, managing five victories and five stalemates in Serie A and B. Paulo Vitor Barreto found the net for the second week running, but had also scored the only other time he faced Bologna with Bari in January 2010. Toro have conceded 28 goals in the final half-hour this season.

Panagiotis Kone got his eighth Serie A goal, the sixth of the current campaign to set a new personal best after five with Iraklis in 2009-10. Tiberio Guarente found the net for the fifth time in Serie A. Rolando Bianchi got his 43rd Serie A goal, the 75th in a Torino jersey putting him 10th in the club’s all-time charts.

Parma have only ever lost once against Siena, home and away, along with nine draws and six victories. That was a 2-0 in Tuscany in March 2008. They also played out a goalless stalemate in November and Parma ended their four-away game losing streak, but are still without a victory on their travels in 2013. Siena extended their unbeaten run to four rounds, but haven’t scored at the Stadio Franchi for 300 minutes of football. 

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