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Monday September 30 2013
Serie A Week 6: Did You Know?

Turin stays Bianconero, Genoa and Sampdoria set negative streaks and Roma remain unstoppable as Susy Campanale rounds up the statistics.

Torino have not won the Derby della Mole since a 2-1 result on April 9 1995, scraping only four draws and 11 defeats. They haven’t even scored past the Bianconeri since a 2-2 on February 24 2002, as Benoit Cauet was the last Toro player to find the net, followed by nine consecutive blanks. This is the first time in Serie A Juventus have avoided a single shot on target since a 0-0 with Lazio on November 17 2012.

With the Granata as the home side, they are without a victory in eight, setting a new all-time record of two draws and six losses. The previous run of seven had been set from 1929-36 (D3 L4), from 1949-56 (D3 L4) and from 1976-82 (D3 L4). Torino have won just one of their last 10 home games in all competition, a 2-0 over Sassuolo on August 25 interrupting four draws and five defeats.

Juventus notched up a fifth consecutive victory in the Turin Derby, the best all-time run in their history. The last stalemate was a 2-2 Serie A draw on February 24 2002. The Bianconeri kept their first clean sheet in five official games, which had been a record under Antonio Conte’s reign. They also scored for the 19th round on the trot, something Juve hadn’t achieved since November 2008-September 2009 when they notched up 31.

Giampiero Ventura has never beaten Conte, managing just one point from their seven meetings. Paul Pogba scored his first Serie A goal outside the Juventus Stadium after five on home turf.

Only one other team has won the opening six rounds of the Serie A season by conceding one goal, as Inter achieved this in 1967. The last side with a perfect record in Week 6 was Juventus in 2005-06, while Milan and Livorno also managed it.

Roma finally scored their first goal of the season in the opening 45 minutes – netting three of them against Bologna. Gervinho has three in the last two rounds and it’s his first career brace since Arsenal 6-1 Southampton in September 2012. New signings have scored 10 of the Giallorossi’s 17 goals so far this term, six of the last seven. Alessandro Florenzi has put half of his six Serie A goals past Bologna, his favourite victims. Mehdi Benatia also loves facing the Rossoblu, netting two of his total eight against them.

The Lupi had never won their first six rounds in Serie A before. The last time they won at home by five or more clear goals was the 7-0 over Catania in November 2006. Bologna had been unbeaten at the Olimpico since a 2-1 in 2009, notching up two draws and last season’s 3-2 victory.

With 16 points after six rounds, Napoli match the all-time club record they had already set last season. They have also found the net for the last 16 rounds in Serie A, something that hadn’t happened since 1975 when they scored for 24 on the bounce.

Napoli notched up their third consecutive away victory, whereas Genoa are still without a home win this term (the Derby was a Sampdoria ‘home’ tie). The Partenopei’s record at Marassi is now 11 victories, 18 draws and 18 defeats between Serie A and B, but this fixture hasn’t ended in a draw since the 3-3 in 1994-95. Genoa have won just one of their last eight meetings with Napoli, home and away, losing the other seven.

Goran Pandev ended his nine-match goalless streak. Going up to 68 Serie A goals, this was his fifth brace and made Genoa his joint favourite targets with Livorno on six goals.

This is Genoa’s worst start to a Serie A season since 1983-84. The Grifone failed to find the net for the third round on the bounce. Napoli have scored in each of their last 17 official games for a total 42 goals.

With two points after six rounds, this is Sampdoria’s worst ever opening to a top flight campaign. It’s also the first time since 2006 they’ve gone without a clean sheet for 16 Serie A games.

Christian Abbiati is now the goalkeeper with the most appearances for Milan, his 331st game surpassing Sebastiano Rossi’s record of 330. Valter Birsa scored his first goal in a Milan jersey. Massimiliano Allegri’s record against Delio Rossi is three wins, two draws and three losses. Alessandro Matri played his 200th Serie A match.

Inter are without a win away to Cagliari since 2010, managing two draws and a defeat. The Nerazzurri hadn’t conceded on their travels for three consecutive games since a 3-1 at Napoli on May 5.

Mauro Icardi got the fourth goal from the Inter bench this season, as he had netted the other against Juventus and Diego Milito scored two with Sassuolo. Yuto Nagatomo has played some part in five of his team’s 16 goals this season (scoring two and providing three assists). The Sardinians have drawn their last four matches.

Daniele Conti is now the second player with the most Serie A appearances in a Cagliari jersey, his 290 overtaking Gigi Riva and now only behind teammate Nenè on 311. The Sardinians notched up four consecutive stalemates, their longest run since six in September-October 2006.

Livorno conceded their first goal in the opening 45 minutes, so now Inter are the only remaining team in the League with a clean sheet before the break. Chievo are the only side without a goal scored in the second half.

Parma had not drawn in Florence since the Coppa Italia Final in 2001, losing seven of their previous eight visits and failing to score in three. The last Ducali player to net here was Davide Lanzafame in a 3-2 victory in November 2009. Juan Manuel Vargas ended a goal drought that had lasted since Brescia 2-2 Fiorentina on May 22 2011. Walter Gargano’s last Serie A strike was in Napoli 6-3 Cagliari on March 9 2012.

Lazio had not shared the spoils in all competition since a 0-0 at Parma on April 28, notching up eight wins and four losses. The Aquile have won just one of their total 14 away games in domestic competition for 2013, a 3-1 at Inter on May 8, along with five stalemates and eight defeats. Andre Dias hadn’t found the net in Serie A since April 3 2011, but this was his fifth goal.

Ezequiel Schelotto celebrated his 100th Serie A appearance with the fifth goal. Not only are Sassuolo still without a top flight victory, but Eusebio Di Francesco has never won a home match in Serie A, managing two draws and seven defeats.

Hellas Verona are unbeaten at home to Livorno since a 1-0 result in 2003, followed by two draws and as many wins. The overall record of this fixture is now 11 Hellas wins, four draws and three defeats. The Gialloblu extended their home run of seven victories and three stalemates in all competition, undefeated since a 2-0 to Padova in Serie B on March 4. It was their third consecutive home win, the best run since six in January-February 2002.

Livorno had lost just two of their last 14 away games, 1-0 at Sassuolo on May 18 in Serie B, along with five wins and seven draws.

Juan Iturbe and Jaroslav Plasil scored their debut Serie A goals, Jorginho went up to two.

Davide Nicola has never beaten Andrea Mandorlini, managing only two 1-1 draws in five meetings. Leandro Rinaudo hadn’t scored in Serie A for three years, since Bologna 2-1 Napoli on March 7 2010.

Udinese haven’t won in Bergamo since a 2-1 in 2006, followed by four draws and two defeats. German Denis is now the joint fifth all-time top Serie A scorer for Atalanta, matching Enrico Nova on 34 goals. The Friulani fired blanks for the first time since a 0-0 with Bologna on March 30, having scored 37 times in 17 competitive games. They had scored 20 in their last 10 away matches.

Catania celebrated their first win of the campaign and first home goal of the season. The Elefantini confirmed the excellent record against Chievo, scoring in each of the last seven editions of this fixture for a total 10 goals. Lucas Castro got his fifth Serie A goal, where he hadn’t scored since a 2-1 over Fiorentina on January 27. 

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