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Monday April 14 2014
Serie A Week 33: Did You Know?

Gonzalo Higuain's debut hat-trick, Juventus equal themselves and Rodrigo Taddei revival as Susy Campanale rounds up the Week 33 curios.

Week 33 saw a grand total of 38 goals, an average of 3.8 per game. The five Sunday afternoon kick-offs alone provided 27 goals.

Gonzalo Higuain got his debut Serie A hat-trick and is now on 17 goals, ending a five-game drought. Pipita has already scored three more than Diego Armando Maradona in his debut Napoli season in 1984-85. Between League and Coppa Italia, Higuain has put six goals past Lazio, making them his favourite victims.

Senad Lulic has for the first time in his career scored for three League rounds on the trot and is now on 11 Serie A goals overall.

Napoli hadn’t done the League Double over Lazio since 1990-91. The Biancocelesti’s last Serie A win at the San Paolo was 2-0 in 2009, followed by two stalemates and three losses, but at least got a goal after 311 minutes without in this fixture. Rafa Benitez’s men bagged four goals for the sixth time this domestic season, having already knocked a poker past Chievo, Livorno, Lazio in Rome, Inter and Catania.

Juventus have already amassed as many points as they had throughout all of last season – 87 – but still have five rounds to go. The all-time Serie A record belongs to Inter in 2006-07 with 97 points, though Antonio Conte’s men are on track to hit 100.

Udinese have lost their last five consecutive League encounters with Juve, home and away. Before this setback, Francesco Guidolin’s men had amassed five wins and a draw at the Stadio Friuli, keeping a clean sheet for 351 minutes of football and conceding only once. This is the first time in 2014 that Udinese failed to score in a home fixture, netting 13 times in nine official matches.

Sebastian Giovinco has scored 40 Serie A goals, four of them past Udinese, who are his favourite targets. His last strike was on October 6 against Milan, but the Atomic Ant bagged a brace at the Stadio Friuli last season. With 14 goals, Fernando Llorente is just four shy of his personal best with Athletic Bilbao in 2010-11.

Rodrigo Taddei went up to 36 career goals, but he hadn’t netted more than once in a single season since 2009-10.  Gervinho is the team’s second top scorer this campaign on eight goals, behind Mattia Destro on 13. Giulio Migliaccio hadn’t scored in Serie A since Catania 2-1 Fiorentina in January 2013, but his last goal in an Atalanta jersey was in a 1-1 draw at Siena on December 17 2006.

Roma notched up a seventh consecutive victory and are unbeaten in 20 Olimpico ties between Serie A and Coppa Italia, winning 17 of them. The Giallorossi have already equalled their club record of 17 home wins in a single season, set in 2000-01 and 2001-02. They also matched the tally of 24 overall victories, set in 2007-08 and 2009-10.

Atalanta have lost their last eight top flight trips to Roma on the bounce since a 2-1 result on May 24 2003. Their last away defeat was 2-0 at Fiorentina on February 8, followed by a draw and three successes.

Sampdoria have the worst disciplinary record in Serie A with nine red cards, followed by Lazio on seven. Samir Handanovic is the best spot-kick saver in the League, parrying 15 Serie A penalties.

Inter ended their four-game winless streak with Mauro Icardi’s fourth goal in two rounds. Walter Samuel went up to 23 in Serie A, two of them this season, while Rodrigo Palacio is on 62. The Blucerchiati picked up one point from three rounds and haven’t scored for 294 minutes of football. Home and away, Samp haven’t beaten Inter since a 1-0 result in 2009, managing three draws from seven attempts.

Milan hadn’t won four Serie A fixtures in a row since March 2013 and conceded just once in that run. Catania set a new club record with their sixth consecutive Serie A defeat. The Sicilians visited the Rossoneri 17 times in the top flight, earning five draws and 12 defeats. Riccardo Montolivo scored three goals this season, two of them past the Elefantini. Milan netted 18 goals from outside the box this season, second only to Real Madrid’s 19 in the top five European Leagues.

Torino have won their last three games, all by 2-1 scorelines. This season Toro have earned an extra 16 points by fighting back from losing situations, more than any other club. The Granata hadn’t beaten Genoa in Serie A since a 2-0 result in 1993, managing only six points from 10 encounters, home and away.

Ciro Immobile only had five Serie A goals before this season, but now has 24 (11 of them in 2014), while Alberto Gilardino rises to 173. Genoa hadn’t lost three on the bounce for over a year and scraped just one win from their last 11 away games. Immobile and Alessio Cerci have scored 65 per cent of all Toro's goals this season.

Fiorentina and Verona scored a grand total of 15 goals between them in two encounters this season, nine for the Viola and six going to the Gialloblu. This 5-3 result made it the most prolific match of the 2013-14 campaign. Hellas guarantee entertainment, as this season their games provided 107 goals (50 for and 57 against).

The Gigliati celebrated their 1,000th Serie A victory.

Jacopo Sala netted his debut Serie A strike at the 10th appearance, while Luca Toni went up to 126 (four in three rounds) and is one shy of Andriy Shevchenko’s tally. Juan Iturbe scored six goals this season and two of them were against Fiorentina.

Juan Cuadrado found the net for the second week running. Alberto Aquilani marked his second Serie A brace and is just one goal off his personal best of seven, set last season. Borja Valero does set a new personal best in all domestic Leagues with his sixth of the campaign. Alessandro Matri ended his drought for the fifth goal of the season. Verona have lost five of their last eight home fixtures, gathering a win and two draws. Hellas had kept a clean sheet for 269 minutes of football before leaking five in one go, while the Viola held out for 280 minutes away from home.  

Daniele Conti had his 311th Serie A appearance in a Cagliari jersey, matching the club record set by Nenè between 1964 and 1976. He achieved this on the 44th anniversary of their only Scudetto victory on April 12 1970. Simone Zaza has scored seven top flight goals, two of them past Cagliari, as he also netted in Sardinia earlier this season. Agim Ibraimi netted his second Serie A strike at the 19th appearance.

Parma are unbeaten in League games at the Stadio Dall’Ara since a 2-1 defeat in April 2010, managing three stalemates and a win. The Ducali also terminated their run of three consecutive away defeats. Bologna have won just once in the last 10 rounds, drawing four and losing five, but scored their 3,000th Serie A goal.

Niccolò Cherubin got his third Serie A goal, last finding the net in Bologna 1-3 Inter on October 28 2012. Raffaele Palladino’s third of the campaign made this his most prolific season since 2010-11. Parma have scored in each of their last 11 games for a total 21 goals. This season Roberto Donadoni’s men have found the net 16 times in the final 15 minutes.

Alberto Paloschi scored his second Serie A hat-trick, the other away to Genoa on December 2 2012, so now has 33 goals overall. The tally of 13 is a new personal best in Serie A or B and he had already put two past Livorno before, so they become his joint favourite targets with Genoa.

Livorno scraped just one point in the last five rounds and that was against Inter, but did end their three-game unbeaten home run. Conversely, Chievo celebrated their first away victory of 2014 after two points from eight attempts, including five consecutive defeats. Home and away, Chievo have only ever drawn once with Livorno in their total 10 meetings. Luca Siligardi had never scored in Serie A before this season, but now has five under his belt, while Paulinho is on 15.

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