For the third time this season, Inter have lost two in a row. A tally of 26 points after 21 rounds is the worst Nerazzurri start since notching up 22 points in 1946-47 (translating three points for a win).
Mauro Icardi sets a new personal best of 11 goals in a single Serie A season. However, his team has lost all three games this term in which he didn’t start – the others being against Cagliari and Roma.
Sassuolo had never even scored against Inter before, losing all three previous Serie A encounters to nil, including two 7-0 results. Nicola Sansone has scored 16 Serie A goals, four of them past favourite targets Inter. Simone Zaza is on eight goals for the season, jhg008ust one shy of matching last term’s personal best. The Neroverdi have lost only one of their last 13 competitive games at the Mapei Stadium, 1-0 to Napoli, winning six and drawing six.
Milan finally got their first Serie A win of 2015 after one draw and three losses. Their last success was 2-0 over Napoli on December 14. The last four League encounters between the Rossoneri and Parma provided a grand total of 24 goals, an average of six per game.
Jeremy Menez has scored 19 Serie A goals, four of them past Parma, as he also bagged a brace at the Tardini in Week 2. The Frenchman has been directly involved in 11 of his team’s last 13 goals, scoring nine and assisting two. However, six of those were penalties.
Parma set a new all-time club record with their eighth consecutive Serie A away defeat. They’ve lost all their away fixtures this season except for a win at Chievo.
Cristian Zaccardo took his tally to 21 top flight goals with his first match of the season. His most recent strike was in Parma 3-2 Roma on October 31 2012. Antonio Nocerino got his 20th, the first since Milan 4-1 Pescara on December 16 2012.
Roma are now unbeaten in 11, but have drawn six of the last eight. The Giallorossi hadn’t notched up four Serie A stalemates on the bounce since December 2013, while four straight home draws last occurred in April 1993. They hadn’t failed to win in four top flight home fixtures since May 2005.
Rudi Garcia’s men have fought back six times from a losing position, going on to earn one win and five draws. Douglas Maicon’s 19th Serie A goal ended a year-long drought since a 4-0 over Genoa in January 2014. Massimo Maccarone scored his 54th, the third of the season. Although Big Mac has put four career goals past Morgan De Sanctis, he has never actually beaten him with two draws and five defeats.
Roma v Empoli was the first Serie A match with two red cards in the first half since Udinese v Genoa in May 2012. Kostas Manolas been sent off twice this season, the other being against Juventus. This was the first dismissal of Riccardo Saponara’s top flight career.
Empoli have never conquered the Olimpico in 10 Serie A visits, but their only other point here was 1-1 in 1999. The Tuscans haven’t celebrated a victory in nine games, but lost only two in that period.
Juventus have drawn four of the last eight League matches. They fired blanks for the third time this term, having failed to score only once throughout all of last season. Udinese’s negative home streak now stands at three draws from six attempts, while they have drawn four of the last six rounds overall. The Friulani have failed to score in their last five meetings with Juve, conceding nine.
For the first time since September 2013, Napoli celebrate three Serie A away victories on the bounce. The Partenopei have won five of the last six rounds. Chievo are without a win in five, including three consecutive defeats and just two points from their last five home fixtures.
Manolo Gabbiadini broke his Napoli duck, but it was his eighth of the season, matching his personal best set last year.
Fiorentina are unbeaten at Marassi since a 2-1 result in 2009, picking up two wins and three draws. The Viola have lost only one of the last 10 rounds, winning five, while their last 12 goals have been scored by 11 different players.
Gonzalo Rodriguez is the top-scoring defender in Serie A since making his debut in August 2012, netting 14 times. Nobody else has even made it into double figures. His team scored eight goals from corners this season, four of them by Rodriguez.
Genoa extended their winless streak to three draws from seven games. For the first time since April 2013, the Grifone put together three consecutive Serie A home stalemates.
Chievo v Napoli was the first game of this term to involve two own goals. Genoa have benefited from three own goals – more than any other club this season.
Sampdoria hadn’t lost to Torino since 2007, managing four wins and four draws in Serie A, home and away. This was their second defeat in the last three away games, conceding eight goals.
Torino’s unbeaten run now stands at four wins and as many draws, better than any other Serie A club during that time-period, while for the first time this season they managed three consecutive victories. Giampiero Ventura had previously lost all four meetings with Sinisa Mihajlovic.
The last time Toro scored five goals in a Serie A home fixture was a 5-1 against Verona in November 2001. Samp hadn’t shipped this many on their top flight travels since another 5-1 at Juventus in October 2009.
Fabio Quagliarella went up to 83 Serie A goals with his second hat-trick, as the other was in November 2012 for Juventus in a 6-1 drubbing of Pescara. Quaglia has put eight goals past Samp, making them his joint-favourite victims along with Chievo and Atalanta.
Amauri hadn’t found the net since a brace in Parma 2-0 Livorno on May 18 2014, but now has 85 top flight Italian strikes to his name.
Palermo amassed 20 points from an available 24 in their last eight home games. Beppe Iachini and Andrea Mandorlini have never shared the spoils, winning three meetings each. Paulo Dybala found the net four times in the last five rounds, while Andrea Belotti has five in his debut Serie A campaihg外围gn. Panagiotis Tachtsidis set a new personal best in Italy, scoring three of his career total five Serie A goals this season.
Verona only ever won once in Palermo, 2-1 in 1974, along with seven draws and 20 defeats between Serie A and B. Hellas have one point from their last three away fixtures, but at least brok博狗62e the goal drought on their travels after 231 minutes of football.
Giuseppe Biava’s 12th Serie A goal was his first since Inter 4-1 Lazio on May 10 2014. Mauricio Pinilla has four for the current campaign, but the others were for Genoa. Daniele Dessena last found the net in Serie A in May 2013 against Lazio.
Stefano Colantuono enjoyed his 500th match as a professional Coach, winning 218, drawing 135 and losing 147.
Cagliari haven’t conquered Bergamo since a 1-0 result in 1991, followed by four draws and 10 defeats between Serie A and B. The Sardinians are without an away victory since their 4-0 demolition of Empoli on October 25, managing only three draws from seven attempts in all competition.
Lazio have only ever lost twice to Cesena in Serie A, home and away, along with 10 draws and eight victories. The Aquile were undefeated on their travels in all competition since a 2-1 at Empoli on November 9, managing three wins and as many draws. Miroslav Klose scored his 40th Serie A goal.
The last time Cesena celebrated two consecutive top flight wins was in November 2011. They had one victory in the opening 19 rounds and now two in as many games, their only other home success being 1-0 over Parma in August.