Serie A - Match facts: Lazio seek another win
Facts and figures ahead matchday 33 in Serie A, with third-placed Lazio looking to extend their excellent record against Lecce.
Catania – Atalanta
This will be the 24th meeting between these two sides in the top-flight: Atalanta lead by seven wins to six, with 10 draws rounding off the record.
The last six Serie A meetings between these two sides have only seen four goals scored in total.
Catania have won just one of their last 11 games against Atalanta, 1-0 at home in September 2009.
Atalanta have beaten Catania at the Massimino just once in Serie A: 1-0 in November 2007.
By losing to Lecce 1-2 Catania ended their eight-game unbeaten run at home in this competition.
Catania have failed to score at home only twice in this campaign (0-0 v Siena and 0-1 v Cagliari).
On their last away game against Napoli, Atalanta got back to winning ways after a run of three draws and two losses on the road.
Atalanta have lost only eight games so far in this campaign, only Juventus (none) and AC Milan (five) have suffered fewer defeats.
Catania have scored nine goals following a corner kick this season, a league-high.
Francesco Lodi (Catania) has already netted eight goals this term, all left footed strikes coming from dead ball situations.
Cesena – Palermo
These two sides have met just three times in the top-flight: one win each and one draw so far.
The only previous meeting at the Manuzzi saw the guests winning 2-1 thanks to goals from Ilicic and Miccoli.
Cesena have won the fewest games in this campaign (four, and only two at home).
The Romagnoli have also scored the fewest goals so far (19).
Cesena have shared the points in each of their last four games, and are winless in the last 14 in the league.
Palermo have won just once over the last eight match-days, losing four times.
The Rosanero have won just one game away from home this season (1-3 vs Bologna).
Ilicic and Miccoli have contributed with goals and assists to 64% of their side’s 44 total goals (28).
Miccoli also boasts the record of most assists in this Serie A campaign (12).
Alongside Genoa, Palermo are the Italian side against which Adrian Mutu has netted the most goals so far in Serie A (seven).
In their last away game in Florence, Palermo kept their first clean sheet following a run of eight consecutive games on the road in which they had always conceded.
The Sicilians have scored the most headed goals so far in this season in Serie A (12).
Cesena have already picked-up 10 red cards – a league-high.
Genoa lead by four wins to one against Siena in Serie A, two draws complete the record.
The three previous meetings at the Ferraris see the hosts leading by two wins to one.
Genoa are winless at home in their last five league games, and have drawn their last four fixtures.
Siena have won just two games away from home in this campaign, both over the last two months (2-0 v Cesena and 2-1 v Atalanta).
Genoa have the worst defence of this competition: 58 goals conceded, on average 1.8 per game.
The Grifoni have conceded the joint-most penalties this season – nine, alongside Cesena and Inter.
Genoa are winless in their last 11 fixtures in the league (six draws and five losses).
Alberto Gilardino has failed to score in eight of his last nine league games against Siena.
Genoa are one of the six Serie A sides against which Emanuele Calaiò is yet to score.
Sebastian Frey is the ‘keeper with the most saves in this competition (119).
Lazio – Lecce
This will be the 28th meeting between Lazio and Lecce in the top-flight: the Biancocelesti lead by 16 wins to six.
Lazio have won three of their last four league games against Lecce, losing the other.
Lecce have kept only one clean sheet over their last 17 meetings against Lazio in Serie A (0-0 in 2005/06).
Lecce have won just once in the top-flight at Lazio’s ground, on their last visit to the Biancocelesti, last season (1-2).
Lazio have won six of their last seven home games in the league, losing the other 1-3 to Bologna.
Away from home, Lecce have drawn against Novara and won against Catania in their last two games: should they avoid defeat, it would be the first time they have gone unbeaten for three games in a row on the road this term.
Lazio have not shared the points in the last 16 Serie A match-days (eight wins and as many losses).
Tommaso Rocchi is Lazio’s current top scorer against Lecce (six goals).
Should he score one more, he would make Lecce his favourite target in Serie A, alongside Palermo.
Edy Reja’s next game will be his 200th in Serie A as a manager.
Hernanes has already been subbed off 20 times this season – a record in Serie A.
Parma – Cagliari
This will be the 32nd meeting between Parma and Cagliari in the top-flight: the Ducali lead by 14 wins to nine, with eight draws completing the record
However, the Sardinians are unbeaten in their last seven meetings against Parma in the league (three wins and four draws).
Cagliari have won their last two games at Parma; previously, the Ducali had remained unbeaten in 13 games at home against the Sardinians.
Parma have conceded the highest ratio of goals in the second half amongst Serie A sides this season (72%).
The Ducali are the only side yet to pick up a straight red card in this competition.
The Sardinians have drawn the most games 0-0 this term (seven).
Robert Acquafresca has netted two goals in his last two appearances against Parma in Serie A.
Mauricio Pinilla has netted five goals in his last four Serie A appearances.
If Sergio Floccari scores in this match it would make Cagliari his favourite target in Serie A, alongside Napoli on five goals.
Cagliari have lost their last four away games, and failed to score in six of the last seven league games played on the road.
Only Pirlo (100) and Cossu (80) have created more goal scoring chances than Giovinco (73) so far in this Serie A season.