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5 interesting facts and stats from matchday 23

DID YOU KNOW: 5 interesting facts and stats from matchday 23 in Serie A

February 6, 2017 By Michelle Bonsu
Goals, goals, and more goals were the order of the day on matchday 23. LiveSoccerTV.com takes a look at all the numbers from the games around Italy this past weekend.

Matchday 22 was one of shock results. Matchday 23 was one of goals, goals, and more goals. Two games alone saw a whopping 16 scored, as Napoli crushed Bologna and Lazio routed Pescara. Not surprisingly, plenty of personal milestones were set over the weekend, and we just may see history made as Roma take on Fiorentina on Tuesday.

Let's have a look over the 5 most interesting facts and stats from this weekend's action across Italy.

1. Dries Mertens makes history

The Belgian midfielder has been having a peach of a season. With 16 goals, he's currently leading the Serie A scoring charts, and grabbed a hat-trick during Napoli's 7-1 rout of Bologna on Saturday.

That was his third hat-trick of the season. And in doing so, he becomes the first foreign player to score three trebles in one campaign. 13 of those goals have been in just eight appearances, and Mertens will be looking to score back-to-back hat-tricks as Napoli prepare to take on Genoa.

Mind you, he's already done that, when he netted three against Cagliari and then a poker against Torino. That was the first time since Pietro Anastasi did so in 1974 for Juventus.

2. Using his head to good effect...

Mertens wasn't the only player to have a good day at the office. Lazio rebounded from a shock loss to Chievo by crushing Pescara 6-2, and it was Marco Parolo who arguably was the star of the show:

 

3. ...and matching a certain well-known Gunners attacker in the process

Before he became a Gunner...and played for Barcelona, Alexis Sanchez plied his trade for Udinese. The Zebrette have long been a place where young talents hone their talents before moving on to bigger clubs. In any case, Parolo's poker on the road matches a precedent set by Sanchez five years ago:

Marco Parolo surely will not be forgetting Lazio's 6-2 crushing of Pescara in quite some time...four goals for a central midfielder is certainly an impressive feat. He also has now surpassed his total goal output from last term, which saw him net three.

4. Pescara's penalty woes

Speaking of Pescara, they are still the only team yet to win an actual game on the pitch. The Delfini, in failing to convert another spot kick set a rather unwanted precedent:

5.Winners and Losers as of matchday 23

Here are a few more notable facts:

- With Palermo's home win, Pescara are now the only team yet to win a home fixture...but then again, the Delfini haven't won a single game on the pitch this season

- Inter's seven game winning streak was the longest in Serie A before it was snapped by Juventus

- Juventus, Roma, and Fiorentina are the only teams yet to lose a home game this season

- Napoli have lost the fewest number of games (3) and with just two away defeats, have the best road record in the league

- Cagliari and Crotone have the worst away record in the top flight, with ten defeats on the road

- The Bianconeri are still the only team who have yet to draw a game this season

- Their cross-town rivals Torino have the most number of draws (8) 

The race for the Capocannoniere got even more interesting...

This season's battle will truly be an interesting one, as now we have five players with 14 or more goals after Mertens's hat-trick:

Assist Kings

Here is who are leading the way in terms of setting up goals:

Serie A Matchday 23 rankings: Napoli and Lazio rebound in style, Milan drop more points, Juventus stay ahead of chasing pack

Here's how things are shaping up in Serie A after 23 rounds...will there be more changes after matchday 24 this coming weekend? 

 

Pos.TeamMPWDLGFGAGDPForm
1 Juventus 26 20 3 3 50 24 +26 63 WWWLW
2 Lazio 26 19 5 2 60 23 +37 62 WWWWD
3 Internazionale 25 16 6 3 49 24 +25 54 LLWWD
4 Atalanta 25 14 6 5 70 34 +36 48 WWWDW
5 Roma 26 13 6 7 51 35 +16 45 WWLLL
6 Napoli 26 11 6 9 41 36 +5 39 WWWLW
7 Milan 26 10 6 10 28 34 -6 36 LDWLD
8 Hellas Verona 25 9 8 8 29 26 +3 35 LDWDD
9 Parma 25 10 5 10 32 31 +1 35 LWLDW
10 Bologna 26 9 7 10 38 42 -4 34 LDLWW
11 Sassuolo 25 9 5 11 41 39 +2 32 WLWWD
12 Cagliari 25 8 8 9 41 40 +1 32 LLLDD
13 Fiorentina 26 7 9 10 32 36 -4 30 DDWLL
14 Udinese 26 7 7 12 21 37 -16 28 DDDDL
15 Torino 25 8 3 14 28 45 -17 27 LLLLL
16 Sampdoria 25 7 5 13 28 44 -16 26 WLWLD
17 Genoa 26 6 7 13 31 47 -16 25 WLWWD
18 Lecce 26 6 7 13 34 56 -22 25 LLWWW
19 SPAL 26 5 3 18 20 44 -24 18 WLLLL
20 Brescia 26 4 4 18 22 49 -27 16 LLLDL
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