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5 interesting facts and stats from matchday 24

DID YOU KNOW: 5 interesting facts and stats from matchday 24 in Serie A

February 13, 2017 By Michelle Bonsu
New records were set as all the top ranked sides emerged victorious over this weekend's round of action. LiveSoccerTV.com takes a look at five of the most interesting facts and stats from matchday 24 of the 2016/2017 Serie A season.

Whilst matchday 23 saw lots of goals, matchday 24 was not as prolific. But that does not mean it was not an interesting round of fixtures for calcio fans around the world. Records - both positive and negative - were set or matched and several personal milestones were achieved. Round 24 is not over just yet, as Lazio vs. AC Milan will take place later today, but there were still plenty of talking points.

Let's have a look at the five most salient facts and stats from this past round.

1. AC Milan have trouble keeping cool heads

The Rossoneri may have won their fixture against Bologna to end a three game losing streak, but it was far from an assured performance. Vincenzo Montella's side made things tougher for themselves by failing to remain disciplined and ended up finishing the match with nine men.

Discipline is something that Milan really need to work on. Big time.

And defender Gabriel Palletta is a prime offender:

However, there is a silver lining perhaps to their much needed win:

2. Roma make history

It was bound to happen at some point, and even more impressive is the fact that Roma achieved this huge milestone against a big side like Fiorentina. The Giallorossi utterly humiliated the Viola en route to making sure they remained in second spot, and with 14 wins, now have re-written history:

3. Juventus's bunker is the strongest of all...

With defenders like Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci, and Andrea Barzagli, as well as the evergreen Gianluigi Buffon between the posts, it is no surprise the Bianconeri boast the strongest defense in Serie A.

But did you know that they even top others across Europe? That's right. Since the start of the New Year, Juventus have kept six clean sheets from seven matches across all comps. Meanwhile, here is how the others stack up:

4. ...meanwhile Gonzalo Higuain keeps on firing in the goals

Higuain simply can't stop scoring, and that's great for Juventus. The Serie A record signing has truly found his shooting boots and is in contention to clinch back-to-back Capocannoniere titles, as he added to his rapidly growing total against Cagliari on Sunday.

Here's something that may surprise most:

Yes, that is correct. No other player - not Lionel Messi, Diego Costa, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, or Edinson Cavani - has netted more since the start of this year.

5. Roma may want to have someone else take their spot-kicks

Dzeko may have no problems scoring...except when it comes from the spot! The ex-Manchester City man would have had a brace against Crotone, if he had converted. However, this stat doesn't work in his favor next time he lines up to take a penalty:

 

And here's a couple of random facts:

How the race for the Capocannoniere is shaping up...

Dzeko and Higuain have pulled away slightly, but Torino's Andrea Belotti is still very much in the running for the top scorer prize, as are Napoli's Dries Mertens and Inter's Mauro Icardi:

Assist Kings

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

Serie A Matchday 24 rankings: Not much has changed as the top five all win on the weekend

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

 

Pos.TeamMPWDLGFGAGDPForm
1 Juventus 12 10 2 0 20 9 +11 32 WWWDW
2 Internazionale 12 10 1 1 26 12 +14 31 WWWDW
3 Lazio 12 7 3 2 28 13 +15 24 WWWWD
4 Cagliari 12 7 3 2 23 12 +11 24 WWWDW
5 Atalanta 12 6 4 2 30 18 +12 22 DLDWD
6 Roma 12 6 4 2 20 14 +6 22 LWWWD
7 Napoli 12 5 4 3 21 15 +6 19 DLDDW
8 Parma 12 5 2 5 18 15 +3 17 WDLDW
9 Fiorentina 12 4 4 4 18 19 -1 16 LDWLD
10 Hellas Verona 12 4 3 5 10 11 -1 15 LWWLL
11 Torino 12 4 2 6 15 17 -2 14 WLLDL
12 Udinese 12 4 2 6 8 18 -10 14 DWLLW
13 Sassuolo 11 4 1 6 21 21 0 13 WDLWL
14 Milan 12 4 1 7 11 16 -5 13 LLWLD
15 Bologna 12 3 3 6 16 20 -4 12 LLLWL
16 Lecce 12 2 4 6 15 25 -10 10 LDDDD
17 Genoa 12 2 3 7 14 26 -12 9 DLLWL
18 Sampdoria 12 2 3 7 7 19 -12 9 DWDLD
19 SPAL 12 2 2 8 7 18 -11 8 DLLDL
20 Brescia 11 2 1 8 10 20 -10 7 LLLLD
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