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5 interesting facts and stats from matchday 25

DID YOU KNOW: 5 interesting facts and stats from matchday 25 in Serie A

February 20, 2017 By Michelle Bonsu
Pescara finally get a result - and in shocking fashion. Meanwhile, Napoli's Marek Hamsik moves closer to Maradona's record. LiveSoccerTV.com takes a look at the happenings across Italy from this weekend.

Plenty of thrills and surprises in this round of Serie A action. There were expected results, such as Juventus beating Palermo without much fuss, but there were other shocking outcomes, including Pescara putting on a show. Meanwhile, Roma continue to score, score, and score, whilst Napoli got back on track after a disappointing result in their Champions League game.

Let's have a look at what went down across Italy this weekend.

1. Zemalandia has arrived! But is it too little, too late for Pescara?

Pescara fans must be wondering why the club did not part ways with Massimo Oddo sooner. The Delfini are looking set for a return to Serie B, and up until this weekend, Pescara were the only team yet to win an actual game on the pitch.

That is, until they met Genoa. The Grifone have had their struggles, but no one could have predicted the outcome from this game. Now under the guidance of Zdenek Zeman, Pescara appeared to be a totally different side and the result was the capstone on a brilliant showing:

This is Pescara's first Serie A match win since a 2-0 at Fiorentina on January 6, 2013, and the only other time they scored five in the top flight was a 5-1 win over Juventus in May 1993. But will this be enough? Pescara are still rock bottom, with 12 points and are ten away from safety. However, having scored so much - and conceded none - the Delfini will be full of renewed hope as they prepare to take on Chievo.

2. Back to winning ways for Napoli

Napoli may have finished top of their Champions League quartet, but the Partenopei were not rewarded for their efforts. Rather, they ended up with an awful draw in reigning champs Real Madrid. Predictably, Maurizio Sarri's side, who are the huge underdogs in this tie, lost the first leg. Still, with an away goal in hand, they have a slim chance of making it through - provided they do not concede, which obviously will be easier said than done.

Still, Napoli are in contention for the Coppa Italia, and continue to try to remain in the top three in Serie A. They rebounded well from their 3-1 Champions League defeat, and in doing so, matched a record set seven years back:

3. A turning point for AC Milan?

Have Milan really turned a corner? At the end of December, the Rossoneri were in third spot and looking good for a Champions League berth. They have since slipped and tumbled down the table into seventh. However, things appear to be on the up and up. After a difficult patch, Vincenzo Montella's side have won two and drawn one out of their last three games. That's still not enough to see them into the top five, but it is certainly progress.

And in beating Fiorentina, they not just put some distance between themselves and the Viola but also managed to score two goals in the first half - which is the first time they have done this all season.

4. Dzeko surpasses Totti

Well, in some sense of the word. No, he does not have more goals than the iconic talisman of Roma, but he has been on a very impressive hot-streak as of late.

Fresh after grabbing a hat-trick during Roma's 4-0 rout of Villarreal to all but secure a spot in the round of 16 for the Giallorossi, the tall Bosnian attacker continued his red-hot form in front of goal by scoring the first in a 4-1 rout of Torino. That's the 15th straight home win for the Lupi, which continues their record-breaking run.

And in doing so, he becomes the first player to score in eight consecutive appearances for Roma, beating records set by Francesco Totti and Rodolfo Volk. In addition, Roma, in putting four past the Granata, Luciano Spalletti's side have managed to do something that Juventus, Inter, or Napoli have not been able to achieve just yet:

5. Inter are specialists in getting a late goal...whilst Juventus like to strike early

New Inter signing Gabriel finally got what he's been wanting since joining the Nerazzurri: a goal. Six minutes after coming on against Bologna, the Brazilian netted what turned out to be the only goal of the game.

Inter certainly like leaving it late, though:

By contrast, Juventus have scored the most Serie A goals this season in the first 15 minutes of a match - eight.

And here's a couple of random facts:

With 110 goals, Marek Hamsik is rapidly approaching Diego Maradona's record. The Slovak star is certainly going to surpass Maradona's all-time top goal-scoring haul of 115 well before this season ends. Hamsik has also scored 10 goals this season; that is the fourth time in his career he's managed to hit double digits.

Juventus's 4-1 win over Palermo brings the Bianconeri to 29 home wins. That is the second-best in terms of all-time home winning streaks across Europe's "Big 5" leagues. Only Barcelona, who won 39 in a row between 1958 and 1960 have done better.

That was also the 10th win for Juventus, but also marked the first time they have conceded against the Rosanero since February 2, 2011, when they lost 2-1. 

Bologna's loss to Inter means that the Rossoblu have now suffered a fourth straight defeat. That's the worst run since October 2015.

Meanwhile, Inter's late, late goal ensured that the Nerazzurri remain unbeaten at the Dall’Ara since a 2-1 result in February 2002, emerging with 10 victories and two draws in all competitions.

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

Dzeko and Higuain lead the way, but don't rule out Torino's Andrea Belotti, Inter's Mauro Icardi, and Napoli's Dries Mertens. And Lazio's Ciro Immobile certainly would like to have a say in what has been one of the most interesting Capocannoniere races in recent times:

Assist Kings

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

Serie A Matchday 25 rankings: Juve cruising along whilst others play catch-up

Here's how things are shaping up in Serie A after 25 rounds...will there be more changes after matchday 26 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
Champions League (Group Stage)
Europa League (Group Stage)
Europa League (Qualification)
Relegation - Serie B


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