Serie A Week 9 In Numbers - And why we want Kaka to shine

Kaka

A preview of Week 9 of the Serie A season in numbers as Udinese look to shock Roma and take their total to 1,000 home points in their history.

0 - The number of home wins Sampdoria have. They are the team with the least home points. SAMPDORIA v ATALANTA

6,060 - The number of days since Hellas Verona's last goal at San Siro against Inter. It was 23 March 1997 and Pippo Maniero's goal couldn't prevent a 2-1 defeat. INTER v VERONA

61 - The number of games between Napoli and Torino in both Serie A and B. Napoli have 23 wins, 30 finished draws and Torino have won just eight. NAPOLI v TORINO

3 - The run of consecutive defeats that Bologna are on. Since their 3-3 draw with Milan they have lost to Roma, Verona and Sassuolo. BOLOGNA v LIVORNO

5 - The number of Serie A teams to have been coached by Luigi De Canio, who will take his tally to six when he debuts on the Catania bench. He has also worked at Udinese, Reggina, Siena, Lece and Genoa. CATANIA v SASSUOLO

6 - Goals scored by Chievo in their first eight games. Along with Catania they have the worst attack in Serie A this season. CHIEVO v FIORENTINA

2 - Previous matches between Gian Piero Gasperini and Antonio Conte. They have one win each. Gasperini's Genoa beat Conte's Arezzo 3-0 in Serie B in 2006-07 and Juventus beat Palermo last season 1-0 to tie things up. JUVENTUS v GENOA

5 - The number of goals scored by Kaka. Parma are one of the teams he has the best scoring record against. PARMA v MILAN

997 - The number of Serie A points Udinese have collected at home in their history. An unexpected win over Roma would make it 1,000. UDINESE v ROMA

4 - The number of games Cagliari have drawn in their opening eight matches. They are the draw specialists of Serie A. LAZIO v CAGLIARI

This round-up appeared originally in Italian on Tuttomercatoweb.com.

Our top tip:

Bet on Verona to end their goalless streak at the San Siro, they are a far more talented team this year than previous generations of their side, with Jorginho and Juan Iturbe the stand-out performers. Both players have been linked with big money moves to Inter Milan, so this match is the perfect opportunity to showcase their talent and put themselves in the shop window.

The one we want to happen:

We would love to see Kaka score and continue his comeback to form. The Brazilian was dogged by injury and intense pressure at Real Madrid after his blockbuster move, and it never quite happened for him. It was at Milan where he won the Ballon d'Or and made a name for himself with his incredible talent. Wouldn't it be fantastic to see him get back to his best?

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