MATCH PACK: PARMA VS. SASSUOLO

Parma, 24 September 2019 – The Crociati are set to return to the pitch again: at 21:00 CEST on Wednesday, Parma will face Sassuolo on matchday five of the 2019/20 Serie A TIM season. Ahead of the game, let’s take a look at all the relevant statistics.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS IN PARMA
Parma and Sassuolo have never drawn at the Tardini in Serie A. So far, the Crociati have won two and lost one against the Neroverdi. In every one of the three Serie A games between the teams at Parma’s ground, both teams have scored. In total, the Ducali have netted six and Sassuolo have found the back of the net five times.

FORM
Parma haven’t gone two successive games without scoring since last April. Back then, the second consecutive match they failed to score in was against Sassuolo. The Neroverdi have lost their last four away fixtures in Serie A, conceding at least two times (twelve in total, an average of 4.5 goals a game) on each occasion. The Neroverdi have only lost five away games in a row twice: in 2015 and 2014. Sassuolo didn’t concede in their last league match against SPAL: the Neroverdi haven’t kept two clean sheets in successive matches since January (vs. Cagliari and Inter).

TEAM STATS
Parma are the only side this season to have scored all of their goals from open play. No other side has found the net more times than Sassuolo from open play so far this Serie A campaign (nine goals, the same as Napoli). Eight of Parma’s last nine goals in Italy’s top flight have come during the second half, including the last three. Only Napoli (13) have scored more goals than Sassuolo (ten) during the opening stages of this season, while only Milan (two) and Lecce (three) have scored fewer than Parma (four). The Crociati and the Neroverdi are the two sides who have conceded the most goals in the first half of games in percentage terms (71%): both have let in five in the opening 45 minutes, with the last four conceded by the Neroverdi coming in the opening period.

PLAYER STATS: PARMA
The only hat-trick to have been scored by Parma striker Roberto Inglese in Serie A came against Sassuolo in February 2017, when he was playing for Chievo. He hasn’t scored at home in the league since netting against SPAL in January. Andreas Cornelius’s first goal in the Italian top tier came in September 2017, when he was on Atalanta’s books. Out of the teams currently in Serie A, Sassuolo is one of three sides Bruno Alves has scored against in his career (in the first game between the Crociati and Neroverdi last year). Dejan Kulusevski is the youngest non-Italian player to have played at least 300 minutes so far this campaign. Out of all the players who have set up a shooting opportunity for teammates at least nine times this season, Kulusevski is the only one born after 1/1/1998. Gervinho scored in the Ducali’s 2-1 win at home to Sassuolo last year: this was the quickest goal the Ivorian has scored in his Serie A career (after just six minutes).

PLAYER STATS: SASSUOLO
Domenico Berardi
, who scored his first goal in the Italian top flight against Parma in October 2013, has been involved in seven of Sassuolo’s ten goals so far this season (he’s found the net five times and provided two assists). In the last ten seasons, only three Italian players have netted at least six times during the first five matchdays (Immobile in 2017/18, Eder in 2015/16 and Di Natale in 2009/10). Federico Peluso bagged his first Serie A goal against Parma in October 2009 while donning the Atalanta shirt. Francesco Caputo, who scored against Parma in March, has netted once away from home this season, and this came from his only shot on target. Sassuolo midfielder Alfred Duncan has been the player to set up Domenico Berardi on four of the last six occasions when the striker’s scored. Meanwhile, Berardi has provided the decisive pass in three of Duncan’s last seven goals in Serie A. Gregoire Defrel made his debut in the Italian top tier while at Parma in May 2011, when he played for nine minutes away to Cagliari. Andrea Consigli’s next appearance will be his 200th for Sassuolo in all competitions.