• Napoli and Bologna have met 110 times in Serie A so far. The Emiliani lead by 38 wins to 37, with 35 draws completing the record.
  • Bologna were the only team that managed to win at the San Paolo last term in the league. The Rossoblu came back from 2-1 behind, to win the game 3-2.
  • Rafa Benitez will follow in Walter Mazzarri's footsteps by playing his first game as Napoli manager against Bologna at the San Paolo. Back then, Mazzarri won 2-1.
  • Napoli and Bologna met in the opening league game in September 1937, when the Rossoblu won 3-2 at home.
  • Napoli have won the opening game of the season in each of last two campaigns (vs Cesena and Palermo) while Bologna have lost both (against Fiorentina and Chievo).
  • Napoli ended last campaign on a run of five successive wins at the San Paolo, scoring 13 goals in the process.
  • Bologna were the most fouled team in Serie A in 2012-13 (636).
  • Diamanti alone won 147 fouls, more than any other player across the top five European leagues last season.
  • Marek Hamsik provided 14 assists in the 2012-13 Serie A campaign - only Iniesta (16) assisted more over the top five European leagues.
  • Benitez and Pioli have met only once in Serie A - back in November 2010 when Pioli's Chievo won 2-1 against Inter.