05.04.2014 13:18 - in: Serie A S

    #TacticalTalk: Livorno

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    Domenico Di Carlo’s men will be looking to lucky charm Innocent Emeghara for a goal on Monday: they have picked up at least a point from every clash the Swiss striker has scored in

    Livorno travel to Juventus Stadium looking to breathe additional life into their survival bid by claiming another noteworthy result against a top Serie A side.

    Last Monday it was Inter who were stunned by a second-half revival which saw the Amaranto overturn a two-goal deficit to seal a point courtesy of Innocent Emeghara’s equaliser five minutes from time.

    The never say die spirit has kept last season’s Serie B playoff winners in with a decent shout of beating the drop, with Bologna and Chievo lying just one and two points above Livorno’s current position of 18th.  

    However, a glance at the statistics which have accompanied their season immediately reveal that clean sheets and responses to falling behind have on the whole been hard to come by.   

    Here’s a more in-depth look at the areas Juventus should be paying particular attention to ahead of Monday’s meeting:

    Seeing as no Serie A side has conceded fewer headers than the Bianconeri this season and Livorno are at the bottom of the leaderboard for scoring them, it looks as though that particular avenue won’t be one the Amaranto will be targeting in their search for goals.

    Another contrast between the two teams that could prove key is as follows: while Livorno are the top-flight team that have conceded the most goals in the last 30 minutes of games, Juventus have scored more than anyone else in the same period.

    The Amaranto have not managed to win after going behind in 22 attempts this season so far. A key factor behind why they’ve fallen short so many times is that they’ve conceded in 20 consecutive Serie A outings, the worst current record in the league.

    But Emeghara is on a good run of goalscoring form, including one of the two Amaranto strikes during the draw with Inter on Monday. With the 24-year-old on the scoresheet, Domenico Di Carlo’s men have never failed to pick up at least a point this season.  

    The team’s main source of goals, though, is striker Paulinho. The Brazilian’s 12 Serie A strikes so far this season is a personal best, though a significant statistic ahead of their trip to Juventus Stadium is that only three of those have come away from the Armando Picchi.

    Livorno’s formation in their most recent match - the 2-2 draw at home to Inter - was a 3-5-2, and they got right behind the ball to try and contain the Nerazzurri. In their last away match the week before against Atalanta, it was a slightly more attack-minded version of the same setup, but this time they were defeated 2-0.

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