After more than three months without league football, AC Milan will return to Serie A action away to Lecce, a team who were promoted last year and are fighting to achieve survival in the Italian top flight. In the fixture between the sides earlier on in the season, the Rossoneri had to settle for a bitter draw despite taking the lead twice in Coach Pioli’s first game in charge. At 19:30 CEST this evening, the Diavolo will return to the pitch as they look to register a win that could serve as a springboard in the race to secure European football next year. Let’s prepare for the match by taking a closer look at the most relevant statistics pertaining to the two teams.
1- AC Milan’s 4-3 win against Lecce in October 2011 was the sixth time that a team had won a Serie A match after recovering from a three-goal deficit.
2- AC Milan have scored an average of 2.5 goals per game in their last six league fixtures against Lecce.
3- Eight of the last ten goals scored in matches between AC Milan and Lecce in Serie A arrived in the second half.
PREVIOUS MATCHES IN LECCE
4- Lecce and AC Milan have faced each other a total of 15 times on the Giallorossi’s home turf. So far, there has been one home win, eight draws and six away victories.
STATE OF PLAY
5- AC Milan haven’t lost against a newly promoted side in Serie A since they were beaten by Benevento in 2018. Since then, the Rossoneri have won seven and drawn five.
6- AC Milan have scored for eight league matches in a row: they haven’t enjoyed a longer run than this in a single Serie A season since March 2018.
7- Ante Rebić has bagged six of AC Milan’s last ten league goals after not contributing to the Rossoneri’s tally of 18 prior to this.
8- Alessio Romagnoli is one of two outfield players (along with Brescia’s Sabelli) to have not missed a single minute of the current Serie A campaign (2340 minutes).
9- Should Giacomo Bonaventura play from the beginning against Lecce, it’d be his 150th start for AC Milan in all competitions.
10- Riccardo Saponara featured eight times for AC Milan in Serie A between 2013 and 2014. Furthermore, the Lecce midfielder played 18 times under Stefano Pioli for Fiorentina during the 2017/18 season but failed to get on the scoresheet in any of those appearances.
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