stats04 October 2020

10 FACTS AHEAD OF AC MILAN V SPEZIA

The trivia you need to know with matchday three fast approaching

It’s a return to Serie A football for AC Milan, who will also be back at San Siro. Following their trip to Portugal in the Europa League, Coach Pioli’s team will be coming up against newly promoted Spezia on home soil. It’s a delicate match, with the Rossoneri looking to remain on maximum points by winning their third league fixture of the season. Ahead of kick-off, which is scheduled for 18:00 CEST, here are all the pieces of trivia that you need to know.

DIRECT ENCOUNTERS
1- AC Milan and Spezia are set to meet in the league for the first time. However, the two teams have already faced each other in the Coppa Italia: in January 2014, the Rossoneri ran out 3-1 winners thanks to goals from Robinho, Pazzini and Honda (with Mauro Tassotti in the dugout).
2- AC Milan are unbeaten in 14 leagues matches against newly promoted sides (W9, D5). However, the Rossoneri’s last two home fixtures against teams new to the division ended in draws (2-2 against Lecce in October 2019 and 1-1 against Verona in February).

STATE OF PLAY
3- AC Milan come into the game on the back of two consecutive wins this season. The Rossoneri have the opportunity to win their first three matches in Serie A for only the second time in the 21st century after they achieved this feat in 2006/07.
4- AC Milan could potentially win their first three Serie A matches of the season without conceding a goal for the third time in their history. They previously achieved this in 1971/72 (with Nereo Rocco in the dugout) and 1952/53 (under Mario Sperone).
5- AC Milan have scored for 22 Serie A matches in a row. Only twice in their history have the Rossoneri found the net in more consecutive matches: in 1949 (27) and 1973 (29).

6- Taking into account all the teams that have played more than twice in Serie A since the league resumed in June, AC Milan are the only team to have remained unbeaten. In 14 matches, the Rossoneri have won eleven times and drawn on three occasions. The last time that the Diavolo went on a longer undefeated run was in March 2007 (15).

GENERAL STATISTICS
7- Excluding the sides recently promoted to the division, AC Milan are the team to have conceded the fewest goals (22 in 23 matches) in Serie A in 2020.

PLAYER FOCUS

8- Last season, Hakan Çalhanoğlu managed to score against each of the three newly promoted sides in Serie A.

9- Sandro Tonali was involved in two goals in three matches against Spezia in Serie B: an assist in September 2018 and a goal in January 2019.

10- Since the start of last season, no goalkeeper has kept more clean sheets than Gianluigi Donnarumma in Serie A (14, level with Juan Musso).


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