It’s the Derby. The word speaks for itself. It’s a unique match and a showdown that can’t be missed: victory is at stake, and with victory comes dominance of the city. While the spectacle of the fans will be missing at San Siro, the spectacle of the game will remain. As we’re only a few hours away from this evening’s 18:00 CEST kick-off, let’s take a look at ten interesting facts linked to Inter v AC Milan.
1- This will be the 173rd Derby della Madonnina in Serie A: Inter have 66 wins to their name compared to AC Milan’s 51, with 55 draws completing the picture. It will be the 87th Derby in Serie A with Inter as the home side: when this has been the case, the Nerazzuri have won 33 times, while AC Milan have emerged victorious on 23 occasions. There have been 30 draws.
2- The Milan Derby has produced a total of 463 goals: only two fixtures have witnessed more in Serie A: Inter v Roma and Inter v Fiorentina.
3- The last Derby won by AC Milan in Serie A in the first half of the season came on 14 November 2010: the Rossoneri ran out 1-0 winners thanks to Zlatan Ibrahimović’s fifth-minute penalty.
4- AC Milan are unbeaten in 19 games in all competitions (W14, D5), their longest run since March 1996 (27). The Rossoneri have also scored in each of their past 23 games in the league (they haven’t done better since 1973) and have not conceded a goal in their last four (their best run since 2006).
5- After Atalanta, who have picked up 56 points, AC Milan (54) and Inter (47) are the two teams that have the best points tally in Serie A in 2020. The Rossoneri also boast the best defensive record in the league since the start of the calendar year (22 goals conceded).
6- Only Sassuolo (57) have attempted more shots than Inter (51) and AC Milan (50) over the course of this Serie A season.
7- Among the players who are currently plying their trade in Serie A, Ibrahimović has scored the most goals in the Milan Derby: six (four against AC Milan and two against Inter). Only seven players have done better than the Swede, with the all-time record belonging to Giuseppe Meazza (twelve). Zlatan has been involved in five Rossoneri goals (four goals and one assist) in four Serie A Derbies, all of which were scored with Inter as the home side.
8- Two AC Milan players have bagged braces in the Rossoneri’s first three games of the Serie A season (Ibrahimović v Bologna and Leão v Spezia): this is the first time this has happened since 1972/73 (Prati, Rivera and Bigon). After scoring a double in his last appearance at San Siro, Leão has already netted eight goals in Serie A, meaning he’s just one goal away from former Inter player Figo in the ranking of Portuguese goalscorers in the competition.
9- The next match will be Alessio Romagnoli’s 200th appearance in Serie A: since arriving in 2015, he has played 156 of these games wearing the Rossoneri shirt. He’s also scored a goal against Inter in the league: this came in the 2-2 draw that the sides played out in April 2017.
10- Stefano Pioli was in charge of Inter for 23 Serie A matches between 2016 and 2017, achieving a 52.2% win rate (twelve wins from 23 matches). During his coaching career in the Italian top flight, he has only done better in the AC Milan dugout (55.9%).
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