stats01 November 2020

10 FACTS AHEAD OF UDINESE V AC MILAN

The main Rossoneri stats on matchday 6 in Serie A

The game at the Dacia Arena is a tasty lunch-time treat to enjoy this Sunday. The Rossoneri, fresh from their Europa League win, want to get back to winning ways in Serie A after the 3-3 draw with Roma. Udinese, on the other hand, go into the fixture off the back of a Coppa Italia win, and though they're not going all that well in the league, the Bianconeri are sure to give their all later today. Ahead of kick-off for Udinese v AC Milan at 12:30 CET, here are 10 facts on our matchday 6 fixture:

HEAD-TO-HEAD

1- AC Milan won their most recent game against Udinese in Serie A and could register two consecutive wins against the Friuli side for the first time since October 2013.

2- The most frequent result between the two sides in the league is a goalless draw, which has happened on 14 occasions, though the most recent was back in May 2011. In fact, Udinese have drawn against AC Milan in Serie more times (33) than against any other team in the league. The overall record is completed by 40 wins for the Rossoneri and 17 for the Bianconeri in 90 games in the top flight.

CURRENT FORM

3- AC Milan have won four of their five league games thus far. Only in 1995/96 (Fabio Capello) and 1995/96 did the Rossoneri win five of their first season games in a Serie A season. The Diavolo is currently unbeaten in 17 games in the top flight of Italian football, their best run since May 2004 when Ancelotti was in charge (19 in that case).   

4- AC Milan have scored in each of their last 25 league games (59 in total, 2.4 per game). In their history in Serie A, they've only ever been on a longer run twice: 29 in 1973 and 27 in 1949.

GENERAL STATS

5- The last meeting between AC Milan and Udinese was in January 2020, also played at 12:30 CET, and ended 3-2 to the Rossoneri. The Bianconeri have only won one of their last ten games in Serie A (3D, 6L) - last January against Sassuolo (3-0).       

6- AC Milan have spent more minutes in the lead (251) than any other side in Serie A this season, and are the only team to not have been trailing at any point.

PLAYER FOCUS

7- Zlatan Ibrahimović has scored in five consecutive league games. Only two AC Milan players have ever scored in six consecutive Serie A games in the three-point era: Andriy Shevchenko in 2001 and the very same Ibrahimović in 2012. The Swede is also the first player to score two or more goals in his first three games of a Serie A season since 1994/95. The last player to score a brace or more in four consecutive games was Oliver Bierhoff in 1998, between his spells at Udinese and AC Milan.

8- Rafael Leão has provided three assists in the league this season (just one in Serie A 2019/20). In total, he has had a hand in five goals this season, just one less than in his 31 appearances last season. 

9- In the game against Roma, Rade Krunić reached 100 Serie A appearances, 20 of which have been with AC Milan, though he hasn't scored a league goal with the Rossoneri. His last Serie A goal was in April 2019, against Udinese as an Empoli player. 

FOCUS ON THE COACHES

10- Stefano Pioli has won seven of his 17 Serie A games against Udinese as a coach (5D, 5L). He's only had more wins against Cagliari (nine) and Bologna (eight) in the league.


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