AC Milan are set to return to league action, eager to move on quickly from their European defeat and to head into the international break on the back of a win. Hellas Verona, now a strongly established team in Serie A, are a tough side to face and should not be underestimated. As we draw closer to kick off (20:45 CET) on matchday seven, we take a look at some interesting facts and statistics relating to the clash.
1- The score that has occurred most often between AC Milan and Verona in Serie A is 1-1, with this being the final result on nine occasions. The last fixture played between these two sides in February ended this way, and this match was also played at San Siro.
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2- AC Milan have scored in each of their last ten home games against Verona in Serie A, finding the net 23 times for an average of 2.3 goals per match.
3- So far, AC Milan have scored first in all of their matches this season: only twice in their history have they managed to open the scoring in each of their first seven matches of the season in Serie A (1970/71 and 2003/04).
4- This is only the second time in the three-points-for-a-win era that AC Milan have picked up more than 15 points from their first six games of the season in Serie A. This previously happened in 2003/04, a campaign which ended with the Rossoneri winning the title.
5- Should they score, AC Milan would equal their second-best streak when it comes to goals scored in consecutive matches in the Italian top flight (27 in 1949). Their record is 29 matches, which they achieved in 1973.
6- Only Atletico Madrid (22 matches) have gone longer without tasting defeat than AC Milan (18) among the teams currently in the five major European leagues.
7- This clash will see two of the best defences in the league (five goals conceded by AC Milan, three by Verona) and the two goalkeepers with the best save percentages (88.5% for Marco Silvestri and 84.6% for Gianluigi Donnarumma) come up against each other.
8- AC Milan and Atletico Madrid are the only two teams that have not yet fallen behind in matches this season in the five major European leagues in progress.
9- Zlatan Ibrahimović could become the first AC Milan player to score in seven consecutive appearances in Serie A since the three-points-for-a-win era began.
10- Since the beginning of October, Rafael Leão has been directly involved (either scoring or assisting) in five goals in Serie A (he’s played a part in a total of twelve goals in the Italian top flight). He sits just behind Ibrahimović (six) in this regard over the same period.
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