The Rossoneri have a lot of desire to get back on track in the league. And a big opportunity is on the horizon against a direct rival in the upper echelons of the table: at 20:45 CET this evening, Roma v AC Milan will be played at the Stadio Olimpico. Here are some facts and figures to get you warmed up for tonight’s matchday 24 clash in Serie A:
1- Roma and AC Milan will be meeting for the 172nd time in Serie A. The Rossoneri currently have the edge, with their record against the Giallorossi reading as follows: 75 wins, 51 draws and 45 defeats. Roma are the team that AC Milan have recorded the most victories against in the Italian top flight. However, the Diavolo have won just one of their last four matches against the team from the capital (2-0 in June 2020 – D2, L1).
2- With the San Siro showdown between the two teams having finished 3-3 earlier on in the season, AC Milan and Roma could play out two draws against each other in a single Serie A campaign for the first time since 1999/2000, back when Alberto Zaccheroni and Fabio Capello were in the respective dugouts. Furthermore, the Rossoneri could find the net in four consecutive Serie A matches away to Roma for the first time since 1990 (eight back then).
3- Roma have conceded in each of their last six fixtures against AC Milan in the Italian top flight, recording just one win in the process (D2, L3). The Giallorossi last let in at least one goal against the Rossoneri for seven successive Serie A matches in the 1980s.
4- Roma and AC Milan have played 16 top-flight matches against each other in February, with the Rossoneri having won eleven, drawn three and lost just two (the last time in 1999) of those fixtures.
5- Roma (18) and AC Milan (17) are the two teams that have scored the most goals in the opening 30 minutes of matches during the current Serie A campaign.
6- AC Milan have won 94% of the matches they’ve played this Serie A season when they’ve taken the lead, the highest percentage in the league following 15 wins from 16 fixtures. The only exception has been the 3-3 draw they played out against Roma earlier on in the campaign.
7- Along with Crespo, Trezeguet, Totti and Icardi, Zlatan Ibrahimović is one of five players to have scored more than once in three consecutive appearances against a single opposition side in Serie A since the start of the three-points-per-win era (three braces in his last three matches against Roma). The Swede could become the first to do this for four matches in a row.
8- Theo Hernández has covered the second-highest number of kilometres in the league when it comes to running with the ball (5167m). Only Rodrigo de Paul (6232) has done better in this regard.
9- Rafael Leão’s next appearance will be his 50th in Serie A. The 21-year-old is the second-youngest player in Europe’s Top 5 leagues with at least five goals and five assists to his name during the current campaign, with only Jadon Sancho (20 years old) having achieved the same at a younger age.
10- The first of Davide Calabria’s five Serie A goals came against Roma at the Olimpico in February 2018.
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