A week of Serie A action will soon come to an end, with clashes against Manchester United and Napoli now not far away. But before the future comes the present, which for the Rossoneri takes the shape of Verona. Hellas Verona v AC Milan is one of the Sunday afternoon fixtures on matchday 26 of the Serie A season: kick-off is scheduled for 15:00 CET at the Stadio Bentegodi. Here are some interesting statistics relating to the game:
1- Verona and AC Milan have faced each other 57 times in Serie A, with the Rossoneri's record against the Gialloblù reading as follows: 26 wins, 21 draws and ten defeats.
2- In their last ten league matches against AC Milan, Verona have won twice, lost four times and drawn on four occasions, with the last two fixtures between the sides both ending in a stalemate. The last time that AC Milan and Hellas Verona played out three consecutive draws against each other in the Italian top flight was between 1999 and 2000.
3- Verona and AC Milan haven’t drawn in their last six Serie A meetings at the Bentegodi: the last stalemate between the sides at the Gialloblù’s home ground was in December 2000. Since then, both the home side and the visitors have won three times each.
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4- AC Milan have lost only one Serie A away game (W14, D3) since last June. Taking into account the Top 5 European leagues, only Manchester United have done better in terms of defeats on the road (zero, W12, D7).
5- On the four occasions that AC Milan have picked up at least 53 points from their opening 25 league matches, they've always finished in the top two in the three-points-per-win era.
6- AC Milan have conceded the fewest goals from open play away from home this season (seven). Furthermore, the Rossoneri are yet to ship any goals in the first 15 minutes of their matches on the road.
7- AC Milan are the team that have conceded the fewest first-half goals this Serie A campaign (nine).
8- Against Udinese, Franck Kessie bagged his 25th Serie A goal for AC Milan, equalling Robinho’s tally in the competition in the process. The Ivorian is the first AC Milan player to have scored eight penalties in a single Serie A season since Jerémy Ménez in 2014/15.
9- Theo Hernández has provided four assists and scored four goals this campaign. He's now just one goal involvement away from equalling his tally from last season, when he found the net six times and set up a teammate to score on three occasions.
10- Stefano Pioli and Ivan Jurić have faced each other four times in Serie A, with both having emerged victorious on one occasion. Two draws complete the picture.
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