Spezia in La Spezia evokes bitter memories for AC Milan, who played one of their worst matches in the whole of last season in Liguria. Now, it's a different scenario, and it has to be: the Rossoneri return to Stadio Picco with more awareness but with the same desire to win - following the 2-0 home victory over Venezia - as they look to remain in the upper reaches of the table. As the 15:00 CEST kick-off draws closer, let us run you through the main facts and statistics related to our matchday six fixture in Serie A:
1- AC Milan and Spezia have faced each other twice in Serie A, with both games taking place last season. The matches ended in home wins.
2- Against Spezia in February, the Rossoneri fell to one of the two away defeats they suffered during the whole of the 2020/21 Serie A campaign. It was one of just three fixtures that the Diavolo failed to win on the road last season.
3- AC Milan have lost just one of their last eight Serie A matches against teams from Liguria, which was the defeat they suffered against Spezia in February. That was the only match where the Diavolo failed to score out of all these fixtures.
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4- The Rossoneri could pick up 16 points from their first six matches of a Serie A season (they currently have 13) for the third time since the start of the three-points-per-win era. They previously did so in 2003/04 and 2020/21.
5- Also taking into account the end of last season, AC Milan have conceded just one goal in their last five away matches in Serie A (against Juventus), during which they’ve scored 14 times.
6- Since the start of May, the Rossoneri have kept a clean sheet in eight of the ten matches they’ve played in Serie A, more than any other side in the Top 5 European leagues during the same period. No team has shipped fewer goals than AC Milan so far this season (two, the same as Napoli); on the other hand, only Salernitana (14) have conceded more than Spezia (13).
7- All of the five goals in the two matches played between AC Milan and Spezia in Serie A came in the second half (between minutes 56 and 78, to be precise).
8- Rafael Leão scored the only brace of his Serie A career against Spezia. This came during AC Milan’s 3-0 victory in October 2020.
9- Brahim Díaz already has two goals to his name in the league this season. He scored four during the 2020/21 Serie A campaign, with his second coming in March.
10- Hernández found the net against Spezia last October, which was the first of seven goals for the Frenchman during the 2020/21 Serie A season. In AC Milan’s last game, which was against Venezia, Theo became the first Rossoneri defender to both score and provide an assist in a single top-flight match since Opta started collecting such data (2004/05).
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