The first tough run of the season for the Rossoneri concludes with another massive clash in Serie A. Atalanta v AC Milan was, in fact, the very fixture in which Stefano Pioli's men secured Champions League qualification last season. This matchday 7 clash - 20:45 CEST on Sunday evening - is a classic six-pointer as both the Rossoneri look to keep pace at the top ahead of the international break. As we approach the match at the Gewiss Stadium, let's take a look at a few stats and facts on the game:
1- The two sides have met 120 times in Serie A; AC Milan are ahead in the overall record with 52 wins to 25, and 43 draws. 60 of these games have been played away at Atalanta; the Rossoneri have won 24, drawn 22 and lost 22 of these.
2- AC Milan are unbeaten against Atalanta in Serie A games played in October; 11 wins and 3 draws in 14 games.
3- AC Milan have taken 16 points from six league games. With a win, the Rossoneri would equal their best-ever start in the three-points-per-win era (19 points in seven games in 2003/04). Pioli's side, furthermore, are unbeaten in eleven games (nine wins and two draws): the longest unbeaten run in the league right now.
4- AC Milan have conceded just three goals in the league this season, their lowest since 2006/07. None of the goals conceded by the Rossoneri have come from set pieces.
5- After the 2-0 win on 23 May, AC Milan could keep two consecutive clean sheets against Atalanta for the first time since 2014 and could win two consecutive away games against the Nerazzurri for the first time since 2013.
6- Brahim Díaz has already scored three goals in Serie A this season and will equal his tally from the whole of 2020/21 should he score another. The Spaniard, who has scored in his last two appearances, could score in three games in a row for the first time in one of Europe's Top-5 leagues.
7- Frank Kessie has scored three Serie A goals against Atalanta, more than against any other Italian side. The Ivorian - who played 30 times and score six goals for Atalanta in 2016/17 - has scored two of his four Serie A braces at the Bergamo Stadium.
8- Mike Maignan has kept three clean sheets in his first six appearances in the Italian top flight the last goalkeeper to be unbeaten in four of his first seven Serie A games was Alisson for Roma in 2017.
9- Davide Calabria made his Serie A debut against Atalanta in Bergamo on 30 May 2015.
10- Simon Kjær played five times for Atalanta in the first half of the 2019/20 before joining the Rossoneri in the January transfer window.
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