AC Milan v Juventus is always one of the biggest clashes of the season. A historic showdown, the present-day situation makes the upcoming match a highly significant one, with the Rossoneri looking to bounce back from their defeat to Spezia and the Bianconeri aiming to continue their climb towards the Champions League places. Ahead of kick-off, which is scheduled for 20:45 CET tomorrow, here are all the fun facts and stats relating to the game that will bring matchday 23 in Serie A to a close:
1- The Rossoneri and the Bianconeri have met 173 times in Serie A. No other side has handed out more league defeats to Juventus than AC Milan (51), while the Diavolo are also the side against whom the Bianconeri have played out the most draws (55). Juve have 67 victories to their name.
2- At San Siro, there have been 29 AC Milan wins, 33 draws and 24 Juventus victories.
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3- Stefano Pioli’s team have picked up 48 points this campaign, one less than they’d collected at the same stage last season (after 22 matches).
4- This Serie A season, AC Milan are the team that have scored the most goals following moves consisting of at least ten passes in open play: eight, six more than Juventus (two). That’s despite the Bianconeri putting together more moves of this type that have finished with either a shot or a touch in the opposition penalty box (60 times v 49 for the Rossoneri).
5- Zlatan Ibrahimović, who scored 23 goals in 70 Serie A appearances for Juventus between 2004 and 2006, has found the net on two occasions against the Bianconeri in the Italian top flight, both of which he bagged for AC Milan at San Siro (October 2010 and July 2020). Ibra could become the oldest player to score against Juventus in Serie A (he’ll be 40 years and 112 days old on Sunday), beating Silvio Piola (39 years and 174 days in 1953) in this regard.
6- Ante Rebić has scored in each of his last three league matches against Juventus: in the three-points-per-win era (since 1994/95), only Mauro Icardi has found the net against the Bianconeri in more consecutive Serie A games. The last time the Croat bagged in the league was in the reverse fixture.
7- Rafael Leão has contributed to goals in each of his last four appearances for AC Milan in all competitions (three goals, two assists), a record for him in Rossoneri colours. Leão, who is leading the way in the league in terms of successful dribbles (50), has been involved in a Rossoneri goal in both of the last two meetings between AC Milan and Juventus at San Siro.
8- All five of Olivier Giroud’s goals in Serie A have come on home turf: in the history of the competition, only Rocco Ranelli (eight), Mario David (six) and Paolo Di Canio (six) have scored more AC Milan goals than the French striker without finding the net on the road.
9- For two players in the Rossoneri ranks, Juventus were the last team they scored against on home turf in Serie A: Davide Calabria (January 2021) and Alessandro Florenzi (May 2019, for Roma).
10- Massimiliano Allegri took charge of 133 Serie A matches during his time in the AC Milan dugout. He won 74, drew 34 and lost 25 of those games.
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