24 January 2023


The most interesting numbers and statistics ahead of the match against the Biancocelesti

AC Milan return to the pitch in the Serie A at the Olimpico, which was the scene of one of the most important victories in the chase for the Scudetto last May. In this tough period, the Rossoneri will try to return to winning ways that have been amiss for four games and which would be of vital importance at this stage of the season. Ahead of the kick-off, let's read some interesting statistics on the challenge.

The Rossoneri have a positive recent history against the Biancocelesti: four victories in their last five league matches (including two of their last three away matches), to which they can also add last February's Coppa Italia success at San Siro. The Rossoneri have also scored in 19 of their last 20 league fixtures against Lazio, only falling short in the 3-0 defeat at the Stadio Olimpico on 26 April 2021. Tuesday is not an unprecedented day for the two teams: Lazio and AC Milan have already faced each other twice on a Tuesday in Serie A (both at the San Siro): a 0-0 draw on 1 February 2011 and a 2-0 win for the Rossoneri on 20 September 2016.

The Biancocelesti defence is putting up very good performances: Lazio have kept a clean sheet in 10 of their 18 matches this season, and to think that in the entire last Serie A season, the Biancocelesti had recorded a total of 9 clean sheets. Since September, no team in the top Italian league has finished more matches than the biancocelesti without conceding a goal (9 out of 14). On the contrary, the defensive phase is one of the aspects that AC Milan must try to improve as soon as possible because, in the last four league games, the team has consistently conceded goals, recording only 2 clean sheets in the last 14 league games.

After a very promising start with four wins in five matches, Sarri's home form has slowed down and Lazio have won only one of their last four home games. The Rossoneri, on the other hand, have remained unbeaten in 20 of their last 21 away matches (with 13 wins), with the only defeat coming on 30 October against Torino. The last match played away from San Siro, however, produced a 2-2 draw against Lecce.

The Biancocelesti defence, mentioned earlier, is particularly effective in the first half of the game: only Newcastle (2) have conceded fewer goals than Lazio (3) during the first half this season in the top five European leagues. Even more noteworthy is the detail related to the first half-hour of the game: the Biancocelesti are the only Serie A team to have never conceded a goal in this period. Offensively, only Inter (13) scored more goals than Lazio and AC Milan (12) in the first 30 minutes. The Rossoneri, as well as the Nerazzurri, are so far very prolific instead in the first quarter of an hour with 7 goals.

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