A battle of youth and a 16-game record: All the key stats ahead of Spezia vs. Milan

By Isak Möller -

AC Milan will start the sixth round of Serie A this afternoon as they will take on Spezia in just under an hour. With four wins and one draw in the bag thus far, they want to extend their unbeaten run. 

The Rossoneri managed to beat Venezia by two goals to nil mid-week but it wasn’t an easy contest for them, with the two goals coming late in the second half. Therefore, they will be hoping to do better this evening (with a more regular XI, on should add).

Daniel Maldini will get the chance from start as Brahim Diaz needs rest, meaning the young average age of the squad will remain. Olivier Giroud will take it up a bit, though, as he’s back and will start up front.

You can take a look at all the key stats for the game below. There are some interesting facts to take into consideration, that’s for sure. You can read our match preview here, while below are the best pre-match stats…

➤ Spezia and Milan have faced off three times previously across Serie A, Serie B and the Coppa Italia; the Rossoneri have won two of these meetings, but lost their last clash in the top-flight (2-0 at the Alberto Picco Stadium last February).

➤ Milan have lost just one of their last eight Serie A matches against Ligurian teams (W5, D2); before this they had only won one of their previous four against such sides.

➤ Spezia have lost three of their last four league games (W1), as many defeats as in their previous nine before this (W1, D5).

➤ Milan have not lost in Serie A since April against Lazio; indeed, since the beginning of May, no team has gained more points than the Rossoneri in the division (26 – P10, W8, D2, L0).

➤ Milan have conceded just one goal in their last five Serie A away games; they have kept four clean sheets in this period, as many as they had in their previous 19 away matches in the Italian top-flight.

➤ Milan have kept a clean sheet in eight of their 10 Serie A games since the beginning of May, more than any other team during this period in the big-five European Leagues.

➤ Milan and Spezia are two of the three teams that, including the substitutes, have played with the lowest average age in this Serie A campaign: 24 years and 265 days for the Ligurians and 25 years and 73 days for the Rossoneri – while between the two are Empoli (25 years and 30 days).

➤ Spezia’s Simone Bastoni’s first Serie A goal came against Milan last February – that remains his only goal scored at home in the division.

➤ No goalkeeper has kept more clean sheets in the big-five European leagues in 2021 than Milan’s Mike Maignan (16, level with Ederson).

➤ Rafael Leão has scored one brace in his Serie A career so far, doing so in October 2020 against Spezia. The Milan forward hasn’t scored away from home in Serie A since April against Parma.

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