AC Milan travel to face Cagliari on Monday night knowing that a win would ensure they are top at the halfway stage of the season.
There has been a hive of activity surrounding the club in recent days given the movements on the transfer market that have seen Soualiho Meite arrive with Mario Mandzukic and Fikayo Tomori set to follow, but the league continues in the foreground.
Milan will be without suspended Rafael Leao, the injured duo of Matteo Gabbia and Ismael Bennacer, plus the COVID-positive quartet of Rade Krunic, Ante Rebic, Hakan Calhanoglu and Theo Hernandez.
Below are the best pre-match stats ahead of the game…
➤ Milan have won the most games against Cagliari in Serie A: 42 out of 76 (W8, D26) and 24 of these since 2004-05.
➤ Milan have kept a clean sheet in each of their last three league matches against Cagliari: against no team currently in the competition are the Rossoneri on a longer such run without conceding a goal.
➤ Cagliari have won only one of their last 16 home games against Milan in Serie A (D6, L9): 2-1 in May 2017 under Massimo Rastelli.
➤ Cagliari have lost each of their last four Serie A matches; the last time they went on a longer such streak in the competition under a single coach was in January 2013 (six with Ivo Pulga).
➤ Milan have scored in each of their last 18 away league games; only once have they gone on a longer streak on the road in their Serie A history: 19 between March 1992 and April 1993.
➤ Milan could equal their best unbeaten streak on the road in Serie A in the era of three points per win: 16 matches, between September 2003 and April 2004.
➤ Cagliari have conceded the most Expected Goals (36.5) in Serie A this season, while only Roma (37.3) have a higher xG figure than Milan (36.5).