If AC Milan are to secure a top four spot this season they simply cannot afford to drop points against Genoa this afternoon.
The situation is looking better for Milan in terms of injuries after what have been some very tough months for Pioli and his men. Despite being one of the most ‘unlucky’ teams in the league – with more injuries than most teams – they remain in second place, but the battle for the Champions League rages on.
You can read our preview ahead of the game here, while below are the best pre-match stats and facts…
➤ Milan have won four of their last six league matches against Genoa (D1 L1), drawing the most recent game 2-2; the last time the Grifone avoided defeat in both Serie A matches in a season against the Rossoneri was back in 2014-15 under Gian Piero Gasperini.
➤ Milan have failed to win four of their last seven home games against Genoa in Serie A (D2, L2), losing the most recent such game (1-2 in March 2020) – only between 1930 and 1931 have the Grifone won two away matches in a row against the Rossoneri in the top-flight (their first two fixtures).
➤ Genoa are one of only two sides against which Stefano Pioli’s Milan haven’t yet won in Serie A (D1, L1) — level with Atalanta.
➤ In 2021, only Benevento, Cagliari, Parma and Torino have won fewer home matches than Milan in Serie A (W2 D2 L4 for the Rossoneri).
➤ Milan have conceded 21 goals in 15 home games in the current league season; in their history in Serie A only twice previously have they conceded as many goals at this point of the season in home games: 22 in 1932-33 and 27 in 1941-42.
➤ After winning five of their first eight games in the current league season under Ballardini (D2 L1), Genoa have won only one of their last nine Serie A matches (D5 L3).
➤ Milan have scored the most goals (six) in injury time in Serie A this season – on the other hand, Genoa have conceded only one goal after the 90th minute, more than only Fiorentina and the Rossoneri (both zero).
➤ Theo Hernandez has been directly involved in nine goals in the current league season (four goals, five assists), equalling the previous campaign – he could become the first Milan defender to be involved in 10 goals in a single Serie A campaign since Opta collected assists for the competition (2004-05 onwards).
➤ Since his Serie A debut in 2019-20, Rafael Leao has scored five goals as a substitute in the top-flight, more than any other Milan player – followed by Ante Rebic (four).
➤ Goran Pandev’s next game will mark his 150th Serie A appearance with Genoa: since his debut with the club in August 2015, he is the player with the most appearances for the club in the top-flight (followed by Mattia Perin at 125).