AC Milan and Inter will contest the Supercoppa Italiana tonight at the King Fahd Stadium in Saudi Arabia, marking the second time the sides have met with that trophy on the line.
Both teams come into the game in questionable form hoping that a win will light a fire under their season, with that applying perhaps moreso to the Rossoneri. You can read our pre-match preview here, while below are the best stats ahead of the game…
➤ As mentioned, will be only the second meeting between Milan and Inter in the Italian Super Cup, having previously met in August 2011: on that occasion, the Rossoneri won 2-1 under Massimiliano Allegri, thanks to goals from Ibrahimovic and Boateng following Sneijder’s strike.
➤ Following their win on 3 September 2022 in Serie A, Milan could win two matches in a row against Inter for the first time since 2011, when their last success in a streak of three came in the Italian Super Cup.
➤ This will be only the third final between Milan and Inter after the Coppa Italia in 1977 and the Italian Super Cup in 2011: the Rossoneri have won their previous two in 90 minutes, scoring exactly two goals in both of those.
➤ This is the 35th Italian Super Cup edition: 71% of the previous 34 have been won by the Serie A winners.
➤ Following their 2-1 victory against Juventus (AET), Inter will be looking to win back-to-back Italian Supercups for the first time since 2005 – 2006 (both at extra time), respectively against Juventus and Roma.
➤ Simone Inzaghi has won each of his three Italian Super Cup Finals as manager (two with Lazio and one with Inter): he could equal Marcello Lippi and Fabio Capello (both four) as the manager with the most Final wins in the competition.
➤ Olivier Giroud and Edin Dzeko (respectively 36 years, 110 days and 36 years, 307 days on the date of the match), could become the oldest players to find the net in Italian Super Cup history should either score in this game, overtaking Cristiano Ronaldo ( 35 years and 350 days against Naples in 2021).
➤ After nine appearances without finding the back of the net against Inter, Rafael Leão scored a brace in the most recent encounter (on 3 September 2022 in Serie A): the last Milan player to score in back-to-back Milan derbies before turning 24 years old was Kaka in 2004.
➤ After scoring against Juventus in Italian Super Cup last season, Lautaro Martínez could become the first player to find the net in two editions in a row of the competition since compatriot Carlos Tevez, who did so between 2013 and 2014.