AC Milan face off against Fiorentina tonight looking to make it five wins in all competitions but at a ground where they have a mixed record.
Milan’s record at the Franchi across all competitions is not great, with 27 wins in 88 matches and 36 defeats. In fact, they have only won away at Fiorentina twice since 2014. You can read our pre-match preview here, while below are the best stats ahead of the game…
➤ Milan have won their last two Serie A meetings against Fiorentina and could make it a three-game winning streak against La Viola in the competition for the first time since 2008-2011
➤ Milan have scored in eight consecutive matches against Fiorentina in Serie A; only once before have the Rossoneri registered a longer streak against La Viola in the history of the competition: 10 in a row between 1947 and 1951.
➤ Fiorentina have won only three of their last 16 Serie A home games (D6 L7) against Milan, but they did manage a win last season (4-3, including the last brace by Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the competition).
➤ Fiorentina enjoyed a 3-0 win against Hellas Verona last time out; they could achieve back-to-back Serie A wins without conceding a goal for the first time since January 2020, against SPAL and Napoli.
➤ Across all competitions, Milan have won their last four matches without conceding a goal; only four times in their history, have they enjoyed five wins in a row with five clean sheets: in 1964, in 2003, in 2017 and most recently in 2018 with Gennaro Gattuso.
➤ Fiorentina have conceded in eight consecutive matches at Franchi in Serie A; they have not endured a longer run at home without a clean sheet in the competition since 2005 (9).
➤ Fiorentina (387) and Milan (351) are two of the four teams to have attempted the most shots in the current campaign – La Viola are also the team that have conceded the fewest shots (229); however, they have the worst ratio between shots conceded and goals conceded (on average one goal conceded every 7.6 shots).
➤ Riccardo Saponara made his Serie A debut for Milan in October 2013, making eight appearances for the Rossoneri in the competition; they are also the team against which he has scored the most goals in the to-pflight: four, including one in the only match played at Franchi, with Fiorentina.
➤ Fiorentina are, along with Roma, Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s favourite opponent in Serie A (11 goals scored against them); with another goal, the Swede would become the oldest scorer in the history of the competition (41 years and 152 days), overtaking Alessandro Costacurta (41 years and 25 days, in May 2007).
➤ Since the start of last season, Rafael Leão (suspended for this match) has missed five Serie A matches, with AC Milan earning 1.4 points per game and a 40% win percentage (with the Portuguese on the pitch the average rises to 2.2 and the win rate is 67%).