Positive precedents and a target for Giroud: All the key stats ahead of Inter vs. Milan

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan and Inter will square off tonight looking to book a trip to the capital as the Coppa Italia semi-final second leg will take place at San Siro.

A whole seven weeks has passed since the two sides drew 0-0 in what was a rather dull and uninspiring first leg, but there is plenty riding on tonight not just in terms of a final place but also regarding momentum in the Scudetto battle too. You can read our pre-match preview here, while below are the best stats from the game…

➤ This is the 27th meeting between Inter and AC Milan in the Coppa Italia: the Rossoneri have won 10 times, while the Nerazzurri have eight victories (eight draws).

➤ Milan have qualified (or won the trophy) in five of their eight knockout matches against Inter in the Coppa Italia – however, the last time these two sides clashed in a two-legged tie (quarter-finals of 1999-00 campaign) the Nerazzurri were the ones to progress.

➤ Milan are unbeaten in their last three games against Inter across all competitions (W1, D2) – the Rossoneri last had a longer streak without defeat against the Nerazzurri in April 2005 (10 matches in that case).

➤ Milan will face each other four times in a single season (this is the first since 2004-05, three Milan wins and one draw in that case) – in seven of the previous 13, the Rossoneri have remained
unbeaten in all four seasonal matches.

➤ Inter have been eliminated in each of their last four Coppa Italia semi-finals, after progressing in six of the previous seven times they reached this point of the tournament: overall, the Nerazzurri are the side that have suffered the most defeats at this stage of the competition (19).

➤ Milan have lost only one of their last nine Coppa Italia matches (W4, D4): a defeat against Inter in the quarter-finals of the last edition of the tournament. That match ended 2-1 on 26th January 2021 and was decided by a Christian Eriksen direct free-kick in the 97th minute (Lukaku and Ibrahimovic the other scorers).

➤ None of the last 28 goals in the Milan derby across all competitions have been scored by an Italian player: the last one was on 27th December 2017, by Patrick Cutrone (in the Coppa Italia). His goal in the 104th minute saw the Rossoneri qualify for the semi-finals of the competition.

➤ Hakan Calhanoglu has been directly involved in both of Inter’s goals against Milan this season (in the two Serie A games, a penalty in the first game and an assist for Ivan Perisic in the second) – the Turkish player, however, hasn’t scored or assisted in in his last 150 minutes played in the Coppa Italia.

➤ Edin Dzeko has scored the most goals at San Siro in all competitions this season (13) – since his arrival in Italy, the Bosnian player has scored five goals against Milan in all competitions (all for AS Roma ), four of which were netted at San Siro.

➤ Thanks to two goals against Inter in the last Serie A meeting, Olivier Giroud is close to equalling Jean-Pierre Papin as the top French scorer in the history of the Milan Derby in all competitions (three goals).

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