A first ever meeting in the top flight: All the key stats ahead of Milan vs. Monza

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan will host Monza for the first time ever in Serie A looking to make it four Serie A wins in a row and put the pressure on the teams around them.

The last meeting between the two teams in a competitive game dates back to the 1980s and it will be an emotional day for Silvio Berlusconi and Adriano Galliani who return to face the club they ran for over 30 years together.

You can read our pre-match preview here, while below are the best stats…

➤ Monza will be the 11th side from Lombardia to face Milan in Serie A; only against Inter in 1929 have the Rossoneri lost their very first meeting against one of these sides (W6 D3).

➤ This will be Monza’s first Serie A away match in Lombardia; so far, the only side from this region they have visited are Atalanta, a 0-2 defeat at the U-Power Stadium in September.

➤ Milan and Monza faced each other in Serie B; the Rossoneri won each of their four such meetings, under Massimo Giacomini in 1980/81 and under Ilario Castagner in 1982/83.

➤ Milan have won each of their last six Serie A home matches against promoted sides without conceding a single goal; the last promoted side to win against them at the San Siro were Benevento in April 2018, thanks to a Pietro Iemmello strike.

➤ Milan have won seven of their first 10 Serie A matches to a season as a defending champion for the first time since 1992/93; they would go on to win a second title in a row that season.

➤ Monza have gained 10 points in 10 matches so far; in the last 20 Serie A campaigns, only four promoted sides out of 34 (12%) to have picked up at least 10 points at this stage in the competition were relegated at the end of the year (Benevento 2020/21, Frosinone 2015/16, Brescia 2010/11 and Lecce 2008/09).

➤ Sandro Tonali’s goal against Hellas Verona was Milan’s second following a direct attack in Serie A this season; only Sassuolo and Lecce have more in 2022/23 (three each). The Rossoneri have
made the most direct attacks overall in the competition so far (31).

➤ Milan’s Ante Rebic has delivered the most assists as a substitute in Serie A this season (two), while no player has been directly involved in more goals than Rebic as a substitute in the division this term (three, level with Beto, Luis Alberto and Pedro).

➤ Milan’s Olivier Giroud has failed to find the net in each of his four Serie A meetings against promoted side, although he has delivered two assists, against Empoli and Salernitana last season.

➤ In the four Serie A matches in which Dany Mota has started this season, Monza have earned two wins, one draw and one defeat (1.8 points-per-game on average) – in the other six matches, they have averaged just 0.5 points per game (W1 L5).

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