AC Milan will be hoping to keep up their 100% record against Spezia when the teams face off tonight at the Stadio Alberto Picco.
The Rossoneri know that a win will ensure they are ahead of Inter heading into the derby in just over a week, and Stefano Pioli has almost a fully fit squad to be able to choose from.
You can read our match preview here, while below are the best pre-match stats…
➤ Milan have won both matches in all competitions against Spezia (Coppa Italia in 2014 and Serie A last October), always scoring three goals.
➤ Spezia are the first team to collect more than 20 points (21 currently) after 21 seasonal games on their first ever Serie A season since Siena in 2003/04.
➤ In the three points per win era, Milan are the 18th team with at least 49 points after 21 Serie A seasonal games: all 17 previous teams finished in the top four, while 14 of these have finished the season in first position (Juventus are included in the 2004/05 and 2005/06 seasons).
➤ Milan’s last Serie A defeat away from the San Siro Stadium dates back to 22nd December 2019 against Atalanta: more than 400 days have passed since then.
➤ Spezia have collected only 29% of their points in this Serie A season in home games (6/21), the lowest percentage.
➤ Milan have kept the most clean sheets in this Serie A season (8), exactly double the total kept by Spezia (four).
➤ In the last game Emmanuel Gyasi scored his second goal in Serie A – however, the Spezia player is the striker who has played the most minutes without netting a goal in home games this season (807).
➤ Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the first Milan player to score 14 goals after the first 21 Serie A games played in a season since Stephan El Shaarawy in 2012-13 – the Swede could also become the oldest player to score 15 goals in a single Serie A season, overtaking Silvio Piola in 1951-52.
➤ Ibrahimovic could become the first player since 2000 to find the net against 80 different teams in the top five European Leagues – Spezia will also be the 99th different opponent faced by the Milan striker in the ‘top five’ European Leagues.
➤ Since the beginning of December, Hakan Calhanoglu has made seven assists in Serie A, the joint-most in the top-5 European Leagues with Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman.