Kessie looks to build on three-goal display – all the important stats ahead of SPAL-Milan

By Isak Möller -

Tomorrow evening, SPAL will take on AC Milan at Paolo Mazza in the 29th round of Serie A. The Rossoneri are coming off an impressive, albeit quite dull, 2-0 win against Roma which saw them close in on the Giallorossi. 

If Stefano Pioli’s men weren’t the favourites last time out, they certainly are now as they have started the resumption in the best way possible. Therefore, they might not be the most exciting bet, although you can always check out some online betting codes.

The manager is expected to make a few changes to the team, per, as a tough schedule awaits after the SPAL clash: Lazio, Juventus and Napoli. It will thus be necessary to save some energy and this is the game to do it.

Lucas Paqueta will replace Jack Bonaventura, who has been very disappointing as of late, while Davide Calabria-Andrea Conti and Samu Castillejo-Alexis Saelemaekers will battle it out. Other than that, though, the starting eleven will be the usual one.

This means that Franck Kessie, who was very successful last time Milan visited SPAL, will be playing from start alongside Ismael Bennacer. Take a look at the top ten facts and stats about the game below, as provided by Opta.

  • SPAL and AC Milan have met 37 times so far in Serie A. SPAL have managed to beat the Rossoneri only once, losing 24 times and conceding 84 goals (more than against any other opponent in the top-flight).
  • AC Milan have won their last eight Serie A games against SPAL – a current negative record for the club from Ferrara.
  • The record in Ferrara in Serie A sees AC Milan with 10 wins and eight draws against SPAL. In fact, the Rossoneri are the only club that SPAL have never beaten at home so far.
  • SPAL have conceded 11 goals in their last three home games against AC Milan, at least three per game.
  • SPAL are winless in their last nine home games (D2 L7), losing each of the last six.
  • AC Milan have won their last four Serie A away games against team starting the day in the bottom three of the table.
  • Stefano Pioli is unbeaten as a manager in Serie A against SPAL (W3 D2).
  • Andrea Petagna’s first Serie A appearance came with AC Milan in 2013. Since leaving the Rossoneri, he has faced them seven times, scoring just one goal.
  • SPAL could become the 31st different side that AC Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic has faced in Serie A. Indeed, SPAL could become the 29th side that he has scored against in the Italian top-flight.
  • In the last meeting between these two sides at the Paolo Mazza in Ferrara, Franck Kessié was involved in three goals in a Serie A game for the first and only time, scoring a brace and providing an assist.

Hopefully, Milan will clinch another three points and continue the positive trend. The goal, of course, is to leapfrog Napoli and perhaps even Roma in 5th place. This won’t be easy and they will need every point they can get.

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