A familiar foe for Pioli: All the key stats ahead of Milan vs. Fiorentina

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan face Fiorentina at San Siro this evening looking to get three more points on the board before the break for the World Cup.

The 0-0 draw against Cremonese in midweek left a very bitter taste and Stefano Pioli’s men will have to redeem themselves against a tricky opponent. You can read our pre-match preview here, while below are the best stats…

➤ Milan won 1-0 in their last Serie A meeting with Fiorentina and could keep successive clean sheets against them for the first time since 2016 (2-0 under Mihajlovic and 0-0 under Montella).

➤ Fiorentina have lost only one of their last 11 Serie A matches against Milan in the first half of the season (0-2 in 2020) – they have had six wins (including a 4-3 victory last season) and four draws.

➤ Milan and Fiorentina have drawn only one of their last 14 Serie A meetings at the Meazza (1-1 with goals from de Jong and Ilicic in October 2014). Such games have ended in eight wins for the Rossoneri and five for the Viola.

➤ Milan have averaged 2.3 goals per game in their last 10 Serie A home games, winning nine matches in the process (defeat v Napoli in the other one) – while they have kept a clean sheet in 50% of their matches during this period.

➤ Fiorentina are unbeaten in their last three Serie A away games and could make it four in a row for the first time under Vincenzo Italiano. After their 2-0 win over Sampdoria, the Viola could keep a clean sheet in successive away matches in the competition for the first time since May 2021.

➤ Stefano Pioli oversaw 69 Serie A games as the manager of Fiorentina between 2017 and 2019 (W24 D24 L21).

➤ Rafael Leão has scored two goals in three Serie A matches against Fiorentina, with both coming at the Meazza – one of them was his very first in the competition, on September 29th, 2019.

➤ Olivier Giroud has scored four goals in his last four appearances for AC Milan in Serie A and the UEFA Champions League. AC Milan have won 17 of their 18 matches in which the Frenchman has found the net in all competitions (only losing against Napoli in September 2022).

➤ Riccardo Saponara made his Serie A debut for AC Milan in 2013/14. He played eight league matches for the Rossoneri – while AC Milan are the side which he has scored the most Serie A goals against (four, at least twice as against any other).

➤ Giacomo Bonaventura scored 30 goals in 155 Serie A matches for AC Milan between 2014 and 2020. Among the opponents which he has never been involved in a goal against in the Italian top-flight, they are the side which he played the most minutes against in the competition (618).

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