Rebic’s precedent and a 14-year run: All the key stats ahead of Milan vs. Udinese

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan’s mission tonight is simple: to beat Udinese and return to winning ways, putting pressure on Inter and Napoli in the process.

Milan dropped points on the road against the bottom-placed side last Saturday as they surrendered an early lead and needed an Ante Rebic equaliser to earn a 2-2 draw, with tonight’s game against relegation-threatened Udinese a tricky one on paper too.

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

➤ Milan and Udinese drew their last Serie A meeting, and could draw home and away in a single campaign in the competition for the first time since 2010/11 (4-4 and 0-0).

➤ Milan have gone unbeaten in their four Serie A meetings with Udinese under Stefano Pioli: the last AC Milan manager to have avoided defeat in each of his first five such matches was Alberto Zaccheroni, back in 1998-2000.

➤ Milan have lost only one of their last 14 Serie A home matches against Udinese (1-0 in September 2016, thanks to Stipe Perica’s strike – W8 D5).

➤ After their draw against Salernitana the last time out, AC Milan could fail to win in two Serie A matches in a row against teams starting the day in the bottom five of the table for the first time since December 2020 (v Parma and Genoa back then).

➤ Milan have kept a clean sheet in their last two Serie A home games (0-0 v Juventus and 1-0 v Sampdoria) – they last managed to do this in three in a row in October 2020, which is the only previous instance under Stefano Pioli.

➤ Since the beginning of 2022, Udinese have won only five Serie A points (W1 D2 L3) – only Empoli and Bologna (four each) have had fewer, while Udinese have also conceded 13 goals in the process, more than only Empoli (16).

➤ Udinese have made the fewest open play crosses in Serie A this season: 187, at least 50 fewer than any other side so far – they have indeed scored the fewest goals following a cross in the competition so far (two), with AC Milan netting four times via this method themselves.

➤ Milan’s Ante Rebic scored his first Serie A brace against Udinese at the Meazza in January 2020. He has scored each of his last six league goals away from home (including one in the last game, against Salernitana), with his last goal at the San Siro Stadium coming in April 2021, against Genoa.

➤ Theo Hernández (3144) and Rafael Leão (2625) are the two players who have covered the most distance (in metres) with progressive carries in Serie A this season – the Portuguese has also had the most carries ending with a shot in the competition so far (24).

➤ Rodrigo Becão is the Udinese outfield player with the most minutes played in Serie A so far (1965) – he has scored two goals in his Serie A career, both against Milan: in August 2019 (his
debut in the competition) and in March 2021 at the Meazza.

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