Total dominance since 1997: All the key stats ahead of Milan vs. Cagliari

By Isak Möller -

AC Milan will be up against Cagliari at San Siro later this evening, hoping to end their winless run with a good performance in front of the fans. Taking a look at the key facts and stats for this fixture, it’s clear that the Rossoneri are the favourites. 

Since 1997, Cagliari have clinched just three wins against Milan in the league (across 40 games, 8D, 29L). In short, the Rossoneri have been totally dominant in this fixture and will be hoping to keep that trend going with a good result tonight.

You can read the latest team news, opposition insight and prediction in our pre-match preview, while below are the best stats…

Key facts and stats

➤ Milan are the team that have beaten Cagliari the most in Serie A, with the Rossoneri beating the Rossoblù 46 times (D27 L8). The Rossoneri have won seven of their last eight matches against the Rossoblù, conceding just two goals

➤ Milan’s last home defeat against Cagliari in Serie A dates back to June 1997 (0-1 – goal by Muzzi). Since then, (1998/99 season onwards) the Rossoneri have picked up 17 wins and two draws against the Sardinians – with a points per game average of 2.79, the highest in the competition for a team against a single opponent (15+ games played in this period).

➤ Milan have failed to win any of their last four games in Serie A (D3 L1), their longest winless run since February 2023 when they went five games in a row without picking up a win (D2 L3) – the last Rossoneri coach to have two separate 5+ game winless runs was Filippo Inzaghi (three between 2014 and 2015).

➤ Milan have conceded five goals across their last two Serie A home games (three against Genoa, two against Inter), as many goals as in their previous 10. The Rossoneri have not conceded 2+ goals in three consecutive home games since January 2021 in the competition.

➤ Cagliari have drawn three of their last four Serie A matches (L1), drawing 12 games overall in the league this season. The Sardinians have not managed 13 draws in a single season in the competition since 2011/12 – finishing 15th that season.

➤ Cagliari have won only one of their last 22 Serie A away games – seven draws and 14 defeats complete this run which spans from March 2022 onwards. In this period, only Frosinone, with 18 matches, and Venezia, with six, achieved fewer wins than the Sardinians away from home.

➤ Milan (96%, 64/67) and Cagliari (95%, 35/37) are the two teams that have scored the most goals from inside the penalty box in Serie A this season. The Sardinians (as well as Roma) are the team who have conceded the most goals from inside the area percentage-wise (93%, 56/60). Meanwhile, the Rossoneri are the team who have conceded the most goals from outside the box (10).

➤ Milan have scored 12 goals from corners this season, at least three more than any other team in Serie A and with only Arsenal (16) and Borussia Mönchengladbach (14) scoring more this way across the Big-5 European Leagues. Meanwhile, Cagliari have conceded nine this way, with only Frosinone conceding more in the Italian top-flight (11).

➤ Olivier Giroud’s first two goals in Serie A came against Cagliari, on 29 August 2021. The Rossoneri striker has scored two goals in his last three home matches in the top division, this comes after he had only scored one in his previous 11.

➤ Yerry Mina scored both of Cagliari’s last two goals in Serie A and he has scored in the last two matches played with the Sardinians. In the era of three points for a win no Rossoblù defender found the back of the net in three consecutive appearances in the competition.

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