AC Milan must return to winning ways in the Scudetto race later this evening when they face Torino at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino.
This same fixture came at an equally crucial moment in the 2020-21 season as Milan needed to win to boost their top four hopes and ended up putting seven past Torino, with Ante Rebic getting a second half hat-trick. A win by any scoreline would be welcomed this evening and you can read our match preview here, with the best pre-match stats below…
➤ Milan have won each of their last four Serie A games against Torino, by an aggregate scoreline of 11-0 – only once have the Rossoneri registered five league wins in a row against Torino in the competition, between 1950 and 1952.
➤ Milan could win five Serie A games in a row without conceding against a single opponent for the second time, also doing so against Bari between 1964 and 1985.
➤ Milan won 7-0 in their last Serie A meeting against Torino at Olimpico Grande Torino; Rossoneri could win two Serie A games in a row at Torino for the first time since 2008 (under Carlo Ancelotti).
➤ In their 1-0 win against Salernitana, Torino ended an eight-game winless streak in Serie A – the Granata last kept back-to-back clean sheets in the competition last September.
➤ Torino have lost each of their last six Serie A games against sides starting the matchday at the top of the table – the last time Torino avoided defeat to such an opponent was in May 2019 (1-1 vs Juventus).
➤ Following their draw against Bologna in their last Serie A game, AC Milan could remain goalless for two consecutive top-flight matches for the first time since February 2021: two losses against Spezia and Inter on that occasion.
➤ Since Bennacer’s goal against Cagliari, Milan have attempted 43 shots without scoring, their longest streak in Serie A since that of 66 shots between December 2019 and January 2020, interrupted by Rafael Leão against Cagliari.
➤ Andrea Belotti has scored each of Torino’s last two goals in Serie A against Milan (brace in September 2019) – with another goal, Belotti would equal Paolo Pulici, Romeo Menti e Guglielmo Gabetto (six) as Torino’s highest goalscorer against Rossoneri in the competition.
➤ Zlatan Ibrahimovic (40y and 189d – on the day of the game) could become the second oldest scorer in Serie A history, overtaking Silvio Piola in 1954 (40y, 131d) – the Swede is goalless in six league games, his longest drought in the competition since April 2006 (a run of 9 with Juventus).
➤ Each of Ante Rebic’s last six Serie A goals have come away from, five of them in Turin (two vs Juventus): Torino are his favourite opponent in the competition (five goals) and the only side against which he has scored a hat-trick (May 12, 2021, in a 7-0 win for Milan).