Sassuolo will be looking to beat AC Milan at the San Siro for a third time in a row when they travel north to face the Rossoneri on Sunday lunchtime.
Both of these sides come into the match seriously lacking in form. Milan are without a win in three Serie A games, whilst Sassuolo have drawn one and lost four of their last five in the league.
The objective is the same for both clubs as they seek to get some valuable points on the board. You can read our preview ahead of tonight’s game here, while below are the best pre-match stats…
➤ Milan have gone unbeaten in their last two meetings against Sassuolo in Serie A (W1 D1) without conceding a goal – the Rossoneri have never obtained three clean sheets in a row against the Neroverdi in the top-flight.
➤ After the 0-0 draw back in August, Milan and Sassuolo could draw two consecutive matches for the first time in Serie A.
➤ Sassuolo have won both of their last two away games against Milan in the league, only against Hellas Verona (four) and SPAL (three) do the Neroverdi have a longer ongoing away winning streak in Serie A (current sides).
➤ AC Milan have failed to win each of their last five games in all competitions (D2 L3) last going six games without a victory in April 2018, under Gennaro Gattuso.
➤ Sassuolo have recorded two draws and six defeats in their last eight league games: only once they have gone nine games in a row without winning in Serie A, between December 2017 and March 2018, under Iachini.
➤ Under Alessio Dionisi (since 2021/22) Sassuolo have lost 34 points from winning positions in Serie A, drawing against Monza last time out (1-1) having taken the lead; in this period, only Verona (44) and Bologna (39) have dropped more points from winning positions in Serie A.
➤ Four of Milan’s last seven home Serie A goals have come in the final 15 minutes of play – none of the Rossoneri’s first 15 home goals this season had come from the 70th minute or later.
➤ Only Solamente Vlasic (36) has created more open play chances than Armand Laurentié (35, level with Deulofeu) in Serie A this season, whilst Rafael Leão has completed the most dribbles so far (32) – Laurentié has completed 24, fewer only than the Portuguese, Parisi, Felipe Anderson and Kvaratskhelia.
➤ Olivier Giroud, who scored a brace in his last Serie A appearance against Sassuolo, has failed to score in each of his last five league matches (410 minutes): he’s never had a longer goalless run in the Italian top-flight.
➤ Milan are both Domenico Berardi’s best victim in Serie A (10 goals) and the club in the top flight against whom he has been involved in the most goals (14, 10 goals, 4 assists); however, 11 of those 14 involvements came between 2013/14 and 2015/16, registering only three goal involvements in his most recent 11 games against them.