AC Milan will be looking to take advantage of a favourable head-to-head record when they face SPAL at San Siro on Thursday night.
The Rossoneri will be looking to avoid a Halloween nightmare when they welcome the team from Ferrera, who currently sit second bottom in the standings with no points or goals accrued so far on their travels this season.
Stefano Pioli’s side though are struggling too in relative terms, having lost five of their nine games to begin the season and consequently currently languishing in the bottom half of the Serie A table.
As Footstats (via MilanNews.it) note however, the stats heading into this particular encounter read well for the Diavolo.
SPAL have only ever beaten Milan once away from home in their entire history, and that came back on June 9 1957 when they were 1-0 victors at San Siro thanks to a goal from Di Giacomo.
In 19 games played between the two sides in Milano, the home side have come out on top 14 times, with four draws and the aforementioned defeat over 62 years ago.
Since SPAL returned to Serie A back in the 2017-18 season (having reformed as SPAL 2013), Milan have won all four meetings between the teams including both at San Siro.
Looking more generally, Pioli’s side have conceded the second-most penalties so far in the league this season with four, a number only topped by Genoa who conceded their fifth spot kick of the campaign in Wednesday night’s defeat at Juventus.
Meanwhile, prior to Round 10 Milan had conceded the second-most goals of any team (10) in the last five games, again only being surpassed by Genoa (12).
Milan vs. SPAL Head-to-head at San Siro
Milan wins: 14
SPAL wins: 1
Milan goals scored: 48
SPAL goals scored: 13
The first meeting: 1951/1952, Milan 1-1 SPAL
The most recent meeting: 2018/2019, Milan 2-1 SPAL