AC Milan will be looking to continue their positive start to the season with a win over Bologna on Monday night, and the stats are in their favour.
The Rossoneri begun their campaign on Thursday night with a 2-0 win over Shamrock Rovers in the second qualifying round of the Europa League in Dublin, thanks to goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Hakan Calhanoglu.
Pioli is expecting another tough test from Bologna as he stated in his pre-match press conference, while he will again battle a defensive crisis as Milan look to make it two wins from two to start the season.
Here are the main pre-match stats…
- Milan have lost their last two season openers, against Udinese and Napoli, but have never done it three years in a row in their history.
- Milan have won 8 of their last 9 matches against Bologna in all competitions.
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 9 of Milan‘s last 10 games (Serie A).
- Milan have scored at least 2 goals in 11 of their last 12 matches (Serie A).
- Milan have been winning at both half time and full time in their last 3 matches against Bologna in all competitions.
- Milan have won their last four home matches against Bologna in the league. Out of the teams currently in Serie A, only against Cagliari can the Rossoneri boast at having an ongoing longer winning streak at San Siro (15).
- Bologna have lost 42 matches away to AC Milan in Serie A. Only against Juventus have they suffered more league defeats on the road (43).
- Milan and Bologna are set to face each other on matchday one for the third time in Serie A. So far, it’s one victory apiece (the Rossoneri won in 1998 and the Rossoblu emerged victorious in 2008).
- Ibrahimovic has contributed to 14 goals in the 15 opening day fixtures he’s played in the Top 5 European leagues during his career: ten goals and four assists. Zlatan has been involved in six goals in seven matches against Bologna in Serie A (four goals and two assists).
- Stefano Pioli’s longest spell as a Serie A coach came at Bologna, where he remained for 89 league matches (W27, D28, L34). Meanwhile, Sinisa Mihajlović was in charge of AC Milan for 32 fixtures in Serie A between 2015 and 2016 (W13, D10, L9).
- Pioli has remained undefeated in seven of his last ten encounters against Mihajlović as a coach in Serie A (W5, D2)