AC Milan aim to bounce back quickly from their surprise heavy home defeat to Lille in the Europa League when they face Hellas Verona on Sunday night (kick-off 20:45).
AC Milan (4-2-3-1): Donnarumma; Calabria, Kjær, Romagnoli, Hernández; Bennacer, Kessie; Saelemaekers, Çalhano?lu, Leão; Ibrahimovi?.
Hellas Verona (3-4-2-1): Silvestri; Ceccherini, Lovato, Empereur; Lazovic, Tameze, Ilic, Dimarco; Barak, Zaccagni; Kalinic.
Unavailable: Benassi, Cetin, Danzi, Faraoni, Favilli, Ruegg, Veloso, Vieira.
– Three of the last seven Serie A meetings between AC Milan and Verona have been drawn, with each side winning twice in that run.
– Verona are the opponent that AC Milan have faced the most at home in Serie A without ever losing: 16 wins and 12 draws in 28 matches for the Rossoneri.
– AC Milan have scored in each of their last 26 league games, they could equal their second longest streak in the Italian top flight (27 matches in 1949).
– AC Milan have always scored the first goal of the match in the current Serie A season: only twice in their history they netted the opening goal in each of their first seven Serie A matches (1970/71 and 2003/04).
– Verona’s last win on the road in Serie A was in January 2020 (2-0 v SPAL): indeed they’ve picked up only eight points in their last 13 away games in the competition.
– AC Milan have conceded the highest ratio of goals from set-pieces in Serie A this season (80% – 4/5) – on the other hand, Verona are the only team that haven’t yet conceded a goal from set piece.
– AC Milan (five) and Verona (three) have conceded the fewest goals in Serie A this season – this will be also the match among the two goalkeepers with the best save percentage this term (88.5% for Marco Silvestri and 84.6% for Gianluigi Donnarumma).
– Prior to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the last AC Milan player with at least seven goals in the Rossoneri’s first six seasonal Serie A matches was George Weah in 1996 – only three players have netted more in AC Milan’s first seven league matches: Gunnar Nordahl (1950 and 1955), Marco van Basten (1992) and Andriy Shevchenko (2003).
– AC Milan’s Hakan Calhanoglu has scored two goals in three matches against Verona in Serie A, both at San Siro.
– Verona forward Nikola Kalinic has scored only one goal in five Serie A matches against AC Milan: in February 2017 with Fiorentina.