NAME: Milan – Brescia
DATE: August 31, 2019
TIME: 16:00 UTC
VENUE: San Siro/Giuseppe Meazza, Milan , Italy
AC Milan have lost just one of their last 18 Serie A encounters against Brescia (W8 D9), keeping a clean sheet in nine of those games.
Brescia have won only two of their 21 games against AC Milan away from home in Serie A (D7 L12), their last such win came back in March 1967.
AC Milan have kept a clean sheet in their last two Serie A encounters against Brescia: they have never managed three in a row against the Rondinelle in the competition.
AC Milan have lost their opening two matches of a Serie A season just twice previously: in 1986/87 (finishing in sixth place) and in 2008/09 (finishing in second place).
Brescia have gone unbeaten in their first two matchdays in a single Serie A season twice previously (in 1992/93 and 2001/02), however they have never won both such games.
AC Milan were the only Serie A side that failed to register a single shot on target on MD1 (despite having 14 shots in total).
The last time Brescia won back to back away games in Serie A came back in November 1967.
AC Milan’s Krzysztof Piatek has scored just one goal in his last eight appearances in Serie A (vs Frosinone): in his previous 30 appearances he scored one goal every 116’ with Genoa and AC Milan combined (21 goals in 2436 minutes).
HEAD TO HEAD
As mentioned, Milan have not faced Brescia in over nine years due to their absence from Serie A, and they did the double over them in the 2010-11 Scudetto season.
In the home game at San Siro, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Robinho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic all netted in the opening half an hour as the Rossoneri cruised to a 3-0 win.
THE SQUAD NEWS
Current Milan squad is:
Forwards: Fabio Borini, Suso, Hakan Çalhanoğlu, Samu Castillejo, André Silva, Krzysztof Piątek, Rafael Leão
Midfilders: Lucas Biglia, Giacomo Bonaventura, Rade Krunić, Franck Kessié, Ismaël Bennacer, Lucas Paquetá, Alexandro Cavagnera, Marco Brescianini, Antonio Mionić, Andrea Capone
Defenders: Mateo Musacchio, Ricardo Rodríguez, Andrea Conti, Alessio Romagnoli, Davide Calabria, Diego Laxalt, Mattia Caldara, Theo Hernández, Matteo Gabbia, Léo Duarte
Goalkeepers: Pepe Reina, Antonio Donnarumma, Gianluigi Donnarumma
Predicted line-up (4-3-3): G. Donnarumma; Calabria, Musacchio, Romagnoli, Rodriguez; Calhanoglu, Bennacer, Paqueta; Suso, Piatek, Borini
Current Brescia squad is:
Forwards: Marco Reich, Mario Balotelli, Alfredo Donnarumma, Ernesto Torregrossa, Nikolas Špalek, Florian Aye
Midfilders: Daniele Dessena, Luca Tremolada, Dimitri Bisoli, Jaromír Zmrhal, Leonardo Morosini, Emanuele Ndoj, Massimiliano Mangraviti, Sandro Tonali, Mattia Viviani
Defenders: Daniele Gastaldello, Bruno Martella, Stefano Sabelli, Jhon Chancellor, Aleš Matějů, Andrea Cistana, Felipe Curcio, Giangiacomo Magnani, Alessandro Semprini
Goalkeepers: Enrico Alfonso, Jesse Joronen, Lorenzo Andrenacci
Predicted line-up (4-3-3): Joronen; Sabelli, Cistana, Chancellor, Martella; Bisoli, Tonali, Dessena; Aye, Spalek, Donnarumma