Milan earned a 2-0 victory over Atalanta at home in their last league match, their third straight win, leaving them in third place on 47 points with 14 matches remaining. The Rossoneri trail first-placed Napoli by 18 points and lead fifth-placed Roma by three for a spot in next season’s Champions League.
Fiorentina, meanwhile, is in 12th place on 28 points, with 14 matches remaining, the Viola trail sixth-placed Atalanta by 13 points for a spot in the Conference League qualifiers. Fiorentina won their last Serie A match 3-0 at Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi against Hellas Verona, ending a six-match winless streak (two draws and four losses).
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Fiorentina vs AC Milan match stats
Fiorentina enjoyed a 3-0 win against Verona last time out; they could achieve back-to-back Serie A wins without conceding a goal for the first time since January 2020, against SPAL and Napoli. However, they’ve conceded in eight consecutive matches at home in Serie A; they have not endured a longer run at home without a clean sheet in the competition since 2005 (nine).
Milan has scored in eight consecutive matches against Fiorentina in Serie A; only once before have the Rossoneri registered a longer streak against the Viola in the history of the competition: 10 in a row between 1947 and 1951. Fiorentina is, along with Roma, Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s favourite Serie A opponent (11 goals scored against them); with another goal, the Swede would become the oldest scorer in the history of the competition (41 years and 152 days), overtaking Alessandro Costacurta (41 years and 25 days, in May 2007).
Ibrahimovic made his first appearance of the season last week, making a 16-minute cameo off the bench as Milan ran out 2-0 winners over Atalanta at home. The enigmatic Swede is subsequently eyeing a first start of the season, but head coach Stefano Pioli is urging caution. “Not full playing time, but he will soon be able to start,” he told reporters. “Zlatan is Zlatan, it’s his strength, his return is important. In training with him or without him, there’s definitely a difference.”