AC Milan got their 2022/23 campaign off to the perfect start with a 4-2 win over Udinese, although it didn’t start that way.
It took just two minutes for the champions to concede their first goal of the new season with Rodrigo Becao finding the net for the away side, before two goals in four minutes from Theo Hernandez and Ante Rebic put Milan in front. Udinese would equalise again in first half stoppage time, but just a minute into the second half Milan were back ahead, before Ante Rebic made sure of the three points with his second goal of the game in the 68th minute.
Atalanta also got off to a winning start with a 2-0 away win over Sampdoria thanks to goals from Rafael Toloi and a debut goal from substitute Ademola Lookman. The forward, who was on loan at Leicester from RB Leipzig last season, has now scored in three of the top five European leagues, netting in the Bundesliga, the Premier League and now Serie A.
Gian Piero Gasperini’s side will have a huge job on their hands if they want to make it two wins out of two however, coming up against an AC Milan who have won each of their last seven in Serie A and their last three against Atalanta.
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Atalanta vs AC Milan match stats
Rafael Leao came into his own in the second half of last season, scoring seven goals and providing seven assists in 20 Serie A appearances in 2022, helping Milan to win their first league title since 2011. Only Domenico Berardi (8) has provided more Serie A assists in 2022 than the Portuguese forward, with the Milan man providing seven assists from an xA of just 3.57.
Milan have won each of their last seven Serie A games and are unbeaten in their last 17, with their last defeat coming against Spezia in January. Stefano Pioli’s side have also won each of their last three games against Sunday’s opponents, scoring two or more goals each time and will be looking to win four in a row against Atalanta for the first time since 1996.