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Cagliari v AC Milan: Probable Line-Ups and Key Statistics

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Having won just one of their last 31 meetings with , will be hoping to end that run on Saturday afternoon as they play the role of hosts in Sardinia.

PROBABLE LINE-UPS

Cagliari (4-3-1-2): Olsen; Faragó, Klavan, Pisacane, Pellegrini; Rog, Cigarini, Nandez; Nainggolan; Joao Pedro, Simeone.

Unavailable: Pavoletti, Cragno, Cacciatore, Ceppitelli, Mattiello.

AC Milan (4-4-2):Donnarumma; Calabria, Musacchio, Romagnoli, Hernandez; Castillejo, Bennacer, Krunic; Calhanoglu; Ibrahmovic, Leao.

Unavailable: Duarte.

KEY STATISTICS

– Cagliari have won only one of their last 31 Serie A meetings against AC Milan (D7 L23): a 2-1 win in May 2017.

– AC Milan have lost only one of their last 15 away games against Cagliari in Serie A (W8 D6), a 2-1 defeat in 2017.

– AC Milan are unbeaten in their last Serie A game of the first half of the season in their last four campaigns (W2 D2): their last such defeat was in 2014/15 against Atalanta at San Siro (1-0).

– Cagliari have lost each of their last three league games, after going unbeaten in their previous 13 (W8 D5) – the last time the Rossoblu endured a longer streak of consecutive defeats was in October 2017 (five).

– AC Milan haven’t drawn any of their last 12 league games on the road (W6 L6): the last time they played more consecutive away games without a single draw in Serie A was in October 1950 (14).

– Cagliari have scored 20 goals in their opening nine home Serie A games this season, equalling their record of home goals at this stage of the competition (established in 1966/67 and in 2016/17).

– Cagliari have scored the most goals from crosses in Serie A this season (eight), while AC Milan have scored the joint-fewest goals from crosses (two).

– AC Milan have scored only 16 goals in Serie A this season: their fewest total after their opening 18 games of a Serie A campaign since 1985/86, when they ended that season in seventh place.

– Cagliari striker Giovanni Simeone has scored five Serie A goals this season, only one fewer than in the whole of the last campaign – he has never netted more goals in the first half of a season in the Italian top-flight.

– AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored 11 goals from direct free-kicks in the top five European leagues (three in Serie A, one in LaLiga and seven in Ligue 1): the only one of these he scored with the Rossoneri was in January 2012, against Cagliari.

Source: forzaitalianfootball.com

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