AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli will need to instil positive feelings within his team after they endured a 4-0 away mauling from Lazio. During that encounter they had 50% possession and had 10 attempts on goal with 3 on target, while their opponents hit 5 of their 10 shots on goal.
It seems pretty certain that Pioli will be quite pleased with his squad's ability to score goals in recent matches, having managed 8 goals in their past 6 outings. In contrast, however, he will be concerned that their defensive qualities look a little more fragile, with 10 goals conceded in those matches and some crucial points dropped. Unable to deliver a clean sheet in 5 of their last 6 games, it's fair to say they have their troubles at the back.
Winning 4 and being undefeated in 5 of their last 6 league games at Stadio San Siro, marks a good spell of home form for Arsenal.
Rafael Leão will be keen to add his name to the scoresheet and build on his current scoring record of 3 goals in the last 6 league games for AC Milan.
Sassuolo will have been quite satisfied taking a point from their last match against Monza, which ran out a 1-1 draw. They achieved 38% possession in that match and had 13 strikes at goal, with 1 hitting the target, up against Monza's tally of 14 efforts at goal, 3 of which were on target.
Having scored 4 goals and conceded 11 in their last 6 games, they will need to improve at both ends if they are to pick up more points from here on. They are struggling defensively and as a result have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 11 games. After failing to get on the scoresheet in 5 away games out of 10 this season, Alessio Dionisi will be looking for a bit more consistency from his forwards.
A win for Sassuolo is just a distant memory, having not won a single match in 8 games.
AC Milan vs Sassuolo Head to head
AC Milan will have been disappointed not to take all 3 points in their last league match against Sassuolo with the game ending in a 0-0 draw.
In their last 2 league meetings with Milan, Sassuolo have not been on scoring form, not managing a single goal. Playing away from home, Sassuolo have scored in 2 of their last 3 league games against Milan.
In the last 2 league meetings between the teams at Stadio San Siro, Sassuolo has taken all 3 points and has not lost away to Milan in 3 games.
Milan manager Stefano Pioli has some team selection issues to consider ahead of this match. Fodé Ballo-Touré (Ligament), Alessandro Florenzi (Hamstring), Zlatan Ibrahimović (Meniscus) and Mike Maignan (Calf) are all currently out of contention for this game.
Sassuolo Team News
With only Andrea Consigli (Muscle) and Andrea Pinamonti (Muscle) the main fitness concerns ahead of this fixture, Alessio Dionisi will be happy to have an otherwise healthy squad to pick from.
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