SIDES ON THE UP: Juventus vs AC Milan, Saturday 21 November 2015


Juve and Milan appear to have turned the corner going into their round 13 match.

(ARCHIVE PHOTO: Antonelli in action versus Juve last season) 

MILAN – Both Juve and Milan have endured tough starts to the season, but the two teams have shown signs of improvement lately and ahead of their league encounter this Saturday in Turin.

The rossoneri are enjoying a 5 match unbeaten run whereas Juve secured back to back league wins in the last round for the first time this Serie A campaign. Before the Serie A classic on Saturday night, we check out the stats for each side in detail:

after 12 rounds of the Serie A season, Juventus find themselves on 18 points. To find the last time they amassed such a low points total at this stage of the season, you have to go back to 1998/99. What’s more, since the introduction of 3 points for a win in 1994/95, Juve have never been 9 points off the league-leaders after 12 rounds.

Juve’s early season woes don’t end there. The bianconeri attack have fired in just 16 goals this season- their lowest tally since 1999/00 when the goals-for column read 15.

on the plus side for Max Allegri and his men, the J-Stadium is becoming a fortress once again. After a mixed run of results, the bianconeri have gone the past 5 matches in all competitions at home without loss winning 4 and drawing 1.

this record will be put to the test though by a rossoneri side also on the up. Sinisa Mihajlovic’s men have won 3 and drawn 2 of the past 5 matches while the last defeat was at the start of October at home to Napoli. Should Milan come away from Turin with a point or better, they would become the first Milan side since September-October 2014 to go 6 matches without defeat.

areas for improvement: the rossoneri rear-guard have shipped at least one goal in 12 of the past 13 away matches. That one clean sheet meanwhile was in April’s goalless derby stalemate when Inter were the home side. To continue, in those 12 matches, Milan have leaked a total of 20 goals.

the rossoneri also need to sharpen up after the restart as no side has conceded more goals than Milan and Empoli in the period 46-60 mins this season: 6.

SOURCE: Football Data.