Breaking down the stats and our tip of the day as Zlatan prepares for Hellas Verona

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be hoping he can recover from a slight groin injury that he sustained against Roma last time out to play against Verona on Sunday in Serie A.

AC Milan beat Roma 2-1 last Sunday, and Ibrahimovic will be looking to build on that win to help his side catch Serie A leaders, Inter Milan.

Verona currently sit ninth in Italy's top tier, and they have gone toe-to-toe with Milan on 22 previous occasions in Serie A. The side in red and black have won 11 of those games, with Verona winning just four and seven draws.

The gap at the top of the league remains four points, and AC Milan won't have an easy game when they travel to Verona on Sunday. The hosts are unbeaten in their last three games, most recently holding Juventus to a 1-1 draw last Saturday.

The San Siro side will be hoping they can get their talisman fit to give them the best chance of avoiding a potential banana skin in the title race.

Zlatan was man of the match the last time these two sides met
Zlatan was man of the match the last time these two sides met

Tip for the fixture

With AC Milan conceding in each of their last five games in all competitions, AC Milan to win and both teams to score can be found at 11/4 with Paddy Power (price correct at the time of writing, subject to change).

Let's take a look at the numbers.

Stat Attack

Ibrahimovic is the Rossoneri's top goalscorer this season, notching 14 goals so far this campaign. He sits fifth in the overall scoring standings in Serie A.

The Swedish striker is five games without a goal in all competitions, so he will be looking to rediscover his goalscoring form.

Rossoneri's win over Roma ended a run of four games without a win all competitions.

AC Milan average 2.13 goals per game so far this season, with Verona averaging just 1.39 goals by comparison.

The two sides have played out two draws in their last two fixtures; AC's last win over Verona was a 1-0 win in May 2019.

Ibrahimovic has only played against Hellas Verona on one occasion in his career.

Memorable Match

AC Milan 2-2 Verona

Serie A

8 November 2020

AC Milan had to pick themselves off the canvas in this game, and they may perhaps count themselves a little unlucky that they didn't claim all three points in this one.

Verona took the lead after six minutes, as Antonin Barak reacted quickest to apply the finishing touch to an exercise in footballing ping-pong in the Milan box.

Their lead was extended after 19 minutes, after Mattia Zaccagni's volley took a wicked deflection off Milan defender, Davide Calabria, which flew into his own net.

Milan hit back eight minutes later, forcing an own goal in their own favour. Alexis Saelemaekers' teasing cross ricocheted off Giangiacomo Magnami and into the bottom corner.

Ibramhimovic hit the cross bar early in the second, and then was offered the chance to restore parity from the penalty spot after 65 minutes. His spot kick was blazed over the cross bar.

The 6'5'' striker did make amends three minutes into stoppage time, after Calabria thought he had levelled the game up, only for his goal to be ruled out by VAR. The Swede rose highest to nod Brahim Diaz's floated cross home.

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