Milan host Napoli in the pick of Week 13’s Serie A fixtures, but the stats are bleaker than ever going into the encounter.
With Milan 14th in Serie A on 13 points and Napoli in seventh with 19 points, these two clubs haven’t had a worse combined tally after 12 games since the latter bounced back from Serie B in 2007.
The Rossoneri come into the match without a win from their last four matches against Napoli at San Siro, and that record is backed up by three losses in five home fixtures this season.
Having made their worst start to the season since 1941-42, the hosts are already bringing out some dusty statistics from the archive.
If they lose to the Partenopei this weekend, it will be the first time Milan have ever lost eight games in their first 13 matches.
However, the opportunity to turn the tide presents itself against former boss Carlo Ancelotti, as the visitors arrive at the Giuseppe Meazza wounded.
They will hope Lorenzo Insigne doesn’t play on Saturday, given Milan are his favourite opponents. The forward is on six goals against the Diavolo in Serie A and only Berardi (eight) and Dybala (seven) have better numbers.
Napoli, though, are coming from internal chaos the week before the international break, and fans will be hoping it has calmed down when they return to action.
The players disobeyed President Aurelio De Laurentiis through their refusal to go on a training retreat, while midfielder Eljif Elmas broke an organised media blackout.
Napoli haven’t won for five games and are currently on their worst run since February 2016. If they make it six, you would have to go back to 2013 to find an equally-poor run for the southerners.
Ancelotti needs a win to ease the pressure on himself, whereas Stefano Pioli is eyeing a victory to avoid any more unwanted records for Milan when the two teams clash at 17:00 GMT on Saturday.
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