The AC Milan’s match against Udinese last weekend made headlines for all the wrong reasons after the match was briefly suspended due to racist abuse directed at Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan. After the match resumed, and perhaps understandably given what had happened earlier, Milan scored two late goals to win 3-2 and record their fourth consecutive Serie A win.
The Rossoneri are still seven and six points behind Juventus and Inter Milan, respectively, with a game in hand on Inter, but they are alone in third place thanks to their unbeaten run of six league matches (5W, 1D). They have been particularly solid at home, winning their last five Serie A matches there and conceding just two goals. Such defensive excellence has also been a feature of their recent history against Bologna, highlighted by three consecutive clean sheets (2W, 1D) in their last three home meetings.
Bologna have not beaten Milan since January 2016 (3L, 13D) and a trip to San Siro is not exactly ideal as they look to get back on track after three league matches without a win (1D, 2L). Nevertheless, the team is in a good position in the top half of the table thanks to their pre-Christmas form and their hopes of qualifying for Europe are still alive.
However, that ambition could be derailed if they do not improve their away form. The Rossoblu have won just one league match away from home this season (6L, 3D) and that record includes two consecutive defeats in three-goal thrillers. Their dreadful record against Milan suggests they could be on course for a third consecutive away defeat in the top flight. That would be their first since February 2022.
Key battle: After receiving the support of the world after the events in Udine, Maignan will be hoping for a more pleasant afternoon in Milan, especially as he has kept three clean sheets in four meetings with Bologna. Lewis Ferguson will be looking to stop him from extending that record. He has opened the scoring four times in Serie A this season.
Hot stat: Bologna have avoided defeat in 75% of their Serie A matches this season when they have started as the underdogs (1W, 5D, 2L). Only Juventus have a better record.