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Opposition Focus | Ten things to know about Monza

Opposition Focus | Ten things to know about Monza
Opposition Focus | Ten things to know about Monza
Opposition Focus | Ten things to know about Monza

It's second versus ninth on the Serie A table as Monza host the Bianconeri at the U-Power Stadium on Friday evening, the first of five fixtures for Juventus this month.

Monza are currently on a four-match unbeaten run, while visitors Juventus will look to make it nine matches without a loss should they get a result in Monza.

Ahead of the 20.45 CET kick-off, here's ten things you may not know about Friday night's opposition.

  1. Monza have won both Serie A matches played against Juventus and could become the first team to achieve three wins in their first three matches against the Bianconeri in the competition. The last team to beat Juventus three times in a row in Serie A was Parma.
  2. Monza have conceded a maximum of one goal in their last 10 Serie A matches (seven goals conceded); it is the longest open streak of games without at least two goals conceded among the teams currently active in Serie A.
  3. Monza is the only team in the league that has not yet conceded or scored a goal in injury time; the last goal scored by the Brianza team after the 90th minute of play dates back to May 19th against Sassuolo (goal by Matteo Pessina).
  4. So far this campaign, only Inter and Milan (0) have conceded fewer headed goals than Monza (one, scored by Scamacca on 2 September).
  5. In this match, two of the three players who have provided the most assists with crosses in the league face each other: Filip Kostic and Giorgos Kyriakopoulos (both on three, equal to Matteo Ruggeri).
  6. Andrea Colpani has scored six goals this season, already two more than he scored in 2022/23 (four); among the midfielders of the top five European leagues, only Jude Bellingham has scored more (11) than the Monza player.
  7. Roberto Gagliardini is the midfielder who has hit the woodwork the most this season (three) - only Matías Soulé and Jovane Cabral (four each) have hit more.
  8. Michele Di Gregorio, who with one appearance will reach 50 games in Serie A, is the goalkeeper who has made the most saves in the league (48).
  9. Patrick Ciurria (20 shots) is the player who has taken the most shots without yet managing to score in Serie A.
  10. Monza is one of the only two teams, together with Reggina, against which Massimiliano Allegri has never won in Serie A.

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