Hands up who can remember the great Milan teams of 2003, 2005, or 2007? Or even the 2011 title-winning Rossoneri?​


It's been slim pickings since those glory days for the red and black half of Milan, who are now suffering the endless torture of watching ex-Sunderland man Fabio Borini don the prestigious shirt. 

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The new season couldn't have got off to a worse start, and after a string of poor results, Milan were onto their second manager of the campaign and languishing in the bottom half of the table. 


There have been green shoots of promise in recent weeks for I Rossoneri however, and Stefano Pioli's men were able to hold Napoli to a draw in their most recent outing. 


On the other hand, Parma are proving to be tricky customers this season, and having recently dispatched of Champions League hopefuls Roma, I Crociati will be keen to claim another scalp at the Ennio Tardini Stadium. 


The only thing that could make this game a little bit spicier is the addition of the odd stat or two from our pals ​Opta to whet the whistle before Sunday's crunch match. 


It's eighth versus twelfth, but it's so, so much more than that. 


Head to Head Hope 

​Although goals have been hard to come by this season - and clean sheets even more so - Milan have a good record against Sunday's opponents. 

Franck Kessie

I Rossoneri have found the net in each of their last 12 Serie A meetings against Parma, and have gone on to win eight of those matches (D2 L2).


To add to that ominous news for Parma supporters, their side has won only two of its last 12 home Serie A games against Milan (D4 L6). Gulp. 


Home Comforts 

 

This is a new Parma team, however, which is enjoying an excellent start to the season. Milan may have the better head-to-head record of the two sides, but we're living in the here and now. 

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Parma have won four of their seven league games at Tardini Stadium this season (L3) - a record which they have bettered only twice before at this stage of the season in the 21st century - five wins in 2009/10 under Guidolin and in 2002/03 under Prandelli.


Fortress. 


New Manager Bounce


When Pioli agreed to become ​Milan manager, he probably dreamt of breaking as many records as possible with his new side. And he is close to doing so already - although not the type of record he would have hoped. 

Stefano Pioli

Milan have picked up only one point in their last three games, and they could go four league games without a win for the first time this season.


Three is a magic number but not four, Stefano. 


Serie A-sly Bad 

There's no way of dressing it up, Milan have been absolutely shocking this season. Absolutely, blooming shocking. 

Douglas Costa,Paulo Dybala

Pioli's men have picked up only 14 points this season - their joint-fewest at this stage of a Serie A campaign in the three points for a win era - along with the 2013/14 season, in which they finished eighth.


A long season ahead. 


Minus 5 in Milan 


It gets chilly around Christmas time in Milan, but nowhere near as low as their horrendous goal difference. 

Hirving Lozano,Giacomo Bonaventura,Alessio Romagnoli

Milan have a league goal difference of -5 (12 goals scored, 17 conceded). Only twice previously have the Rossoneri had a worse goal difference at this stage in the Italian top-flight, (in 1930/31 and 1981/82) when they were relegated at the end of the season.


Relegation pending?


Late Goals Lose Games


There was a time when Milan would be the dominant side in Serie A, pushing and squeezing the life out of their inferior opposition, until eventually getting their deserved breakthrough late on. 


Well, those days are well and truly gone. 

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Milan have lost the most points (six) with goals conceded in the last 20 minutes of play in Serie A this season. Parma are yet to lose a point during this period of play.


Time to park the bus. 


Not-So-Deadly Dead-Balls

​Set pieces are a valuable weapon - when practised and perfected by well-drilled and powerful sides. It comes as no surprise then, that Milan are yet to score from a corner situation in Serie A this season.

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If it's any consolation to Milan fans, Parma share this awful record, and both teams will be failing to beat the first man from a dead-ball with true consistency on Sunday afternoon. 


Darmian the Returning Man 

​Ah, Matteo Darmian, ​Manchester United legend. But little did some of us know, he was also a Milan hero, too. 

Matteo Darmian

Darmian played his first Serie A game for AC Milan (in May 2007 against Udinese) – overall, the Parma defender played four matches with I Rossoneri in the Italian top-flight.


Get that testimonial organised!


Ace Bona-Ventura, Goal Detective

Alrighty then! If there's one man that has been hard to replace in the Milan side, it's Jack Bonaventura. The dynamic midfielder has returned from injury and slotted back into the side like a glove

Giacomo Bonaventura

The 30-year-old has been directly involved in three goals in his last three Serie A games against Parma (two goals, one assist).


A welcome return