AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani believes the Rossoneri has more than just bizarre statistics in its favour as the first Milan derby of the Serie A season looms large.
If the unusual pattern of the last three years repeats itself again, then
Of course, relying on a statistical quirk would be folly and Galliani is confident Milan can take control of its own destiny on Sunday (Monday AEST).
Following a morale-boosting Champions League victory at Zenit St Petersburg, he told acmilan.com: "The team is getting better. We're coming back.
"It's a team that plays with its heart on its sleeve. We've been blessed with a bit of good luck after going through some bad times.
"And my compliments go to Mr Allegri. This victory means we are back on course and it boosts us ahead of the derby."
Inter Milan is also fighting on multiple fronts and goes into the derby on the back of a long trip to face Neftchi in the Europa League; a fixture they won 3-1.
But head coach Andrea Stramaccioni insists the Nerazzurri intends to conquer every challenge it faces.
He told the club's official website: "I think a club like Inter must have the goal of going far in all competitions during the season.
"We want to try to win them all."
Two coaches make their Serie A debuts this weekend as both Cagliari and Chievo opted to make a change this week.
Former Rossoblu player
"It's always been my dream to come back and work here and the fact that my dream has come true fills me with joy," he said at his unveiling.
He told chievoverona.it: "I feel ready to take on this great opportunity. I'll bring knowledge, enthusiasm and motivation to the team."
Roma has beaten Atalanta at the Stadio Olimpico six times in a row and Giallorossi boss
The defending champion, meanwhile, travels to face
The ex-Juve midfielder is awaiting the outcome of his appeal against a 10-month ban for failure to report match-fixing while in charge of the Robur.
Lazio visits Pescara, which has won two games on the spin, and Sicilian club Palermo travels to
Juventus has completed the signing of Federico Peluso from Serie A rival Atalanta for 4.8 million euros ($6.78 million).