It has been a week to forget for both Atalanta and Inter Milan. Atalanta were thrashed by reigning Premier League champions Liverpool in the Champions League, 5-0. Inter Milan were beaten by reigning La Liga champs Real Madrid 3-2. Now, the Serie A rivals will face off with both needing a win to keep the fight for the Scudetto going in Italy.
Atalanta are fourth in the league with 12 points from 18 possible. La Dea endured a two-game losing streak in Serie A before ending that run of defeats last weekend. Gian Piero Gasperini’s team claimed a 2-1 away win versus Crotone.
Inter Milan are one point behind Atalanta in the Serie A standings. The Nerazzurri are on 11 points from 18 possible. They have won just once in their last four Serie A games collecting five points from their last 12. The winner of Sunday’s clash could pull closer to Serie A league leaders AC Milan in the table. AC Milan play the final Serie A game of the weekend against Hellas Verona and are coming off of a 3-0 loss to Lille in the Europa League.
Inter Milan took four points from six possible last season against Atalanta. La Dea’s last win against Inter Milan came in the 2018-19 season at home. Can they replicate that result?
Atalanta vs Inter Milan Betting Odds
Atalanta have taken just three points from six on offer at home in 2020-21. After bagging a 5-2 win against Cagliari, they lost 3-1 to Sampdoria in a shocker. Atalanta showed in midweek against Liverpool just how open they are against good teams. La Dea have scored six goals at home while allowing five to their opponents.
Inter Milan have taken seven points from nine away from San Siro. Wins against Beneveto and Genoa sandwiched a draw against Lazio. Antonio Conte’s team are +5 in goal difference. They have scored eight times while allowing three goals to their opponents.
The Nerazzurri’s away record looks great, but they have played two teams in the bottom five of the league. Their draw against Lazio came against one of the top sides in Serie A. Against Atalanta away, they should struggle to get the goals like they did versus Beneveto and Genoa.
The teams have split wins over their last five meetings in Serie A with one apiece and three draws. Atalanta have won just five of their last 16 games in Serie versus Inter Milan. The Nerazzurri claimed six wins in that time.
Atalanta are slight underdogs with the bookmakers in this fixture with the Bergamo side priced up at odds of 34/19. Inter Milan are the favourites can be backed at odds of 19/13 to win this tie.
Atalanta vs Inter Milan Team News
Gasperini has four players on his injury list in Bergamo. Robin Gosens and Martin De Roon could both return to the team at the weekend. Gosens has a muscle strain while De Roon is recovering from an unspecified issue. Marco Carnesecchi is recovering from a virus. He may not be match fit to make the squad. Mattia Caldera is also in line to make a return to the team.
Conte has three injury worries at San Siro. Striker Romelu Lukaku is recovering from an injury. He has a muscle strain as does Stefano Sensi. Lukaku did not play in midweek due to his injury. Conte played Ivan Perisic next to Lautaro Martinez and both scored in the game against Real Madrid.
Reports out of Italy indicate that Conte will sit Perisic this weekend in favour of Alexis Sanchez. Christian Eriksen remains a bust for the Nerazzurri. Eriksen averages just 42.5 minutes per game in Serie A. Matias Vecino could miss the game this weekend with a knee injury.
Atalanta vs Inter Milan Prediction
Both teams to score - BET NOW
Atalanta are second in Serie A in goals scored with 17. They have conceded 13 times. The team’s defence isn’t as strong as last season. They need to outscore their opponents in high-scoring games to claim wins currently. Against Liverpool in midweek, they just couldn’t break through the English team’s backline. Six of the last 11 games in Serie A between the clubs finished with both teams scoring.
Lautaro Martinez to score anytime - BET NOW
Lautaro Martinez started the Serie A season well scoring three goals in six appearances. He averages 3.62 shots per game. He has an expected goal figure of 1.03 compared to an actual goal figure of 3.0. Inter Milan have scored 15 goals this season while conceding 10 goals. Martinez is being lined up by clubs in Europe next summer. Reports in Spain claim Kylian Mbappe will move away from Paris Saint-Germain with Martinez taking his place.
Over 2.5 goals scored - BET NOW
Both Atalanta and Inter Milan concede goals. The former has allowed 13 goals while the latter has allowed 10 goals against in Serie A. Seven of the last 16 games between the clubs in Serie A finished with over 2.5 goals scored.
The Nerazzurri have played nine games in all competitions and score an average of 2.11 goals. They concede an average of 1.67 goals to opponents. Atalanta have played nine times as well. They average 2.56 goals scored per game and concede 2.22 goals per match. Sunday’s clash in Bergamo is likely to see goals scored based on the form of both teams.
Inter Milan’s last two games in all competitions finished with over 2.5 goals scored. All nine of Atalanta’s games finished with over 2.5 goals scored. Expect goals this weekend when the rivals meet. Both teams need a win after their losses in midweek. Confidence is likely to be low amongst both teams going into the game. A win could send either of these teams higher up the table and potentially closer to league leaders AC Milan.
Atalanta could get the win on Sunday as they outscore Inter Milan at home. Playing in Bergamo, in spite of playing behind closed doors, could give Atalanta the incentive to claim the victory. Expect a high-scoring game.