The big derby of the Italian Serie A takes place in Bergamo, where hosts Atalanta meets with the reigning champions, Inter Milan. This match has high significance because of its high impact on the standings and the course of the entire season. If Atalanta wins, the championship race will heat up, and La Deal will boost its prospects significantly. On the other side, Nerazzurri’s victory would leave only them and AC Milan in the pursuit for Scudetto. Both teams have an offensive-minded approach and constantly attack, making this affair interesting.
Atalanta (+200) is an underdog at home, which is something we haven’t seen in a while. La Dea’s players are already very motivated due to that fact and indicate a furious battle in order to prove the bookmakers wrong. They opened the new year strong, with two straight wins, one in Udinese, where they smashed the hosts, 2-6, and the other at home in Coppa Italia vs. Venezia, 2-0.
Gasperini’s unit had two major failures, a loss at home to Roma, 1-4, and a draw on the road in Genoa, 0-0, and these two results were a major setback in their championship campaign. However, a win here would erase all those slips.
We don’t need to tell you how Atalanta players. Seven of their last ten events have been with three or more goals, and six with both teams to score.
Inter Milan (+125) beat Juventus in the Italian Super Cup during this midweek. The champs needed extra time to take down the rivals from Turin, but the important thing is that the trophy came to Meazza.
This was the ninth victory for Simone Inzaghi’s unit in the recent ten games, and their record in the last 22 evens is 19 wins, two draws, and one single loss. For the moment, they look like the unstoppable force of Italian football.
Eight of their previous ten contests saw only one side netting, and in seven, Inter kept clean sheets. Lautaro, Dzeko, and the company upfront are playing in fantastic shape, providing numerous chances and delivering pretty much all the time.
A big blow for the home team is Duvan Zapata’s absence. The strong Colombian international has groin problems. Ryan Gosens is out as well due to a muscle injury.
On the other hand, Cordaz and Satriano are all out as well.
Head to Head Games
The first meeting of the year in Milan saw four goals, two on each side. Yet, Atalanta didn’t beat Inter since 2018, losing twice and getting out with a draw on four occasions.
Atalanta oscillates very much when it comes to results, but their game is constant. Offense, pressure, and lots of goals, that is the trademark of Gasperini’s La Dea ever since he came to Bergamo. On the other side, Inzaghi likes to attack as well, and he also has all the resources for such a game plan. Our first pick here would be over 2.5 goals, with the current odds at -166. If you add both teams to score on that, that will increase the profits to -125.
Pick: Over 2.5 goals -166
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