Giuseppe Meazza will see one massive derby coming up this Saturday as Inter Milan hosts Atalanta. The two UEFA Champions League participants are among the favorites for the title this year. Inter will try to defend last year’s trophy, while Atalanta wants to reach its first-ever domestic title and only the second piece of silverware in history. Of course, it is still early on to talk about this, but why not mention it. Both sides had solid performances in the last few days and are coming into this event fired up.
Inter Milan (+100) opened the game against Fiorentina on the road terribly, and it seemed that Nerrazzuri might experience one nasty defeat at Artemio Franchi stadium after allowing the opening goal. However, the champions showed their quality, sweeping the rivals in the second half and winning with 1-3.
Since the season started, they scored twice in all the Serie A matches, and in just one of them haven’t netted three times. Previously, on Saturday, Inter rolled over Bologna with 6-1, posting one of the biggest wins at home in the past few months.
Simone Inzaghi’s side often concedes as well, and there was only one clean sheet for the champions during this campaign, allowing at least one goal in the most recent five encounters.
Atalanta (+250) is still having many problems but is without a loss in the last three matches. La Dea posted two wins in a row, which is a great boost for its players, who are very tired. We need to mention that the vast majority of Atalanta’s crew participated at the recent Copa America, EURO, and the Olympic Games. So it is no wonder why this team opened the campaign a bit slower.
The last three matches were successful for Gasperini’s unit. A draw in the UCL against Villarreal on the road, 2-2, then two Serie A wins, in Salerno, 0-1 and at home, vs. Sassuolo, 2-1 are a great intro before the big derby.
This season, four of their six competitive matches were with over 2.5 goals, and the same number are with both teams netting.
Brazao, Sensi, Correa, and Arturo Vidal are most definitely out for the home team.
On the other side, Luis Muriel won’t play, while Hans Hateboer broke his leg and will be out for some time.
Head to Head Games
Atalanta didn’t win against this rival in the past five games, posting three draws and two losses. The latest match was in Marchi this year, also in Milan, and the home team won 1-0.
Both Inter and Atalanta have an offensive-minded approach and are keen on scoring as many goals as possible against any rival. That should make this matchup interesting, and what is more important for us, very efficient. The odds on both teams scoring and over 2.5 goals are at -115, which is a great value when looking at the overall situation. For those who want to chase big money, over 1.5 HT is worth giving a try, with the odds +150.
Pick: Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals -110
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