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Prediction: Atalanta vs Inter Milan

Jamie Jones in Free Soccer Predictions, Serie A 31 Jul 2020

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Verdict: Both teams to score – Yes

Best Odds: 4/11

Bookmaker: 888sport

Atalanta will take on Inter Milan at the Gewiss Stadium in Serie A on Saturday. The hosts are third in the league table at the moment with 78 points from 37 matches, just a point behind Inter.

With the two teams fighting for the second spot in the table behind champions Juventus, the match – slated to kick off at 7:45pm UK time on Saturday – promises to be a very feisty affair, and there could be a few goals in it.

Atalanta

Atalanta finished third in Serie A last season, and there is a very good chance that they will go one better and end up second in the standings this campaign. Gian Piero Gasperini’s side have gone from strength to strength as the season has progressed, and they will head into the match against Antonio Conte’s Inter full of confidence.

La Dea will head into the encounter against the Nerazzurri on the back of a 2-1 victory over Parma away from home. Atalanta have been in brilliant form since football resumed after lockdown and have yet to lose a league fixture. In fact, the Beragamo outfit have suffered defeats in just five out of 37 Serie A games this season. Atalanta have been doing well in recent weeks, with the team finishing fourth in Serie A in 2016-17 and third in 2018-19.

Team News

Josip Ilicic is injured at the moment, and the 32-year-old Slovenia international forward will not be in action against Inter.

Central defender Jose Luis Palomino is doubtful for the encounter, having suffered a muscular problem against Parma.

However, Rafael Toloi is back from suspension for Atalanta.

Inter Milan

Inter were in the title race not so long ago, but Juventus have been unstoppable in Serie A for almost a decade now, and Conte’s former club simply raced ahead after lockdown and have already won the Scudetto – for the ninth successive year.

However, Inter will be pleased with how their season has turned down, as Conte has changed the club’s mindset and is set to guide the team back in the Champions League again. The Milan outfit have been in good form in recent matches, with the side winning 2-0 against Napoli at San Siro on Tuesday evening following a 3-0 hammering of Genoa away from home.

Inter are unbeaten in their last seven league fixtures, and they will be determined to end the campaign on a positive note and finish second.

Team News

Matias Vecino and Stefano Sensi is on the sidelines and will miss out on the big clash this weekend.

However, midfielder Roberto Gagliardini has served his one-match suspension and is available again for Inter.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Atalanta have won all six of their Serie A games at home since lockdown.
  • Gasperini’s side are the league’s highest scorers this season with 98 goals.
  • Inter have Serie A’s meanest defence this campaign, conceding just 36 times in 37 games.
  • Conte’s side won their last away game in the league, 3-0 against Genoa.
  • In the reverse fixture at San Siro in January, Inter drew 1-1 with Atalanta.

Conclusion

Although both Atalanta and Inter have qualified for the Champions League next season, the two clubs will want to end the campaign with a flourish and will be determined to finish second.

With the hosts scoring goals for fun and the visiting team very strong defensively, this could be a very intriguing fixture, and perhaps give an indication of what’s to come in 2020-21.

Both teams will be looking to win and aiming to make a statement, and there could be a fair few goals in the match, especially in the final minutes when the stakes will be high.

Verdict: Both teams to score – Yes

Best Odds: 4/11

Bookmaker: 888sport

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jamie Jones


Jamie Jones is an experienced football journalist who has been working in the industry for years. Jamie watches all the major leagues in Europe, especially the Premier League and La Liga.

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