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Prediction: Inter Milan vs Atalanta

Tom Dunstan in Free Soccer Predictions, Serie A 25 Feb 2024

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Verdict: Inter Milan 

Best Odds: 4/6

Bookmaker: Olympusbet

Looking to extend on their Serie A title charge on Wednesday night, Inter Milan will welcome Atalanta to the San Siro.

Inter Milan

Starting with the hosts, making another domestic statement over the weekend as they breezed their way to a 4-0 romp away at Lecce, Inter Milan are enjoying a remarkable purple patch. Opening their Champions League knockout stage adventure with a 1-0 win against Spanish heavyweights Atletico Madrid earlier in the month, Simone Inzaghi’s men have won all of their previous 10 straight appearances across all competitions. With that run stemming all the way back to a 1-1 stalemate against Genoa on December 19th, the Nerazzurri will simply be looking to make another statement here. Making their return to the San Siro on Wednesday night holding a commanding nine-point buffer at the top of the Serie A table, it is no surprise that Inter are tipped as a landslide contender to get their hands on a 20th domestic crown this season. Landing a 2-1 victory when they travelled to Bergamo back on November 4th, the former Lazio boss will certainly be calling on a repeat performance here.

Team News

Still dealing with a long-term Achilles tendon and not making a single appearance since the middle of December, former Juventus star Juan Cuadrado will once again miss out here. Missing out over the weekend after sustaining a recent groin issue, French international Marcus Thuram is seen as a doubt on Wednesday night.

However, the Nerazzurri are hopeful that number-one goalkeeper Yann Sommer will be able to make a full return at the San Siro. Bagging a brace away at Lecce on Sunday and notching 22 strikes in his 23 Serie A appearances this season, attacking talisman Lautaro Martinez will certainly play a leading role.

Atalanta

As for the visitors, putting in a rugged performance at the San Siro on Sunday night as they snatched a 1-1 stalemate against AC Milan, Atalanta have certainly impressed many across Italy’s elite this season. With a lucrative Champions League return at the top of their agenda in 2024, La Dea have collected 16 points from their previous eight Serie A appearances and the mood in Gian Piero Gasperini’s camp is at a red-hot high. Not suffering a single domestic defeat across any competition since opening up the New Year, the Bergamo-based outfit have also gained a real reputation for their clinal displays in the final third. However, although Atalanta might be looking to spring a heavyweight upset on Wednesday night, they will be concerned by a nightmare record against the Neraccurri. In fact, Gasperini’s men have lost all of their previous four showdowns against Inter Milan by an aggregate score of 9-5.

Team News

While veteran defender Jose Luis Palomino might have managed to overcome a recent ankle injury, the one-time Ludogorets star will have to settle for a spot on the bench here. However, making a second-half appearance away at AC Milan over the weekend, Nigerian international Ademola Lookman should make a first domestic start of 2024.

Enjoying what has been a hugely impressive run this season and notching six Serie A strikes, Belgium ace Charles De Ketelaere will have a leading role to play in midweek. Former West Ham striker Gianluca Scamacca will be hoping for a full recall at the San Siro.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When Inter Milan and Atalanta met for their reverse Serie A meeting on November 4th, the Nerazzurri picked up a 2-1 victory.
    • Wednesday’s hosts have won all of their previous four domestic appearances against La Dea by an aggregate score of 9-5.
    • Inter Milan have won all of their previous 10 straight appearances across all competitions.
    • Atalanta have failed to win any of their previous 10 straight away fixtures against Inter Milan – a run that stems all the way back to April 2013.
    • Lautaro Martinez has bagged 22 goals in his 23 Serie A appearances this season.

    Conclusion

    Making another domestic statement over the weekend as they stormed their way to a 4-0 romp away at Lecce, Inter Milan will simply be looking to make another statement here. Winning all of their previous 10 straight appearances across all formats and holding a commanding nine-point buffer at the top of the Serie A table, the Nerrazzuri will also be excited by a stellar record against Wednesday’s guests. In fact, winning all of their last four meetings against Atalanta by an aggregate score of 9-5, we are predicting a similar home victory in midweek.

    Verdict: Inter Milan win

    Best Odds: 4/6

    Bookmaker: Olympusbet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
    Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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