Verdict: Inter Milan win
Best Odds: 19/20
Looking to extend on their rampant run of form, a high-flying Inter Milan will welcome Atalanta to the San Siro on Saturday night.
Starting with the hosts, mounting a stellar comeback earlier in the week as they were crowned Coppa Italia champions thanks to a 2-1 victory against Fiorentina, Inter Milan are in the midst of a famous flurry. Punching their Champions League final ticket on May 16th as they claimed a routine 3-0 aggregate romp against bitter local rivals AC Milan, Simone Inzaghi’s side are riding what has been a stellar wave of momentum. Despite suffering a 3-1 defeat at the hands of newly-crowned Serie A champions Napoli, the Nerazzuri have won each of their other nine appearances across all competitions. Cruising their way to another top-four finish, the Italian icons have also found a free-scoring run in the final third. Opening May with a stunning 6-0 romp away at Verona, Inzaghi’s high-flying squad will be looking to make another statement on Saturday night. It’s also worth highlighting, including their Champions League success earlier in the month, Inter have won each of their last five appearances at the San Siro by an aggregate score of 11-3.
Set to miss the remainder of the season after undergoing knee surgery, 29-year-old Dalbert will not feature here. However, after both returning to Inter’s squad in midweek, the duo of Milan Skriniar and Henrikh Mkhitaryan could be handed a full recall at the San Siro.
Bagging a famous Coppa Italia brace against Fiorentina earlier in the week and notching 10 goals since returning from March’s international break, the red-hot Lautaro Martinez will spearhead Inzaghi’s attack here.
As for the visitors, managing to make what was a crucial return to winning ways last weekend, Atalanta will know that they face another must-win showdown on Saturday night. Eventually securing a 3-1 victory at home against Verona, La Dea find themselves sat three points adrift of breaking into the Champions League spots. However, despite being sat in pole position to punch a lucrative European return next month, Gian Piero Gasperini’s men have shown some extended inconsistencies on the road. Last seen away from the Gewiss Stadium getting hit with a shock 1-0 loss at the hands of Salernitana, Atalanta have recorded just a pair of wins from any of their last six domestic appearances outside of Bergamo. Facing what is a tough challenge when they arrive at the San Siro this weekend, Gasperini’s side should be concerned by a downbeat record against Saturday’s opponents. Including a 1-0 loss when they welcomed Inter to town on January 31st, La Dea have failed to win any of their last nine straight meetings against the Champions League finalists.
Atalanta have confirmed that they will be without the likes of Simone Muratore, Brandon Soppy, Lukas Vorlicky and Jose Luis Palomino this weekend. Likewise, Gasperini’s side are also sweating over the fitness of Duvan Zapata on Saturday night.
Finding the net against Verona last week and heavily attracting Premier League interest this summer, 20-year-old striking sensation Rasmus Højlund will once again spearhead La Dea’s attack at the San Siro.
Key Factors to Consider
- When Inter Milan and Atalanta last met on January 31st for a Coppa Italia showdown, the Nerazzuri picked up a 1-0 victory at the Gewiss Stadium.
- Likewise, La Dea have failed to win any of their last nine straight meetings against Inter across all competitions.
- Along with punching their Champions League final ticket on May 16th, Saturday’s hosts have won nine of their last 10 appearances.
- Atalanta have recorded just a pair of wins from any of their last six Serie A matchups on the road.
- Inter Milan have won each of their last five appearances at the San Siro by an aggregate score of 11-3.
While Atalanta might face a must-win showdown in their bid to book a top-four finish, La Dea will face a huge challenge on Saturday night. Watching Inter Milan lift this year’s Coppa Italia earlier in the week as they secured a lively 2-1 win against Fiorentina, the Nerazzuri are riding a famous wave of momentum. Punching their Champions League final ticket on May 16th as they secured a routine 3-0 aggregate romp against bitter local rivals AC Milan, Inzaghi’s side have now won nine of their last 10 appearances across all competitions. Likewise, unbeaten in each of their last nine straight meetings against Atalanta, we are backing a home victory this weekend.
Verdict: Inter Milan win
Best Odds: 19/20
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