Atalanta VS Inter Milan Prediction
Few days after the Europa League success, Inter Milan head to Bergamo where Frank de Boer’s side will challenge an in-form Atalanta team. With hopes to put an end of their winless form (three Serie A rounds), “The Nerazzurri” won’t be able to wear their traditional kit, since we all know Atalanta are “Nerazzurri” (Black and Blues) as well. Meanwhile Inter must be careful since they have generated only seven points from their last seven visits at the “Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia”. Four of them came out after draws, meaning they have won just once.
Atalanta vs Inter Milan – Team News and Match Preview
Inter’s 1-4 victory in Bergamo was in season 2014-2015 and it was their first away win over Atalanta since 2008. Most of the games are ending with a draw and Inter need to change that if they want to stay close behind all other pretenders for UEFA Champions League football next season. In fact Inter can be found in second half of current Serie A standings and Frank de Boer’s squad remains without domestic victory since the 2-0 in Empoli. It has been followed by a disappointing home draw vs Bologna and even more frustrating results in last two rounds – losing by AS Roma (1-2) and Cagliari (1-2 at home). Two horrible results which dropped Inter to the 11th position with just 11 points won in first 8 Serie A rounds.
Atalanta are on a point behind their opponents but we all know club from Bergamo doesn’t come with any particular ambitions and their positioning is something normal. However, their form improves and Atalanta have won seven from their 10 points in last three games. This features the 3-1 win against newcomers Crotone, and if that’s not something so impressive, then we must point La Dea’s last two results – home win against Napoli (1-0) and a goalless draw against Fiorentina in Florence last round.
Atalanta vs Inter Milan – Betting Prediction and Possible Lineups
Gian Piero Gasperini surely plans to use motivation of a former AC Milan trainee Andrea Petagna, who has been dumped by “The Rossoneri” last summer, but he does really well in Atalanta. The 21-year-old striker has scored 3 goals in five Serie A fixtures and he is Atalanta’s second goal scorer, after the 19-year-old Ivorian midfielder Franck Kessie who has 4 goals in 7 league games.
Atalanta’s only injury concern remains Slovenian midfielder Jasmin Kurtic who is a doubt, while Bosnian defender Ervin Zukanovic has just recovered from a physical problem, but he is not sure for a starter. Mattia Caldara could keep his place at the back where he’s part of the centre-back trio used by Gian Piero Gasperini in a 3-5-2 (or 3-4-2-1) formation.
Inter were lucky to win against English Southampton on Thursday evening which was their first victory in Group K of the 2016-17 UEFA Europa League. This saves Inter’s ambition for eventual position in the knockout stage but it’s pretty certain Nerazzurri’s main focus is set towards domestic Calcio. That’s why we shall expect different approach and rotations in squad used by Frank de Boer in midweek.
Andrea Ranocchia remains sidelined, but anyway, Italian defender remains in shadow of the duo between Miranda and Jeison Murillo. So virtually Inter arrives in Bergamo with a full squad and Frank de Boer can build his optimal lineup.
In these circumstances we’re convinced that “Both teams to score” looks as a good suggestion for the match in Bergamo, where we expect each of Atalanta and Inter Milan to score at least once. “Both teams to score – Yes” was a winning bet in last seven Serie A encounters between Atalanta and Inter in Bergamo, as well as in 11 from their last 12 games at the same venue, so we expect another one on Sunday afternoon.
Venue: “Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia”, Bergamo.
Referee: Daniele Doveri.
Possible starting lineups of Atalanta and Inter Milan
Atalanta: Etrit Berisha – Andrea Masiello, Mattia Caldara, Rafael Tolói – Boukary Drame, Franck Kessie, Jasmin Kurtic, Remo Freuler, Andrea Conti – Alejandro Gómez, Andrea Petagna. (3-5-2)
FC Internazionale: Samir Handanovic – Cristian Ansaldi, Miranda, Jeison Murillo, Danilo D’Ambrosio – Gary Medel, João Mário – Ivan Perisic, Ever Banega, Antonio Candreva – Mauro Icardi. (4-2-3-1)