Inter Milan vs Atalanta Prediction, Preview, H2H & Betting Tips
Prediction for this Sunday’s closing Serie A fixture when Inter Milan takes on Atalanta at the “Stadio Giuseppe Meazza”. After 12 rounds have already passed in the Italian Calcio, Inter Milan is yet waiting to lose a game and The Nerazzurri are among the sides who can claim the Scudetto. On the other side we have arriving visitors from Bergamo who are pretty consistent in being inconsistent and consequently, Atalanta holds a mid-table position. Find out what our analysts have to share with you in a detailed match preview, Serie A predictions and betting tips.
H2H History: Inter Milan vs Atalanta
One of the Lombardy Derbies involves Inter Milan and Atalanta Bergamo, who have a regional rivalry. Both clubs are located in Northern Italy and Milan is capital of Lombardy, while Bergamo is located on around 40 km northeast of Milan.
The last meeting between these two sides was once again in Milan, where Inter achieved a remarkable 7:1 success in March this year. Mauro Icardi has scored a first-half hattrick in space of just 9 minutes to make the score 3:0 and later on Ever Banega was the second Argentine player who boasts with a hattrick from that game. The Bergamo-born Roberto Gagliardini, who’s on loan from Atalanta, was the third goal scorer of Inter in that game as the 23-years-old midfielder is already an integral part of Inter’s formation.
In the meantime, Remo Freuler was the one who scored a consolation goal for Atalanta and that happened in the 42nd minute, when score already was 5:0. That was a first victory of The Nerazzurri after two unsuccessful winning attempts in Bergamo during 2016, including a 2:1 home win for Atalanta in October 2016.
Overall Serie A balance in the last 20 years: 18 wins for Inter Milan, 7 draws and 6 victories for Atalanta.
Serie A: Inter Milan vs Atalanta 19.11.2017
Inter have kept the pace alongside Napoli over the last six games and can be considered as one of the five title contenders for now. Luciano Spalletti has been blissfully doing without continental commitments in the midweek and usually has a full week to focus into every next Serie A round. Well, this time the international duty took away most of his stars but that break also came after a home slip against Torino last round, so Spalletti had some extra time to draw out any conclusions and consider what led to that score.
The Nerazzurri have 9 wins and 3 draws in 12 Serie A matches and except a mentioned draw vs Torino, Inter have won all other (5) home games this season, including a 3:2 victory in the Derby della Madonnina last month.
Atalanta’s domestic performance has been seriously impacted by European football this season which makes them unpredictable. Indeed, “La Dea” has had to deal with the added UEFA Europa League challenge but they just need one more point to secure qualification to the Round of 16. Gian Piero Gasperini’s men are doing well in the Europa League, being in a very competitive group with teams like Lyon, Everton, and Apollon Limassol, and meanwhile they remain on three points behind AC Milan’s multi-millionth selection. At least before round 13’s kick-off on Saturday when Milan heads to Napoli.
The Lombardy Derby Preview: Team News, Squads and Missing Players
Hosts hope to have top scorer Mauro Icardi (11 goals) fully fit in time, after dealing with a minor knee problem which ruled him out of international action. Joao Mario and Marcelo Brozovic should also be fit to start from the outset, but both may have to settle for a place on the bench since Luciano Spalletti used to name a central midfield duo Vecino-Gagliardini, while Antonio Candreva and Brozovic’s compatriot, Ivan Perisic, are doing well on both wings.
Gian Piero Gasperini is forced to make some rotations in Atalanta’s starting formation. First, midfielder Remo Freuler will miss out as he was sent-off in last round’s disappointing home draw with SPAL. Moreover, Italian international Leonardo Spinazzola has picked up an injury and will be out of action for a couple of weeks. Thus Thomas Castagne and Robin Gosens compete for a starting position on the left flank and latter looks favourite to start in Spinazzola’s absence.
Inter Milan vs Atalanta Prediction and Betting Tips
Atalanta have failed to win in any of their seven away games this season (5 in the Serie A) but have scored in each one. Furthermore, last time when Atalanta couldn’t score away from home was exactly at the “San Siro” but for a goalless draw against AC Milan in December last year. This clearly shows that the Bergamo outfit have its own approach in the away games and their scoring ability pretty much depends on players like Bryan Cristante (top scorer – 4 goals), Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gomez, Josip Ilicic, Andrea Petagna, who are all expected to start, but Gian Piero Gasperini might as well pick a starter among Jasmin Kurtic or Andreas Cornelius.
Inter are the favourites and they do realize that a win on Sunday night will be significant before the two upcoming matches with Cagliari and Chievo, which are right before the Derby d’Italia vs Juventus after three weeks. Nevertheless, we also think that Atalanta will find space to score but Inter is the side that can score more. So our betting prediction targets a greater value and we bet on “Inter Milan To Win & Both Team To Score – Yes“.
Possible Lineups of Inter Milan and Atalanta
Venue: “Stadio Giuseppe Meazza”, Milan.
Referee: Michael Fabbri.
Inter Milan: Samir Handanovic – Yuto Nagatomo, Miranda, Milan Skriniar, Danilo D’Ambrosio – Matías Vecino, Roberto Gagliardini – Ivan Perisic, Borja Valero, Antonio Candreva – Mauro Icardi. (4-2-3-1)
Atalanta BC: Etrit Berisha – Rafael Toloi, Mattia Caldara, Jose Luis Palomino – Hans Hateboer, Bryan Cristante, Marten de Roon, Robin Gosens – Alejandro Gomez, Josip Ilicic – Andrea Petagna. (3-4-2-1)