The month of August gets off to an exciting start in the Italian Serie A with five games scheduled to be played in the final round of fixtures from the 2019/20 campaign. Some of Italian football’s biggest names are in action with teams vying for position at both ends of the table. Here we focus on matters at Gewiss Stadium where Atalanta play Inter Milan from 19:45 GMT.
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With both teams involved in the top four and pushing for second place behind champions Juventus an exciting match is expected with armchair fans set to enjoy a competitive 90 minutes of play. Just a point stands between the pair heading into round 38 of the campaign which means this is a straight shoot-out for the silver medal position. A rare fixture of note at this late stage but there’s all to play for here.
There has been little between the rivals in recent meetings and they played out a tense 1-1 finish when last facing off in Serie A earlier this year. Martinez gave Inter an early lead on that occasion before Gosens fired a late reply to secure a point for his employers. That result means each of the last two meetings and three of the last four have ended level. Will we see Atalanta and Inter Milan cancel each other out again here?
Atalanta unbeaten in five
Atalanta start the round sitting third in the table with their stats for the season reading 23 wins and 9 draws against 5 defeats with an incredible 98 goals scored and 46 conceded. Those numbers show the locals are the highest scorers in the league by some distance and have recorded 23 more goals than Juventus and 19 more than Saturday’s opponents. They have conceded more than any other team involved in the top four, however, and have leaked just one goal more than Fiorentina who can be found kicking their heels down in 12th.
The locals are finishing the season with a flurry and set-up for this game on the back off a decent recent run that has seen them go unbeaten in their five most recent league matches. That purple patch is made up of three wins and a pair of draws, collecting 11 of the last 15 points that was available to them. That effort is equal to Inter Milan and better than pace-setters Juventus who recently confirmed their ninth Serie A title on the bounce. Those camped inside the home dressing room will be eager to finish the season with a strong home win.
They stumbled to a draw recently when ending 1-1 at the home of AC Milan but were able to make a quickfire return to winning ways when beating Parma 2-1 on Tuesday evening away from home. That victory ensured The Goddess kept alive their hopes of finishing second, pushing it all the way to the finish line. Parma took the lead in midweek through Kulusevski, but Atalanta were able to turn things in their favour with goals from Malinovskiy and Gomez, both scored just 14 minutes apart on 70 and 84. It was a smash and grab on the points but the win would’ve boosted confidence and manager Gian Piero Gasperini was delighted to see his men work to the final whistle.
Inter Milan won their last two
Inter Milan finished last season fourth in the Serie A table and that effort disappointed fans who demand to see the club push Juventus for top spot. They should improve their finishing position this year and will end in second if they are able to win or draw this match. Inter Milan’s fate is in their own hands and the club’s supporters can’t ask for any more than that at such a late stage of what has been a competitive renewal of the Italian top division. The draw will be enough to nudge them over the line but they’re likely to push for a win to wrap things up.
They make this trip with their stats showing 23 wins and 10 draws against 4 defeats, 79 goals scored and 36 conceded. Interestingly, Inter Milan have suffered fewer defeats than champions Juventus but have claimed three wins less than the Old Lady. This campaign will be remembered as a strong challenge and will lay down a marker for next season when Milan will be expected to improve again and ask questions of Juventus. They are unbeaten in their last five having won three and drawn two, taking victory in each of their last two games.
The winning run began with a 3-0 victory away to Genoa last Saturday before scoring a 2-0 home win over Napoli on Tuesday evening. They made a mockery of what was expected to be a competitive contest, taking the lead with an opening goal from D’Ambrosio inside 11 minutes. That set the pace for the game and Martinez was on target midway through the second half to kill the game off and win Inter the points. A perfect warm-up for Sunday’s game and the visiting team will arrive full of confidence and ready to meet their hosts head-on.
Atalanta vs Inter Milan prediction
Many games at this stage of the season count for nothing but this has all the ingredients of a thrilling 90 minutes. Both teams want to win to secure second place and both will believe they are good enough to get the three points. A draw won’t suit the home team so they know they must go in search of the goals needed to get the victory.
Inter Milan will take heart from the fact they can defend and play for a draw in this contest. The visiting players will know all about Atalanta’s devastating attack and their goals return this season, but Milan boast a strong defence that will be up for the challenge.
Serie A odds
The draw in Saturday’s match has been priced at 53/20 with an Atalanta win available at 5/4. Fancy Inter Milan for victory? The away win is 39/20.