Atalanta vs. Inter Milan
Date and Time: Sunday, November 11, 2018, 6:30 a.m. ET
Location: Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia, Bergamo, Italy
Serie A Opening Odds at BookMaker.eu: Inter Milan PK -121, O/U 2.5
Atalanta vs. Inter Milan TV Coverage: ESPN2
It took a bit of time for Atalanta to get going in Serie A this season. The club was fighting its way through the Europa League Playoffs in an effort to get to the group stage. They entered at the second qualifying round and knocked off FK Sarajevo and H. Haifa, but they couldn’t get past Copenhagen as the final hurdle and crashed out.
All those midweek matches hurt Atalanta in Serie A, but they have recovered to become a mid-table team since that time. Over the past five weeks, they have grabbed draws versus AC Milan and Torino, and they have won consecutive games against Chievo, Parma, and Bologna ahead of this tilt.
Inter Milan have done a great job since their 1-1-2 start. They have won seven straight games in league play, and in that stretch they have knocked off other top teams like AC Milan, Lazio, Genoa, and Fiorentina. Their defense has been pivotal over this stretch, and Inter have allowed just two goals in those seven wins.
Atalanta will not have two players available for this match. Right back Andrea Masiello of match-fixing fame has been declared out because of a thigh injury he sustained a month ago. Additionally, center back Marco Varnier is a long-term absence after tearing his ACL back in July, and the team is holding out hope he can return by the end of the year.
There are no scratches for Inter Milan coming into this tilt, and only one player might not feature. Right back Sime Vrsaljko has been out for the last two months with a knee injury, but he is considered questionable to make his return here.
Inter Milan Player to Watch
Mauro Icardi has been a joy to watch. Icardi has saved Inter Milan’s bacon a few times already this season, pulling out the win in stoppage time against rival AC Milan and notching a brace in a pivotal match with Lazio. He leads the team in scoring with six goals, and he has been one of the top-rated players night in and night out. With the team desperate for goals and offseason signing Radja Nainggolan not providing them, they have needed a player like Icardi to step up.
Atalanta Player to Watch
Robin Gosens has showed off his utility this year for Atalanta. Gosens has played both midfield and left back for the club, and he has been great at shoring up the team’s defense. This is his second year with Atalanta, and he has scored just three goals in 37 appearances over that time. However, Gosens makes his impact in other ways, and he will play a big role in trying to keep Inter out of the net.
Serie A Betting Prediction
I like the draw in this one. Inter is due for a letdown, and they will be somewhat fatigued following their match against Barcelona in the middle of the week. Aside from Icardi, no one has really emerged for Inter, and Atalanta will use that to their advantage.
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