Two of the best teams in Serie A clash on Sunday evening, when top-four hopefuls Atalanta welcome defending champions Inter to Bergamo. Simone Inzaghi’s men are on an eight-game winning streak and have lost just one of the 20 fixture they’ve played so far, while Gian Piero Gasperini’s side sit in fourth place after some slip-ups in December.
Where and when: Gewiss Stadium – 16 January, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Atalanta vs. Inter: BT Sport
Last time: Both teams were able to take the lead but neither was able to hold on to it as Atalanta and Inter shared a 2-2 draw at San Siro in September.
Atalanta v Inter Predictions and Preview
Inter and Atalanta produced one of the better games in the first half of the Serie A season back in September, when they drew 2-2 at San Siro. Lautaro Martinez gave Inter an early lead only for Ruslan Malinovskiy and Rafael Toloi turned it around, but Edin Dzeko’s equaliser earned Inter a valuable point.
It has to be said that Atalanta were one of the few teams that outplayed Simone Inzaghi’s side for large portions of their last clash and the Bergamo outfit will hope to do the same this weekend. However, they’ll have to do so without some key figures, as Robin Gosens and Duvan Zapata are injured, while Davide Zappacosta, Roberto Piccoli and Marco Sportiello are out with Covid.
This means that Luis Muriel will lead the attack, with Mario Pasalic and Malinovskiy providing support from behind. Joakim Mahle and Hans Hatebour should keep their places as wing-backs, as they also started in the 6-2 thrashing away to Udinese last week.
Inzaghi should have almost his full squad to choose from, as only back-up goalkeepers Gabriel Brazao and Alex Cordaz are unavailable, as the Brazilian is recovering from crucial ligament injures, while Cordaz is out with Covid.
This should give Inter an edge, but the Nerazzurri faced Juventus in the Supercoppa Italiana final on Wednesday, so Inzaghi might be forced to shuffle his cards for the Atalanta clash. His team are currently in first place with 49 points, one more than second-placed Milan, with the Nerazzurri also having a game in hand.
Despite their impressive performances in the last few years, Atalanta have struggled against Inter recently, as La Dea last beat the Beneamata back in 2018. Therefore a win for the hosts in this Atalanta vs Inter preview can be backed at 19/10, while the draw is available at 27/10 and could be the most reasonable option in the outright market.
The defending champions are undefeated in their last six meetings against Atalanta and are 5/4 favourites to get three points on Sunday evening, but their tight schedule and the quality of the opposition might prove to be too much for Inter this weekend.
One to watch for Atalanta: Mario Pasalic has netted eight times from midfield for Atalanta this term. Considering that top scorer Duvan Zapata is still struggling with muscular issues, watch out for Pasalic to score the opener against Inter on Sunday at 13/2.
One to watch for Inter: Lautaro Martinez has really stepped up for Inter after Romelu Lukaku’s summer departure and already has 11 Serie A strikes to his name. The Argentinian needed only five minutes to score the opener in the 2-2 draw between these teams in September, so watch out for him to break the deadlock on Sunday at 9/2.
Long shot: Two of the last five meetings between these teams have ended in 1-1 draws, including their last game at the Gewiss Stadium. A repeat of that scoreline this weekend is available at 13/2, while the odds rise to 56/1 if you add Mario Pasalic as the first scorer.