Serie A champions Inter Milan will aim to continue their perfect league record at San Siro on Saturday when they host Atalanta. The Nerazzurri thrashed Genoa and Bologna in their first two home games, scoring a combined total of 10 goals, but they are now up against La Dea, who are undefeated in their last eight games on the road.
Where and when: San Siro – 25 September, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Inter vs. Atalanta: BT Sport
Last time: Milan Skriniar made the difference in the last Serie A meeting between Inter and Atalanta, as the Nerazzurri earned a 1-0 victory at San Siro back in March.
Inter v Atalanta Predictions and Preview
Inter have been absolutely devastating at home in the league this term, with the Nerazzurri beating Genoa 4-0 in their Serie A opener before thrashing Bologna 6-1 last week. The Nerazzurri are undefeated after their first four league games, winning three and drawing 2-2 away to Sampdoria.
Simone Inzaghi’s men lost to Real Madrid in the Champions League, but in the league they have won a mesmerising 16 consecutive home games. Edin Dzeko scored a brace off the bench against Bologna, while Lautaro Martinez, Milan Skriniar, Matias Vecino and Nicolo Barella were also on target. The only negative for Inzaghi in that game was Joaquin Correa’s injury, who limped off in the first half, so the Argentinian is a doubt for the game against Atalanta.
Correa wasn’t expected to start anyway, as Martinez and Dzeko have scored three goals each since the start of the season and have been devastating up front. Martinez has two goals in his last four games against Atalanta, while Inter have done well against La Dea in recent years, being undefeated in their last five meetings.
Arturo Vidal, Stefano Sensi, Gabriel Brazao and Christian Eriksen are also unavailable for Saturday’s game, but Inzaghi should be able to welcome back Hakan Calhanoglu, after the Turkish midfielder was rested against Bologna. Denzel Dumfries will be pushing for a start on the right after impressing heavily against both Real Madrid and Bologna. Federico Di Marco should also start on the left over Ivan Perisic, as the Italian has been one of the standout performers for Inter when he’s been given the chance.
Atalanta, meanwhile, started the season slowly and have two victories from their first four games. Both of La Dea’s wins came on the road, as Gian Piero Gasperini’s men won 2-1 away to Torino in their opener and earned a hard-fought 1-0 victory against Salernitana last week. However, in between, Atalanta drew 0-0 against Bologna and lost 2-1 to Fiorentina in Bergamo, so consistency has been a problem.
Therefore, a short trip to San Siro against the champions seems far from ideal for Gasperini’s men, as they are winless in their lasts seven visits to Inter, managing just two draws. Atalanta’s last win over La Beneamata at San Siro was back in 2014 when a Giacomo Bonaventura braced was enough for a 2-1 win, with Mauro Icardi netting for Inter.
Atalanta will have to do without Luis Muriel and Hans Hateboer, who are both injured, while Merih Demiral remains a doubt. Duvan Zapata is set for another start up front, but it remains to be seen if he’ll have the legs after starting in each of Atalanta’s last four games.
Considering all of the above, Inter are 23/20 with William Hill to win their 17th consecutive game at home. The draw is available at 13/5, while a rare win for Atalanta at San Siro can be backed at 9/4.
One to watch for Inter: Lautaro Martinez scored a goal in each of his first three Serie A outings this term. The Argentinian broke the deadlock in the 6-1 trashing over Bologna, while he also scored the opener in two of his last four games against Atalanta, so it’s no surprise to see him being 5/1 to do the same against La Dea on Saturday.
One to watch for Atalanta: Duvan Zapata has been instrumental for Atalanta after recovering from his injury at the start of the season. The Colombian striker scored in both of his Serie A outings so far and 9/2 to break the deadlock against Inter at San Siro.
Long shot: Two of the last six games between Inter and Atalanta at San Siro, including the last one, ended in 1-0 victories for the Nerazzurri. A repeat of that result cannot be ruled, especially with La Dea failing to score in four of those games. A 1-0 win for Inter is available at 10/1 with William Hill, while it rises to 65/1 if you pair it with Martinez to score the goal.