Serie A top scorers Atalanta make the short trip across Lombardy to face Milan. With four rounds of action remaining the battle for Europe and safety promises to go to the wire and the visit of La Dea will be a good indicator of where Stefano Pioli’s troops are at.
Where and when: San Siro, Milan – 24 July, kick-off 20:45
Where you can see Milan vs. Atalanta: Premier Sports 1
Last time: Atalanta thrashed the Rossoneri 5-0 in December courtesy of Papu Gomez, Mario Pasalic, a Josip Ilicic brace and Luis Muriel.
Milan vs. Atalanta Predictions and Preview
Milan have been in spectacular form over the last four weeks. The Rossoneri have got the better of Roma, Lazio and Juventus and won six of their last eight matches. In the same period, Ante Rebic and his team-mates have netted on 25 occasions and the future looks bright for the hosts.
Central to the home squad’s transformation is Pioli. The former Inter boss knew he was coming in on a short-term deal and he has successfully stabilised the club following Marco Giampaolo’s miserable spell in charge.
Theo Hernandez was picked up for a modest fee from Real Madrid last summer and his battle with Robin Gosens will be must watch. The competing full-backs are arguably the best in the division and both on the radar of the continent’s biggest sides.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Atalanta to win and both teams to score||19/5||Offer|
|Over 4.5 goals||5/2||Offer|
|Milan to win 2-1||15/2||Offer|
Talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic is 10/3 to open proceedings and will be supported by Hakan Çalhanoğlu and Rebic. The Croatian leads the way with 11 strikes for the Rossoneri and is 9/2 to break the deadlock. Milan are 13/5 to emerge victorious and the draw is 15/4.
Travelling party Atalanta are still in the running for second. La Dea are also nearing a century of league goals for the campaign with attackers Ilicic, Muriel and Duvan Zapata accounting for 58 of the 94 efforts.
Zapata, reportedly the subject of a €30m offer from Juventus this week, is 5/2 to score first and will spearhead the team. Muriel, enjoying his best ever season through on goal, is 4/7 to register anytime. Atalanta still have the Champions League to look forward to next month and can be found at 9/4 to clinch the spoils.
One to watch for Milan: Çalhanoğlu has two goals and three assists from his last two appearances and is 17/2 in the final scorer betting. The Turkey playmaker is now one of the first names on the teamsheet after struggling under Giampaolo.
One to watch for Atalanta: After a period of adaptation, Ruslan Malinovskiy has become a key member for Gian Piero Gasperini. The Ukrainian has a lethal left foot and is 5/1 to strike last.
Long shot: Milan won’t have forgotten the mauling they suffered in the reverse fixture and will be eager to put things right. The Rossoneri have already toppled two of the top four in recent weeks and beating Atalanta would be another important marker for next year. A 3-2 outcome is 16/1.