Atalanta’s hope to win a silverware this season dashed in the midweek. Now they only have one mission left, sealing the Champions League place. Gian Gasperini’s men will have to face off AC Milan, also their contender in thr UCL race. Rossonerri is aiming for their return to the top tier of European competition next season. They need maximum points too for their long awaited dream.
The teams’ previous matches
La Dea failed to repeat their victory over Juventus in the Coppa Italia final in the midweek. This time they were beaten 1-2 instead. Dejan Kulusevski’s curling shot gave The Old Lady the lead. Atalanta managed to put them on a level term as Ruslan Malinovsky smashed it home. Sadly, they conceded again through Federico Chiesa.
Meanwhile, AC Milan was held in a goalless draw when they were hosting Cagliari last weekend. Their on fire forwards who led to their 7-0 triumphant victory over Torino in the previous outing became frustrated to even break the deadlock. Stefano Pioli’s side had to slip to the fourth because of this result.
The former Genoa boss, Gian Gasperini has always been deploying the fluid 3-4-3 with the transition to 3-4-2-1 or 3-4-1-2. He counts on the physical game and versatility in their players. It has been Atalanta’s trademark and Gasperini often rotates his squad without sacrificing the quality. The Colombian forward, Luis Muriel shall get his turn to feature upfront, supported by Ruslan Malinovsky and Mario Pasalic behind him. Luckily, no vital figure misses this match except Viktor Kovalenko.
Stefano Pioli might need to modify his 4-2-3-1 formation to 4-4-2 or 4-3-1-2 to square off Atalanta’s strong midfielders. Ante Rebic and Rafael Leao will be featuring as the duo frontmen, since Ibrahimovic is sidelined alongside Matteo Gabbia. They will be supported by Hakan Calhanoglu as the playmaker. In the midfield area, Franck Kessie is accompanied by Ismael Bennacer and Sandro Tonali or Rade Krunic.
Players to watch
Atalanta’s top performers this season are the Ukrainian international Ruslan Malinovsky with eight goals and 12 assists in Serie A, the German winger Robin Gosens with 11 goals and 6 assists and Colombian striker Duvan Zapata.
Stefano Pioli is counting on Croatian international, Ante Rebic as the main scorer since Zlatan Ibrahimovic is ruled out here due to his injury. The former Frankfurt has registered 11 goals and four assists. The same number contribution by Frank Kessie, the midfielder centre.
Atalanta vs AC Milan Prediction
It is quite tough to predict which side shall triumph here. Ideally, they will be sharing spoils if La Dea’s forwards are not in their peak form. Robin Gosens and Co have been more solid and balance between offence and defence. If Milan can be made frustrated throughout the game, Atalanta could eventually clinch a win here.
The punters seem to back Stefano Pioli’s men as the slight favourite. They are projected to win at 6/4 whereas Gasperini’s side’s win market is at 18/11. The odds for the draw result are at the value of 33/10.