Atalanta will play host to Italian champions Inter Milan in their next Serie A game, a clash that means a lot to both teams as the race for the title and top four heats up. The two are separated by eight points, Inter at the top with 49 and Atalanta fourth with 41. Atalanta are coming from a 2-0 win over Venezia in the Coppa Italia, a second game in three that they’ve kept a clean sheet. They haven’t been very strong defensively and both sides have scored in three of their last five matches, though they have one loss only in the process. Three of their last five matches have also produced over 2.5 goals, just like each of their last four Serie A games at home. In their last home game, Atalanta were thrashed 4-1 by Roma and will want to go to this in better shape, having struggled a bit at home in the league. They have three wins only in 10 league matches at home.
Inter Milan have been the dominant side in this fixture, having gone unbeaten in the last six, though with just two wins in that run. They drew 2-2 with Atalanta in September and will go into this game in a very confident mood, having beaten Juventus in the Super Cup game. The 2-1 win over Juventus means Inter have now conceded in their last two matches but in the last 10 matches they have seven clean sheets. Inter are the leading scorers in the league with 51 goals and have the second best defence. They will hope to impose themselves on this Atalanta side that is good in attack but has the poorest defence in the top five.
Two sides well-endowed in attack face off here and there is a guarantee of goals. Inter are the league’s highest scoring side, and have scored in each league game so far. Lately, they’ve have a few issues defensively though, and Atalanta will want to exploit this. Atalanta are among the best scoring sides in the league and will also be out to win this, so both sides scoring can be a good pick.