Fourth-placed Atalanta BC travels to the San Siro this week to face first placed Inter Milan. With Conte’s men three points clear of local rivals AC Milan at the top of the league with a game in hand, it’s down to the home side to get the win and secure the three points as they look to win their first Scudetto since Jose Mourinho left Italy in 2010: 11 years ago. Unless Ilicic and Co. can cause a shock.
Fresh from a 5-1 hammering over Crotone, the visitors go into this game in good form, having endured an unbeaten February in domestic competitions (their only defeat of the month having come against Real Madrid in the Champions League. Currently, 7 games unbeaten in Italy and on 49 points, Gasperini’s side would love to make it 8 against the league leaders.
Inter Milan currently sits top of the tree on 56 points, three ahead of fellow Milan club AC Milan on 53, with a game in hand having been on a five-game unbeaten run. Spirits must be high after the recent 3-0 win over their local rivals. Surely, Eriksen, Lukaku and Lautaro will be fired up.
Last five meetings
November 8th 2020: Atalanta 1-1 Inter
August 1st 2020: Atalanta 0-2 Inter
January 11th 2020: Inter 1-1 Atalanta
April 7th 2019: Inter 0-0 Atalanta
November 11th 2018: Atalanta 4-1 Inter
Lineups Predicted XI
Formation – 3-5-2
Defence-Daramian – Skriniar – De Vrij- Young
Midfield- Barrella – Brozovic – Eriksen – Perisic
Attack- Lukaku- Martinez
Formation – 3-4-3
Defence- Toloi- Romero- Djimsiti
Midfield- Maele- De Roon- Freuler- Gosens
Attack- Pessina Zapata- Muriel
Players to watch
The Belgian superstar has more than justified his big-money move from Manchester United in 2019. He’s evolved his game and is the second-highest scorer in Serie A this season with 18 goals (Only Ronaldo has more).
When these two teams meet, there’ll be Lukaku and Lautaro. But, there’ll also be Muriel. The Colombian has 15 goals to his name in the league, second to only Ronaldo and Lukaku.
On paper, Inter will always look like they have a starting XI that would beat Atalanta with ease. But they’re the underdogs with an amazing striker and a good midfield. If they want to win the league, this game will help Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan side with their task.
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