Seria A Clash Match Preview: Inter vs Atalanta

Introduction

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.

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Build Up

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 v/s Atalanta

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.

Head-to-Head

Inter- WWWWW

Atalanta- DWWWW

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

Inter

Formation – 3-5-2

GK-Handanovic

Defence-Daramian – Skriniar – De Vrij- Young

Midfield- Barrella – Brozovic – Eriksen – Perisic

Attack- Lukaku- Martinez

 Gasperini (Atalanta) and Conte (Inter)
Gasperini (Atlanta) and Conte (Inter)

Atalanta

Formation – 3-4-3

Gk- Gollini

Defence- Toloi- Romero- Djimsiti

Midfield- Maele- De Roon- Freuler- Gosens

Attack- Pessina Zapata- Muriel

Players to watch

Romelu Lukaku

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).

Romelu Lukaku (Inter) and Luis Muriel (Atalanta)

Luis Muriel

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.

Conclusion

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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