Top of the table tussle in a Lombardy Derby
Atalanta play host to top of the table Inter Milan at the Gewiss Stadium on Sunday. Inter are looking to continue their title defence against an Atalanta side who will be fighting to stay in the hunt for the Scudetto. This game has the makings of a high goalscoring affair, with La Dea not the type to sit back against Serie A's top sides.
History favours the visitors
Gasperini's men don't have the best record against Inter in the Serie A, being without a win in their last six league games. They've drawn four and lost twice in these six against the Nerazzurri, but this is a chance to put things right against the league leaders. But there's a certain lack of confidence with Atalanta when it comes to facing Inter, and this seems to be holding them back of pushing them onto claiming that illusive Scudetto. Last time out in the Coppa Italia in midweek, Atalanta saw home a comfortable 2-0 win against Venezia to see them through to the quarter final. Luis Muriel opened the scoring in the early knockings of the game and a late Joakim Maehle in the last few minutes settled some nerves. Despite Venezia's annoyance at a late VAR decision, Atalanta certainly deserved to win in this one and this should give them some confidence going into a tough fixtures. Their most recent league game was one of the more vintage goalscoring performances from Gasperini, where they won 6-2 away at Udinese. Muriel was also on the scoresheet with a brace in this game, and he will be absolutely crucial if they can break down a very sturdy Inter defence. This sort of performance is that we usually associate with Gasperini's sides, but this season they've been a little less kamikaze this season and have had a slightly more measured approach to their game. It'll be a tough task for La Dea, but they have as much chance of any team in the league to cause Inter problems.
Inter on a title charge
Simone Inzaghi won his first trophy since taking over at the San Siro with a Supercoppa title now added to his resume. An Alexis Sanchez last gasp winner in the dying embers of extra-time, when the game seemed destined for penalties, sealed the win against Juventus for Inzaghi's men. They now turn their attention back to Serie A duties, coming off the back of a 2-1 win over Lazio in their last league outing. This win meant that they were able to stay one point clear of AC Milan at the top of the table, with a bullet header from Milan Skriniar sealing the win for the league leaders. Edin Dzeko could be set to return to the side after his self-isolation with COVID. He could renew his partnership with Lautaro Martinez up top, a deadly duo who have been lethal so far this season and are largely the reason that Inter are top of the league. Turkish midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu should be back in the starting eleven as well after returning from a suspension, allowing Inzaghi to play his favoured midfield personnel. Their last encounter ended in a thrilling 2-2 back in mid September, a game that saw both Dzeko and Martinez score for Inzaghi's men. The manager will be hoping they can repeat this feat in the reverse fixture on Sunday.
This game should be an absolute belter, and it should be full of goals. Both sides could throw caution to the wind, with Atalanta's playstyle meaning that the game should be a very open affair. That's why I'm going with over 3.5 goals in this game.