It’s a great time to be an Inter Milan fan. Inter Milan are in a great position to advance in the Champions League despite being drawn into a group with Barcelona and Tottenham, and they are currently in second place in Serie A. They are out to keep the good times rolling against Atalanta on Sunday morning. Atalanta are currently sitting in 10th place, and they have been playing very good football in recent weeks to move up the standings.
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- Atalanta vs. Inter Milan
- Date and Time: November 11, 2018, 6:30 a.m. ET
- Location: Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia, Bergamo, Italy
- US Television Coverage: ESPN2
- Betting Line: Inter Milan PK -119, O/U 2.5
Inter Milan have kept on winning to put a poor start to the season behind them. Inter began the year 1-1-2 with losses to Sassuolo and Parma, and their lone win came against bottom of the table Bologna. However, they have moved forward impressively over the last six weeks. In Serie A play, they have defeated Sampdoria, Fiorentina, Cagliari, SPAL, AC Milan, Lazio, and Genoa. That’s seven straight wins, and their defense has been lights out during that stretch. Only Fiorentina and SPAL managed to score against them, and each team scored just one goal. The defense helped lift them over Tottenham and PSV and led to a draw versus Barcelona in Champions League action as well.
Atalanta had a busy start to the season. They were battling through the Europa League Playoffs for a chance to get into the group stage before coming up short against Copenhagen. The club fell into a bit of a rut after the failure to make it out of the playoffs, but they have responded with aplomb over the last five weeks. They secured draws against AC Milan and Torino, and they have won three straight games over Chievo, Parma, and Bologna.
Only a couple players appear set to miss this match. Inter might not have right back Sime Vrsaljko available for this game. He has been dealing with a knee injury for nearly two months, and he is listed as questionable to return to action here.
Atalanta will not have two players available for this match. Right back Andrea Masiello has been declared out once more due a thigh injury he sustained in early October. Meanwhile, center back Marco Varnier tore his ACL in July, and he is unlikely to return until April at the earliest.
Player to Watch
Mauro Icardi has been playing fantastic football for Inter Milan this season. He has been one of the highest-rated players on the team night in and night out, and he made the most of a half-chance to get Inter level against Barcelona earlier in the week.
Icardi leads the team with six goals, and he has become the scoring threat that Radja Nainggolan was expected to be. He grabbed a brace in the win over Lazio two weeks ago, and he took his place in Milan derby lore with an extra time winner against AC Milan the week before that.
He seems to be rounding into form at the age of 25, and he has been a huge catalyst driving Inter Milan up in the standings.
Atalanta vs. Inter Milan Free Picks
This line seems a little weird. Inter Milan are likely to be a little fatigued following their game against Barcelona in the middle of the week, but they are clearly the better side. Atalanta has done well to win three in a row, but none of those wins were particularly impressive. I’m going to back Inter Milan in this one although I am a bit hesitant.
Atalanta vs. Inter Milan Prediction: Inter Milan 2, Atalanta 1
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