Atalanta vs AC Milan Prediction: Serie A Match on 23.05.2021
Sunday brings football fans an action-packed round of fixtures from the top leagues in Europe as the English Premier League, German Bundesliga, Spanish La Liga and Italian Seria A seasons all race to a finish. You’ll find the biggest matches covered on this site. In this article, our football writers preview an intriguing match from Italy where Atalanta take on AC Milan. Armchair fans can follow the play live on TV from 19:45 GMT.
There are many matches from the final round of Serie A where there’s nothing to play for. Both teams have run their race and are likely to simply go through the motions, desperate to avoid injury ahead of the summer break or trip to the Euros. That’s not the case here as Atalanta and AC Milan still has plenty to play for. Neither team can finish as league champions with Inter Milan already over the line, but the winner of this game will end as runners up.
Atalanta holds the home advantage and is looking to do the double over AC Milan after beating them with ease earlier. They brushed past the same opponent earlier this year when scoring a stunning 3-0 away win in January. The head-to-head stats show AC Milan haven’t recorded a victory over Atalanta since February 2019 and, in that three-game drought, have conceded nine goals. Will we see a repeat or revenge on Sunday?
Atalanta aim to hold their ground
Atalanta enters the final round of matches sitting in second place, hoping to hold their ground and end the campaign as runners up. The home team had hoped to finish on the top four this season, although few expected them to put any real pressure on the champions. It was predicted Atalanta would find themselves scrapping it out for the fourth place and a spot in next season’s Champions League. In that respect, the club has overachieved this season, and supporters will be delighted with how the players have performed. They can now look forward to rubbing shoulders with Europe’s elite next season but would love to do so as Serie A runners up.
The home team enter this match with their stats for the season showing 23 wins and nine draws against five defeats, scoring 90 goals but conceding half that number. Looking through their stats, we see Atalanta have found the net more times than any other club in the division, scoring six more goals than champions Inter Milan. At the other end, however, they leaked more than any other in the top five of the division and only two more goals than Hellas Verona down in 10th. Improving their backline is something the coaching staff will be eager to address in pre-season.
They line up for this match on the back of an impressive run of form and bring a useful unbeaten run into the contest. Atalanta has taken 13 points from the last 15 available to them and has won each of their last three games. They were last seen in action beating Genoa by the odd goal in seven a week ago. That goal-fest finished 4-3 to Atalanta away from home. The game summed up their season with the team being dynamic and effective in attack but weak in defence. Great for fans to watch but frustrating for the coaches.
The final roll of the dice for Milan
This match will be the final roll of the dice for AC Milan in their bid to finish as runners up behind derby rivals Inter Milan. AC had hoped to challenge the title this season and spent large parts of the campaign pushing Inter hard for the top spot. The pace setters chopped and changed during winter before Inter took charge and kicked on, pulling clear and ending as deserving champions. Milan failed to find the consistency needed to become champions, but they learned from this campaign and now look to finish second and build on that.
Milan may be the away team but know victory in the final match of the season would see them finish as runners up. It doesn’t matter how they win the points, the final score or even who gets the goals. The result is more important than the performance here, and it’s a win at all costs scenario. Second place isn’t what they had in mind, but that’s the best they can hope for this weekend, and it should be enough to ensure this match has the players’ attention before going off on the summer break or switch attention to the Euros.
AC Mian brings season stats of 23 wins and seven draws against seven defeats, scoring 72 goals and conceding 41. In defence, Milan has conceded fewer goals than their opponents, which will encourage fans, but AC has scored 18 fewer goals which is a major disappointment for the coaching staff of the visiting team. Unbeaten in their last four games, AC Milan have won three and drawn one, but the spare did come last time out when ending level with Cagliari at home. That match ended goalless, highlighting their need for the management to spend big on attackers this summer.
Atalanta vs AC Milan prediction
Atalanta holds the home advantage and has been the better team of the two this season, much stronger since the turn of the year. They know victory would see them cross the line as best of the rest, but a draw would also be enough to ensure a second place. We could see Atalanta defend in the hope of holding on to what they have, but that’s a dangerous game as it would encourage AC Milan to attack. Gambling could prove costly for the home team.
AC Milan is a bit clearer on what’s needed here. They must take all three points from the game. A draw wouldn’t be enough, so if the players are interested and determined to finish in a second, they must go on the attack, break down their opponents and score goals. That should make this an exciting match for armchair fans.
Serie A odds
The pre-match betting odds available at 22bet has Atalanta priced at 2.555 to win this game, or there’s 2.51 trading if you prefer to take a chance on the visitors. The draw will net you 3.8.
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