Preview: Atalanta BC vs AC Milan – prediction, team news, lineups
Having experienced different European fortunes in the middle of the week, Atalanta BC will host local rivals AC Milan at Gewiss Stadium on Sunday.
The pair will meet in a second consecutive Lombardy derby in Serie A, following La Dea’s breathless draw with champion Inter last weekend, while Milan come into the game second in the league after five. wins out of six so far.
In stark contrast to their superb domestic form earlier in the 2021-22 season, Milan followed a dramatic 3-2 loss to Liverpool in the opening game of their Champions League campaign with another loss on Tuesday, this one. time in the hands. Atlético de Madrid, champion of Spain.
While that setback still leaves the Rossoneri in search of their first win in Europe’s elite competition since defeating Celtic in 2013, they return to Serie A with an excellent string of results behind them; basing their assertions as true contenders for the Scudetto on this term.
In fact, Milan have already scored 16 points, which means that if they now win in Bergamo, they will match their best start to a season in the top flight since the turn of the century: the 19 points accumulated during their first seven games of 2003. -04.
Their undefeated start to the league perhaps comes under their greatest threat yet, though Stefano Pioli’s men were previously tied by a Juventus transition team as they make the short journey from second city to Gewiss Stadium on Sunday.
Six of their last 12 league meetings with Bergamaschi have ended in a draw, illustrating the narrowing gap between the two clubs in recent years, but Milan prevailed in their most recent meeting in May.
However, they have also been humiliated by opponents’ 3-0 and 5-0 scores this weekend for the past two years, so they are well aware of the damage that an Atalanta in full flow can cause.
The events of the past fortnight suggest that Atalanta is starting to prepare for its prime before Milan’s visit, as they are now unbeaten in five games in all competitions and have won three of their last four.
La Dea’s latest triumph came at the expense of Champions League Group F rivals Young Boys on Wednesday night as they outscored the Swiss champions by virtue of Matteo Pessina’s goal in the 68th minute, which helped them to add four European points so far.
That first vital victory of their third consecutive season in the competition came on the heels of an action-packed draw at the San Siro last Saturday as they shared the spoils with defending champion Inter and perhaps they should have sealed all three points.
A head-to-head match, in which both local Lautaro Martínez and Atalanta sniper Ruslan Malinovskyi scored impressive goals at home, finally ending 2-2, after VAR ruled out a late ‘winner’ by Roberto Piccoli. for Bergamaschi.
That result leaves Gian Piero Gasperini and company in seventh place in Serie A ahead of the weekend’s action, just one point out of the top four, but five behind Milan and some seven behind the impeccable leader of the series. Napoli league.
Not only will he want to close those gaps, but since ‘Gasp’ joined Atalanta in the 2016-17 season he has managed to oversee only one win against the Rossoneri from their five home league games against them, so he will surely want to put that record right from Sunday.