Last season, AC Milan won the Italian Serie A title for the first time in 11 years. Curiously enough, the Rossoneri aren’t the soccer betting favorites to repeat, but that doesn’t change the fact that they’re contenders, especially after their Matchday 1 performance.
Atalanta, who finished third in three of the last four campaigns, is also a contender. The Nerazzurri not only won on Matchday 1, but they also managed to keep a clean sheet. If you had plans for Sunday afternoon, cancel them because you don’t want to miss the Game of the Week.
Atalanta: New Signings Paying Off
Atalanta started the season with a great road victory. The Nerazzurri visited Sampdoria and won 2-0 with goals from Rafael Toloi and Ademola Lookman. Toloi scored in the first half while Lookman struck in stoppage time.
Speaking of Lookman, the Nigerian striker was making his debut after signing with the Nerazzurri during the offseason. Prior to landing in Serie A, Lookman played in the English Premier League (Everton, Leicester City) and the Bundesliga (RB Leipzig).
With Lookman coming off the bench, the pressure on Duvan Zapata and Luis Muriel is much less. There’s also Mario Pasalic, who last season finished as the team’s top scorer with 13 goals. In other words, Atalanta’s attacking unit is lit.
As if that wasn’t enough, the club’s other three signings — Jeremie Boga, Ederson and Merih Demiral — didn’t play in Sampdoria, which means Atalanta has the talent to spare. Once at full strength, neither of the three will need much time to adapt as they used to play for other Serie A teams.
Last season, Atalanta was a disaster when playing at home, winning only four of 19 games. That’s the main reason for them to come in as the betting online underdogs at +180. Nevertheless, in order to return to the elite, they’re determined to turn things around.
AC Milan: New No. 9
Forget about Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Olivier Giroud, AC Milan has a new, lethal center-forward. We’re talking about Ante Rebic, who scored twice in the Rossoneri 4-2 victory over Udinese on Matchday 1.
The reigning champs started losing after Rodrigo Becao scored only two minutes into the game, but 13 minutes later they were already winning. First, Theo Hernandez scored the equalizer from the penalty spot. Believe it or not, Hernandez is becoming an icon. Later, Rebic scored the first of his two goals. The visitors responded through Adam Masina, who scored to make it 2-2 right before halftime.
Things completely changed in the second half. The Rossoneri erased Udinese from the field and managed to score two more goals thanks to Rebic and Brahim Diaz.
Some of AC Milan’s new signings also made their debut, including Divock Origi and Charles de Ketelaere. Summing up, this season’s squad is way better than last season’s. That’s the main reason for you to consider, including the Rossoneri in your soccer picks, especially at +150. There’s also the fact that last season they won more games on the road (14) than at home (12). They also scored 13 more goals when playing away from San Siro.
Atalanta vs AC Milan Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 129
- Atalanta Victories: 27 (132 goals)
- AC Milan Victories: 58 (210 goals)
- Draws: 44
Last season, these two met twice. The game at Gewiss Stadium was a goal-fest, which AC Milan ended up winning 3-2. Davide Calabria, Sandro Tonali and Rafael Leao scored for the Rossoneri while Duvan Zapata and Mario Pasalic did it for the Nerazzurri.
Things were a bit different when they collided at San Siro. The Rossoneri won again, but it wasn’t a goal-fest. They won 2-0 thanks to Leao and Theo Hernandez, who scored in the second half.
If there’s something you can expect from these two, it’s goals. They haven’t drawn 0-0 since the 2016-17 season. In fact, the last 11 encounters have had at least two goals in total.
Atalanta vs AC Milan Game Information
- Date: Sunday, Aug. 21
- Time: 2:45 p.m. ET
- Location: Gewiss Stadium, Bergamo
- Atalanta vs AC Milan Live stream: fubo.tv
Atalanta vs AC Milan Betting Lines
Atalanta vs AC Milan Prediction
There’s another thing you can expect from these two, a close, back-and-forth battle. AC Milan owns a 4-3-3 record in their last 10 meetings, and the total went over 2½ goals in five of those encounters. Plus, if there’s a perfect time to take some risks, it’s the start of the season. Rebic is eager to prove that he belongs among the elite and can lead a powerhouse like Milan. On the other hand, Zapata and Muriel don’t want to lose their spots in Atalanta’s starting lineup. Therefore, our online gambling prediction is another goal-fest, but this time it will end with a draw.
Score Prediction: Atalanta 2, AC Milan 2