Aiming for the Top
Prior to the start of the season, Atalanta and Torino weren’t even considered dark horses to finish in the top four in Serie A. Well, maybe it’s time to reconsider as both teams started on the right foot and they don’t seem to have any intention of slowing down.
Whoever wins on Thursday afternoon could climb into a tie for first place. As expected, due to playing at home, the Nerazzurri dominate the soccer lines. Nevertheless, the Granata already won twice on the road.
Atalanta: All for One
Atalanta opened the season with a great road victory (2-0) against Sampdoria. Rafael Toloi scored the opener in the first half while Ademola Lookman sealed the deal in practically the last play of the game.
Later, the Nerazzurri drew 1-1 to AC Milan in their home debut. Good thing our soccer prediction was a draw and both teams scored – yes at +300. Considering the Rossoneri are the reigning champions, and the fact that they took five more shots on target, that wasn’t a bad result for the home side, whose goal was scored by Ruslan Malinovskyi.
Most recently, they visited Hellas Verona and managed to win 1-0. The Nerazzurri dominated the game from start to end and Teun Koopmeiners scored the lone goal. Having four different scorers speaks greatly about Atalanta’s mentality. They truly believe in the concept of a team effort. Neither of the two-star strikers have scored, yet they remain undefeated.
The defense also deserves a lot of credit. Juan Musso has slowly become one of the best goalkeepers in the world. Center-back Merih Demiral, who signed a multi-year deal during the offseason, has become the leader they desperately needed. Summing up, we’re talking about a well-balanced team that’s offering a -140 price in the sportsbook to win straight up.
Torino: Loving the Road
Torino also opened the season with a great road victory against Monza (2-1). Aleksei Miranchuk and Antonio Sanabria were the scorers. They almost managed to finish with a clean sheet, but Dany Mota scored for Monza in stoppage time.
One week later, the Granata drew 0-0 to Lazio, a team led by Ciro Immobile and one that already defeated Inter Milan 3-1. Plus, Torino won possession with 54 percent and limited the Biancocelesti to only two shots on target.
Last Saturday, they visited Cremonese and won 2-1. Nikola Vlasic and Nemanja Radonjic were the scorers. Again, they almost finished with a clean sheet, but the home side scored in the 80th minute.
Vlasic, who used to play for West Ham United in the English Premier League, and Radonjic, who has played in three of the top five European leagues, are the main reason for you to consider including Torino in your soccer picks, especially at +420. A $100 wager could turn into a $520 payout.
Including the final stretch of last season, the Granata are unbeaten in seven straight road games and they scored in all of them.
Atalanta vs Torino Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 121
- Atalanta Victories: 31 (1138 goals)
- Torino Victories: 47 (177 goals)
- Draws: 43
Last season, Atalanta managed to win 2-1 in Torino thanks to a goal by Roberto Piccoli on the last play of the game. Luis Muriel also scored for the Nerazzurri while Andrea Belotti did it for the Granata.
Later, in Bergamo, it was an authentic goal-fest that ended 4-4. Led by Muriel, who scored twice, Atalanta came from behind three times. As for Torino, Sasa Lukic scored twice as well.
Keep in mind that the total has gone over 2½ goals in each of the last six meetings between the two.
Atalanta vs Torino Game Information
- Date: Thursday, Sept. 1
- Time: 2:45 p.m. ET
- Location: Gewiss Stadium, Bergamo
- Atalanta vs Torino Live Stream: fuboTV
Atalanta vs Torino Betting Lines
Atalanta vs Torino Prediction
Atalanta have gone seven straight home games without a victory. If they want to be taken seriously as a title contender, that needs to change, and what better way to do so than beating a well-balanced team like Torino? Precisely because the visitors are a well-balanced team, it won’t be easy, but the Nerazzurri depth will make a slight difference. That’s also why our betting online recommendation is to include the under.
After all, we’re talking about two of the best defensive teams in the league. The thing is that the Granata defeated the two worst teams in Monza and Cremonese, meaning they haven’t faced a challenge like this.
Score Prediction: Atalanta 1, Torino 0
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.