Winless in their previous four domestic league fixtures, Atalanta will host AC Milan on Saturday determined to bounce back and pull off the upset. Our sportsbook offers the best markets and live betting in the Italian top-flight league. Read our best preview and picks on the soccer games today.
Atalanta Out of Form
Torino emerged victorious with a 3-0 scoreline over Atalanta in Monday night’s Serie A clash. The brace by on-loan Atalanta striker Duvan Zapata was the story of the day, with the Colombian showing his former manager Gian Piero Gasperini that he’s still one of the best strikers in Serie A.
The Italian coach was very unhappy with his team’s performance, talking about the dedication and the behavior of some players without mentioning names. Let’s not forget they are also dealing with injury issues.
They are still without Jose Luis Palomino, Rafael Toloi, El Bilal Toure and Gianluca Scamacca. Without Toloi, they failed to win each of their previous four games while Scamacca is their most important attacking player and their top striker with five goals netted this season.
Although the hosts confirmed their return to Europe after a one-year absence by qualifying for the 2023-24 Europa League, there was a lot of uncertainty surrounding Gasperini and his future on the bench at the Gewiss Stadium.
With Gasperini at the helm still, Atalanta should be confident of punching above their weight, but we don’t expect them to pull off the upset on Saturday so we won’t include them in our soccer picks and parlays.
AC Milan is Scoring Goals for Fun
After a four-match winless streak featuring two draws and two losses, AC Milan edged out Fiorentina two rounds ago, making it two wins in a row with a deserved 3-1 victory over Frosinone.
AC Milan resumes domestic duties sitting six points behind table-topping rivals Inter and four shy of Juventus. They have a great chance to close the gap on them with a third consecutive win against struggling Atalanta as underdogs on the Serie A betting lines.
After being suspended for two domestic games, Olivier Giroud is back and ready to help his team. He already scored seven goals and offered three assists this season and we expect him to do it again.
Stefano Pioli has another midfield option available this weekend. Following a six-month layoff, Ismael Bennacer has completed his comeback from knee surgery and already played some minutes against Frosinone.
AC Milan has Upper Hand on Atalanta
The visitors won four of the previous five games between the two sides, picking up four points last season. Atalanta managed to keep AC Milan to a 1-1 draw at this venue last term with Ruslan Malinovsky scoring for them.
Just one of the previous five head-to-heads between the two teams have seen three or more goals, and in just one of the last three we’ve seen both teams contributing on the scoresheet.
The visitors are one of the best away sides in the league with just one defeat in seven road games and 13 goals scored in the process. Atalanta is winless in the last four Serie A games losing three in the process. Keep that in mind for your online soccer picks.
Atalanta vs AC Milan Match Information
- Match: Atalanta (6-2-6) vs AC Milan (9-2-3)
- Location: Gewiss Stadium, Bergamo, Italy
- Day/Time: Saturday Dec. 9, 12 p.m. ET
- Atalanta vs AC Milan Live Stream: Fubo.tv
Atalanta vs AC Milan Betting Lines
Atalanta vs AC Milan Betting Picks for December 9
The hosts enter this clash as slight favorites being priced at +145 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest Las Vegas soccer odds while the goal line is set at 2½.
Clearly, Atalanta is out of shape. Not only are they winless in four games, but they also failed to score against Torino. That’s mainly because they missed top scorer Gianluca Scamacca, who will also be out for this clash.
After a disappointing run, AC Milan is back to winning games and they also have top striker Giroud back after serving his suspension. We expect them to extend their great run of form and pick up the three points.
Serie A Pick: AC Milan PK (+110)
Questions Of The Day
Which team has a better track record of performing well in pressure situations?
Atalanta lacks team spirit lately and against Torino they failed to perform under pressure conceding three goals. AC Milan managed to come back from one goal down in many situations and obviously they are the better team under pressure.
Will the match be decided by individual brilliance or collective teamwork?
AC Milan is fully packed with individual brilliance in the attacking line. Olivier Giroud is a beast inside the box while Rafael Leao has an amazing pace and is brilliant one on one. The visitors are great both collectively and individually.