Atalanta v AC Milan Betting Tips & Preview – Sunday 13th May 2018

Gian Piero Gasperini’s Atalanta entertain Genaro Gattuso’s AC Milan at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia this Sunday for an intriguing looking matchup in the Italian Serie A. With the pair both seeking to nail down a place in next season’s UEFA Europa League, both sides will be on the lookout for all three points here.

With two games left, Milan currently occupy sixth spot and automatic qualification to the Europa League group stage, with Atalanta a point behind in seventh. With Fiorentina breathing down their necks, neither will want to slip up in this one. Being the hosts, Gasperini’s men are the favourites, but Milan are not an easy nut to crack under the popular Gattuso.

Top Tips

AC Milan Win @ 3/1

AC Milan to Win 2-1 @ 12/1

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Atalanta Form

It’s been a very successful last couple of years for Atalanta, who have come on leaps and bounds under Gasperini. After a fourth-placed finish last term, La Dea look a good bet to finish in the European places again in Serie A. The club from Lombardy are seventh in the table, a point adrift of Milan and two points clear of eighth-placed Fiorentina.

Gasperini’s side have been excellent over the last couple of months, losing just one of their past nine Serie A fixtures. Before earning a solid 1-1 draw at the Stadio Olimpico against Lazio last time out, Atalanta had won three in a row to fire themselves into the top seven. After hosting Milan on Sunday, Atalanta finish off with a trip to Cagliari.

MatchDateScoreResult
Lazio v Atalanta 6th May 2018 1-1 Draw
Atalanta v Genoa 29th April 2018 3-1 Win
Atalanta v Torino 22nd April 2018 2-1 Win

AC Milan Form

Apart from a few blips here and there, Gattuso has already made a huge impact at the San Siro since taking over from Vincenzo Montella in November. Qualification for next term’s UEFA Champions League is out of the window but finishing in sixth place will be a great achievement by Gattuso and his players after a forgettable start to the season under Montella.

Despite being thumped by Juventus in the Coppa Italia final in midweek, Milan are in solid form in Serie A, losing just two league games in the whole of 2018. After going six matches without a win, back-to-back victories over Bologna and Verona have put them back on track. A win at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia at the weekend will be enough to seal a European place.

MatchDateScoreResult
Juventus v AC Milan 9th May 2018 4-0 Loss
AC Milan v Verona 5th May 2018 4-1 Win
Bologna v AC Milan 29th April 2018 1-2 Win

Head to Head Stats

Bryan Cristante and Josip Ilicic got the goals in an impressive 2-0 Atalanta win when the two met at the San Siro in the reverse fixture back in December. In fact, La Dea have a pretty good record over I Rossonerri of late as they are unbeaten in five in this fixture. Last season, both matches ended in draws.

Milan’s 3-1 win in Bergamo back in the 2014-15 season remains their only triumph over Atalanta in eight. Meanwhile, Atalanta have won two of the last four meetings between the duo on home soil.

DateHomeScoreAwayResultCompetition
23rd Dec 2017 AC Milan 0-2 Atalanta Atalanta Serie A
13th May 2017 Atalanta 1-1 AC Milan Draw Serie A
17th Dec 2016 AC Milan 0-0 Atalanta Draw Serie A

Injuries & Suspensions

Filippo Melegoni is still recovering from an ankle issue while Luca Rizzo is also a doubt with a thigh problem for Atalanta. Andrea Conti, who is expected to be side-lined until October, is the only injury concern for Milan ahead of this one.

Atalanta

  • Filippo Melegoni - Could miss out after spraining his ankle
  • Leonardo Spinazzola - Out with a knee injury
  • Luca Rizzo - Remains doubtful after picking up a thigh problem a few weeks back

AC Milan

  • Andrea Conti - Defender still out with a serious knee injury

Betting Tips

There’s still a lot to play for in this one as both Atalanta and Milan seek European football. A home win will take Gasperini’s side above the Red and Blacks, while an away triumph will see Milan open up a four-point gap and book their place in next season’s Europa League. Atalanta have won 50% of their home league matches up until now, while Milan have picked up eight Serie A wins on their travels. In truth, this crucial clash could go either way in Bergamo.

AC Milan to Win

Milan have been given a new lease of life under Gattuso, and they are now just one win away from sealing European football at the San Siro for next term. The 18-time Italian champions have been strong on the road in Serie A lately, and we fancy them to come out on top (3/1) on Sunday.

AC Milan to Win 2-1

Milan’s last two away victories in Serie A have each been by a one-goal margin. With this one also expected to be close, we like the look of the big odds of 12/1 for the visitors to leave with a 2-1 win.

Hakan Calhanoglu to Score First

Hakan Calhanoglu has opened the scoring in Milan’s last two league matches, which have both ended in wins. The Turkish midfielder is available at 14/1 to score first again this weekend.

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