Atalanta will travel to the Renato Dall’Ara to take on Bologna in the Serie A on Sunday.
Atlanta Match Form
Fresh from their Champions League heroics, Atalanta will hope to continue that in the league. They faced Shakhtar Donetsk in their final group stage game on Wednesday. Atalanta were last in the group before Wednesday, but they pulled off a memorable comeback. A 3-0 win against Shakhtar and results elsewhere meant that they finished second in the group.
All three goals came in the second half, and the players were ecstatic at the final whistle. They have reached the knockout rounds of the competition for the first time in their history. After last season’s plaudits, Gian Piero Gasperini’s side have continued to develop. Now they must turn their attention to the Serie A as they look to get into next season’s Champions League. Atalanta are sixth in the table, just a point below Cagliari in fourth place. The sixth place will fetch them a Europa League berth, but Gasperini will want more than that.
Atalanta’s last league game came against Verona, and they recorded a 3-2 win. They have scored three goals in their last three games. Atalanta’s attack has been flowing, and they have scored more goals than anyone in the Serie A. Even though Duvan Zapata is out injured, their attack has not been affected. The likes of Luis Muriel and Alejandro Gomez have continued to impress in Zapata’s absence.
Bologna Match Form
Bologna are in 12th place, and they have been on a poor run recently. They have won just once in their last five league games. Last week they hosted Milan and lost 3-2. Milan went 2-0 up inside the first half, but a goal from Theo Hernandez made it 2-1 before the interval. Giacomo Bonaventura restored the two-goal cushion shortly after half-time for Milan. Nicola Sansone made it 3-2 with a penalty, but Bologna could not rescue a point in the end. It was the second straight match in which they conceded three or more goals.
Bologna are five points above the relegation zone, which is not a lot. There are a lot of teams between them and the bottom three, so the pressure is not immediate. But manager Sinisa Mihajlovic will want to get into the top half quickly. Milan in 10th place are four points above Bologna as it stands.
Atalanta have dominated the recent fixtures against Bologna. In the last seven matches between these two sides, Atalanta have won all. Last season they won the two league matches by a combined scoreline of 6-2. The last Bologna win came back in 2015 courtesy of a 3-0 result.
Atalanta vs Bologna Betting Tips
However, the odds are on Atalanta to continue their winning streak. They should win with relative ease to keep their top-four charge alive. The total goals should be over 2.5 in this game, and both sides should score. But Atalanta have too much quality in their ranks, and they will get the three points.
Full Time: 1 x 2 – Atalanta to Win @ 1.93 at Bet365