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Atalanta vs AC Milan: Predictions
The top-four race in Serie A is going down to the wire, with Juventus unnaturally scrambling in fifth and trying to gain access to the Champions League places, but their fate rests in the hands of results elsewhere, with Atalanta and AC Milan playing out a season-defining match in Bergamo.
As it stands, Gian Piero Gasperini’s side have already secured Champions League football for a third season running, with The Goddess currently second and boasting a better head-to-head record over Juve, despite there being just three points between the two clubs.
Milan will now look to follow a suit, with anything other than a win — assuming Juve beat Bologna — costing the Rossoneri a ticket back to the big time. Milan have not featured in Europe’s premier knockout tournament since the 2013/14 season and they are desperate to return.
Stefano Pioli has overseen a transformative season at the San Siro, looking capable of dethroning Juve at one points and sealing the Scudetto, but that honour went to Inter, and the Italian coach must now ensure his side’s season doesn’t fall by the wayside completely, making this a must win.
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Atalanta vs AC Milan: Match Stats
Atalanta are seemingly allergic to goalless, low-scoring affairs, such is Gasperini’s emphasis on attacking, and attacking with vigour. They’ve once again notched over 100 goals across all competitions, and will feel confident heading into this match having humbled Milan 3-0 in the reverse fixture.
Pioli will be hopeful of reversing that trend and causing Gasperini one or two problems, which illuminates the importance of Hakan Calhanoglu, who is Milan’s chief playmaker this term with nine assists, and he will no doubt want to be playing against Europe’s creme de la creme next term.
Atalanta ran amok earlier this season, firing three past Gianluigi Donnarumma to seriously blunt Milan’s title-challenging prospects at the time, with goals from Cristian Romero, Josip Ilicic and Duvan Zapata sealing the points. And Milan will harbour similar anxieties to the last time they faced Atalanta away from home. On their previous visit to Bergamo, Gasperini’s men produced a 5-0 demolition against them, so they will be eager to exact revenge and confirm Champions League football.