AC Milan vs Atalanta Bergamo / Serie A – We can call this the neighbours’ derby due to the proximity of the cities from which teams are coming, but also because Milan and Atalanta have the same number of points on the table. They are currently seventh and eighth, and they have in common that they passed in the quarterfinals of the Cup, as well as having successfully played the group stage of Europa League. The difference is that a lot more was expected from Milan, and Atalanta is currently in a better form with a series of seven matches without defeat. Last season, the mutual duels of these rivals ended unresolved. Begins: 23.12.2017. – 18:00 CET
This first part of the season was very turbulent for Milan, which had great ambitions at the beginning, but now it is clear that they will not do much at least in the Championship and they can freely forget the positions that eventually take them to the Champions League. They are still fighting for Europa League in which they managed to qualify for the sixteen finals perhaps through this competition if they win it, they can get in the Champions League, although it is not realistic to do so when looking at their performances this season.
They have also changed coach Montellu, but the arrival of coach Gattus on the bench did not bring too much changes. After the draw against the last Benevent they also lost from Rijeka in the Europa League, and then they defeated Bologna with 2-1. They also mastered Veronu in the Cup and won the quarterfinals in the Cup, and then lost with 3-0 from that team in the championship. Suso and Romagnoli will not be able to play now because of their suspensions in that match, so Cutro and Zapata will jump instead.
Probable lineups AC Milan: Donnarumma – Calabria, Bonucci, Zapata, R.Rodriguez – Bonaventura, Montolivo, Kessie – Borini, Kalinic, Cutrone
We did not expect much from Atalante this season, especially since they are active on three fronts, but this team is again very solid and the best thing is that they continue to play in three competitions. They have passed the group stage of Europa League without defeat, and they will also meet with Borussia Dortmund in the spring, while they in the Cup won the quarterfinals by celebrating over Sassuolo. They are in a series of four games without a defeat, and all in all, they have not lost for more than a month and since that hosting with Inter.
They have achieved two draws and a triumph in the aforementioned series, and we should mention the first guest triumph in the championship, against Genoa two rounds before. In the last crazy match against Lazio in which they had the lead with 2-0 and 3-2, ended unresolved. After that, they defeated Sassuolo in the Cup with 2-1 in almost completely changed team. In duel against Lazio, their center-back Palomino got injured and he will not certainly play in this match and will be replaced by Toloi. We do not expect any other changes.
Probable lineups Atalanta Bergamo: Berisha – Toloi, Caldara, Masiello – Hateboer, Freuler, Cristante, Spinazzola – A.Gomez, Ilicic – Petagna
AC Milan vs Atalanta Bergamo PICK
Milan has not impressed anyone this season and we believe that Atalanta will also come to try to do something. The team from Bergamo proved to be unpredictable and sometimes very unpleasant and that is why we believe that the match could be open and uncertain.
Pick: Both teams will score
Odds: 1.75 at William Hill (down to 1.65 can be played)