Preview - Atalanta vs AC Milan 17 February 19

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Match Day 24
Atalanta vs. AC Milan
Sunday, February 17th 2019
03:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia

Last five matches form: W W D W W
Average goals per match: 2.17
Average goals against per match: 1.35
Top Scorer: Duván Zapata (16)

AC Milan:
Last five matches form: W W D D W
Average goals per match: 1.39
Average goals against per match: 0.91
Top Scorer: Suso (5)

It's a big one at the Stadio Atleti Azzuri d'Italia in Serie A on Match Day 24 as sixth placed Atalanta play host to fourth placed AC Milan. With just a single point between the sides a win for the home side could see them gate-crash the Champion's League positions.

There has been nothing to split these sides in their two most recent games, with the fixture at the San Siro earlier this season finishing 2-2 and this game last season ending in a 1-1 draw.

Atalanta look to have a fully fit squad from which to select ahead of this game. AC Milan must do without Giacomo Bonaventura, Cristián Zapata and Mattia Caldara.

Atalanta are on a solid run at present and head into this game unbeaten in their last six in Serie A. They have won five of eleven at home this season, losing to Napoli, Cagliari and Sampdoria.

Only leaders Juventus have scored more goals than Atalanta this season.

Milan themselves are also going well though, and in common with their hosts are unbeaten in their past six. They have lost only two of eleven on the road this season, to Napoli and Inter.

Atalanta do score a lot of goals, but are a side who seem ideally suited to playing on the counter. We don't expect Milan to fall into the trap of pushing too many men forward and see the away side picking up a point.

Prediction: Atalanta 1 - 1 AC Milan


Half time:  1 - 1
Full time: 1 - 3
Shots:  14 - 7
Shots on target: 5 - 3
Corner Kicks: 5 - 2
Possession: 60% - 40%

Three bookings in this one with referee Fabrizio Pasqua taking the names of Marten De Roon of Atalanta in addition to Suso and Ricardo Rodriguez of AC Milan.

Atalanta were ahead everywhere but where it counted in this one. Dominating the ball and creating more chances, they nevertheless found themselves on the end of a comprehensive defeat in the end, as AC Milan were that bit more clinical and stronger in defence on the day.

Both sides were pressing early with the best of the chances falling to Franck Kessie of AC. Well placed around seven yards out, he could only send his header wide.

It was Atalanta who broke the deadlock in the 33rd minute. Good work from Josip Ilicic heading toward the by-line in the right of the area and cutting the ball back to Remu Freuler arriving around the penalty spot before firing towards the bottom left. Gianluigi Donnarumma got plenty on it, but the ball still squirmed over the line.

Milan's equaliser came in the first minute of first half stoppage time. Ricardo Rodriguez launching a ball into the area from the left hand side and Krzysztof Piatek getting across his marker to direct an excellent volley into the right hand side of the goal from around ten yards out on the left. 1-1 at the break.

Milan took the lead for the first time in the 55th minute. A ball from the left only being partially cleared and latched on to by Hakan Calhanoglu around twenty yards out to the left. Bullet of a strike from Calhanoglu to find the bottom right corner.

Six minutes later the away side had a little breathing space. Calhanoglu playing in the corner from the left and Piatek getting in front of the keeper towards the near post to head home. 1-3 final score.

Big win for Milan on the road against a dangerous opponent. They maintain their hold on the fourth and final Champion's League spot at the end of Match Day 24. No change for Atalanta who stay sixth.

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