Atalanta vs SPAL
Italian Serie A
Date: Sunday, 10 February 2019
Kick-Off at 14:00 UK / 15:00 CET
Venue: Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia (Bergamo).
SPAL moved five points clear off the red zone thanks to a thread of three straight games without a defeat in Serie A. They earned a five-point return from fixtures against Bologna, Parma and Torino in past three rounds.
However, such fine streak will be on a massive test on Sunday afternoon when Spallini travel to Bergamo to take on red-hot Atalanta side at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia.
The hosts are flying high coming into this fixture. They won five and drew one of past six games in all competitions.
La Dea climbed up to 6th place in the league ladder as a consequence and are now only three points shy of 4th-placed Milan. Their fans have right to dream of the Champions League anthem at their stadium next year.
There are no doubts the hosts will be highly motivated to keep their excellent spell of form going and pick up another victory here against the team led by Leonardo Semplici.
Atalanta vs SPAL: Head-to-head
This will only be the fourth head to head game between the two teams.
Interestingly, Atalanta are still searching for their maiden victory over Spallini.
Teams shared spoils in back-to-back 1-1 draws, while SPAL claimed a 2-0 victory in the previous H2H meeting in mid-September last year.
Atalanta vs SPAL: Prediction
Atalanta were always known to be a dangerous attacking team with the likes of Duvan Zapata and Papu Gomez in their ranks.
Nevertheless, Gianpiero Gasperini managed to improve team’s defensive displays significantly of late. La Dea thus kept their net untouched in four of past five matches across competitions.
Atalanta bagged as many as eight goals in last three home outings even though the opposition included the likes of Roma and Juventus (twice).
Duvan Zapata is enjoying the form of his life. He bagged at least a goal in ten consecutive appearances for La Dea before Monday’s 0-1 victory over Cagliari at Sardegna Arena.
We will thus back the hosts to keep a clean sheet at 1.80 as well as Duvan Zapata to score anytime at 1.72.
Atalanta vs SPAL: Bet Tips
Atalanta to keep a clean sheet @ 1.80 (4/5)
Duvan Zapata to score anytime @ 1.72 (8/11).