Sassuolo vs Atalanta
Italian Serie A
Date: Saturday, 29 December 2018
Kick-Off at 14:00 UK / 15:00 CET
Venue: MAPEI Stadium – Citta del Tricolore (Reggio nell’Emilia).
Atalanta went super close to sensational victory over defending champions Juventus on Boxing Day, but just could not maintain the one-goal advantage with an extra-man on the pitch on the occasion.
La Dea turned it around after conceding the second-minute opener as Duvan Zapata notched a brace against the runaway leaders. However, it was Cristiano Ronaldo who saved Juventus from suffering their maiden loss of the campaign by netting the 78th-minute equalizer at Stadio Stleti Azzurri d’Italia.
Nevertheless, it was an encouraging result for Gianpiero Gasperini’s men after a disappointing 3-1 loss away at Genoa last weekend. The Italian manager still has reasons to be worried about the lack of meticulousness in his team’s back line in recent ties. Atalanta shipped five goals in past two league matches.
It will be the music to the ears of Khouma Babacar and Domenico Berardi who will no doubts have plenty of room to deliver in the final third here.
Sassuolo vs Atalanta: Head-to-head
Atalanta have always been a tricky opposition to Neroverdi.
La Dea won three in a row against Sassuolo netting as many as seven goals in the process.
Atalanta are unbeaten in last three meetings with Sassuolo.
Four of last five H2H matches saw at least three goals scored.
Sassuolo vs Atalanta: Prediction
The high-scoring head to head trend might likely be continued here given both teams’ recent form. Eight of last nine games Sassuolo played in front of the home crowd saw goals scored at both ends. Neroverdi only lost one of ten official matches on the home patch this season (nine in the league).
Atalanta, on the other side, boast the second-best attacking record on travels this term. They scored 18 goals in 9 away games and only leaders Juventus have been better with 19 so far. La Dea also shipped 18 goals on the road at the same time.
BTTS thus looks to be a banker bet at the odds of 1.61, while you won’t make a mistake backing three or more goals in the affair at 1.72 either.
Sassuolo vs Atalanta: Bet Tips
BTTS @ 1.61 (8/13)
Over 2.5 goals FT @ 1.72 (8/11).