Steffen Schmidt - January 2, 2023
Spezia vs Atalanta
Italian Serie A
Date: 4 January 2023, Wednesday
Kick-off at 13:30 UK / 14:30 CET
Venue: Stadio Alberto Picco (La Spezia).
Spezia and Atalanta have gone to the World Cup break in completely opposite moods. The hosts made a huge step towards securing the top-flight survival by claiming four points in the last two games against Udinese and Verona.
Atalanta, on the other side, dropped out of the top-five in the league standings after losing four of the last five Serie A matches.
Judging by the recent league form, we should be all over Spezia here, especially knowing the home win pick is priced up at the 5.00 odds.
The reality is somewhat distinct, though. The quality is on Atalanta’s side and their head coach Gianpiero Gasperini had enough time to fix the issues in his team’s dressing room during the World Cup break.
La Dea have a star-studded attacking line led by the likes of Duvan Zapata and Luis Muriel. They have only managed to make nine appearances each so far in the season, netting only one goal apiece along the way.
Zapata announced a strong campaign in the second half of the season by bagging four goals in a demolishing 10-1 victory over half-amateur side Crema in the recent exhibition game.
While this was only a friendly against the minnows, we can certainly see plenty of room for the visitors to shine up front here against Spezia as well.
The hosts have one of the weakest defensive records in the league with 26 goals allowed in the inaugural 15 matches.
This match has goals in it. Spezia are easy to break down, Atalanta are hungry for goals after dropping four of the last five league affairs, and tradition also points towards a high-scoring scenario.
We’ll take Atalanta to win & Over 2.5 goals FT as the main bet at the 2.50 odds, while you can also back Duvan Zapata (expected to lead the line on Wednesday) to score anytime at the 2.00 odds.
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