12 January 2020
Internazionale and Atalanta go head-to-head at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza for a massive Serie A (SA) showdown this weekend.
Regarded as slight pre-match favorites, the hosts enter this round on a run of 11 straight top-flight games without a loss (W8, D3). Five of those eight successes have come via a single-goal margin, with four of them arriving via the identical 2-1 scoreline. Surprisingly, only 44% of their total SA points have come on home turf, and that’s mainly thanks to Inter’s problems in the final third when at the Giuseppe Meazza. Antonio Conte’s men have scored just 17 of their total 39 SA goals in front of the home crowd (43%), although that tally has improved recently. Indeed, the current league toppers have netted over 1.5 goals in four of their last five SA home fixtures, finding the opening goal on three of those occasions. Also, the Nerazzurri boast a solid home record against Atalanta for the past few years, having pulled off four wins in their last five top-flight H2Hs (W4, D1).
Meanwhile, the visitors will be looking to extend their unbeaten run in SA H2Hs to four straight matches (W1, D2) and potentially post their first SA away triumph over Inter since March 2014. Atalanta’s confidence must be high, as they’ve secured back-to-back league victories ahead of this trip, with both of them coming via the exact 5-0 score. However, their indifferent away from could be a major influence here (W1, D3, L1), especially considering they’ve conceded over 1.5 goals in three of those trips. Gian Piero Gasperini’s men usually go for a furious finish when they play away from home. They’ve found the net in the final 15 minutes of play in five of nine SA road trips, allowing their opponents score on just one of those occasions.
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