Atalanta vs. Bologna 7/21/20 Serie A Soccer Prediction and Picks
Bologna (11-10-13) at Atalanta (21-8-5)
Serie A Soccer: Tuesday July 21, 2020 at 1:30 PM (Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia)
The Line: Atalanta -375 / Draw +500 / Bologna +850 -- O/U: 3.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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Atalanta plays host to Bologna in Serie A soccer action from the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia on Tuesday afternoon.
Atalanta comes into this match in 3rd place on 71 points with a record of 21 wins, 8 draws and 5 losses following a 1-1 tie with Verona in their last match. The first half saw no scoring and only one booking that went Verona’s way, but Duvan Zapata would push Atalanta in front five minutes after the break. Verona would pull a goal back nine minutes later and despite the effort from both sides, neither side found an equalizing goal the rest of the way, leading to the points being shared at full time. Zapata and Luis Muriel are tied for the team-high in scoring with 17 goals apiece, while Josip Ilicic has 15 goals and Alejandro Gomez has a team-high 16 assists this season. Pierluigi Gollini leads Atalanta in goal, conceding 1.17 goals per 90 minutes with 7 clean sheets in 29 league appearances this season.
Bologna on the other hand, come into this match in 10th place on 43 points with a record of 11 wins, 10 draws and 3 losses following a 5-1 loss to AC Milan last time out. In the loss to AC Milan, Bologna fell behind in the 10th minute before Milan would double their lead in the 24th. Takehiro Tomiyasu pulled a goal back for Bologna just before the half, but AC Milan would restore the two goal cushion four minutes after the half and would take a 4-1 lead eight minutes after that. The lead would hold until AC Milan added a 5th goal to pour salt in the wound in the second minute of second half stoppage time. Musa Barrow and Riccardo Orsolini lead Bologna in scoring with 8 goals apiece with Orsolini also boasting a team-high 5 assists this season. Lukasz Skorupski leads Bologna in goal, conceding 1.48 goals per 90 minutes with 2 clean sheets in 33 league appearances this season.
Bologna’s had a couple of solid road results since the restart, but drawing a Parma team in bad form and getting beat up by AC Milan isn’t the kind of form I’d want to carry into a date against the highest scoring side in Serie A this season. It’s a bit alarming that Atalanta’s only picked up a win and two draws despite scoring nine goals in their last three games, but Atalanta’s also the better team and have won the last four head-to-head meetings at home against Bologna by a combined score of 10-3, so I’ll back Atalanta to win with the -1.5 handicap here.