Atalanta vs. Milan 5/23/21 Serie A Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Atalanta vs. AC Milan
May 23, 2021 2:45 pm EDT
The Line: Over 2.5 -275, Under 2.5 +220
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Atalanta is welcoming Milan to Gewiss Stadium in a derby match of round 38 in the Italian Serie A.

Atalanta was undefeated in 10 games in a row, until earlier this week when they played in the Coppa Italia finals against Juventus. this was the game where Atalanta had the opportunity to leave Juventus without a trophy, and they failed. Atalanta has had 57% of ball possession in that game, 4 shots on goal, 3 corner kicks, 3 big chances created, and a solid 80% of the correct passes. Atalanta has conceded a goal in the 31st minute, but they were finally able to tie the score in the 41st minute. Atalanta was struggling defensively in this game, and Juventus has used that in the 73rd minute, and Atalanta has lost this match 1-2. As far as Serie A goes, Atalanta is now in 2nd place with 78 points, but they can still lose that spot if they lose this game, and they could even lose the Champions League spot if Juventus wins their games. With 90 scored goals, Atalanta is the best offensive team in the league, and Muriel is their leading goalscorer with 22 goals. Zapata has added 15 goals. Malinovsky has 12 assists. Kovalenko is the only injured player for Atalanta. I’m sure losing the Coppa Italia finals was a huge disappointment for Atalanta, but now it’s the time to step up and finish the season strong.

Milan has once again found a good form, and they are undefeated in their last 4 games, but their Champions League spot is still not safe. Milan is in 4th place with 76 points, and they either need to win this game or hope Juventus will lose their game. There is a chance a loss will be enough for Milan, but in that case, Juventus must lose or tie their game. Milan has scored 72 goals so far this season, which isn’t bad at all, and Ibrahimovic is their leading goalscorer with 15 goals. Rebic and Kessie both added 11 goals. Milan has had the chance to secure their Champions League spot against Cagliari, but they couldn’t win. Milan was the better team in that match with 61% of ball possession, but only 2 shots on goal, 9 corner kicks, 1 big chance created, and a solid 87% of the correct passes. Milan couldn’t continue the pace from a previous game, and this game has ended in a 0-0 draw. Ibrahimovic is now the only injured player for Milan. On the defensive end, Milan has been doing well lately, and they haven’t conceded a goal in their last 4 games, while their offense has been producing well with 12 scored goals. Milan will need to be at the top of their game, and they will need to go for the win if they want to see the Champions League next season.

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This will be a great game, but we are yet to see how Atalanta will look after their loss earlier this week. The trends are on Milan’s side in this match, and they have been solid on the road this season, but Atalanta has won the reverse fixture this season on the road. Both teams could use a win here because they could both lose the Champions League spot otherwise, but I will stick to goals.

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Goran Kucar's Free Pick:
Both teams to score and over 2.5 -188
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Goran Kucar

I was born and raised in Croatia, and with that, I was raised with soccer all around me. I love playing soccer, watching soccer, and now I love writing and handicapping soccer at PickDawgz and SportsChatPlace.

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