Atalanta vs. Lazio
October 30, 2021 9:00 am EDT
The Line: Over 2.5 -188, Under 2.5 +150
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Atalanta is welcoming Lazio to Gewiss Stadium in a derby match of round 11 of the Italian Serie A. Atalanta is having a decent season, they are fighting for the Champions League spot, but they are not at their best just yet. Lazio is doing really well in the attacking end, but their defense needs improvement, and coach Sarri must find a solution for their problems.
Atalanta has lost only 1 of their last 4 games, and they are slowly improving their offense to the level where it’s supposed to be. In their last Serie A game, Atalanta was playing against Sampdoria on the road, and they were a much better team with 59% of ball possession, 4 shots on goal, 3 corner kicks, 4 big chances created, and 80% of the correct passes. Atalanta was losing in the 10th minute, but with 2 goals in the first half, they were now ahead, and they have confirmed their win with another goal at the end of this game. In the Champions League, Atalanta is in 3rd place, but they can still either win this group or get knocked out, so they better keep their form good. With 5 scored goals, Zapata is now the leading goalscorer for Atalanta, while Pasalic has 4 assists. Atalanta might rest some players in this game, and that is a good thing because Manchester United is coming their way next week.
Lazio is playing in the Europa League, ad they have 1 win, 1 loss, and 1 draw so far, but their game is not until Thursday which will give them an edge here. Lazio is playing hot and cold this season, but they are in solid 6th place, and they have been one of the best offensive teams in the league. Immobile is the leading goalscorer for Lazio with 8 goals, and they need him at his best. Lazio was playing against Fiorentina in their latest Serie A game, and they have had 49% of ball possession, 2 shots on goal, 3 corner kicks, 1 big chance created, and a solid 89% of the correct passes. Pedro was the only goalscorer in this game, and thanks to him, Lazio has won this game 1-0. Luis Alberto has added 4 assists for Lazio so far this season. if Lazio can improve their defense, and stay as effective in the attacking end as they are now, Lazio will become one of the strongest teams in Serie A this season, and with that, the Champions League will be in their pocket.
The trends are on Lazio’s side in this matchup, and normally I would side with Atalanta, but with them playing early next week, I think they will rest some players, and it might cost them. I will give this one a shot with Lazio.